The Arab League condemned the decision of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to name a square in the city “Jerusalem Square” and the invitation extended to Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, who is known for his anti-Palestinian positions and encouragement settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Arab League Assistant Secretary-General for Palestine and occupied Arab lands Said Abu Ali reiterated the League’s rejection of Paris’ decision, saying it contradicted the resolutions of international legitimacy, including the policy adopted by France acknowledging East Jerusalem as an integral part of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.
The Secretary-General urged France to nullify this decision, which he said fell out of line with its values as a “country of justice, equality, freedom, and human rights”.
Abu Ali noted that this decision represents a reward for the occupation and encourages it to continue its crimes against the Palestinian people and further deepen its racist and apartheid practices as well as its violations of charters, laws, and resolutions of international legitimacy.
The decision to inaugurate the square was made in response to the request of the president of the Concictoire Communal Jewish organization Joel Mergui during the visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on January 24 to the headquarters of the municipality of Paris.