Horse statues demolished in Jazan

Updated 13 June 2013
0

Horse statues demolished in Jazan

RIYADH: Officials in the southern province of Jazan have demolished horse sculptures on a roundabout after Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh denounced them as "sinful" and against the tenets of Islam, local online news websites said.
Ali Mousa Zaala, spokesman of the Jazan governorate, confirmed that the structure was removed on the instructions of the grand mufti.
The statue was located in the town of Abu Arish, said the Arabic news site jazantoday.org.
Another news website, sabq.org, said the grand mufti earlier wrote the governor of Jazan demanding that “the sculptures be removed because they are a great sin and are prohibited under sharia (Islamic law).”
Statues of people and animals are prohibited under Islam as they represent a form of idolatry. However, the religion does allow artworks depicting plants and landscapes.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
0

Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.