Palestinians Recall Envoys to EU Countries Who Attended U.S. Embassy Gala in Jerusalem

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela May 7, 2018
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela May 7, 2018Credit: \ CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/ REUTERS

The Palestinian Authority recalled on Wednesday its envoys to the four European countries who participated in a gala celebrating the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem Sunday.

The Palestinian envoys to Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania were called for hearings on the support their countries showed for the embassy’s move, which the Palestinian Authority strongly opposes. As Haaretz revealed Saturday, the four countries participated in the event despite the European Union’s policy’s against relocating the embassy to Jerusalem.

“We highly value our relations with all EU member states. Those relations are based on the commitment to international law, UN resolutions and Human Rights,” said Dr. Amal Jadou, a Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs official. “Therefore, we consider the participation in this event a contradiction to such values. Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was not only a hostile act against the people of Palestine as we mourn 70 years of Nakba, but is as well a violation of international law, particularly of UNSC Resolution 478,” Jadou added.

On Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recalled the Palestinian envoy in Washington over the embassy’s opening. Husam Zomlot, the Palestine Liberation Organization's chief representative in Washington, was already on his way back to the Palestinian Territories when the report came out, according to senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. A foreign ministry statement carried by the official Wafa news agency said the decision "follows the moving of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."

"When they (the U.S.) opened their embassy in Jerusalem there was a need for a decision from our side and this was our decision," Zomlot told the Associated Press.

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