Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men gather near the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: AFP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men gather near the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: AFP

The Arab League adopted on Tuesday a resolution calling on Australia and Brazil to “abide by international law” regarding the status of Jerusalem.

The move comes after Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro announced in November his intention to move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

And on Saturday, Australia announced its recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. However, a controversial embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not take place until a peace settlement is achieved.

Both the Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital.

The Arab League decided on Tuesday to send a “high-ranking delegation” to Brazil and Australia to attempt to persuade officials to “abide by international law” concerning Jerusalem.

The decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting at the League’s Cairo headquarters attended by delegates from member countries.

Israel seized east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, declaring the entire city its “eternal and indivisible capital,” a move that has not been recognized as legitimate by most members of the international community.

Palestinians claim the eastern part as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The Palestinian leadership has condemned the plans announced by Australia and Brazil.

In December the Trump administration decided to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and declared the city Israel’s capital.

The embassy was shifted in May in a move that sparked outrage across the Arab and Muslim world.

Most countries have avoided moving their embassies to Jerusalem to avoid hampering peace talks on the city’s final status.

– with reporting by Agence France-Presse

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