Palestinian Authorities Urge to Boycott Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Lucy Bush
May 8, 2018

PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat, on Monday, said that by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving its embassy thereto, the Trump administration is violating its obligations under global law, including UNSCR 478, and America's own commitments towards the peace process.

Instead, the American delegation at the May 14 event will include Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as well as Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and daughter Ivanka Trump, who work as advisers to the president in the White House.

According to a White House statement, the opening ceremony will be on May 14.

The statement announcing Trump's decision listed the embassy's opening in "Jerusalem, Israel", the first known time the disputed city has been clearly listed as Israeli territory in an official USA statement after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.

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The embassy move, he said, may pass without significant violence, pointing to the lack of anticipated instability following Donald Trump's December announcement to relocate the embassy.

In this photo released by the Jerusalem Municipality, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat poses with a new road sign to the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Monday, May 7, 2018.

Mr Trump says he is making good on USA legislation and presidential pledges dating back decades.

Also in its statement on Sunday, the POC slammed the Arab cyclists for their "disloyalty" and for taking part in a "free service for the [Israeli] occupation that does not recognize global laws, resolutions and charters of the United Nations on the rights of the Palestinian people and continues to deny the right of the Palestinian Arab people to establish their independent state on their land with al-Quds as its capital".

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"Strengthening settlements in Judea and Samaria is first and foremost in Israel's security interest", said Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, using the biblical names favoured by pro-settlement Israelis for the north and south West Bank. Jason Greenblatt, the president's chief representative for Middle East peace negotiations, will also attend.

The city has been designated as "occupied" under worldwide law since the 1967 Arab War, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its "united" capital, and its annexation of East Jerusalem effectively put the entire city under de-facto Israeli control. The Palestinians, on the other hand, see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state and oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty.

The worldwide community, the Arab League and other groups urged the USA president to reconsider.

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