Palestinians slam 'provocative' Brazil embassy move to Jerusalem

03 November, 2018, 05:58 | Author: Eric Barnett
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Angered by Trump's move, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas boycotted his administration, saying Washington is no longer qualified to serve as the sole mediator in the decades-long conflict with Israel, and that an global mechanism should be devised to replace the U.S. in the so-called peace process.

But Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi told AFP news agency such "provocative and illegal steps. will only destabilise security and stability in the region".

Bolsonaro was elected as Brazil's new president October 28 and will take office January 1.

On Thursday Bolsonaro tweeted that "as previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the plan, which Bolsonaro had promised during the election campaign.

A polarising judge who jailed former President Luiz Inacio de Silva - knocking "Lula" out of this year's election - has been named Brazil's new justice minister.

The United States officially moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14.

The Palestinians cut off ties with the Trump administration after the decision was first announced in December 2017, saying the government's pro-Israel bias meant it could no longer lead peace negotiations between themselves and Israel.


Supporters of the USA move note that Congress passed a law in 1995 recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that the move was the delayed implementation of that law.

The global community does not recognise Israel's jurisdiction and ownership of the city.

While the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war - as the capital of a future state.

The move will make Brazil the third country, behind the US and Guatemala, to move their embassies. Israel claims all of the city, including the eastern sector, calling it home to Jerusalem's most important religious sites and Israel's eternal capital.

Bolsonaro on Thursday announced his intention to relocate the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem once he formally assumes the presidency.

Bolsonaro, 63, who won a runoff election on Sunday, has outraged many with his overtly misogynistic and racist rhetoric.

Brazil would become the second major country after the United States to do so.

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