AMMAN, (PIC)-- The advisory board of "the global march to Jerusalem" reiterated its deep concern over Israel's Judaization and ethnic cleansing activities against the Palestinian natives of the occupied city of Jerusalem and urged all humanity to take part in the march.
This came in a statement released on Wednesday and signed by 55 noted international figures including archbishop Desmond Tutu, a South African Nobel peace laureate, and former premier of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamed.
"We, the advisory board of the global march to Jerusalem, are alarmed and deeply troubled by the continuing repression of Palestinians in Jerusalem and by the deliberate and systematic attempts to expel and reduce the Christian and Muslim Palestinian population of the city as part of the policy called “Judaization,” which is being applied to every part of historic Palestine."
"This policy is inconsistent with all relevant United Nations resolutions on Jerusalem and contrary to the most basic principles of international law. Its purpose is plainly to ethnically cleanse Jerusalem of its non-Jewish population and transform a once proud symbol of international tolerance and religious and cultural diversity into an exclusionary and racist enclave."
"Jerusalem is our common universal heritage. It is the centre of spirituality and ideological significance for all of the monotheistic religions, and a beacon of emancipation and hope for the downtrodden. This historic city is venerated across the world for enhancing the spiritual heritage of all humanity; it has been a symbol of unity and equality, with a message of love, mercy and compassion."
"However the entire world is now witnessing a threat to the sovereignty, sanctity and inviolability of Jerusalem. The plan is not only to destroy the Muslim and Christian presence, but also to change and dismantle the social structure of Jerusalem, obliterating 'its indigenous Arab identity' and changing the character of the city."
"The people of the world have, therefore, taken it upon themselves to prevent this abomination, by mobilizing themselves in every part of the world and representing all religious, humanitarian, and cultural backgrounds in a global march to Jerusalem aimed at guarding the city of peace from becoming a wasteland of intolerance."
"We, therefore, lend our names to support the convergence of people from all countries and continents of the world to Jerusalem, and to the nearest points to which they are able to approach, both inside Palestine and at the Palestinian borders with Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, as well as in their own countries, in a peaceful march towards Jerusalem."
"We, therefore, support this effort and encourage all humanity to support it," the VIPs stated in a statement posted on the website of the global march to Jerusalem (GMJ).