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Jerusalem.. Israel's capital?
: Jerusalem.. Israel's capital?By
: Mohamed Sid-Ahmed Published in
: Al-Ahram Weekly
, issue 607Date of issue
10 October 2002Topic(s) addressed
: Commentary Abstract
The new US legislation requiring all official American documents to identify the occupied city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has triggered angry reactions throughout the Islamic world. Thousands of demonstrators marched through Gaza, threatening to intensify suicide bombings inside Israel, while popular and religious leaders called on Arab and Islamic parliaments to adopt a strong stance against this latest outrage, calling, among other things, for a boycott of American goods. Commenting on the legislation, the Islamic Conference declared that it is bound to undermine relations between the Islamic world and the United States. Angrily denouncing the new law as "a catastrophe", President Arafat urged "Muslim and Christian nations to oppose any decision attacking the status of Jerusalem." He also called for an emergency Arab summit, then passed a law declaring Jerusalem the capital of Arab Palestine. But so far, these reactions have not engendered any concrete actions by Arab capitals.
Meanwhile, Bush claimed that, although he had signed the draft bill into law on 30 September, US policy on Jerusalem had not changed. According to Reuters, an American official described as 'prominent' said the White House was planning to issue a statement explaining that the legislation "reflected the feelings of Congress" towards the issue, but did not necessarily commit American foreign policy.