Arab foreign ministers to hold meeting on Jerusalem unrest


On the eve of the meeting, PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah discussed during a phone call the situation of Jerusalem. KHALED ABU TOAMEH

Palestinians pray on Laylat al-Qadr during the holy month of Ramadan, at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City, May 8, 2021

(photo credit: REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD)

Arab League foreign ministers are scheduled to hold an extraordinary virtual meeting on Tuesday to discuss the latest unrest in Jerusalem.

The meeting, at the request of the Palestinian Authority, will be held to assess the current tensions in Jerusalem, mostly stemming from violence at the Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount and in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where several Arab families face eviction from homes owned by Jews before 1948.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah discussed Jerusalem’s situation by phone and agreed to coordinate efforts to “halt Israeli assaults on Jerusalem, its holy sites and residents,” according to Wafa, the PA’s official news agency.

Abbas also received a phone call from Tunisian President Kais Saied, who voiced his country’s support for the Palestinians, Wafa reported.

Saied also briefed Abbas on Tunisia’s effort to convene a special session of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the latest violent flare-up in Jerusalem and Israeli “violations” in the city.

Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for the PA Presidency, described the events of the past few weeks in Jerusalem as a “victory” for the Palestinians.

“The battle of Jerusalem proved to everyone that the Palestinian people are greater than all the conspiracies hatched against them,” he said. “The victory achieved by the sons of our heroic people in Jerusalem will not be compromised. The Palestinians imposed their historical narrative and foiled [former US President Donald Trump’s] Deal of the Century.”

The PA and several Palestinian factions on Sunday warned that Jews were planning to “storm” the Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday during the Flag March to celebrate Jerusalem Day. They called on Palestinians to converge on the holy site to “thwart” any attempt to storm it by “Jewish extremists and settlers.”



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