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Iran: Holy Quds to Remain Islamic, Arabic in Identity

7 December 2017 14:39

 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif strongly condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate Washington’s embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds (Jerusalem), and said that the city will always keep its Arab and Islamic identity.

“Jerusalem al-Quds will always keep its Arab and Islamic identity. Washington, which has no proprietary right, is executing a plan on behalf of somebody else who has no such right either,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

He noted that if half of the money spent on sponsoring terror had been spent on the liberation of Palestine, Washington wouldn’t have been so selfish now.

In anticipation of Trump’s move, 151 members of the UN General Assembly voted last week to adopt a rare resolution that denounced Israel as the “occupying power” of Jerusalem al-Quds, a city that is holy to Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike.

The city has seen heightened tensions since 2015, when the Israeli military introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque — Islam’s third holiest site.

Over 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli soldiers ever since.

Trump’s move which overturns decades of US foreign policy is feared to trigger a fresh wave of unrest in the Middle East.

In a Wednesday night statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry called the move a “blatant violation of international resolutions,” and warned against a new Palestinian Intifada (uprising).

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