Pakistan, on behalf of member states of the Islamic Conference, on Tuesday (24 June) called on the United Nations Security Council to impose mandatory sanctions against Israel if it makes Jerusalem its capital.
CU: Israeli Ambassador Yehuda Blum speaking in English
TOP VIEW: Palestine Liberation Organisation representative Adhmed Dajani speaking in English
TOP VIEW: Jordanian Ambassador Nuseibeh speaking in English
GV PAN: Jerusalem
GV: Prime Minister's and other Government offices in Jerusalem.
GV AND SV: New office blocks under construction.
CU: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin speaking in English
BLUM: "Jerusalem today is a city open to all its resident: Jews, Moslems and Christians, as well as to members of all faiths from all nations. It is open even to those who claim to be Israel's enemies."
DAJANI: "Our founding forefathers gave it the name the city of peace. It was in Jerusalem, the city of peace, that our people worshipped a compassionate god and they glorified his name. It was in Jerusalem that they established their Arab civilisation."
NUSEIBEH: "The foremost victim of Israeli colonisation, metamorphosis and despoliation has been east, north and south Jerusalem, occupied during the 1967 war (indistinct) all structures have been felled -- holy sites have been bulldozed. The unique magnificence, serenity and character of this ancient city have been compromised."
"I want to make from this platform an appeal to the International Red Cross, which is a great humanitarian institution encompassing the majority of mankind, with which we cooperate wholeheartedly on any occasion, and they know it, and can acknowledge it. The International Red Cross should recognise the Magen David Adon."
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Background: Pakistan, on behalf of member states of the Islamic Conference, on Tuesday (24 June) called on the United Nations Security Council to impose mandatory sanctions against Israel if it makes Jerusalem its capital. The Islamic states want the Security Council to consider ways of countering Israeli moves to incorporate the formerly Arab-held East Jerusalem into a national capital. Positions on both sides of the issue were stated by Israeli's United Nations Ambassador, Mr Yehuda Blum, the Palestine Liberation Organisation representative, Mr Adhmed Dajani, and Jordanian ambassador, Mr Hazem Nuseibeh. First, Mr. Blum......
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli Government's proposals to make Jerusalem its new capital are now before the Knesset (parliament). The New York Times has reported that Prime Minister Menachem Begin planned to establish his office here in the near future. The report has since been denied by an Israeli Government official.
All the same, the Islamic world has been alarmed at the way the Israelis are reshaping the city. The Moslems want the Security Council to ask Israel to stop making changes. Pakistan has accused Israel of systematically wiping out Jerusalem's heritage through moves which would Judaise the city. The Israeli plan, says its critics, had caused the deepest indignation throughout the Islamic world. Meanwhile, Mr Begin has been seeking support from another -- and peaceful -- quarter.