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Palestine flays Israel’s call to demolish Baitul Muqaddas walls

RAMALLAH: Palestinian Authority has flayed Israel for its call to demolish sections of walls of the old city of Baitul Muqaddas (Jerusalem).

In a statement, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that the call is an escalation in the war of Judaisation against the city and its surroundings”.

Aryeh King, a member of the Israeli Jerusalem municipality’s council, called on social media to “destroy sections of Jerusalem walls”.

The Arab and Islamic worlds were asked to “deal seriously with the calls to demolish the walls of Jerusalem.”

Palestinians have long accused Israel of waging a campaign to “Judaise” East Jerusalem with the aim of effacing its historical Arab and Islamic identity and ultimately driving out its Palestinian inhabitants.

Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Middle East War. It annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the Jewish state, a move never recognised by the international community.

International law continues to view the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity on the land as illegal.