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The U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, above all, means punishing Palestinians, who have proven numerous times that they side side with peace instead of violence, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit that convened in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Axar.az reports citing Daily Sabah.
Erdogan said that he believed 196 countries in the world would display a common response to the U.S. decision, underlining that peace in Palestine could only be assured when the international community "stands by the truth and recognizes the free state of Palestine immediately."
He called upon "all just countries" to protect Jerusalem as Palestine's capital, adding that Muslim countries would never give upon the sovereignty and independence of Palestine.
"While the occupying state is being recognized, there is no logical reason for the party that wants peace, that lives in 1/5 of historical Palestine to not be recognized," Erdogan said, reiterating that Jerusalem and the holy al-Aqsa compound were a red line for the Muslim world.
He also urged to accelerate to process of including Palestine in international agreements and organizations, saying that "remaining neutral between the occupier and the occupied means supporting oppression."
The president also warned that the U.S. "does not stand with those seeking peace, but with those making peace impossible."
Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused U.S. President Donal Trump of playing around with Jerusalem.
"Trump wants to give Jerusalem as a present to Israel, as if he is donating one of the U.S. states, as if he is the only person with the authority to decide," Abbas said.
"The U.S. has lost its mediator role in the Israel Palestine peace process, and we will never allow in the future that the U.S. takes part in the process. We want OIC to support us in this decision," Abbas added.
The Palestinian president also urged participants of the OIC summit to take "very clear and strong decisions" with the aim of protecting the places of worship of both Muslims and Christians.
Touching upon Israel's invading approach, Abbas said: "To be an internationally recognized state 3 things are needed: government, people and borders. Israel has government, has people, but has no borders."
Tension has mounted in Palestinian territories since last week's controversial decision by Trump to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israeli security forces have so far killed two Palestinians and injured several hundred during demonstrations against the declaration.
Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — occupied by Israel since 1967 — might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.
During his election campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states are expected to call on the world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital during Wednesday’s Istanbul summit.
Axar.az reports citing AA.
According to an official source, the 57-member OIC is expected to call for international recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital in a final communique.
During an address to OIC members, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also called on the world to recognize the holy city as Palestine's capital.
OIC member countries will be expecting a positive response from the international community over Jerusalem, which was last week recognized as Israel's capital by the U.S. President Donald Trump.
Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- currently occupied by Israel -- will eventually become the capital of a Palestinian state.
The OIC is the second-largest inter-governmental body after the United Nations and 57 member states spread over four continents.
It was established during a historic summit in Rabat, Morocco in 1969 following an arson attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
Al-Aqsa was set fire by an Australian Christian called Michael Denis Rohan on Aug. 21, 1969. The shrine and a 1,000-year-old pulpit were totally destroyed as well as several historical sites.
Rohan had joined a U.S.-based sect called “The Church of God” and believed that setting fire to Al-Aqsa would hasten the coming of the Messiah.
He was later declared mentally unstable and is reported to have died in psychiatric care in 1995.
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