Muslim scholars blast United States embassy move to Jerusalem

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

Trump's decision had no immediate impact on daily life in Jerusalem, which already is the seat of Israel's government. Israel claims the entire city, including east Jerusalem, home to sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, as its undivided capital. Netanyahu said Trump "bound himself forever" to the history of Jerusalem with the move and claimed other states are considering following suit.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) arrives to attend an worldwide conference on digital diplomacy at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem on December 7, 2017.

Meanwhile, anger at the US rippled across the Arab world.

In Iraq, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a close USA partner in the fight against the Islamic State, called on Trump to reverse the decision, warning that it could further destabilise the region.

Dr. Virginia Tilley is an expert on middle east conflicts.

Abbas suggested that Trump's move disqualified the United States from continuing as an exclusive broker.

US embassies across much of the Middle East and parts of Africa warned American citizens of possible protests following Trump's move.

The UN secretary-general and leaders around the world have condemned Donald Trump's decision, with some countries even calling for a UN Security Council resolution condemning the action.

"The Zionist Jews have illegally and immorally occupied the land of Palestine in 1948 with the connivance of the so called world powers under a sinister design mainly formulated in 1917 resulting in the Balfour Agreement", JeI said.

"With its decision, the USA has isolated itself and Israel, and has pushed the area into a unsafe situation and stopped the peace process", said Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a senior Abbas aide.

The MMU too called for protests on Friday against Trump's unilateral decision and stated that mass protest rallies will be organised in every masjid, shrine and imam bara of Kashmir against the decision "which amounts to trampling of rights of innocent people of Palestine on one hand and hurting the sentiments of Muslims across the globe".

The Palestinians were blindsided by Trump's move to depart from decades of USA policy on Jerusalem and upend longstanding worldwide assurances that the fate of the city would be determined in negotiations.

"The United States has pulled the pin on a bomb ready to blow in the region", Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday of the decision, Reuters reported, adding that Turkey - a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally - will not recognise the move. He is one of Washington's most dependable partners in the battle against Islamic extremism in the region, and his country is the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, making him an influential player. Jordan, which has a large population with Palestinian roots, can not afford to be seen as soft on Muslim claims to the holy city. Next week, Turkey will host a gathering of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has 57 member states.

The region has been bracing for fallout from Trump's seismic policy shift.

It would throw the Middle East into a "ring of fire", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan added.

A senior Palestinian official said the Palestinians would not meet with Pence during his visit to the region later this month when Pence is expected to visit Israel and make a stop in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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