Jerusalem is not for sale — Abbas

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Palestinian President Abbas. (Photo: Twitter)
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — President Mahmoud Abbas stressed on Wednesday that Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Palestine, is not for sale and that all Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem are Palestinian, the Palestinian news agency, WAFA, reported.اضافة اعلان

In a speech delivered over the phone at the conference “Property Documentation and the Historical Status of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque”, which is being held at the headquarters of the Red Crescent Society in the city of Al-Bireh, President Abbas stressed that “we will not allow nor accept any changes to this legal and historical status quo (of Al-Aqsa Mosque), regardless of the circumstances.”

He said that the conflict with Israel is political not religous, stressing that “Jerusalem and Palestine are not for sale,” and “we have foiled all suspicious projects to liquidate the Palestinian cause, particularly the deal of the century.”

He added Palestinians and Jordanians are “in one trench in defense of Jerusalem”, praising King Abdullah’s custodianship of Christian and Islamic religious endowments.

In his concluding remarks, he drew attention back to recently murdered Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, promising to not forget the “martyrs”.

“We will hold on to our positions, our struggle, and our popular resistance until the State of Palestine is established with East Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Palestine.”

Abbas’ presence at the conference comes at a critical time, after rumors circulated last week about his health. The rumors were instigated after a report on Twitter by the BBC Arabic claimed that Abbas’ close confidant, Hussein Al-Sheikh, had been entrusted with some of Abbas’ substantial duties due to his health condition. Sheikh took to Twitter to vehemently deny the rumors, writing “there is no truth to the yellow news circulating about the health of #President #Abbas ... what is being circulated is an attempt at tampering with the internal #Palestinian situation”.

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