MP Abu Halabiya calls for Arab stance after Ma’manullah excavations

[ 26/06/2011 – 06:19 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Ahmad Abu Halabiya, who heads Al-Quds committee at the Palestinian parliament, has called on Arabs and Muslims to take a strong stance after Israeli occupation authorities demolished over a hundred graves in the historic Islamic Ma’manullah cemetery in Jerusalem on Sunday morning.

He considered that the move amounted to “a new violation to achieve the objective of a Zionist strategy inside Jerusalem,” in a statement he gave later that day.

He said Israel aims at obliterating all Islamic features of the city. Several key Islamic figures dating back to the successors of Prophet Mohammed were buried there.

Abu Halabiya, who also represents the parliament’s Hamas bloc, warned that Israel plans on destroying new cemeteries in Jerusalem. He said: “I warned previously that the Zionist enemy would destroy the cemetery. There is another plan by them to demolish the Islamic Bab al-Rahma cemetery east of Al-Aqsa Mosque – which is a historic cemetery where a number of the Prophet’s Companions are buried.”

Earlier, Israel’s Jerusalem municipality sent bulldozers to evacuate bodies from hundreds of graves at the site and built in their place hotels, biblical parks, and major roads, and most recently the Museum of Tolerance.

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