King Abdullah’s stirring plea for peace; breaking barriers at Arab League

(File photo: Royal Court)
His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan broke protocol at the Arab League on Saturday by speaking in English, delivering a powerful message to the world about the urgency of ending the war in Gaza. After a brief Arabic introduction, HM presented one of the most concise and effective calls for peace, emphasizing the immediate need to stop the violence in Gaza without even using the term "ceasefire."اضافة اعلان

The word ‘peace’ was mentioned 11 timesHis Majesty reiterated the word "peace" 11 times, underscoring that peace is an integral part of Islamic tradition, as articulated in Jerusalem by Caliph Omar ibn Khattab. The Jordanian monarch placed the blame for the absence of peace squarely on the Israeli government's hardliners, stating, "This has been the policy of the Israeli leadership—to prioritize security over peace and create new illegal realities on the ground that make a viable Palestinian state impossible."

A majority of the speech on the suffering of Palestinians
Much of the emphasis in His Majesty’s speech was on the suffering of Palestinians, mentioning the term "Palestinian" seven times. The King made a particularly memorable statement: "Today, Israel is literally starving civilians in Gaza, but for decades, Palestinians have been starved of hope, freedom, and a future."

‘I am outraged and grieved’ – His Majesty King Abdullah
He expressed special concern and outrage over the situation in Gaza, mentioning it seven times. He declared, "I am outraged and grieved by the acts of violence waged against innocent civilians in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel. The ongoing bombing campaign in Gaza is cruel and unconscionable on every level."

A call on the international community
The Arab League forum served as a platform for the King of Jordan to call on his international allies to advocate for peace, repeatedly using the term "international" in the context of the absence of international law and the apathy of the international community, seven times. He emphasized that the message being sent to the world is that "Palestinian lives matter less than Israeli ones. Our lives matter less than others. The application of international law is optional, and human rights have limitations—they stop at borders, races, and religions." The King warned that this is "a very, very dangerous message, as the consequences of continued international apathy and inaction will be catastrophic for us all."

The word stop was mentioned six times
King Abdullah expressed concerns that when the war stops, there will be no accountability, repeating the term "stop" six times. He remarked, "Because when the bombs stop falling, Israel is never held accountable, the injustices of occupation persist, and the world looks away until the next round of violence."

The need for serious negotiations
In his closing remarks at the Arab League summit in Cairo, HM emphasized the need for serious negotiations to address the root causes of the conflict. He mentioned the term "peace" eleven times, including this concluding statement: "It is our duty as the international community to do whatever it takes to restart a meaningful political process that can lead to a just and lasting peace based on the two-state solution. The only path to a secure and peaceful future for the people of the Middle East and the world, for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike, begins with the belief that every human life has equal value and ends with two states, Palestine and Israel, coexisting in peace from the river to the sea."

To Read His Majesty King Abdullah II’s Speech at the Cairo Summit For Peace, Click here.

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