Bayt Mal Al Quds Asharif inaugurates Rabat Observatory in Jerusalem

The agency chaired by King Mohammed VI aims to collect data on social and economic developments in the city

AP/SEBASTIAN SCHEINER  -   The Dome of the Rock in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound is seen from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

The Bayt Mal Al Quds Asharif Agency (Jerusalem Fund) has inaugurated a new project, under the name "Rabat Observatory" in Jerusalem, Israel. The aim of the foundation will be to collect indicators and data for the development of policies and programmes for the protection of citizens' rights, both socially and economically. Mohammed Salem Chakaoui, director of the agency, said during a press conference that "the observatory takes its name from the struggle of Jerusalemites and aims, therefore, to observe and monitor the challenges they face economically and socially".

Chakaoui also stressed in a statement that the agency's support to Jerusalemites and their institutions "is not subject to any conditions and depends on the projects proposed by the various associations and organisations and whose direct and tangible impact on the beneficiaries can be measured".

This "observatory" is planned to reinforce credibility vis-à-vis international organisations, and also to enhance and promote further plans in favour of the Palestinian people's struggle.
Bayt Mal Al-Quds Asharif is an agency presided over by the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, whose main intention is to watch over the rights of the Arab people in the Holy City, preserving their identity, and trying to strengthen ties with the Israeli people. One of the issues that most concern this organisation is the Palestinian cause, and it has always tried to preserve the historic and important Islamic sites of the Palestinian people, fighting for their rights.

To this end, the organisation tries to design projects and plans to improve the lives of Arab citizens in Jerusalem, which have a great impact. They are mainly concerned with introducing these projects in the areas of health, youth, sport and housing. But one of the most important areas of focus is education. With their educational programme, they first and foremost support the creation and publication of works that aim to preserve the Palestinian identity and protect all the cultural heritage that exists. This, apart from being carried out in Jerusalem, also includes projects in other regions of the country.

Over the last few years, the organisation has produced reports to bring the situation of the Maqdi'i to the present day. The last one, in 2020, was dedicated to distributing its funds to the organisation's flagship "Dignified Life" programme. This plan is the most important of its humanitarian initiatives and consists of distributing tens of thousands of food items daily to some 3,000 families. Another of its objectives is to sponsor orphans with the "Kafalat Al Yatim Al Maqdissi" operation, which distributes food and clothing to them. They also distribute food parcels to those most in need. With the pandemic, they have had to create several plans, including Ramadan 1411, in which they distributed food baskets during the most difficult times of the coronavirus. This was followed by the operation known as Ramadan 1442, which allowed them to donate 3,000 food rations to around 12,000 people at risk of social exclusion.

The organisation has been applauded for years by Arab rights organisations. The Committee of Permanent Delegates of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) member states commended the role of this association in the protection of holy sites for Muslims in Jerusalem, highlighting the importance of King Mohammed VI as the main driving force behind this project. Special mention was also made of the measures taken to confront the Israeli authorities against the Maqdis. Arab foreign ministers also praised the support for the Palestinian people that the agency seeks to safeguard. All these recognitions pay tribute to Bayt Mal Al Quds Asharif's commitment to supporting the Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem.