Egypt's Al-Azhar rejects Trump's Jerusalem decision

Egypt church slams US plans for Jerusalem recognition

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb issued a decision that next Friday's sermon at Al-Azhar Mosque will be on the Arab identity of Jerusalem.

Al-Azhar argued that there was a bias in favor of Israel which enabled criminal policies which violate human rights.

"Taking Israel's side and preventing implementation of resolutions condemning Israeli acts against the people, land and holy places in Palestine have lost peoples' confidence in the worldwide community's integrity".

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.

El-Tayeb also called for an urgent meeting of Al-Azhar's Council of Senior Scholars as well as the global Muslim Council of Elders to discuss the implications of Trump's decision.

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Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church on Wednesday decried US plans to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Church said it was imperative to preserve the legal status of Jerusalem within the agreed framework of worldwide law and United Nations resolutions.

The church, headed by Pope Twadros II, reiterated support for efforts aimed at advancing peace negotiations as the best way to achieve comprehensive peace in the region.

"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 perennial Israel-Palestine conflict, as Palestinians want Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

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