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News, February 2012
Qardawi Prohibits Muslims from Visiting Jerusalem Until it is Liberated from the Israeli Occupation
Violent clashes in Jerusalem, Qardawi prohibits visiting it for non-Palestinians
[ 28/02/2012 - 10:09 AM ]
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
Israeli occupation police forces arrested five Jerusalemites on Monday night during violent confrontations with young men in Tur suburb.
Local sources said that the Israeli policemen and border guards fired rubbers bullets, teargas canisters, and stun grenades on the demonstrators.
They said that the clashes, which broke out near Makased hospital, were going on for the fourth day running in protest at the storming of the Aqsa mosque last Friday, adding that the young men threw stones and iron bars at the policemen.
Meanwhile, renowned Egyptian scholar Dr. Yousef Al-Qardawi has renewed an earlier Fatwa (edict) prohibiting on all Muslims, except the Palestinians, to visit occupied Jerusalem.
He said that visiting Jerusalem while under occupation gives legitimacy to that occupation, noting that anyone wishing to visit it is compelled to deal with Israeli embassies to obtain an entry visa.
“We should feel that we are deprived of Jerusalem in order to fight to win it back”, he said, adding that Jerusalem would only return through resistance and Jihad.
Qardawi warned Jewish settlers against consequences of repeatedly storming the holy Aqsa mosque, describing it as a “red line”.
Qardawi’s words, which were in response to PA chief Mahmoud Abbas’s call on Muslims to visit Jerusalem, were echoed by a Hamas spokesman in Gaza.
Fawzi Barhoum said in a press release that visiting Jerusalem under occupation is recognition of occupation and a sort of normalization.
He said that Muslims should rather save Jerusalem from occupation and boost steadfastness of its inhabitants.
Al-Quds Conference Decides To Head To UN
The Al-Quds Arab Conference, held in Doha – Qatar, concluded its
deliberations on Monday with a decision to head to the United Nations
over the ongoing Israeli violations and escalation against the Arab and
Islamic Holy Sites in occupied East Jerusalem.
Ashrawi: Netanyahu response to Jerusalem conference 'malicious'
Ma'an, February 28, 2012
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) --
PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Tuesday called Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu's response to a conference on Jerusalem a "malicious
campaign of distortion and other inflammatory statements."
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