2001 News Story

Kingdom reiterates support for Palestinians

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reiterated its full support for the Palestinians on the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the day when the Al-Aqsa Mosque was set on fire under direct orders from the occupying Israeli authorities, which will be observed tomorrow by the entire Arab and Islamic World as a day of solidarity with Palestine.

Saudi Arabia was among the first countries to condemn the burning of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling for unified action to stop such operations. The Kingdom's stance in support of the Palestinian cause, the Palestinian people and the Islamic holy sites in the occupied city of Al-Quds [Jerusalem], has continued under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. From 1980, the Kingdom has been in the forefront of forging cooperation with other Islamic countries, to work for the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution Number 478 that called on all countries with diplomatic missions in Jerusalem to withdraw them from that city. Royal directives were issued in 1992 that all expenses for the repair and renovation of Al-Sakhar Dome, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Caliph Omar bin Al-Khattab Mosque would be borne by Saudi Arabia. In 1993, King Fahd donated U.S. $ 10 million to the Al-Quds Fund during the 21st meeting in Pakistan of the foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). In 1994, he issued royal directives to Governor of Riyadh Province Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, who is also chairman of the popular committee to help Palestinian mujahideen, to supervise a campaign to collect donations for the re-building of Islamic sites in Al-Quds [Jerusalem].
The extraordinary Arab Summit in Cairo in 2000 adopted the Kingdom's proposal to set up two funds with a capital of $1 billion, for the purpose of preserving the Arab and Islamic identity of Al-Quds and to support Al-Intifadah (uprising). Saudi Arabia contributed $250 million to these funds. That year, Saudi Arabia sent medical teams to help wounded Palestinians, extended to others free medical treatment in the Kingdom, and offered financial support to one thousand families of Palestinian victims and those who suffered injuries in the cause.