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Where is Imam-e-Haram as-Sudais who praised Trump as Ambassador of Peace?

Thursday December 7, 2017 10:54 PM, & Agencies

Abdulrahman As Sudais

After American President Donald Trump obliged his donors and his Jew supporters by recognising Occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital, people are seeking a reply from Imam-e-Haram Abdulrahman al-Sudais who had praised the US President as "Ambassador of Peace".

Trump took the outrageous and provocative decision to recognise Occupied Jerusalem - considered Holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews together, as Israel's capital and also ordered to shift US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem despite the warnings by Saudi King Salman and other Muslim leaders.

"As Imam-e-Haram, Sheikh Abdulrahman as-Sudais deserves highest level of respect. But, what will he say now about Trump whom he had praised as Ambassador of peace just three months ago", Saad Alshaya, said in a message circulated on social media.

Saad was referring to an interview Sheikh as-Sudais had given to TV channel Al Ekhbariya during his visit to New York in September this year.

While praising the American president in the interview, Imam-e-Haram Sheikh as-Sudais had claimed Donald Trump, the United States and Saudi Arabia are "steering the world to peace".

Claiming that Saudi Arabia and the United States are the "poles of influence in the world", as-Sudais said the two countries are "steering the world and humanity to the ports of security, peace and prosperity.”

Al Ekhbariya interviewed Sheikh as-Sudain on the sidelines of the conference on 'Civilisational communication between the United States of America and the Islamic World', organised by the Muslim World League in New York in September 2017.

The interview had created a stir in the social media soon after it was aired.

"We respect and appreciate Sudais, but what he said, to be honest, should be thrown into the nearest bin", one twitterite had said.

Netizens are seeking reply from as-Sudais afresh after Trump on Wednesday December 06 recognised Occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sparking condemnation by world leaders and protests in various places of the Middle East.

"Arabs are obsessed with America and everything Americans. But they should keep two things in mind.

"One, the United States, its governments and its presidents are controlled by the strong Jewish lobbies and hence cannot take any decision which will be against their interests.

“Second, besides safeguarding the interests of Israelis, the US policies have always been revolving only around its own selfish goals. And, Trump is no exception”, Khaled Hassan, a retired teacher, said in response to Saad’s post.

Meanwhile, at least 17 Palestinians have been wounded in clashes in the Gaza Strip and across the West Bank, during protests against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

One person is in a critical condition, according to BBC.

Protesters set tyres alight and threw stones, and Israeli troops fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live bullets.

In Gaza, according to Reuters news agency, Palestinians threw stones across the border fence at Israeli soldiers who responded with live fire.

Reports of massive protests were earlier in the day also reported from Turkey and Jordan.

Following Trump's Jerusalem announcement, the leader of Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, has called for a "day of rage" on Friday and said it should "be the first day of the intifada against the occupier".

"We have given instructions to all Hamas members and to all its wings to be fully ready for any new instructions or orders that may be given to confront this strategic danger," Ismail Haniya said in a speech in Gaza.

On the other hand, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' rival Fatah movement is seeking to protest through diplomatic means, by filing a complaint to the UN Security Council and pushing for a strong stance by the Arab League.

"We are going to declare the United States disqualified as co-sponsor of any peace process or political process," spokesman Dr Nasser Al-Kidwa said. "In our mind, it has lost its ability to do or perform any efforts in this regard."

The UN has called an urgent meeting of the Security Council on Friday.

"The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will meet on Friday at the request of eight states on the 15-member body over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", diplomats said on Thursday.

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