Pope Francis on Sunday issued an appeal for « wisdom and prudence » in the wake of clashes over Trump’s Jerusalem decision.
The Pope also called upon leaders to « commit themselves to avert a new spiral of violence » adding that they should encourage « peace, justice and security » for people in the region, which he described as a « battered land. »
Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki called Trump’s decision « illegal and illegitimate and null and void legally and politically, » saying there would be no formal communication with US officials.
Before the protests broke out in Lebanon, the Arab League condemned Trump’s decision as well, describing it as a « dangerous » development. The foreign ministers of the 22-member states of the Arab League met for an emergency meeting at their headquarters in Cairo on Saturday.
The US policy change on Jerusalem puts it « on the side of occupation » and « exempts it from a mediation role in the peace process, » the Arab League said in a statement.
It warned that attempts to change the legal status of Jerusalem or to « change the Arab identity of the city » are « provocations to the feelings of Muslims and Christians across the Muslim and Arab world » and violates international law.(with cnn)