Pales­tine has en­tire world’s sol­i­dar­ity

UAE joins scores of coun­tries in con­demn­ing US de­ci­sion to recog­nise Jerusalem as cap­i­tal of Is­rael

Gulf News - - Opinion -

ith protests break­ing out in many places in the Mid­dle East against United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s uni­lat­eral de­ci­sion to recog­nise oc­cu­pied Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael, scores of coun­tries around the world joined in the cho­rus to con­demn the hugely con­tro­ver­sial move. The UAE led from the front by ex­press­ing its deep re­gret of the US ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­ci­sion. In a sharp state­ment, the UAE Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion said that such uni­lat­eral de­ci­sions are con­trary to in­ter­na­tion­ally-le­git­i­mate res­o­lu­tions.

Sharing the out­rage felt by mil­lions in the Mid­dle East and else­where, Saudi Ara­bia was un­equiv­o­cal in de­nounc­ing Trump’s Jerusalem move. The Saudi Royal Court is­sued a stern state­ment say­ing that the king­dom fol­lowed “with deep sor­row” Trump’s de­ci­sion and warned of “dangerous con­se­quences of mov­ing the US Em­bassy to Jerusalem”. The state­ment also urged the US ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­verse its de­ci­sion and ad­here to in­ter­na­tional will.

Around the world, coun­tries and their lead­ers ral­lied be­hind Pales­tini­ans by call­ing out Trump for his par­ti­san ap­proach. French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron noted that France did not sup­port the US Pres­i­dent’s “uni­lat­eral” de­ci­sion. He was joined by Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May who made her dis­agree­ment with the US de­ci­sion clear. We re­gard East Jerusalem as part of the Oc­cu­pied Ter­ri­to­ries, May noted.

With key pow­ers like China and Rus­sia also in­veigh­ing strongly against the provoca­tive move by Trump, Is­rael and the US ap­pear to be iso­lated on a gam­bit that is clearly and bla­tantly aimed at le­git­imis­ing the oc­cu­pa­tion of Jerusalem. From Jor­dan to Turkey, Pak­istan to Malaysia, and Ger­many to Egypt, a cross-sec­tion of lead­er­ship, po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion, in­tel­lec­tu­als, journalists, po­ets and or­di­nary peo­ple have lamented the ab­di­ca­tion of Amer­i­can moral au­thor­ity and its role as an hon­est bro­ker in the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict.

The UN Se­cu­rity Council is ex­pected to meet to­day to dis­cuss Trump’s move, a de­ci­sion against which con­dem­na­tion con­tin­ues to mount. Eight coun­tries on the 15-mem­ber council re­quested the meet­ing, in­clud­ing the UK, Italy, France and Egypt, amid claims that Trump’s recog­ni­tion is in breach of both in­ter­na­tional law and UN res­o­lu­tions. Closely fol­low­ing suit, the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion mem­bers are con­ven­ing for an ex­tra­or­di­nary lead­ers’ sum­mit over the Jerusalem is­sue in Is­tan­bul on Wed­nes­day. In the thick of the lat­est ca­sus belli, words of in­flu­en­tial faith lead­ers like Pope Fran­cis, head of the Ro­man Catholic Church, sought to of­fer so­lace. Jerusalem, the pon­tiff avowed, is a unique city. It has a spe­cial vo­ca­tion for peace.

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