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Statement by PLO Secretary – General Dr.Saeb Erekat to Foreign Representations Regarding the Opening of a US Embassy in Jerusalem

Monday, 07 May 2018 16:17

May 7, 2018

By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving its embassy thereto, the (US President Donald)Trump administration is violating its obligations under international law, including UNSCR 478, and the U.S. own commitments towards the peace process

As Washington pursues a policy of encouragement of international anarchy and disregard for organizations and international law, we call upon all diplomatic corps, civil society organizations, and religious authorities to boycott the inauguration ceremony of the US embassy in Jerusalem, lest they lend legitimacy to an illegal decision and to continued Israeli policies of occupation, colonization, and annexation.

this move “is not only illegal but will also thwart the achievement of a just and lasting peace between two sovereign and democratic states on the 1967 borders, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security. Those who attend the ceremony will thus be sending an ominous message, a message that they encourage flagrant violations of international law and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.”