{Joseph W, February 25th 2012, 4:30 pm on Harry’s Place}

The Emir of Qatar is hosting a conference on Jerusalem, this weekend

From Turkey’s semi-official Anatolia news agency:

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay has said Jerusalem had to be freed of Israeli occupation if a lasting settlement was to reign in the Middle East.
“Without the liberation of Jerusalem, no real is peace and stability can be achieved in the Middle East or farther afield,” Atalay told the Anadolu Agency in Doha, Qatar, where he was set to participate in the International Conference for Defence of Jerusalem.
Atalay described Jerusalem as “a captive city in the hands of Israel,” saying that Israel’s policy is aimed at denying Jerusalem’s thousands-year-old history with Muslims, Christians and Palestinians.
Atalay said Israel’s excavations in Jerusalem threatened sacred sites in the city, adding that Palestinians in the east Jerusalem were even denied of construction permits on their own soil.
Atalay accused Israel of trying to isolate Jerusalem from other Palestinian territories, adding that the Jewish state was forcing Muslims to leave the city by selective and involuntary settlement.
“Israel’s oppressive attempt is aimed at changing Jerusalem’s historic fabric by intimidating Palestinians. Turkey will not allow that,” Atalay said.
The Doha conference is expected to gather politicians, diplomats, scholars, representatives of UN and other international institutions as well as Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious leaders.
Qatar Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas, Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil Elaraby,Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, and United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Robert Serry are among the participants of the event.
The conference will end on Monday [27 February] with a “Doha Declaration.”


{From Harry’s Place:

You will notice also the attendance of a UK representative from Religions For Peace, Mr. Abdel Salam Emran Hussein Mraish, and officials from the ruling bodies of UNRWA, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League, the PLO, Fatah, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Libya and Saudi Arabia, as well as the President of the PSC.

Intriguingly, there are no representatives from the Iranian government, yet three members of the Neda Institute in Iran are attending the conference. The Neda Institute creates links between Iran and Holocaust deniers.}

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