The International Union of Muslim Scholars has called for the rejection of normalisation with Israel.
The call came in the concluding statement of a conference in Istanbul earlier this month that more than 1,500 scholars from more than 80 countries attended. The meeting was the largest in the history of the Union.
In recent years several Muslim nations – including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Bahrain and Oman – have been establishing low-level relations with Israel. Jordan and Egypt already have formal peace treaties with the Zionist entity.
The Union’s statement said the Palestinian cause is and will remain the first issue of Muslims all over the world, and it is going today through a critical historical phase and a dangerous crossroads.
It added that Al-Quds Al-Sharif is being exposed to Judaisation, and Zionists are constantly storming and threatening Al-Aqsa Mosque. It stressed that Jerusalem is at the heart of the Islamic Ummah and its dignity.
The Union called on “Arab and Islamic governments, and scientific and civil institutions to bear the entrusted responsibility towards the sanctities of the nation and its major issues, and to categorically reject normalisation.” It considered that “resisting the occupier is a legitimate right in all heavenly laws and international covenants.
More than 1,500 scholars from more than 80 countries participated in the General Assembly, the largest meeting of participants since the founding of the International Union of Muslim Scholars in 2004.
The International Union of Muslim Scholars is a famous Islamic institution, founded in 2004 in Dublin, Ireland, and includes members from countries of the Muslim world, minorities and Islamic groups abroad.
In 2011, the headquarters of the Union was moved to the Qatari capital of Doha, by a decision of the Executive Council of the Union.