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Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in General News

VOW Condemns Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

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Canadian Voice of Women for Peace strongly opposes the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and begin the process of relocating its embassy to Jerusalem. VOW believes that the world’s governments should not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until Israel has reached a mutually agreed upon peace settlement with the Palestinians.

VOWs in Toronto join demonstration Hands off Jerusalem. December 9, 2017

“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. “Trump’s announcement is needlessly provocative and inflammatory,” Woodley added. CJPME points out that Trump’s 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.