Boycott countries that move embassy to Jerusalem, urges Palestine

Arabs must boycott countries that move embassy to Jerusalem, urges Palestinian Authority
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28 December, 2017
Palestine will boycott all countries that move their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said on Thursday.
Malki plans to send a request to five Arab ministers participating in January's meeting [Getty]
Palestine will boycott all countries that move their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said on Thursday.

Malki told Voice of Palestine Radio that he is planning to send an official request to the five Arab foreign ministers participating in the January 6 meeting in Jordan to boycott countries that move their embassies to Jerusalem.

He urged if the five Arab countries combined their efforts to boycott Guatemala after it announced that it will move its embassy to Jerusalem, then this decision will put it at an economic disadvantage because Guatemala annually exports 90 percent of its cardamom pods to Arab countries.

This comes after Guatemala’s foreign minister denied the embassy move to Jerusalem would hurt the country’s economy.

Guatemala foreign minister Sandra Jovel said on Wednesday the change amounts to "a foreign policy decision, therefore sovereign," and there is no intention to reverse it.

She however played down a possible fallout for Guatemala's cardamom trade, for which Arab and Islamic nations are the largest buyers. She noted it represents just 0.37 percent of the country's GDP.

"It is not an issue that should really worry us too much," Jovel said.

Israel regards Jerusalem as its "undivided" capital, a position nearly the entire world rejects saying its status should be determined in peace talks with Palestine.

Under international law East Jerusalem is considered occupied Palestinian territory.

Since Trump’s announcement, more than 600 Palestinians have been detained by Israeli authorities’, in addition to the 6,500 Palestinians already imprisoned by Israel, taking the total number of detainees to over 7,000.

Trump's move has been condemned worldwide and protests have taken place globally in the US, UK, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, and Jordan.