VOW Condemns Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital
December 11, 2017
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace strongly opposes the Trump administrations decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, and begin the process of relocating its embassy to Jerusalem. VOW believes that the worlds governments should not recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital until Israel has reached a mutually agreed upon peace settlement with the Palestinians.
The status of Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Israel is in violation of international law on several counts vis-à-vis Jerusalem, stated Canadian for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) President Thomas Woodley. Trumps announcement is needlessly provocative and inflammatory, Woodley added. CJPME points out that Trumps decision breaks with decades of US policy on Israel, and will prevent the Trump administration from presenting itself as a neutral arbiter in any future negotiations. As a sign of world opinion on the matter, the UN General Assembly last week voted overwhelmingly that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever.
The silence from the Canadian government to this inflammatory act is disappointing. VOW urges Prime Minster Trudeau to condemn Trump`s declaration unequivocally. For more information contact
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