Palestine’s Mufti’s fatwa prohibits working with US ‘peace deal’

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Hussein (File photo)

Middle East Monitor /  February 11, 2020

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem issued a fatwa prohibiting dealing with US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” and its promoters, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Sheikh Mohammed Hussein released a bold statement today declaring whoever negotiates with the deal a traitor to God and His Messenger (pbuh), and to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem and Palestine.

He stated that Trump’s so-called “peace plan”, which flagrantly violates international law, robs Jerusalem of its rightful owners, and deprives Muslims of their third most important holy site and the path of their Prophet.

It stipulates that Jerusalem is the “undivided” capital of Israel, while Palestine would have limited control over scattered neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site, after Makkah and Medina.

The “deal of the century” unilaterally annuls previous UN resolutions on the Palestinian issue and suggests giving Israel almost everything it has been demanding.

Hussein stressed that the deal also came to nullify the right of the Palestinian people to live on their land in dignity, tightens the hand of the oppressors and supports them, as well as giving Israel most of the Palestinian land “scented with the blood of the noble martyrs”.

Hussein continued: “It is flirted with sins, misdeeds and crimes, imposed by one party, and inconsistent with the simplest degrees of noble values, which confirms that whoever plans or supports this brute aggression, or is silent about it, deserves the curse of God, his angels and all people.”

In his fatwa, Hussein called on to the whole world to work hard to stop the aggression against Palestine and sanctify it and its people, and support them, and refrain from working with this unfair deal, which is full of crimes and racism.