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Today: Oct 23, 2017

JCSER: Convening the Israeli cabinet in the Old City impedes peace efforts

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On May 29, 2011 Israel convened a special session of its cabinet in David Citadel inside the Old City of Jerusalem, in an unprecedented step towards tightening the Israeli grip on the occupied city.

During the meeting, Israeli prime minister said "The unity of the city is one of the fundamentals of the unity of the nation of Israel," adding that "These principles I stressed in my speeches before the Knesset and Congress. The broad support for these principles is an unbreakable asset for the State of Israel. The entire world knows that the nation of Israel and its friends are loyal to Jerusalem and our heritage and, strong in our convictions, extend a hand of peace to our neighbors. I think that today they recognize this better."

The cabinet also decided to allot NIS 145.5 million to build more hotels in Jerusalem and an additional NIS 71.4 million for biotechnology research and development in the city.

The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights, JCSER, believes that the decisions which were adopted by the Israeli occupation government bare dangerous significant ramifications on the Arab nature of the city and the Palestinian presence in it, in addition of impeding peace efforts to implement the two state solution which receives international support.

The center expresses fears that Israeli insistence to include Jerusalem the city with its core the Old City in the scheme of Juadization is intended to impede Palestinian demands to have East Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestinian state.

JCSER reiterates the position of international law which considers Jerusalem as part of the occupied Palestinian territories, on which the fourth Geneva Convention applies. This position has been repeated by International Court of Justice in its 2004 Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The court reaffirmed that under customary international law, East Jerusalem is occupied territory in which Israel has the status of Occupying Power.

Meanwhile, the international community has rejected Israel's claim to both West and East Jerusalem as its "eternal undivided capital'' and has consistently denounced Israeli attempts to change the status of the city.

Moreover, UN Security Council resolutions: 242, 252, 253, 254, 267, 298 and UN General Assembly resolutions: 2253 2254 do not recognize the illegal Israeli annexation of the city and consider it as null and void.

Consequently, JCSER calls upon signatories of the GC IV to honor their responsibility as slated in Art.1 "To ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances."

JCSER calls upon members of the international community to restate their position in regards to the city and pressure the Israeli right wing government to honor signed agreements between PLO and the Israeli governments, which call both sides to refrain from adopting unilateral actions that may jeopardize outcome of the final status negotiations.

JCSER reiterates its position that Jerusalem forms the key to genuine peace in the Middle East and that the city of peace should be open to all believers and not being monopolized by one religion.