Trump’s controversial move on Jerusalem denounced

LAHORE: Muslim and Christian leaders expressed their solidarity with Palestinians and denounced US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which has since sparked protests and clashes.

In a meeting held at the Pak-Arab Society, the leaders said that Trump’s announcement, a move that drew global condemnation and triggered days of unrest in the Palestinian territories, was not only against the international consensus but was against moral and religious values and breach of international law and at risk for peace.

The meeting was attended by religious leaders, including Maulana Shakeelur Rehman Nasir, Peace and Harmony Network secretary general Javed William, Allama Makhdoom Asim, pastor Dr Majeed Able, Mufti Syed Ashiq Hussain, pastor Amjad Niamat, Allama Abdul Rab Amjad, Allama Syed Mehdi Hassan, Father Francis Nadeem, Hafiz Samiullah and other prominent leader.

The participants of the meeting expressed their grave concerns over the move and said that Trump’s decision had made the entire Muslim world angry and had sabotaged the world’s efforts for peace in the Middle East. They pointed out that the controversial decision undermines efforts to bring about peace, deepens tension and would further spark anger that will threaten to push the Middle East to the edge of the abyss of violence, chaos and bloodshed.

They called the Trump decision inappropriate and without consideration for the feelings of millions of people. They said that a negotiated solution between Palestinians and Israelis can bring a stable and lasting peace, and guarantee the peaceful coexistence within the internationally recognised border limits.

The American president also ordered the US Embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision may strip the US of its role as a sponsor and broker in the Mideast peace process. The status of Jerusalem, home to sites holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians, is one of the core issues in the perennial Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

After occupying the city’s eastern part in the 1967 War, Israel annexed the territory, and proclaimed it as its ‘eternal, undivided capital.’ However, the Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. “We call upon everyone to recognise Palestine as a state and East Jerusalem as its capital,” the Palestinian government announced.

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