Jordan is opposed to violence and willing to join international measures to protect civilians -- but occupied people have the right to resist occupation.
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SALAH ABU ZEIO: "Jordan is opposed to violence whatever its source of methods. Jordan is ready to participate effectively in any international measures to protect innocent civilians against violence. At the same time Jordan, and I am sure all peoples of the world, support the right of an occupied people, every occupied people, to effectively resist occupation and colonialism.
"Obviously, either expansion or continuation of Israel's present coerce will lead to perpetual conflict. The first, I imagine, would bring others into conflict. The second, a much more likely happening, would be the war for which both sides seem regretfully to be drifting. If such a war were fought, it would be to the end. It will lead to the devastation of the whole area.
"Mr. President, no discussion of the crisis of the Middle East would be meaningful without emphasis, in the strongest terms, on the fate and future of Jerusalem, a city hallowed by hundreds of millions of believers--Muslims, Christians, and Jews all over the world. The laurel claims to an exclusive hold on this great historic city, and the systematic efforts since the occupation to transform its unique identity are not only a violation of its sanctity, but also a deep wound inflicted upon the conscience of humanity."
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Background: Jordan is opposed to violence and willing to join international measures to protect civilians -- but occupied people have the right to resist occupation. That was the message Jordan's Foreign Minister, Mr. Salah Abu Zeid, delivered to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday (October 4).
He said Israel's present policies made conflict inevitable, and total war would mean devastation of the entire area.
The Minister also complained of Israel's occupation of Jerusalem and what he called "systematic efforts to transform its unique identity".
SYNOPSIS: In the United Nations debate on terrorism, Jordanian Foreign Minister, Salah Abu Zeid, outlined his country's attitude to acts of terrorist violence.