Arab League to Hold 'Extraordinary Meeting'

Arab League to discuss violence in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority bid for membership in UN agencies, in the presence of PA's Abbas.

Arutz Sheva Staff, | updated: 17:01

Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas
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The Arab League will hold an "extraordinary" meeting next week to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the presence Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, an official said Sunday.

The meeting on November 29 comes as Jerusalem as been roiled by months of unrest, which has spread across Judea and Samaria.

Four rabbis and a policeman were killed last week when two Palestinians carrying meat cleavers and a pistol launched an attack on a synagogue, in Jerusalem's deadliest terror attack in six years.

Arab foreign ministers meeting Saturday will discuss the latest unrest as well as plans by the Palestinian Authority to seek "membership in UN agencies", Arab League deputy chief Ahmed Ben Helli told reporters.

The PA has said they will submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council later this month, calling for an end to Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria within two years.

The text, which the PA has been discussing for weeks, is expected to be vetoed by permanent member the United States.

The PA have said they will seek membership of the International Criminal Court, where they could sue Israeli officials over alleged war crimes, if the US wields its veto power.

Ben Helli said the Arab foreign ministers will also discuss Israeli activities in Jerusalem, which he said is "pushing the region to (an) explosion" of violence and compromising peace efforts.

Tensions have been rife in Jerusalem, where Islamists have waged a violent campaign to prevent Jews from praying at the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest place and also the site of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound. 

Meanwhile on Sunday, the Mideast Quartet envoy, Tony Blair, met Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri to discuss the latest developments.  

Shoukri "briefed Blair on Egyptian efforts to contain the situation in east Jerusalem and prevent it... from falling into a vicious circle of violence," a foreign ministry statement said.

AFP contributed to this report.




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