The United States administration under Donald Trump is once again violating international law by pressuring countries to recognize occupied Jerusalem as capital of Israel, according to Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
“The Trump Administration once again shows their full commitment with the violation of international law, United Nations resolutions and denial of Palestinian rights by encouraging nations to illegally recognize annexed Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Satisfying Israel’s expansionism is their goal,” he said.
Responding to a tweet by the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, that Kosovo, a Muslim nation, is going to normalize its relations with Israel and Serbia to move its embassy to Jerusalem, Erekat said that Palestine has become a victim of Trump’s electoral ambitions.
“Palestine has become a victim of the electoral ambitions of President Trump, whose team would take any action, no matter how destructive for peace and a rules-based world order, to achieve his re-election,” he said. “This, just like the United Arab Emirates-Israel agreement, isn’t about Middle East Peace.”
The PLO official called on the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to “show their relevance by taking concrete measures against those who encourage crimes and violations against the land and people of Palestine, including recognizing Jerusalem’s illegal annexation by Israel, the occupying power.”