The 57 member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) are living in a legal fantasyland of their own creation where non-existent principles of international law supposedly apply.
The final communique issued by the OIC following its Extraordinary Summit held in Turkey on 13 December 2017 makes their flight into legal unreality crystal-clear:
1. OIC members pledged to take joint action on the basis of international law against the statement of President Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Yet international law unreservedly recognises the sovereign right of each State to designate its capital and the sovereign right of other States to decide whether to recognise that State and to locate their Embassies in such capital.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act 1995 passed overwhelmingly by the United States Congress recognized and affirmed these long-established legal principles:
Each sovereign nation, under international law and custom, may designate its own capital…
… Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel.
… The United States maintains its embassy in the functioning capital of every country except in the case of our democratic friend and strategic ally, the State of Israel.
2. The OIC condemned the illegal settlement activities by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The "occupied Palestinian territories" are in fact "disputed territories" in international law where competing Jewish and Arab claims to sovereignty remain to be resolved.
No binding legal ruling exists to substantiate the OIC's mendacious claim.
There is however territory-specific legislation that negates this OIC claim – namely article 6 of the Mandate for Palestine and article 80 of the United Nations Charter.
3. The OIC declared President Trump's statement to be "null and void".
The OIC acting as judge, jury and Lord High Executioner has deigned to tell an American President he cannot act in accordance with international law.
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