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Statement on reports that President Trump intends to move US Embassy

Richard Burden MP, Chair of the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group, has responded to reports that President Trump has told Palestinian President Abbas that he intends to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Mr Burden said today:

“Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, and there has long been consensus amongst the international community that the city’s status can only be settled fairly through negotiations. The fact that foreign embassies are based in Tel Aviv rather than Jerusalem reflects both reality and a long standing international resolve not to prejudice the future. That is particularly important when international law regards the eastern part of the city as occupied land, and when increasing numbers of Palestinian Jerusalemites are being forcibly evicted from their homes by Israel.  

President Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem is provocative, it undermines the ability of the US to credibly broker talks between Israel and Palestine and it will only fan the flames of conflict at a time when international efforts should be focussed on reducing tension, upholding the rule of law and promoting peace.”