Press release

MJC (SA) condemns US move to recognize the Occupied City of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

The Muslim Judicial Council (SA) cautions the US Administration against recognizing the Occupied City of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by transferring its embassy to it.
The move will be in violation of international law, signed agreements and undermine numerous UN resolutions.
It is NOT the right of the USA or any other government or people to decide which city should be the capital of any country.
By moving its embassy, the US will become complicit in Israel’s illegal annexation of Jerusalem and will destroy any chances of a peaceful and viable Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The city of Jerusalem is sacred to all three monotheistic religions – Islam, Judaism and Christianity – and the latest decision will most likely ignite conflict and religious confrontation in the Middle East.
We urgently request the United Nations to protect the rights of the Palestinian people as stated in the International resolutions and the latest UN resolution 2334.
We further call upon the South African government, World Leaders and other governments, countries as well as civil society and organizations to condemn the decision of US President, Donald Trump and to put the necessary political and civil pressure on America NOT to rescind the decision.
The only solution to resolve the issue with Jerusalem, is for the American administration to recognize the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to occupy their land without restrictions. If they do not, they become complicit in Zionist Israel’s illegal occupation of the City of Jerusalem and this cannot be allowed.
Issued by
Shaykh Isgak Taliep
Secretary-General
Muslim Judicial Council