Umno will never compromise on any issues that affect the sanctity of Islam, not just in the country but also anywhere else in the world, says Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno today strongly rejected the stand taken by the United States to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Touching on the matter at his opening speech during Umno annual general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre today, party president and Prime Minister Najib Razak urged party members and all Muslims to loudly object the move.

“Umno will never compromise on any issues that affect the sanctity of Islam, not just in the country but also anywhere else in the world,” he said.

“As such, when the US announced of its decision to recognise one of Islam’s three holy spots, Baitul Maq-dis (Jerusalem), as Israel’s capital, I am confident that we, as Muslims, can never accept such a decision at all.

“I, as Umno president and the prime minister of Malaysia, invite all party leaders, delegates, members and everyone else to stand up and state our firm objection to this so that the world can hear us clearly.

“We strongly reject the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital for now, and forever,” he said.

Najib’s remarks were received with chants of ‘Allahuakhbar’ and claps from the delegates.

Earlier, the Foreign Ministry had also rejected the US move, saying that the decision would put to an end all efforts made towards a resolution of Palestinian question.

“It would have grave repercussions not only towards the security and stability of the region, but would inflame sentiments, making efforts to combat terrorism all the more difficult.

“Malaysia reaffirms that the issue of Jerusalem is at the core of the Palestinian cause and request that all Member States of the United Nations not to recognise any changes in the pre-1967 borders, including in connection with Jerusalem,” it said.

Wisma Putra said any attempts to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, establishing or transferring any diplomatic mission to the city were considered aggression not only against the Arab and Islamic ummah, but were also infringements on the rights of Muslims and Christians alike.

“Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not a recognition of the reality on the ground; it is an expression of support for Israeli policies, much of which is in contravention of the international law. Might cannot be right,” Wisma Putra added.

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