Egypt joins unified Arab TV broadcast in support of Palestinian Jerusalem

Ahram Online , Sunday 17 Dec 2017

The joint broadcast is intended to show support for Palestinians following the announcement last week that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Palestinians shout slugans and hold a Palestinian flag during a demonstration in a street in east Jerusalem December 16, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt joined a unified Arab television broadcast on Sunday to show support for Palestine and a rejection of a US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the city as Israel's capital.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic, the unified broadcast is an initiative by Hussein Zein, the head of Egypt's National Media Authority, under the umbrella of the Arab League and in coordination with the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU).

The unified live broadcast runs from 12pm to 10pm on Sunday, with the participating channels – from Palestinian and Jordanian television and radio authorities – broadcasting several historical documentaries on the Arab heritage of Jerusalem.

At 10:30pm, Egypt’s state-run television will host a discussion by several Islamic scholars on a planned symposium in support of Jerusalem, to be held at Al-Azhar, the world's oldest seat of Sunni Islamic learning. The programme will feature phone-ins from various Arab and Muslim nations around the world.

A documentary will be broadcast showing Egypt’s role in supporting the Palestinian cause since the 1948 war, as well as reports on the history of Palestine, Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the violations it has suffered under occupation.

Sunday’s combined broadcast is the latest act of opposition by Arab nations to Trump's decision on Jerusalem.

Trump's announcement sparked a wave of condemnation and protests in the Occupied Territories and around the world. Protests also took place in several Arab countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Egypt has decried the US decision stressing that such unilateral decisions violate international resolutions.

"Egypt is extremely concerned about the possible impact of [Trump's] decision on the stability of the region," the foreign ministry said last week.

It added that Trump's decision would not change the legal status of Jerusalem as an occupied city, referring to a number of UN Security Council resolutions regarding this issue, including resolution No.242/1967, which demands that Israel withdraw from the territories it occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem.

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