ISTANBUL, Turkey – The biggest grouping of Islamic nations put aside differences and recognised East Jerusalem as the capital of occupied Palestine, the most concrete response yet to the American move of recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The surprise announcement came despite Saudi Arabia and its allies sending low-level officials to the heads of state Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul on Wednesday, suggesting an unwillingness to adopt a strong position.
The draft final communique said it declared "East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine and invite all countries to recognise the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital."
It stated it rejected and condemned "in the strongest terms the unilateral decision by the President of the United States America recognising Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the so-called capital of Israel, the occupying power."
It said the move was considered "null and void legally" and "an attack on the historical, legal, natural and national rights of the Palestinian people, a deliberate undermining of all peace efforts, an impetus to extremism and terrorism, and a threat to international peace and security".
The communique did express the OIC’s continued commitment to the search for a peace based on a two-state solution.
However, speakers at the conference had said the United States had lost its ability to mediate following its decision.
The United States was also warned that it would be responsible for the consequences of its decision, without expanding on what those consequences would be.
The draft communique also called Israeli actions and policies “colonial” and “racist”.
The OIC also expressed its unequivocal support for the just struggle of the Palestinians and condemned Israeli attacks on peaceful protests.
The strongly worded document also called on the UN security council to step in and act against US President Donald Trump’s decision.
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