Gaza, October 23 (QNA) – HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has hailed the steadfastness of the people of Gaza against Israeli aggression, stressing that it was a pride for all Arabs. Addressing a ceremony at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) on Tuesday evening, HH the Emir praised the Gazan people’s courage as they face “the enemy’s aircrafts and internationally-prohibited weapons,” stressing that the Palestinian cause with its ramifications and concerns remains a “bleeding wound in the Arab body.”
HH added that Israel violates the Palestinian land day after day through practices of settlement and Judaization, particularly in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, because Arabs lack the capability to face it due to their division and dispersed stances, the international community’s inability to protect international legitimacy through the UN-approved binding decisions, and also because of the double standards policy that “deprives the Palestinians of their right to return and establish their independent state on their national soil.”
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani called on Palestinians to end the division between the West Bank and Gaza, noting that it is the source of evil for the Palestinian cause. HH demanded a new phase of reconciliation and agreement in line with the foundations reached in Doha and Cairo.
HH the Emir of Qatar added that Arab support for Gaza is a duty rather than a favor, stressing that Qatar was and will always be in the forefront of supporters of the people of Gaza and Palestine as a “national and humanitarian duty.”
The Board of Trustees of the Islamic University of Gaza granted HH the Emir and HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser the Honorary Doctorate degree in recognition of their support for the Palestinian people and their just cause.
The University President also gave HH the Emir keys of abandoned homes of the people of Palestine since 1948, the University Shield, a bottle of olive oil from the land of the university and other bottle of soil from Gaza as well as the University Shield.
The University President also gave HH Sheikha Moza stones from Gaza, a bottle of olive oil from the land of the university and the University Shield.
Then, Dr. Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the sacked Palestinian government also presented HH the Emir with the decoration of Palestine and Gaza in recognition of his positions in support of the Palestinian people .. Also. Amal Mohammed Haniyeh, the wife of Dr. Haniyeh presented HH Sheikha Moza with decoration of Palestine and Gaza in appreciation of the role of Her Highness and efforts in supporting the Palestinian people.
Dr. Ismail Haniyeh also presented HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani with the decoration of Palestine and Gaza for his efforts in support of the Palestinian people.
Later, HH the Emir and HH Sheikha Moza met with a number of the sons of the Palestinian martyrs.
HH the Emir was accompanied by their excellencies members of the accompanying delegation.
It is to be noted that the Islamic University in the Gaza Strip is one of the largest Palestinian universities and consists of eleven faculties including medicine, engineering, science, Sharia and law, and Arts faculties.
The university also organizes various programs and activities that serve the Palestinian community.(END)