The Secretary-General of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), Ali al-Qaradaghi, on Saturday decried the normalization of relations with Israel as a “treason”.

On Friday, Bahrain and Israel announced a US-brokered agreement to normalize their relations.

“How can a person concede his right and the right of the Palestinian people and all Muslims in this blessed land, in our Al-Aqsa Mosque…,” al-Qaradaghi said in a video released on his Twitter account.

He said the recent developments “require us to stand with the Palestinian cause by all our capabilities”.

In another tweet, al-Qaradaghi said that the recent deals between Israel and both Bahrain and the UAE were a “prelude to an imminent agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia”.

Bahrain became the fourth Arab country to have diplomatic relations with Israel, after Egypt in 1979, Jordan 1994 and the United Arab Emirates in August 2020.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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