Islamic Countries Warn Against Unilateral Steps in Yerushalayim

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -
The city center of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from where the Organization of Islamic Cooperation sent a warning about Yerushalayim on Thursday. (Azharsofii)

Foreign ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Thursday indirectly condemned plans by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim.

A statement issued after a meeting in Kuala Lumpur didn’t mention the United States or Trump by name, but said the OIC rejected any actions that could undermine the ability of Palestinians to claim part of Yerushalayim in a future state.

It called on governments to desist from any activities that might encourage Israel to “pursue its illegal occupation and annexation of … east Jerusalem, including any such encouragement through the transfer of their diplomatic missions to the city.”

The statement invited its 57 member states “to take the necessary steps and measures” in response to any such hostile position, but didn’t elaborate.