Al-Azhar Mosque's next Friday sermon on Jerusalem: Al-Tayeb

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

The warning comes amid anger among Arab public opinion over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to start moving the US embassy there. He highlighted the importance of coordination between Al-Azhar and European countries in combating extremist ideologies.

Egypt's highest Islamic body stressed that the "Jerusalem's Arabi-Palestinian identity is not subject for change or external meddling", pointing out that the United Nations (UN) does not recognise such a "violating" act.

Delivering a speech at the end of his visit, Tony Blair praised the role of Al-Azhar and its institutions in addressing the challenges of today and confronting extremism and terrorism.

Al-Azhar also called upon experienced individuals and worldwide institutions, particularly the United Nations General Assembly, to confront this as a threat to global peace and security.

On Friday, a USA official said that Trump was likely to officially recognise Jerusalem as the new capital for the Jewish state.

"The Church stands with efforts that push peace forward, and supports negotiation as the best means to establish a just situation and comprehensive peace", the Church's statement read.

"If the door is opened for foreign embassies to move to Jerusalem, the floodgates of hell will be opened to the West more so than to the East", he said.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The worldwide community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire city, as Israel is recognized as the occupying power.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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