Council of International Relations – Palestine condemned the statements made by US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in which he described the Palestinian reaction after Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “an ugly, provocative and anti-Semitic response.”
In a press release, The council said that Friedman is ignorant of history and international resolutions that indicate that Jerusalem is an Islamic place under Israeli occupation.
The Council described the Palestinian position as a natural position in the light of all historical documents and successive international resolutions on Jerusalem.
“Is the position of the States that voted against Trump’s move also ugly and antiemetic? Is the position of eleven former US ambassadors to “Israel” who rejected the decision is an ugly, provocative and anti-Semitic one as well?”, the council wondered.
The CIR stressed that it is no longer acceptable that the United States continues as a mediator in the peace process in the Middle East in light of its biased positions in favor of the Israeli occupation.
In its statement, the Council called on the international community to pull the rug from under the United States and take the initiative to pressure the Israeli occupation and force it to recognize the Palestinian rights and end its occupation and criminalization against the Palestinian people.