“No political decision can ever undermine the sanctity of Jerusalem and what it means to millions of Arabs, Muslims and Christians around the world.”
It’s a widely denounced move that claimed headlines around the world and sparked furious clashes after it was announced last week.
US President Donald Trump has revealed he will reverse decades of American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, drawing ire across the Middle East.
Nations including Palestine, the UK, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have condemned the decision, with the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressing “deep concern about the repercussions of this decision on the stability of the region”.
“Such decisions are also considered to show a bias against the historical and permanent rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, which have been guaranteed by the relevant international resolutions and have received the recognition and support of the international community,” the ministry said in a statement.
Among those also standing in support of Palestine is Jordan, whose royal family has spoken out against President Trump’s inflammatory move.
وقفة غضب موحده وقفها الأردنيون اليوم رفضا للمساس بعروبة #القدس. وقفة أكدت على علاقة الأجيال بالقضية الفلسطينية
Today Jordanians stood united in solidarity with #Jerusalem & its Arab identity. A stand that emphasized the strong connection between Jordanians & the Palestinian cause
— Rania Al Abdullah (@QueenRania) December 8, 2017
“No political decision can ever undermine the sanctity of Jerusalem and what it means to millions of Arabs, Muslims and Christians around the world,” Queen Rania Al-Abdullah posted on Twitter shortly after the decision was public last Wednesday.
“Today Jordanians stood united in solidarity with Jerusalem and its Arab identity. A stand that emphasised the strong connection between the Jordanians and the Palestinian cause.”
The royal also shared a short clip of doves flying over the Holy City over the weekend.
“Jerusalem, the holy city and the beating heart of Arab identity,” HRH captioned the video, along with the hashtag #Peace.
Trump’s decision has set in motion the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though the step is expected to take years to complete. Currently, no other nation has its embassy in the Holy City.
“While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering,” the US President said last week during a press conference.
Shortly thereafter, Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces clashed in Jerusalem and the West Bank, while demonstrations were held across the world lambasting the move.
Today we mourn the loss of more of Jerusalem’s heroes, who gave their lives defending the city’s Arab identity. May God have mercy on the martyrs and protect our brothers and families in #Jerusalem
— Rania Al Abdullah (@QueenRania) December 8, 2017
Queen Rania paid tribute to those killed in action, asking God to “have mercy on the martyrs and protect our brothers and families”.
Peaceful rallies were held in Amman over the weekend, with thousands congregating outside the US embassy, according to the Jordanian Times.
“Jordanians are always the centre point of this nation, and what they have shown today is a strong feeling towards Jerusalem, our first issue, with unmatched cohesion and brotherhood, which reflects the dignity of our people, a source of pride for me and for every Arab,” King Abdullah II tweeted following the protests.
“God bless Jordan and its people as a shield and a bond to our nation and its people.”
Supermodel Bella Hadid also joined protests over the weekend, attending a Free Palestine march in London over the weekend.
I’ve been waiting to put this into perfect words but I realized there is no perfect way to speak of something so unjust. A very very sad day.Watching the news and seeing the pain of the Palestinian people makes me cry for the many many generations of Palestine. Seeing the sadness of my father, cousins, and Palestinian family that are feeling for our Palestinian ancestors makes this even harder to write. Jerusalem is home of all religions. For this to happen, I feel, makes us take 5 steps back making it harder to live in a world of peace. The TREATMENT of the Palestinian people is unfair, one-sided and should not be tolerated. I stand with Palestine. There is no hate against anyone… There are no sides… All religions living side by side.. Now it is Just one man..it has always been a factor of trying to bring peace… Where is the hope..?
“Watching the news and seeing the pain of the Palestinian people makes me cry for the many many generations of Palestine,” the star, who is half-Palestinian on her father’s side, posted on Instagram.
“The treatment of the Palestinian people is unfair, one-sided and should not be tolerated. I stand with Palestine.
“There is no hate against anyone. There are no sides. All religions living side by side. Now it is just one man.”
Images: Queen Rania/Instagram, Getty