90 Parliamentarians express grave concern about Trump’s Jerusalem decision, call for UK leadership in pursuing peace and for the recognition of the State of Palestine

Posted by Caabu on 08 Dec 2017

90 Parliamentarians express grave concern about Trump’s Jerusalem decision, call for UK leadership in pursuing peace and for the recognition of the State of Palestine

Richard Burden MP, Chair of the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group, has today written to the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson concerning US President Donald Trump’s recent announcement of his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A cross-party group of 90 Parliamentarians have added their names to the letter to express their collective concern regarding President’s Trump decision and to ask the Foreign Secretary to ensure UK leadership in the pursuit and facilitation of a just and sustainable peace between Israel and Palestine with Jerusalem as a shared capital.

Mr Burden said today:

“As a cross-party group of MPs and Peers we have written to the Foreign Secretary to express our collective concern at President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 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. 

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.

We are calling for the UK to show leadership in the pursuit and facilitation of a just and sustainable peace between Israel and Palestine with Jerusalem as a shared capital of both states. The UK must demonstrate in deeds as well as words that respect for international law and a commitment to equal rights for both Palestinians and Israelis must be cornerstones of a new UK proactivity and leadership to achieve peace.We believe it is in the best interests of pursuing peace, for the UK to now recognise the State of Palestine, in line with the decision of the House of Commons as expressed on 13th October 2014.”

 

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Notes

1) On 13th October 2014, the House of Commons voted in favour of a motion to recognise the State of Palestine by 274 votes to 12.

 

a. https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141013/debtext/141013-0004.htm

 

Caabu's Chair Rt Hon David Jones MP and board members Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP and Paula Sherriff MP. An Early Day Motion (EDM) about Jerusalem was also tabled, whose primary sponsor was Tommy Sheppard MP, with Crispin Blunt MP, Desmond Swayne MP, Andy Slaughter MP, Joanna Cherry MP, and Marie Rimmer MP also sponsoring. Caabu encourages its supporters to contact their MPs encouraging them to sign this EDM.