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Murad Al-Sudani, the Registrar for the National Palestinian Committee for Education, Culture and Science, lashed out at the upcoming annual Jerusalem Wine Festival, which is set to have a branch at the upscale Mamilla (Alrov) open-air mall near the Old City.

Since the mall rests partly on an old Muslim cemetery called "Maman Allah;" Al-Sudani claims that the festival manifests an affront to Islam.

Al-Sudani emphasized, the festival is "a dangerous escalating step" on the part of Israel in Jerusalem in its continual damage to historically and religiously significant Muslim holy sites.

He accused Israel of trying to "bury" the Arab and Muslim history of Jerusalem, asserting that the relevant Muslim cemetery is a historically significant Muslim site that spans the largest Waqf-controlled area in Jerusalem, and that the remains of Mohammad's comrades are said to be buried there.

The wine festival, according to Al-Sudani, violates the cemetery and manifests a provocation against the feelings of the Arab Palestinians and Muslims world-wide.

The main center of the Jerusalem Wine Festival is to take place on September 5 in "Gan Haomanut," the Art Garden of the Israel Museum. The well-attended event that first took place over a decade ago includes tastings from leading Israeli wineries and music.