2001 News Story

MWL issues statemetn on Jerusalem

The Muslim World League (MWL) issued a statement yesterday stressing that Al-Quds [Jerusalem] is an Arab and Islamic city, not a Jewish one, and that the United Nations as well as historical documents have affirmed this. The MWL expressed the concern of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims at the comment made yesterday by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to the meeting of the International Relations Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives, describing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The MWL called on all peace-loving governments and the Security Council of the United Nations to adhere to all resolutions regarding the Arab character of Al-Quds and its affiliation to Palestine, and to consider it as a city occupied by Israeli forces in 1967, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 242. The MWL urged the U.S. Secretary of State to review the history and relevant UN resolutions on this matter, and stressed its adherence to the cause of the restoration of Al-Quds as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.