The International Union of Muslim Scholars on Sunday condemned a recent meeting between officials from several Arab countries and the Israeli prime minister at a conference in Warsaw, Poland.
“International Union of Muslim Scholars accepts with sorrow the meeting of a large number of officials from Arab countries with the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu who has occupied their Holy Land, kills their children, blockades their cities and Judaizes Palestine and Jerusalem with the support of the US,” the Union said in a statement published on its Twitter
The so-called “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East,” held jointly by the US and Poland, took place in Warsaw, Poland on Feb. 13-14.
Arab state officials who attended the conference have forgotten what Israel has done in Jerusalem (al-Quds) and the West Bank, the statement added.
Underlying that Netanyahu considered these developments as a historical turning point, the statement said, “Netanyahu asked the US Secretary of State to work for Israel’s and Arabs’ common interests”.
The Palestinians, who boycotted the conference, strongly protested the summit and the participation of Arab ministers.
Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, wrote in a column published by Israel’s Haaretz newspaper that the Warsaw conference lacked credibility as it aimed to “normalize” the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.
“By fully siding with the Israeli government, (the Americans) have tried to normalize the Israeli occupation and the systematic denial of the Palestinian right to self-determination,” he said.
Saeb Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, called it “an attempt to bypass” the Arab Peace Initiative.