Patriarch Sabah, Mufti Hussein receive Yasser Arafat Award

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Patriarch Sabah, Mufti Hussein receive Yasser Arafat Award

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The Yasser Arafat Foundation marked on Friday November 10, the 13th anniversary of the martyrdom of former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at the Ramallah Palace of Culture during which Patriarch Michele Sabah and Sheikh Mohammad Hussein received the Yasser Arafat Achievement Award in appreciation of their outstanding role in serving the cause of Palestine and Jerusalem. Present at the event were senior Palestinian officials as well as ambassadors of Arab and foreign countries.

Patriarch Sabah thanked the Yasser Arafat Foundation and said: "Standing before Sheikh Mohammad Hussein has a great significance. We seek a reality when all Palestinians are equal except for their competence. We, Muslims and Christians, are believers. We want the Muslims to be faithful to their God in their Islam and so are the Christians in their Christianity. Sincerity in faith eliminates differences among believers. Being together today is a symbolic issue which indicates that we strive today to overcome obstacles waiting for the day when every Palestinian becomes a genuine Palestinian enjoying humanity."

He added: "God's peace implies attaining justice, rights and freedom in addition to an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital as well as praying in the capital, Jerusalem, without permits." He pointed out that "this award reminds us of Yasser Arafat's dream, the dream of a Palestinian state that we believe will be achieved. The absence of the state is caused by injustice against us."

Mufti Mohammad Hussein said that it is a great stand and a great honor with martyrdom and a memory of senior martyrs, foremost of whom being Yasser Arafat. He added, the martyr Abu Ammar used to say that we always protect Christian to Islamic holy sites. Some thought that he gave precedence to Christianity by mistake. He continued saying: "I do not mean that, we are the protectors of all holy places."

Director of the Yasser Arafat Achievement Award committee Ali Mhanna said the committee decided to grant the award to Mufti of Palestine Sheikh Mohammad Hussein and Patriarch Michele Sabah in appreciation of their outstanding role in serving the cause of Palestine and Jerusalem.

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 15:08
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