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Abbas launches activities of Jerusalem as Capital of Islamic Culture 2019

April 13, 2019 10:54 A.M. (Updated: April 13, 2019 11:20 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a televised statement, on Friday, that “Palestinian people rise from the rubble of disasters and conspiracies, in order to restore their existence, identity and rights.”

Abbas made the statement during the launch of the activities of the Jerusalem as Capital of Islamic Culture 2019.

He said the "Jerusalem as Capital of Islamic Culture" activities confirm that “Jerusalem will not be alone, and that the steadfast Palestinian people will not remain alone in the face of colonialism and occupation.”

He continued, “The people of Palestine, and millions of Arabs and Muslims and the free of the universe, are standing in the face of the shame ‘Deal of the Century’ that aims to take away Jerusalem from our hearts and minds and our reality.”

Abbas called on the friendly and brotherly nations to visit Jerusalem as a token of support for its people and the entire Palestinian people facing prolonged Israeli occupation.

In January 2018, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) announced Jerusalem as the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2019, at a press conference in Morocco's capital Rabat on ISESCO’s declaration of 2019 as the Year of Heritage in the Islamic World.
ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman al-Twaijri said the organization launched a comprehensive program to boost Islamic and international support for the preservation of cultural heritage in Jerusalem.
He urged the relevant authorities in the member states of the organization to support the initiative by organizing projects and cultural programs to increase the awareness about the heritage.

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