Final Communiqué and Recommendations of the 17th Session of the Al-Quds Committee
(Casablanca, Kingdom of Morocco, 29-30 July 1998)
In response to a generous invitation from His Majesty King Hassan II, Sovereign of the Kingdom of Morocco and Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, the Committee held its 17th session in the city of Casablanca, Kingdom of Morocco, on 4-5 Rabiul Akhar 1419H, 29-30 July 1998, to consider the critical juncture the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif was going through the Islamic Ummahs prime cause as a result of the Israeli occupation authorities persistence in implementing their scheme designed to judaize the Holy City by having recourse to various ways and means and carrying out unilateral acts to alter the normal demographic and geographic status of the City and place the international community before a new fait accompli, prior to the negotiations on the definitive solution for the City and to influence their outcome.
Took part in the Committees deliberations: H.E. President Yasser Arafat, President of the State of Palestine, Their Highnesses and Excellencies the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, delegations from the Committee Member States, and H.E. Dr. Azzeddine Laraki, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
His Majesty King Hassan II, Chairman of Al-Quds Committee, opened the Committees proceedings by highlighting the dangerous juncture which the city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif has been going through. His Majesty called on the members of the Committee to adopt a new approach as required by the Arab-Islamic events which warrant the adoption of specific decisions. His Majesty further stated that a series of measures had been finalized with respect to Bayt Al-Mal of Al-Quds, the executive body of which has now been set up and which now has its headquarters and bank accounts. It will start discharging its mission immediately.
In his address, H.E. President Yasser Arafat, President of the State of Palestine, thanked His Majesty King Hassan II for having called Al-Quds Committee to convene at this critical juncture wherein Al-Quds Al-Sharif is facing a clear threat of judaization, confronted to demographic and geographic changes, and being isolated from its Arab environment. He called for concerted efforts to save the Holy City from the Israeli occupation.
The heads of delegations took the floor, emphasizing the serious consequences of the Israeli Governments illegal decisions and measures applied to Al-Quds Al-Sharif, particularly its latest decision pertaining to the expansion of the boundaries of Al-Quds Municipality.
In the light of the deliberations of its members, the Committee reaffirmed its total solidarity with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in its just struggle to end the Israeli occupation and re-establish the Palestinian people inalienable national rights, including their right to return, to self-determination and to statehood on their national soil with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as their capital. The Committee also expressed its support to the Middle East peace process and to the implementation of the agreements signed in that framework between the parties concerned along with all the commitments and pledges made on the basis of the principles of the Madrid Conference, in accordance with resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and 425 (1978), as well as the "land for peace" formula which calls for Israels immediate, total and unconditional withdrawal from all the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories, including Al-Quds Al-Sharif, the Syrian Golan back to the 4 June 1967 line and occupied Lebanese territories, in accordance with Security Council resolution 425. It further stressed the need for Israel to honor the commitments it made during the negotiations and resume talks on the Syrian track from where they had ended.
Al-Quds Al-Sharif is part and parcel of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 and that all that applied to the rest of the occupied territories applied to it as per the relevant United Nations decisions until the restoration of Palestinian sovereignty on Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of the state of Palestine.
All legislative, administrative and settlement-related steps and measures which are designed to alter the legal status of the Holy City are null and void and inconsistent with the decisions of international legitimacy and with international conventions and covenants and contrary to the agreements signed by the Palestinian and Israeli parties.
The Committee made the following recommendations: