Palestine launches campaign to prevent relocating UK embassy to Jerusalem

Jerusalem - murals that are part of the public art project 'I Witness Silwan' (Mahmoud Illean - AP)

Middle East Monitor  /  October 7, 2022

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs has launched a diplomatic and political campaign, in coordination with the Arab ambassadors in Britain, to prevent the transfer of the British embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Arab ambassadors in London have sent a letter to British Prime Minister Liz Truss confirming their rejection of this “illegal and ill-judged” move.

The Guardian newspaper reported that some Arab diplomats have warned that the Truss plan may jeopardize talks on the free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the Gulf Cooperation Council scheduled to be completed this year.

The newspaper explained that the plan is rejected by Arab countries supporting the Palestinian cause and those who normalized their relations with Israel in 2020.

This comes as the UK’s new prime minister told her Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, that her office will review moving her country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

Commenting on the letter, Ambassador Ahmed al-Deek, political advisor to the Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, said Palestine and the Council of Arab Ambassadors are engaged in an intense campaign in Britain at all levels to put maximum pressure on the British government and the prime minister not to relocate the British embassy to occupied Jerusalem.