Mirwaiz asks OIC to take strong note of US move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital

Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 7 2017

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday asked the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) to take strong note of the US president Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In a tweet, Mirwaiz said that the people of Kashmir strongly denounce the US President’s move to announce Al Quds Al Sharief (Jerusalem) as the so-called capital of Israel.

“We urge the UN to take action in accordance with UN charter. OIC should take strong note and act unitedly against this anti Muslim move,” he tweeted.

Trump on Wednesday formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the face of international criticism while asserting that he was “not taking a position of any final status” of the ancient city that is claimed by both Israel and Palestine.

Trump invoked a 1995 law passed by US Congress calling for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, to justify fulfilling his campaign promise.

While nations and leaders, from China to Pope Francis criticised Trump’s decision and even US allies have refused to follow Washington’s lead on moving embassies to Jerusalem, there was no noticeable political opposition in the US from even the Democrats.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking immediately after Trump’s announcement, delivered criticism couched in diplomatic terms, saying he was “against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians.”