ITUC: Trump’s Jerusalem announcement ‘reckless and divisive’
UNI Global Union fully backs the ITUC statement condemning US President’s Donald Trump’s announcement that the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The ITUC called Trump’s statement “a divisive and reckless act which seriously undermines the quest for peace between Israel and Palestine.”
UNI Global Union General Secretary Philip Jennings said, “UNI’s position is clear, we support the two-state system, giving the Palestinian people the right of self-determination, and a free and independent Palestinian state. This position is enshrined in our resolutions and the one we will take to our World Congress in Liverpool next year. Trump is acting in an irresponsible and misguided way and the victims will once again be the people of both Palestine and Israel.
“We will continue our commitment to build peace in the region.”
ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said, “The only acceptable basis for resolution of the conflict and ending the Israeli occupation is the two-state solution, and it is widely understood in the international community that the status of Jerusalem should be defined as part of the process of negotiation. President Trump’s announcement, pre-emptively and unilaterally defining that status, is not only an affront to Palestinians, especially those living in Jerusalem and facing encroachment of settlements onto their land; it also causes real damage to the prospects for peaceful negotiations to bring about peace and the establishment of a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders and in line with UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.”