OIC Declares Jerusalem Palestinian Capital

Organization of Islamic Cooperation issued a declaration recognizing East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine. (Photo: Anadolu Agency)

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has declared East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, rejected the US stance as “dangerous” and called on the international community to follow in its footsteps.

At a summit held in Turkey a week after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the group of Muslim leaders on Wednesday called on all countries to “recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital”.

In a statement, the OIC added that the 57-member group remains committed to a “just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution”.

It also called on the UN to “end the Israeli occupation” of Palestine and declared Trump’s administration liable for “all the consequences of not retracting from this illegal decision”.

“[We] consider that this dangerous declaration, which aims to change the legal status of the [city], is null and void and lacks any legitimacy,” the group said.

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, said the summit in Istanbul highlighted that Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims continue to be committed to peace.

“Now, Muslim countries in addition to a whole lot of others that are allied with the Palestinian cause will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine,” he said.

“And those Islamic countries are ready to sever relations to punish any one country that follows in the footsteps of the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

(Aljazeera, PC, Social Media)

1 Comment

  1. I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that East Jerusalem has always been considered capital of Palestine.It is an insult to all Palestinians to say otherwise.The USA has been condemned worldwide for referring to Jerusalem as been the capital of Israel.The state of Israel is not recognized by most people in the world.There have been demonstrations here in Vancouver and around the world in support of Jerusalem been capital of Palestine.These demonstrations will continue until US Imperialism in Palestine ends.

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