United Nations considers rejecting Trump Jerusalem decision

Elias Hubbard
December 18, 2017

The Muslim nation summit was a response to U.S. President Donald Trump's December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Indonesia has condemned Mr Trump's decision, with president Joko Widodo joining other world Islamic leaders last Wednesday in an emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.

Trump abruptly reversed decades of United States policy this month when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and many Muslims worldwide.

Trump's declaration fueled widespread anger and protests within Palestine and across the world, with the latest and largest demonstration taking place on Monday in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, where some 80,000 people rallied outside the USA embassy in the city. About 20,000 security personally were at the rally, a police spokesman said, according to Reuters.

"We call on all Indonesian people to boycott USA and Israel products in this country" if Trump does not revoked his action, Abbas said, reading from a petition due to be handed to the USA ambassador in Indonesia.

The draft resolution was submitted to the UN Security Council by Egypt on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

The status of Jerusalem, a city considered holy by Christians, Jews and Muslims, is a sensitive issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In response to the US declaration, the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations has been meeting with Security Council members to discuss the contours of a Security Council resolution likely to be circulated in the coming days, the sources added.

It "affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council". Trump also plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

"It would appear that that veto is likely to happen with Israel's enthusiastic backing, which describes the resolution as a Palestinian attempt to reinvent history, despite the fact that it is routed on United Nations resolutions as they stand at present", added Hanna.

Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city's eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.

It calls upon all countries to refrain establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.

It demands that all member-states not recognize any actions that are contrary to United Nations resolutions on the status of the city.

In order to pass, the draft resolution would need to be backed by the other 14 members of the Security Council, including the permanent members: US, France, Britain, Russia, and China.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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