'Boycott Trump until he renounces Jerusalem recognition'

Speaker of Lebanese parliament proposes Muslim boycott of US, including closure of embassies in Washington, until J'lem decision renounced.

David Rosenberg ,

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri

A day after leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization gathered in Ramallah to weigh their responses to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a senior Lebanese lawmaker issued his own proposal, calling on Muslim-majority nations around the world to boycott the US until the White House reverses its position on the Israeli capital.

On Monday night, the PLO’s 121-member Central Council voted in favor of a resolution calling on the Palestinian Authority to suspend its recognition of the State of Israel, a quarter century after the PA was founded on the basis of mutual recognition with Israel.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who addressed the gathering in Ramallah, earlier praised violent demonstrations by rioters protesting Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, hailing the disturbances as a new “uprising” against Israel.

On Tuesday, Nabih Berri, speaker of the Lebanese parliament and a founding member of the Shi’ite Amal movement, which was responsible for a series of attacks on Israeli forces in the 1980s, called on Muslim-majority states to boycott the Trump administration until the White House renounces its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Speaking at the Conference of Islamic Parliaments in Support of Jerusalem being held in Iran, Berri urged Muslim states to shutter their Washington embassies as an act of protest.

“I call on all Islamic embassies to move locations from Washington and to boycott Trump's administration until he revokes his position regarding Jerusalem,” Berri said, according to Lebanon’s Naharnet.

In addition, Berri called for all Islamic and Arab countries hosting Israeli embassies to close them and send the Israeli missions home. Berri also pushed for the “annulment of the Oslo peace accords” which served as the basis of the establishment of the PA in 1993.

“Israeli embassies in Arab and Islamic capitals,” must be closed, Berri said, demanding that no peace talks be held between Israel and the Arab world “until a clear announcement is made halting the settlements process.”