Need for Strong Islamic Front to Defend Quds

Representatives of Muslim countries attended the Tehran meeting on Palestine to coordinate a response to the US decision to recognize Quds as Israel’s capital
 Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (C) addresses an international meeting on Palestine in Tehran on Dec. 18.  Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (C) addresses an international meeting on Palestine in Tehran on Dec. 18.
The Majlis speaker called on Muslim nations to suspend economic and political relations with the US and Israel over their measures against Palestinians

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani urged Muslim nations to strongly stand against the Israeli regime and the recent US decision to recognize Beit-ul-Moqaddas as Israel's capital.

"The destiny of the Palestinian nation is intertwined with that of other Muslim nations. Muslim countries must stand against the Zionist [Israeli] regime, otherwise it will keep creating new problems," Larijani warned.

He was addressing an extraordinary session of the Palestinian Committee of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States, which was held in Tehran on Monday, IRNA reported.

Representatives from 11 countries attended the extraordinary session—initiated by the Jordanian parliamentary speaker—to coordinate a response to US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Quds as Israel's capital.

The meeting comes on the heels of an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday when delegates of 57 Muslim nations condemned Trump's move and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Quds as the capital of Palestine.

Describing the Israeli regime as an "evil bureaucracy", Larijani said the regional foreign-backed militancy was mounted to dissipate Muslim countries in recent years so that they stay away from the Palestinian issue.

The top lawmaker called on Muslim nations to suspend their economic and political relations with the US and Israel, warning that "they will feel regretful if they do not come up with any practical measures".

He also commended the Palestinian nation for their recent intifada (uprising) against Israel, saying they have been able to push the Zionists back.

Trump abruptly reversed decades of US policy this month when he recognized Quds as Israel's capital, triggering outrage and protests from Palestinians. He also plans to move the US Embassy to the holy city from Tel Aviv.

The entire Quds is currently under Israeli control, while the regime also claims the city's eastern part, which hosts the third holiest Muslim site.

The city has been designated as "occupied" under international law since the 1967 Six-Day War, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.

Trump had vowed during his presidential campaign to relocate the US Embassy in order to court pro-Israel voters.

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