JERUSALEM, Wednesday, August 26, 2020 (WAFA) – The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, today resigned from a UAE forum over the forum’s statement endorsing normalization with Israel.
Hussein announced in a press conference that he submitted his resignation from the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies (FPPMS), citing the forum’s statement which supported the UAE agreement to normalize relations with Israel.
“This normalization is a stab in the back of Palestinians and Muslims, and a betrayal for Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem,” he said.
The FPPMS hailed the UAE-Israel deal, claiming it “stopped Israel from extending its sovereignty over Palestinian lands” and was a means to reinforces peace and dialogue among nations. However after being criticised for the statement, the body removed the statement from its platforms.
While Emirati officials have hailed normalization as a successful means to stave off Israel’s illegal move to annex large swaths of the West Bank, Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his commitment to the annexation plan.
The FPPMS was established in 2014 in the UAE to reinforce peace and dialogue. It is headed by the former Mauritanian politician and professor in religion and current Grand Mufti of the UAE Abdullah Bin Bayyah.