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PA religious leaders "condemn the aggressive" Israel-UAE peace agreement

Headline: “Imams and preachers at the mosques of Palestine condemn the normalization agreement between the UAE and Israel”




“Imams, preachers, and gatekeepers at the mosques of Palestine, as well as employees at the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs, participated in a rally yesterday [Aug. 19, 2020] against the UAE’s declaration on normalizing relations with the occupation state (see note below –Ed.)…

Sheikh Omar Salameh said in a statement from the imams, preachers, and gatekeepers of the mosques of Palestine: ‘We are raising our voices against the tyranny and the tyrants, and condemning the aggressive tripartite agreement between the US, Israel, and the UAE, which the UAE rulers signed…’

Salameh added: ‘Palestine is the land of the divine messengers to the people, and together with it and behind it stand all the honorable people in the [Islamic] nation. The Al-Aqsa Mosque in its known boundaries – 144 dunams (i.e., approximately 35.6 acres) – is an exclusive right of the Muslims, and no one can say that others have a right to it.

He said that visiting Jerusalem under the auspices and protection of the occupation is treason against Allah, His Prophet [Muhammad], and the Palestinian cause, which the Martyrs’ blood has been spilled in abundance in order to defend it.”





Israel-UAE peace agreement (Abraham Accords) – an agreement normalizing diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was announced on Aug. 13, 2020, under the mediation of US President Donald Trump. Pursuant to the agreement, the countries will discuss bilateral cooperation on a number of topics. In exchange for the agreement, Israel agreed to suspend its previously announced plans to apply Israel's civilian law to parts of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley as per the Trump peace plan. The US announced that “Muslims throughout the world who wish to come in peace to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, will now be able to fly to Tel Aviv through Abu Dhabi to do so and will be welcomed.”