Muna2014

Next MUNA conference:
February 6, 7 & 8, 2019
Issues

Relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem (Palestine v. United States of America)

Issue in International Court of Justice

On 6 December 2017, Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, officially announced the recognition of the Holy City of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In an announcement he ordered the planning of the relocation of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In mid-October 2018, the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced that the Embassy in Jerusalem would be merging the US Consulate-General into a single mission. The Embassy opened at its Jerusalem location on May 14 2018. The move came 23 years after the passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of the US on 23 October 1995, which set the deadline as 31 May 1999 for the move. Despite this, the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations all deferred the move. The decision for moving the US embassy has led to a lot of controversy. On the one hand the decision has been welcomed by Israel’s government, and is strongly supported by Israeli Jews, but on the other many Palestinians are very unhappy about it.

This year we would like to welcome our very special guest speaker: Otto Spijkers (lecturer of international law and researcher at Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (Utrecht University)) 

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