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Muslims at haj blame Arab disunity for Jerusalem embassy move
'If the Arabs were united, nobody would have dared make such a move,' says one Yemini pilgrim near Mecca, while others accused Saudi Arabia of surrendering Palestinian rights for the sake of alliance with Trump and his tough stand on Iran.

Muslims at the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia criticized what they described as discordant Arab leaders for failing to block President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem after he recognized the city as Israel's capital.

 

 

It was a reversal of decades of American policy and the embassy opened in May at a high-profile ceremony attended by Trump's daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, the US envoy to the Middle East.

 

Muslim pilgrims in Arafat reject US embassy move to Jerusalem    (צילום: רויטרס)

Muslim pilgrims in Arafat reject US embassy move to Jerusalem

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The status of Jerusalem—home to sites holy to the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions—is one of the biggest obstacles to any peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

 

The United Nations says the status of the ancient city—whose eastern sector was captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War—can only be resolved by negotiations. Palestinians claim east Jerusalem for the capital of an independent state they seek. Israel says Jerusalem is its eternal and indivisible capital.

 

Pilgrims on Mt. Arafat
Pilgrims on Mt. Arafat

 

"This happened with the complicity of the Arab leaders," 53-year-old Saad Awad from Sudan said on Monday as he walked east of Mecca with more than 2 million fellow Muslims from around the world.

 

"If the Arab leaders were united and adhering to the Koran and the Sunna (Islamic practice based on words and deeds of the Prophet), it would be impossible for the Americans or anyone else to do something like this."

 

Saudi Arabia, which stakes its reputation on its guardianship of Islam's holiest sites—Mecca and Medina—and organizing the haj, has urged pilgrims to put aside political concerns and focus on spirituality.

 

Muslims pray near Mt. Arafat
Muslims pray near Mt. Arafat

 

The five-day ritual, the world's largest annual gathering of Muslims, is a religious duty once in a lifetime for every able-bodied adherent who can afford it.

  

Few pilgrims openly censured the host country, but dismay among ordinary Arabs at the embassy move has been tinged with anger at regional governments—particularly those of the oil-rich Gulf monarchies—for failing to stop, or even strongly protest against, Trump's decision last December.

  

"The Arabs are weak and have not taken a stand on the issue of Jerusalem," said Algerian pilgrim Hilal Issa, 70.

 

Some critics accuse Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, of surrendering Palestinian rights for the sake of its alliance with Trump and his tough stand on Iran.

 

A Muslim prays, Mt. Arafat in background
A Muslim prays, Mt. Arafat in background

 

While Saudi Arabia and its fellow monarchies have previously criticized the embassy decision, they have also welcomed Trump's harder line against Iran, which has cast itself as the guardian of Palestinian rights.

 

In recent years the bitter regional rivalry that pits Shi'ite Muslim Iran and its allies against a bloc led by Sunni Muslim-majority Saudi Arabia has increasingly pushed the decades-old Arab-Israeli struggle into the background.

 

King Salman has reassured Arab allies Riyadh would not endorse any peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem's status or other key issues, Reuters reported last month, easing concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent US deal which largely aligns with Israel.

 

"If the Arabs were united, nobody would have dared make such a move," Yemeni pilgrim Amr Ahmed Ali said of the embassy transfer. "But God willing, the Arabs will unite, and this city will unite the Arabs and Muslims behind one cause which is the Palestinian cause."

 

 


פרסום ראשון: 08.20.18, 21:35
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