Following the U.S. failure to attract international support for its Jerusalem decision and following the embarrassment of the Trump administration at the United Nations General Assembly, where the U.S. was left isolated in the international realm, President Trump had threatened to cut aid to UN-member countries.
The loud and clear message of the Dec. 22 U.N. General Assembly vote is that Jerusalem is not alone and intimidation, blackmail, occupation and dispossession cannot be a norm in the 21st century.
“Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey’s democratic will with your dollars. Our decision is clear,” said Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Abu Thurayyah is one of the thousands of Palestinians who became victim to Israeli bombings and bullets. With Abu Thurayyah no more, in the God-forsaken country, his family is on its own.
In opposition to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomatic initiatives led by Turkey have …
For Palestinians, who feel largely abandoned or sold out by their regional “Arab brethren,” the US declaration is one last nail in the coffin.
The OIC Istanbul declaration, “Freedom for al-Quds,” recognizes the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, and calls on the world to recognize East Jerusalem as the occupied capital of Palestine.
Israelis and their American and European supporters must realize that the troubles in Palestine will not go away until the Israeli occupation ends.
While Trump’s Jerusalem decision is a threat to regional countries, Israel foremost among them, the U.S. will also be affected by rising radicalism unless something is done to counter it.
The OIC final Istanbul communique declared that the bloc recognizes Palestine as a sovereign state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.