The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has declared Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian people. The organization also condemned the decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Photo Credit: Imad M via Wikimedia Commons

At the summit for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation hosted on Friday in Istanbul, called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in response to the recent escalations along the Israeli-Gaza border, leaders adopted a resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian people. The statement denounced US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, which was followed by protests in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Erdogan opened the summit with a speech about the importance of Jerusalem to Muslim communities around the world, and he reiterated previous commitments to bring the issue of Jerusalem to the UN General Assembly. Throughout the summit, Muslim leaders called for an independent commission to review the violent escalations between Palestinians and Israeli security forces at the Gaza border, as well as the deployment of international forces to protect Palestinian civilians.

Israel has not issued a statement on the resolution adopted, and leaders within the meeting called on Israel to settle the matter of East Jerusalem with the Palestinians directly. The summit concluded after each participating nation commented on the emergency agenda items, primarily surrounding the recent protests in Gaza and Jerusalem. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani directly condemned the embassy relocation and called on the organization to present a unified front.