CAIRO, The Arab League on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on Australia and Brazil to abide by international law concerning the status of Jerusalem.
It comes after Brazil's presidentelect Jair Bolsonaro announced in
November his intention to move his country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv
And on Saturday Australia announced its recognition of west Jerusalem as
Israel's capital, although a contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not
occur until a peace settlement is achieved
Both Israel and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital.
The Arab League decided Tuesday to dispatch a highranking delegation to
Brazil and Australia to inform officials there on the need to abide by
international law concerning Jerusalem.
The decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting at the League's Cairo
headquarters attended by delegates from member countries.
The panArab body also called on the UN Security Council to assume its
responsibilities by putting pressure on Israel and stop its aggression
against the Palestinian people.
Israel seized east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day war and later annexed it,
declaring the entire city its eternal and indivisible capital, in a move
not recognised by most of the international community.
Palestinians claim the eastern part as the capital of a future Palestinian
The Palestinian leadership has slammed Australia and Brazil over their
In December the US administration of President Donald Trump decided to move
the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and declared the city
The embassy was transferred in May in a move that sparked outrage in across
the Arab and Muslim world.
Most countries have avoided moving their embassies to Jerusalem to avoid
hindering peace talks on the city's final status.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)