Saudi Arabia urges UN to end Palestine-Israel dispute

Israeli left-wing activists of the NGO Peace Now protest in front of a Palestinian house occupied by Israeli settlers in the center of the divided city of Hebron on October 20, 2017. (AFP / HAZEM BADER)
Updated 25 October 2017

Saudi Arabia urges UN to end Palestine-Israel dispute

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has once again put resolving the Palestinian-Israeli dispute at the top of its foreign policy agenda.
The issue was raised at the UN in New York on Wednesday, at a meeting of the UN General Assembly’s Economic and Financial Committee.
The item on the agenda was the “permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.”
Mohammed bin Issam Khashan, third secretary in Saudi Arabia’s permanent delegation at the UN, said resolving the Palestinian-Israeli dispute by reaching a comprehensive peace agreement based on the Israeli withdrawal from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the Syrian Arab Golan occupied since 1967 and Lebanese occupied territories would lead to peace and stability across the region.
Saudi officials have consistently maintained that the continuation of the Palestinian crisis has contributed greatly to wider instability in the region and has been exploited by terrorist groups like Daesh and militant groups like Hamas and Hezbollah for their own narrow self interests.

King Faisal Prize: Rewarding services to all of humanity

Updated 26 March 2019

King Faisal Prize: Rewarding services to all of humanity

RIYADH: Prince Turki Al-Faisal’s father, the late King Faisal, was a beacon of aspiration and hope. 

During his reign, the first girls’ schools were introduced, and he focused on educating the Saudi population as a whole to promote peace. 

The King Faisal Foundation was founded by King Faisal’s sons and daughters to commemorate his memory and vision. 

The significance of the annual King Faisal Prize (KFP) dates back to when a reporter asked him how he saw Saudi Arabia in 50 years’ time. 

The king responded: “I see Saudi Arabia in 50 years’ time as a wellspring of radiance for humanity.” 

The root of the foundation and the prize stems from his vision for all of humanity: Peace through education.

“The prize was established by the King Faisal Foundation soon after the foundation was formed,” Prince Turki told Arab News.

“It carries the message that the welfare of humanity is the primary importance of service to humanity,” he said. 

“The versatility of Islam is celebrating knowledge for all nationalities. As the first verse in the Holy Qur’an was ‘Read,’” Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Subayyil, secretary-general of KFP, told Arab News. 

“This a universal dialogue between all nationalities and scientific fields, which seeks peace through knowledge.” he said.  

The significance of the Prize shows that: “This is the real Islam and this prize in the country of the Two Holy mosques represents that we are trying to observe the teaching of Islam and its implementation through the prize, which is the encouragement of science and introducing knowledge to people,” Al-Subayyil said.