Saudi human rights society says Jerusalem integral part of Palestine

Israeli police arrest Palestinians during a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in Jerusalem. (AP)
Updated 10 December 2017

Saudi human rights society says Jerusalem integral part of Palestine

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) on Saturday released a statement denouncing US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The NSHR called the move “a blatant violation of the rights of the Palestinian people and of the Arab and Islamic nations, and of international conventions and resolutions related to the Palestinian cause.”

The statement said: “This decision is illegal and contravenes the resolutions of international legitimacy, particularly Security Council resolutions and the UN General Assembly, which affirm the illegality of Israeli laws on Jerusalem, and call on countries with diplomatic missions in Jerusalem to close them.”

The society stressed that the rights of the Palestinian people have been recognized and supported by the international community, which calls for refraining from taking any steps that would constitute a public or implicit recognition of Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem.

The NSHR added that Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories which have been occupied since 1967.

The NSHR called on Arab, Islamic, and other peace-loving countries to take the necessary measures to push the American administration to review its position and comply with international will to enable the Palestinian people to regain their legitimate rights.

It demanded that Israel comply with UN resolutions, which affirmed the nullity of all its legislative and administrative procedures and the confiscation of land and property aimed at changing the legal status of Jerusalem.

The statement also demanded that Israel comply with the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and with UN Security Council Resolution 465 of 1980.

It declared that the measures taken by Israel to alter the physical features, demographic composition and institutional structure in the occupied Palestinian territory or any part of it have no legal basis.

It called the Israeli occupation “the worst violation of human rights and the source of all violations suffered by the Palestinian people.”

The NSHR said Trump’s announcement “requires the international community, particularly Arab and Islamic countries and human rights organizations, to take the necessary diplomatic and legal measures to address this irresponsible decision.”

The statement also affirmed that East Jerusalem should be the capital of the State of Palestine and called on the international community to provide the necessary support to the Palestinian people to enable them to face the measures aimed at the confiscation of their rights.

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.