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Christian group joins Jerusalem rally

The Star Online logo The Star Online 22/12/2017 ASHLEY TANG, RAHMAH GHAZALI and TARRENCE TAN

PUTRAJAYA: A Christian group joined the “Solidarity to Save Jerusalem” rally to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, after US President Donald Trump moved to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“We are here because we feel that the decision made by President Trump on announcing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is merely a political decision,” Association of NextGen Christians of Malaysia (Ancom) president Joshua Hong said at the Putra Mosque on Friday.

Hong said that Trump's decision also hurts Christian and Arabic churches in Palestine, and not just the Muslims.

“To us as Christians, Jerusalem is a city of peace and after that announcement, we feel there is no more peace.

“I think it is not right and unjust. We believe we should continue pursuing the sustainable peace solution for Palestine and Israel, rather than just a single nation declaring it just like that,” he said.

According to Hong, about 50 Ancom members turned up to show their support of the Palestinian people.

The "Solidarity to Save Jerusalem" rally is being held following the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The rally is also a non-partisan rally organised by the Barisan National government.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to announce a resolution on the Jerusalem issue later Friday.

On Thursday in New York, Malaysia joined 127 other countries to vote in favour of a United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Nine voted against the resolution while 35 abstained.

This came despite President Trump threatening to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favour of the resolution.

“Malaysia joins the international community in expressing our deep concern and rejects the decision by the United States to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” said Malaysia's permanent representative to the UN, Datuk Seri Mohd Shahrul Ikram Yaakob.

“It is also an infringement of the Palestinian people’s rights and their right to self determination,” he said, advocating a peaceful two-state solution and adding that Malaysia is concerned that this dire situation will only feed into the agenda of extremists.

He was speaking at the 37th plenary meeting of the 10th emergency special session of the UN General Assembly, which was entitled “Illegal Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory”.

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