Jeddah: On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which coincides with the 29th day of November every year, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation hashighlighted the dangers threatening to the existence of the third Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds city because of repeated Israeli aggression and relentless attempts to change the city’s features and characters.
This was stated in the interactive virtual lecture titled: “The Cultural and Religious Heritage of Al-Quds Al-Shareef: Challenges and Opportunities.” The lecture was delivered by Prof (Dr) Nazmi Amin Jubeh, director of the Islamic Museum at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The OIC General Secretariat organized the lecture as part of its series of lectures held at its Jeddah headquarters.
In his virtual lecture on Thursday, 2 December 2021, Dr. Nazmi Amin Jubeh presented a comprehensive historical review of the stages of development of Al-Quds and its legal status in the cultural heritage of divine religions. Dr. Jubeh is an associate professor at the Department of History and Archeology, Birzeit University, former co-director of Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation, and director of the Islamic Museum at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In his lecture, Dr. Jubbah also gave an overview of the key historical figures that influenced the city and its architecture, which reflect its identity as a land of peaceful coexistence among adherents of different faiths.
Dr. Jubbah also highlighted the danger threatening the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds city because of repeated Israeli aggression and relentless attempts to change the city’s features, Judaism, and change its Islamic identity through archeological excavations and demolition of Islamic historic sites. Dr. Jubbah also cited the efforts made by the Palestinian authorities to confront these threats and defend the blessed al-Aqua Mosque and its surrounding buildings.
His lecture was characterized by presenting images and manuscripts showing the historical development of Al-Quads city and the transformations it has witnessed over time. It also focused on areas with strong symbolism, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Near Church, the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqua Mosque, Maghreb Quarters, and the like, which are targeted by the Israeli occupation through the surface and underground archeological excavations and attempts at Judaization and imposition of fait accompli.