Palestine: Palestinian Muslim leaders warn against US embassy move

11th Jan 2017
Palestine: Palestinian Muslim leaders warn against US embassy move

By Kaamil Ahmed

 

JERUSALEM (AA): Palestinian Muslim leaders have warned that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be “dangerous”.

In a Tuesday statement, the Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem said such a move — promised by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump during his electoral campaign — would amount to Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The American stance [relocating the embassy] contradicts the international position that Jerusalem is still occupied,” the statement read.

“Transferring the embassy means cancelling the rights of Muslims and Christians in this blessed and holy city,” it added.

While Israel claimed the city as its “eternal capital” after occupying East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israel war, the international community does not recognize the claim and foreign embassies are currently located in Tel Aviv.

After a tumultuous relationship between outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speculation has mounted as to how Trump’s presidency will impact the relationship between the two longtime allies.

On Monday, Trump appointed his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as his senior advisor having previously suggested that Kushner could serve as Middle East envoy due to his links to Israel.

[Photo: Dome of the Rock [Qubbah al Sakhara] mosque in East Jerusalem. Photograph by Berthold Werner/Public Domain/wikimedia]

Leave a Comment

What is 12 + 10 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

Latest Tweets