HAMADEH URGES EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS TO DEVOTE COURSE NEXT MONDAY FOR EXPLAINING SERIOUSNESS OF US DECISION: JERUSALEM WILL REMAIN LAND OF HOLINESS, LOVE

Minister of Education and Higher Learning, Marwan Hamadeh, addressed educational institutions in Lebanon, in light of the US decision to transfer its Embassy to Jerusalem and its recognition as the capital of Israel.

Hamadeh called on those institutions to read his statement to students and “devote an hour in their Monday (December 11, 2017) classes to explain the seriousness of this approach and its dimensions, so as to make the younger generations aware of the situation and give them a sense of responsibility towards the city of Al-Quds which embraces the symbols of unified religions, and the need to respect its reality as the capital of the occupied Palestine.”

“The city of Jerusalem is a cradle of sanctity. (…) The city of Jerusalem occupies an importance space in the conscience of all the Lebanese, who have always sought, with all seriousness, and sometimes solely among nations, to consecrate the right of Palestinian brothers to return to their land and recognize their state with Jerusalem as its capital,” Hamadeh said.

“The Lebanese have expressed their rejection of the American decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, through a national stance reflected in the positions of the presidents of the Republic, the Parliament and the government, as well as all the spiritual authorities, political parties, civil society and public opinion. (…) At this point, we call upon all our children to (…) continue to carry the torch of freedom, freedom of faith, freedom of thought, freedom of belief, and freedom of expression; these freedoms that made of Lebanon a unique country in the region,” the minister said in his statement.

“Jerusalem is the land of holiness and love, and the end of hatred, occupation and division, and it will remain so, no matter how hard they try, through diplomatic or political maneuvers, to distort the image of this holy city which brings us all together,” Hamadeh concluded.

Source: National News Agency