Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 7
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemns the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as well as the movement of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the organization told Trend on Dec.7.
"Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is directed not only against Muslims and Arabs, but also against the Christian population of Jerusalem," the OIC said.
The OIC will hold an emergency meeting of representatives of member countries of the organization on Dec.13.
President Donald Trump announced on Dec.6 that the US will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that he will move the American embassy there once a location is secured.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said from the White House.
Israel proclaimed Jerusalem its capital after the end of the War of Independence in 1949. In 1967, after the Six Day War, it seized East Jerusalem and united it with the West Jerusalem, but the UN did not recognize this. Embassies of countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel are located mainly in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Ramat Gan.