Malaysia wants US to reconsider recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital could spark demonstrations or violence by Palestinians or by Muslims around the world, in part because of the sensitivity of the site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 2017 : The United States must reconsider its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Wisma Putra in a statement today said such a decision would put to an end all efforts made towards a resolution of Palestinian question.

“It would have grave repercussions not only towards the security and stability of the region, but would inflame sentiments, making efforts to combat terrorism all the more difficult.

“Malaysia reaffirms that the issue of Jerusalem is at the core of the Palestinian cause and request that all Member States of the United Nations not to recognise any changes in the pre-1967 borders, including in connection with Jerusalem,” it said.

Wisma Putra said any attempts to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, establishing or transferring any diplomatic mission to the city were considered aggression not only against the Arab and Islamic ummah, but were also infringements on the rights of Muslims and Christians alike.

“It is also an infringement on the Palestinian people’s national rights, including their right to self-determination, and a grave breach of the international law along with the Security Council’s relevant resolutions: namely Resolutions No. 252 (1968), 267 (1969), 465, 476 and 478 (1980), including the recent Resolution 2334 (2016).

“Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not a recognition of the reality on the ground; it is an expression of support for Israeli policies, much of which is in contravention of the international law. Might cannot be right,” Wisma Putra added. – Bernama



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