On 26/8/2011, the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), held an academic forum on Palestine, where Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh, the general-manager of al-Zaytouna Centre presented the keynote address.
The forum included the following speakers:
• Prof. Dr. Hassan Ahmed Ibrahim, the dean of ISTAC.
• Mr. Ahmad al-Farra, former ambassador of Palestine in Kuala Lumpur.
• Prof. Dr. Muddathir Abdel Rahim, the professor of political science and Islamic studies at ISTAC.
• Assoc. Prof. Dr. Waleed Faris, the deputy dean in the Office of Corporate Strategy & Quality Assurance at IIUM.
The forum was attended by prominent guests, among whom were Prof. Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin and the former Director of IIUM Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kamal Hassan, in addition to a number of academics and graduate students.
The Keynote of Dr. Saleh focused on Jerusalem and the Judaization plans that aim at its Arabic and Islamic identity. He explained the dangers of the assaults against al-Aqsa Mosque and the whereabouts and threats of the excavations under the mosque and in the surrounding region. Then, Dr. Saleh elaborated upon the extensive Judaization operations in the Old City of Jerusalem, settlement building, the Separation Wall, and the suffering of the Jerusalemites under the Israeli occupation. This suffering includes revocation of their Jerusalemite IDs, stripping their residency rights, demolishing their homes, in addition to other assaults and harassments.
Finally, the repercussions and implications of the Arab revolts on the Palestinian issue and its future were also discussed, while exploring the possible scenarios for the Arab, Palestinian and Israeli approaches.
Al-Zayotuna Centre for Studies and Consultations, Beirut, 6/9/2011