May 12 2018

Muslims must stand together against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem - Turkish FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu spoke out against the U.S. decision to formally transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying that the move was wrong and that Muslim world needed to take a common stance against the plan, independent news source T24 said.

U.S. Donald Trump, in December of last year recognized Jerusalem as the capital and announced that the U.S. embassy in Israel would be moving there. The highly controversial declaration sparked outrage in the Muslim world while Palestinians took to the streets in protest for days. At least 20 Palestinians were killed.

A senior American official on Friday announced that the decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, was set to take place next week. 

‘’As of late we are seeing some a bit of hesitation within the Arab world, particularly by the Arab League, even some backpedalling on this issue,’’ Çavuşoğlu said while addressing Arab media in İstanbul on invitation of the municipality on Saturday.

The Turkish foreign minister stressed that even if there were no nation left to defend the Palestinian cause and everyone remained silent on Jerusalem, Turkey would not do so.

‘’We see that some countries which are reluctant [to upset] the United States are back peddling on the Palestinian cause. This is a wrong way of thinking; a grave mistake. History and the ummah will not forgive this,’’ Çavuşoğlu said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was one of the most vocal critics of the decision by Trump, saying "With their decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the United States has become a partner in this bloodshed."