The Arab League envoy to the U.N. charged that Israel has been altering Jerusalem’s character, making it more Jewish.
By Jack Gold, World Israel News
The Arab League expressed solidarity with the Palestinians by accusing Israel of attempting to “Judaize” Jerusalem.
In his address to the opening meeting of the U.N.’s annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Wednesday, Arab League envoy Maged Abdelfattah Abdelaziz criticized U.S. policy in the Middle East, including the “illegal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, and the defunding of UNRWA.
He also claimed that Israel was attempting to redesign Jerusalem’s demographics and called on the international community to safeguard Jerusalem’s holy sites from Israel.
Jerusalem has been the capital of the modern state of Israel since its founding in 1948 and is the holiest city in Judaism.
The Palestinians often deny that there ever was a Jewish presence or holy temple in Jerusalem, consistently referring to the First Temple built by King Solomon as “the alleged Temple.”
The denial of Jewish history in Jerusalem and rejection of the existence of the Temple by the PA and Fatah – both headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas – is a well-documented phenomenon, as is the PA claim made without evidence of Israeli theft of artifacts and misrepresentation of history.