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HDP rejects Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

By Rudaw 7/12/2017
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HDP rejects Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration against the US and Israel at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul on December 6. Photo: Yasin Akgul | AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) has joined other Turkish parties in their condemnation to the decision by the US President Donald Trump who recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday evening.
 
"We inform the whole world that we reject the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," the joint statement by the four biggest Turkey's parties read Wednesday evening, including the ruling Justice and development Party (AKP) and HDP.
 
It said that such recognition will endanger stability in the Middle East.
 
"We demand a just solution to the Palestine problem under the supervision of the international community," the four parties said, warning that "we do not allow a demographic change in Jerusalem."
 
Trump announced on Wednesday that he had “determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
 
Additionally, Trump indicated his country will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, citing the 1995 US Congress adoption of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the US Senate this year.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the decision as “courageous and just,” however Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said it was “deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts.”
 
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated opposition to “unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace” adding the Israel-Palestine issue “must be resolved through direct negotiations”
 
The announcement has prompted an almost universal backlash from many in the Middle East, where most countries do not officially recognize the State of Israel.
 
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Jerusalem a symbol of “coexistence between all religions and nations.”
 
“We warn of the serious ramifications of this decision on the stability in the region and the world that which represents injustice to the rights of Palestinians, the Arab, Islamic world, and other religions,” read a statement from Abadi’s office.
 
The US Embassy in Baghdad cautioned Americans to remain vigilant while in Iraq and to “avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.”
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