Share this on WhatsAppDate: 15 May 2018 UNITED STATES CONSULATE GENERAL JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA 1 SANDTON DRIVE, SANDTON, 2196 Consul General: Mr. Michael A. McCarthy Dear Sir / Madam IN RE: MEMORANDUM TO THE UNITED STATES CONSULATE GENERAL JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA, 15 MAY 2018 (AL NAKBA DAY) UNLAWFUL DECISION DECLARING JERUSALEM THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL AND THE RELOCATION OF THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM – (#DefenceofJerusalem / #HandsoffJerusalem) 1. This memorandum serves to notify the government of the United States that we the people of South Africa and the representatives of civil society, the Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA) and advocacy rights groups reject any moves relating to the alteration of the internationalised status of Jerusalem. 2. Under no circumstances shall Palestinians and the international community accept such an arbitrary unilateral decision announced by President Trump on 06 December 2017 to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 3. This illegal and arbitrary executive decision coined as the “Deal of the Century” is hereby strongly condemned, rejected and repudiated. 4. Never shall we ever accept and/or acquiesce to any alteration to the moral, cultural and religious demographic identity of the holy city of Jerusalem which has been custodian to the monotheistic Abrahamic faiths for centuries. 5. The sanctity of the holy city of Jerusalem is paramount to us all. The illegal process of Judaization (De-Christianisation etc) of Jerusalem through discriminatory practices and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians must immediately cease and be reversed in its entirety in order to restore the status quo of Palestinian sovereignty in accordance with international law. 6. As international law dictates, we demand the immediate cessation of grave violations of Palestinian human rights in Jerusalem and the occupied territories by the perpetration of criminal offences by the Israeli apartheid regime and its settlers alike which include inter alia: home demolitions, forcible displacement, extra judicial killings, torture, arbitrary detention and home confinement of Palestinian children, which have all been used as weapons of war, psychological warfare and instruments of systemic apartheid. 7. Never shall we accept any congressional resolutions or such executive orders by the president of the United States emanating from either the United States own so called sovereign domestic legislation (Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995) (1) or its nefarious foreign policies to be binding upon the international community which serves to undermine the inalienable sovereignty rights of Palestinians towards the holy city of Jerusalem. 8. Already the United Nations General Assembly on 21 December 2017 announced its overwhelming condemnation of any moves by the United States to alter the status of Jerusalem. 9. A copy of the UN General Assembly Resolution (2) regarding the status of Jerusalem is annexed hereto. The important extracts read as follows: Stressing that Jerusalem is a final status issue to be resolved through negotiations in line with relevant United Nations resolutions, Expressing, in this regard, its deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem; Affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council, and in this regard calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to Council resolution 478 (1980); (1) S.Res.167 – A resolution relating to the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. 115th Congress (2017-2018) (2) UN General Resolution (Status of Jerusalem) A/RES/ES – 10/19 Demands that all States comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions; Reiterates its call for the reversal of the negative trends on the ground that are imperilling the two-State solution and for the intensification and acceleration of international and regional efforts and support aimed at achieving, without delay, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet road map, and an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967. 10. The United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital culminating in its relocation of the United States embassy on the eve of Nakba, when Palestinians commemorate the Nakba is both wholly offensive and an aggressive act of provocation. 11. Adding insult to injury is the bullish stance undertaken by the incumbent United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley who has made all sorts of provocative threats to the United Nations and to world leaders whose countries have voted against the United States rightfully, negating to altering the status of Jerusalem. 12. The threats made by Ambassador Haley is reflective of her arrogant attitude which is considered both an affront and imperil to world peace. 13. Rightfully Ambassador Haley’s brutish defence never saw the light of day. The United States unlawful arbitrary policies was appropriately rebuked at the United Nations General Assembly. 14. We believe that such arbitrary unilateral actions from the very outset lack any legal and moral foundation whereby the United States may assert its own sovereignty rights over an extra territorial jurisdiction like Jerusalem, that is subject to the confines and interpretation of international law, notwithstanding Palestinians exercising their sovereignty rights over Jerusalem. 15. We unequivocally reject the Zionist apartheid state of Israel of having any portion of Jerusalem (East or West) as its capital city without the express agreement of Palestinians duly endorsed by the international community. 16. We unequivocally state that the sovereignty rights of Palestinians over the city of Jerusalem can neither be alienated nor extinguished by this illegal act of the United States which is being “unscrupulously and rapaciously” ratified by the Israeli apartheid apparatus. 17. 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