SLJGJ condemns US decision on Jerusalem

Sri Lankan Journalists for Global Justice (SLJGJ) has vehemently condemned the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and move its Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

“This move endangers the prospect of peace, security and stability in the Middle East, violates the rights of the Palestinian people to a State of their own and justifies the illegal occupation of Arab and Palestinian lands by Israel,” SLJGJ President Jayatilleke de Silva said in a statement.

SLJGJ considers the status of Jerusalem as a matter to be decided as part of a final solution to the Palestinian problem between Israel and Palestine and any attempt to change its present status is a retrograde step, in its opinion.

SLJGJ has called upon the government of Sri Lanka to immediately disassociate itself with the position of the United States in this matter in accordance with the wishes of the Sri Lankan public and join forces world over that call for a negotiated settlement respecting the national aspirations of the Palestinian people and the decisions of the United Nations. 

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