Arabs furious at Czech President’s Jerusalem remark


Egypt summoned Czech ambassador after their president discussed moving embassy to Israel’s capital.

By Associated Press

The Cairo-based Arab League has condemned remarks by the Czech president about moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, calling them a violation of Palestinian rights and international resolutions.

Czech President Milos Zeman - Photo: Reuters

Czech President Milos Zeman – Photo: Reuters

In its Wednesday’s statement, the 22-nation organization called for summoning the Czech ambassador in Cairo to express “dangers of these remarks.”

The United Nations proposed an international jurisdiction for Jerusalem when it wrote the mandate for a Jewish Israel state in 1947, but a 1948 war divided the city between Israeli and Jordanian control.

Israel captured the Old City in another war in 1967, bringing all of Jerusalem under one jurisdiction.

Israel claims the entire city as its capital and maintains the seat of government there. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.


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