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Palestinian Authorities Urge to Boycott Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

08 May, 2018, 02:27 | Author: Ted Wilson
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The U.S. president ended decades of Washington's policy stating that the status of the city of Jerusalem must be decided as part of a peace agreemeet between Israel and Palestine, a position that most of the global community continues to fully support.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in wake of Trump's announcement that the United States had effectively disqualified itself from peace process. The annual holiday celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem with Israeli victory in the Six Day War.

The signs were placed near a building of the USA consulate south of Jerusalem, which appears to be the embassy's headquarters, as it will be officially moved on May 14. They were promised East Jerusalem as their capital by worldwide community during the USA sponsored peace talks through last several decades.

Last year's decision by the Trump administration to move the embassy to Jerusalem was harshly criticized by the global community.

A worker hangs a road sign directing to the USA embassy, in the area of the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2018. "I thank President Trump for making this historic moment come to fruition. Jerusalem is our capital", she said.

Israel claims the entire city as its eternal capital.

Since the creation of the Jewish state it has not recognised Jerusalem as its capital and considers that the final status of the city must be negotiated with the Palestinians.

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The global community, including the USA, does not recognise Israel's jurisdiction and ownership of the city.

Erekat said that this move is not only illegal but will also thwart the achievement of a just and lasting peace between two sovereign and democratic states on the 1967 borders, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in April "at least half a dozen" countries were now "seriously discussing" following the US lead, though he did not identify them.

Last month, Cartes said that he wanted to relocated the country's embassy to Jerusalem before the end of his presidential term in August.

The embassy move comes after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital a year ago.

The embassy is expected to open next week.

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