Islamic-Christian commission: Israel persists seriously in Judaizing O. J’lem



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[ 07/02/2012 – 02:35 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Islamic-Christian commission for the support of Jerusalem and holy sites warned the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) of its persistence in destroying Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem and assaulting the natives to force them to leave their homes and real estate.

In a press release on Monday, the Islamic-Christian commission said the Israeli municipal council in Jerusalem declared a new plan to build a shopping mall and a parking lot on a four-dunum Palestinian land belonging to the Armenian monastery in the old city.

The commission noted that the settlers living in the so-called Jewish neighborhood of the old city are relentlessly embarking on seizing Armenian real estate to expand their community that was established on the ruins of Palestinian homes in 1967.

According to local sources, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) prevented the Palestinian natives of the Armenian neighborhood from using the existing parking lot which is owned by the monastery.

The residents of the monastery said they held a rally on Thursday to protest the Israeli closure of their parking lot and the use of police force to bar them from parking their cars.

The Israeli municipal council also issued orders to demolish the sit-in tent in Al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan district, which was erected three years ago in protest at Israel’s demolition of Al-Bustan homes and its forced displacement of residents.

In another context, American researcher and professor Ibtisam Ibrahim released a new research paper, published by Encounters journal in Washington, on the role of the Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage in defending the Aqsa Mosque and the Islamic holy sites in the occupied Palestinian lands including the 1948 territory.

Ibtisam Ibrahim, originally from the Palestinian village of Kabul in the 1948 occupied territory, is an assistant professor of Arab studies and the acting director of the Arab studies program at the American university in Washington.

Her research elaborated at length the role played by the Aqsa foundation to preserve the Islamic holy sites, including the Aqsa Mosque, and the Arab identity of the holy city, as well as its efforts to support its economy.

She clarified how the Aqsa foundation represents a political phenomenon struggling against the Zionist attempts to control over the Islamic and Christian holy sites in the 1948 occupied lands and the holy city of Jerusalem.

Source and more at the PIC


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