The city of Jerusalem is very important to Muslims. Muslims have a right to this city religiously, historically and legally.
There are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Muslim graves in the city of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is the site of one of Islam’s holiest places – the Dome of the Rock.
Muslims established and practiced the most tolerant multi-religious and multi-faith character of Jerusalem. Thus, Muslims recognize the rights of Jews and Christians who hold the city dear to their hearts and sacred to their respective faiths.
Muslims believe in Prophets Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus (all of whom resided in the vicinity of Jerusalem); therefore, they must recognize the sacredness and importance of Jerusalem in Islam.
After the re-conquest of Jerusalem by Salahuddin in the time of the Crusades, Jews were again permitted by Muslims to come back and live in the city. The Crusaders during their 90-year rule (1099 – 1187) had banned both Jews and Muslims from that city. That was one of several points in history where Muslims ensured that Jerusalem maintained religious pluralism and where the faithful of all three faiths understood that this land was sacred to all.
Jerusalem is home to some of the holiest sites for the followers of the three Abrahamic faiths – Muslim, Jews and Christians. To politicize Jerusalem is a surefire way to cause discord, mayhem and conflict between the followers of these three faiths.
Why the Establishment of a US Embassy in Jerusalem is Illegal and Dangerous…
The US must maintain impartiality if it wants to be an honest broker of peace. Locating the US embassy in Jerusalem is a clear step in being absolutely “partial” to Israel and its interests. For decades, America has portrayed itself as the broker of peace between Palestine and Israel, yet this latest call by Trump is the antithesis of peace-brokering. It is, in fact, a deeply polarizing move that will very likely result in escalated conflict.
The call for a US Embassy in Jerusalem will create tremendous, unnecessary negative sentiment in the Muslim world towards the US and its citizens. This may exacerbate existing heightened tensions in the Muslim world and fuel more hatred and abhorrence of American foreign policy.
The US would be the first country to house its embassy in Jerusalem – currently, all such diplomatic missions are located in Tel Aviv.
Israel occupied Jerusalem by force. The whole world, including the US, has not recognized Israel’s jurisdiction and ownership of Jerusalem for the last 70 years.
Under the proposed 1947 UN Partition Plan, the city was meant to be internationally administered, due to its importance to the three Abrahamic religions. But, in 1948, Zionist forces seized the western half of the city and declared the area as part of what became Israel.
This decision makes it clear to the world that there is no true Palestinian sovereignty, and that the Palestinian Authority has no say over anything that happens in Jerusalem.
This sends a message to the Palestinian public that their self-determination is no longer a priority in peace negotiations.