Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Brazil president-elect vows to move embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds

Brazil president-elect vows to move embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds

If Bolsonaro follows through on his pledge, Brazil would become the third country to have an embassy in Jerusalem, after the USA and Guatemala.

"It is very unfortunate that Brazil has joined this negative alliance against global law", she said, referring to a small number of countries supporting the U.S. decision, which sparked fury among Palestinians.

Meanwhile, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has strongly condemned the Brazilian President-elect's announcement that he would move his country's Israel embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds.

But Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi told AFP news agency such "provocative and illegal steps. will only destabilise security and stability in the region". These are considered illegal under worldwide law, though Israel disputes this.

Most countries maintain embassies in Tel Aviv, saying the final status of Jerusalem must be determined through negotiations.

Bolsonaro, 63, who won a runoff election on Sunday, has outraged many with his overtly misogynistic and racist rhetoric.

In a tweet today, Mr Bolsonaro said: "As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem". The decision has been hailed by Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu.

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"In the case of recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, for example, it would be throwing away $6 billion per year in poultry sales to Arab countries", Barbosa said, noting that Brazil is one of the world's largest poultry and beef exporters.

Israel occupied Jerusalem al-Quds in 1967 in a move never recognized by the global community.

Most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv, due to the disputed status of Jerusalem - part of which Palestinians claim as a capital for when they hope to become a state.

The Palestinians want the city as the capital of their future state.

Paraguay briefly moved its embassy to Jerusalem only to move it back to Tel Aviv after its new president, Mario Abdo Benitez, was elected.

Israel's crackdown in Gaza left over 60 protesters dead in the impoverished coastal enclave on that day alone.

Earlier this year the US President Donald Trump ordered the US embassy moved to Jerusalem, and Guatemala followed suit.

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