Palestinian film director and screenwriter Nawras Abu Saleh is dreaming of shooting a movie in Jerusalem.
“The biggest dream of mine is to shoot the liberation of Jerusalem. [Through that movie], I want to tell people what freedom is,” Saleh told Anadolu Agency in Turkey’s southeastern Mardin province.
His 2013 movie “Oversized Coat,” tells the story of Palestinians between the 1987-2011 period, which include intifadas and peace conventions.
Condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s move on Jerusalem, Saleh said: “The decision will even create turmoil in the U.S.”
“Jerusalem is not only a capital of Palestinians but also a capital of the world,” he added.
00:58 dk 12 Aralık 2017 AA Gazan women protest Trump’s Jerusalem move
Gazan women take part in a protest against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The women stand together holding banners and burning U.S. and Israeli flags in Gaza.
Erdoğan’s stance over Jerusalem
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s stance after Trump’s announcement made Palestinians happy, said the director.
“We saw how much Turks love Palestine after the Israeli opening fire in the [Turkish-owned] Mavi Marmara [ship] incident. In the latest [Jerusalem] incident, we’ve also seen Erdogan’s stance and were happy.”
Erdoğan called on member states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation to hold an extraordinary summit in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss the U.S. move.
01:28 dk 12 Aralık 2017 Yeni Şafak Erdoğan: Trump's Jerusalem decision does not bind Turkey or the Muslim world
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a speech during an event to mark World Human Rights Day in Ankara that U.S. President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem does not bind Turkey, nor does it bind Jerusalem and the Muslim world. He added that the United States has become a “partner in the bloodshed" with their decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Islamic summit to send 'strong message' on Jerusalem
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will send a “strong message” against the United States decision on Jerusalem, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Tuesday.Speaking to a private broadcaster in a live interview, Cavusoglu said an Islamic summit in Istanbul will focus on U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.The OIC will hold the emergency summit to discuss recent regional developments, especially as they pertain to Jerusalem.Last week, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the U.S. Embassy to the city.The dramatic shift in longstanding U.S. policy drew angry reactions -- including numerous demonstrations -- from across the Middle East.“We are working on an Istanbul Declaration,” Cavusoglu said, noting that a joint declaration will be announced after the meeting which will “strongly reject” the U.S. move.He underlined that the Islamic summit will also call on the countries which have yet to recognize Palestinian statehood for recognition of Palestine.“The decision taken by the United States will be rejected strongly. A country like the U.S. should not fall into this situation... We will expect the U.S. to return from this mistake. This decision will be counted as null and void,” Cavusoglu said.Turkey's foreign minister noted that Ankara had recognized Palestine as a state with East Jerusalem its capital.OIC summit on Jerusalem to be a turning pointJerusalem: A century of hostile occupationIstanbul Islamic summit to tackle Jerusalem- Syria without AssadOn recent developments in Syria, Cavusoglu noted that Turkey’s stance against the Bashar al-Assad regime was “unchanged”.Despite Turkey’s support for a political transition in Syria, “we think that an interim government with Assad will not be able to hold an election in real sense,” he said.He also reiterated Turkey’s objections against the PKK/PYD terrorist group’s attendance at a Syria conference in Russia.There are many Kurdish organizations in the country and the PKK/PYD represents only a small group of Kurds in Syria, according to Cavusoglu, who underlined that Turkey was not against Kurdish people but against terrorist groups.“The PKK/PYD is not the only representative of Kurds in Syria. Even they represent [only] a small part of the Kurdish people,” he said. "We not only protest it, but we gave the Russian authorities the list of other Kurdish groups in Syria.“We are not against our Kurdish brothers, we are with them.”He said the PKK/PYD in northern Syria still posed a threat to Turkey, and Ankara would take any decision to eliminate such a threat.The PKK/PYD is the Syrian branch of the PKK, which has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for 33 years leading to the deaths of more than 40,000 people.The U.S. has provided weapons to PKK/PYD terrorists for its anti-Daesh campaign in Syria, largely ignoring the group’s links to the PKK, which the U.S., EU and Turkey list as a terrorist group.While touching upon Trump’s decision to stop arming PKK/PYD terrorists, Cavusoglu said Ankara hoped the U.S. leader would fulfil his words.He also noted that the top military officials from Turkey, U.S. and Iraq will discuss the next steps of fighting against terrorism adding that fight against Daesh was not ended yet.Video: Clashes escalate across Palestine after Trump's Jerusalem move
Istanbul Islamic summit to tackle Jerusalem
Jordan's King Abdullah II on Monday said an upcoming Islamic summit in Turkey would focus on the “challenges” posed by last week’s recognition by the U.S. of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The king made the remarks at a meeting with Chuichi Date, president of Japan’s House of Councilors, at Amman’s Husseiniya Palace, according to a statement issued by Jordan’s Royal Court.On Wednesday, the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) plans to hold an emergency summit in Istanbul to discuss recent regional developments, especially as they pertain to Jerusalem.Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the U.S. embassy to the city.The dramatic shift in longstanding U.S. policy drew angry reactions -- including numerous demonstrations -- from across the Middle East.Jordanians protest US policy reversal on JerusalemSpeaking Monday, King Abdullah said the U.S. decision would have "serious repercussions” on regional stability and efforts to restart the Israel-Palestine peace process.He urged the international community to “shoulder its responsibilities” regarding Jerusalem and help achieve a “just and lasting solution” to the perennial Middle East conflict."The Jerusalem issue must be resolved within the framework of a settlement that also includes an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital,” the king said.Chuichi, for his part, described last week’s move by the U.S. as a “cause for concern due to its negative impact on the region”, according to the same Royal Court statement.The Japanese official reportedly went on to stress his country's commitment to a “two-state solution”, saying the Jerusalem issue must be resolved through final status negotiations.Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.During his electoral campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and acknowledge Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital.In April, Moscow announced its recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, expressing hope that the city’s eastern half might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestine.Notably, in last week’s announcement, Trump stressed that his administration had yet to take a position regarding “the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem”.Galeri: Protest against US Jerusalem decision in Istanbul’s Yenikapı
Last week, Donald Trump announced his decision despite widespread international opposition to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
During his election campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.