The American president's announcement of his decision to recognize Jerusalem as "Israel's" capital will have very severe repercussions in Palestine, the Arab world and the Islamic arena.
This is an illegitimate and ill-advised decision, which contradicts international laws and resolutions, and violates the sanctity of the holly city of Jerusalem.
It is refused and will be resisted by all the Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and free peoples of the world.
Jerusalem (Bait Al-Maqdes) is a sacred city for both Muslims, Christians and legitimate Jews. It is the united capital of Palestine. It will always be a Palestinian city.
We, in Hamas, call upon the Arab and Muslim Ummah and the free peoples of the world to stand firm and united against this dangerous decision, and support the Palestinians in their continuous struggle to liberate their homeland and establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.
This American move serves as a blatant reminder and a loud wake-up call to all Arab and Muslim countries and leaders that their true and only enemy is the illegitimate Zionist Occupation. All their efforts and means should be directed towards uprooting this occupation, freeing Palestine and returning the Palestinian refugees to their homeland.
Dr. Maher Salah
Head of Hamas in Diaspora