The U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is dangerous “insolence” meant to legitimize the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, according to Muslim Dutch politicians.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Tunahan Kuzu, the co-founder and head of Netherland's DENK party -- established in 2015 by Turkish-Dutch lawmakers -- warned that U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial decision will cause a huge crisis.
"Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital means legitimating Israel's years-long illegitimate occupation," he said.
He added: "We were used to Trump's nonsense, but this is more than that, it’s disrespect and insolence."
Kuzu said the U.S. decision served to reward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has presided over unprecedented Israeli settlements being built in occupied Palestinian land.
"Netanyahu is being rewarded instead of punished for his increasingly invasive policies of recent years," Kuzu stressed.
He said that U.S. should reverse the decision.
"This decision and other similar decisions show that we should immediately recognize the Palestinian state," Kuzu said.
He added that they will take initiatives in the Dutch parliament for recognition of Palestine.
02:20 dk 07 Aralık 2017 Reuters Agency Hundreds protest in Istanbul, Ankara over Trump's Jerusalem move
Hundreds of Turks protested in the country's major cities such as Istanbul and Ankara over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The protesters condemned the decision and chanted pro-Palestinian slogans.
'Flouting international law'
Nourdin El Ouali, who leads the NIDA party, also said that Trump and Israel have once again flouted international law, the UN, Palestinians, and the entire world.
"This attitude exacerbates injustice and makes peace more distant," he said.
Jerusalem is one of the holiest sites for the world’s three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
Despite widespread international opposition, Trump on Wednesday announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and said preparations would begin to move the U.S. Embassy there.
The declaration sparked demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories as well as Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, and other majority-Muslim countries.
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 future Palestinian state.
During his presidential campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the embassy and acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
14,000 settlement units planned for Jerusalem: Minister
Israel is planning to build 14,000 new settlement units in Jerusalem, half of which will be built in occupied East Jerusalem, Yoav Galant, Israeli housing and construction minister, said Friday.“In response to the historic decision of President Trump, I decided that new settlements will be constructed in Jerusalem," Israeli daily Maariv quoted Galant as saying in reference to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision -- announced Wednesday -- to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.According to the housing minister, 14,000 settlement units will be built in the city, 7,000 of which are to be built in occupied East Jerusalem. Currently, roughly half a million Jewish settlers reside in the West Bank, with another 220,000 in East Jerusalem, both of which have remained under Israeli occupation since 1967. Israel, for its part, hopes to raise the number of West Bank settlers to an even million. 50-year occupation Israel occupied East Jerusalem on June 5, 1967, before unilaterally annexing the entire city as its "undivided and eternal capital" in 1980. At the time, the UN Security Council condemned the move in the "strongest terms", calling on member states to withdraw their diplomatic missions from Jerusalem in line with UNSC Resolution 478 (1980). The same resolution explicitly described East Jerusalem as being “under occupation”. Until now, countries that have relations with Israel maintain diplomatic missions in the city of Tel Aviv. On Wednesday, despite widespread opposition across the Middle East, the U.S. president announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.According to Trump, the U.S. State Department has already begun preparations for the relocation of Washington’s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The dramatic shift in U.S. policy has sparked demonstrations on Thursday in the occupied Palestinian territories, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq and in some other Muslim countries.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 future 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, going on to voice hope that the city’s eastern half might eventually come to serve as the Palestinian capital.
Hundreds wounded, two dead after Israeli troops attack Palestinians
Israeli troops used live rounds and tear gas against protestors in different parts of the occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday, leaving at two dead and hundreds injured.The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that a total of 300 people were injured in protests across West Bank and Jerusalem.Thousands of Palestinians staged rallies across the West Bank and East Jerusalem following Friday prayers to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.In the West Bank city of Ramallah, hundreds of Palestinians marched from the city center to Israel’s Bet Eil army checkpoint.In several instances, Israeli forces responded to protests with rubber bullets and excessive teargas. In some cases, they have fired live ammunition into the air in an effort to disperse demonstrators.Video: Israeli troops use live rounds, tear gas against Palestinians at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa MosqueIn Jerusalem, meanwhile, hundreds of Palestinians marched from the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to the Bab al-Amoud (also known as the Damascus Gate) shouting slogans against Trump’s controversial move and stressing Jerusalem’s Arabic and Muslim identity.Here, too, Israeli police dispersed protesters using excessive amounts of teargas and occasionally firing live ammunition into the air.Elsewhere in the West Bank, dozens of Palestinians marched to the Qalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem, where they engaged in clashes with Israeli forces.The Islamic Resistant Movement Hamas has declared Friday a “day of rage” in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. A statement released by Hamas said the “day of rage” was organized to “respond to the U.S. decision that targets the holy city” and send a message to Israel “with all available means.”Palestinian killed in Gaza clashes over Trump's Jerusalem moveGaleri: The world protests Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capitalThe statement added that Jerusalem was the “red line” and said the U.S. move would "open the gates of hell."On Wednesday, despite widespread opposition across the Middle East, the U.S. president announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The dramatic shift in U.S. policy has sparked demonstrations on Thursday in the occupied Palestinian territories, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq and in some other Muslim countries.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 future Palestinian state.Video: Trump’s scandalous Jerusalem move sparks global outrageTurkey Friday sermon criticizes US Jerusalem moveGoogle Maps lists Jerusalem as Israeli capitalTurkey's religious body voices support for Palestinians
Turkey's Friday sermon criticizes US Jerusalem move
Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate voiced concern in its Friday sermon over the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.In its nationwide sermon, the directorate described Jerusalem as "the apple of our eyes", saying it is a city where many prophets strived for the cause of Tawhid (Oneness)."It is a sacred and blessed city with its name and environs.""Many prophets such as Ibrahim, Yaqub, Musa, Sulayman and Isa lived in Al-Quds and its surrounding region, which has been the cradle to many civilizations for thousands of years," it said, adding that the last sacred guest of Jerusalem was Prophet Muhammad with the event of Isra and Miraj."Moreover, the first kiblah of Islam, Al-Aqsa Mosque, is in Al-Quds," said the directorate in the sermon.Although the city had been the center of peace and tranquility when Muslims governed it with a fair and just rule for many years, the directorate said "the city has been crestfallen for a long time and bleeding for years.""Al-Quds is our bleeding wound and unceasing pain today. Al-Quds has suffered from all kinds of attacks and ceased to be the city of peace. Guns keep firing in the city of prophets. Innocent people are being murdered."The directorate also said that those living in and around Jerusalem were exposed to inhuman practices such as oppression, violence and isolation. People’s freedom of life, belief and thought were also attempted against without mercy and their identity and character, dignity and honor are targeted, it said.It was not long ago that believers were kept away from Mosque of Aqsa, the sermon said, while today they are trying to invade Al-Quds.The directorate called the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as “a reckless understanding that totally disregards humanity, ancient traditions and international law”.Galeri: Worldwide protests after Trump's Jerusalem moveConflict and disturbance"Let it be known that such reckless efforts would turn Al-Quds and its region into a land of conflict and disturbance."Such unacceptable attempts are a great blow dealt to the common sense and conscience of humanity. It is a dangerous step towards destroying peace, order and security," the directorate said. The directorate said in sermon that Turkish nation had never severed and would not severe the ties of affection with Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa Mosque and oppressed Palestinian brothers and sisters throughout history."With this in our minds, we open our hands to our Lord in this time of Friday and ask: O Allah! Let us be among those Muslims who feel the pain of all their oppressed brothers and sisters in the world and use everything they have to help them, materially and spiritually! Let us not side with those who lack foresight, discernment, conscience and those who oppress!"O Allah! Do not allow those who try to invade Al-Quds and Islamic cities, those who bring disorder and sabotage peace under the guise of improvement! Accept our prayers for the sake of this holy Friday, o Allah!" it added.Despite widespread international opposition, U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.According to Trump, the U.S. State Department has been told to begin preparations for relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The dramatic shift in Washington’s Jerusalem policy triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq and other Muslim countries.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 future Palestinian state.Video: Trump’s scandalous Jerusalem move sparks global outrageIsrael braces for protests against ‘Trump Declaration’Tunisians hit streets to protest US Jerusalem move