The world should respond to Trump’s Jerusalem declaration with sanctions on Israel

By Diana Buttu|

Protesters burn an effigy of President Trump during an anti-U.S. and -Israel protest in Quetta, Pakistan, on Dec. 8, 2017. (Banaras Khan/AFP via Getty Images)

Diana Buttu served as a legal adviser to the Palestinian negotiating team and was directly involved in negotiations with Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

This week, President Trump declared that his administration is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in a move, he claims, that will “advance the peace process and work towards a lasting agreement,” reversing nearly 70 years of U.S. foreign policy. On this, not only is Trump wrong, but also his actions threaten to set the precedent for a new international system based on aggression rather than the rule of law.

Under the United Nations’ 1947 Partition Plan for Palestine, Jerusalem was never intended to be the capital of any country, but rather a shared city under an international regime with sovereignty resting with neither Israel nor Palestinians.

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Source: The Washington Post Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.