International18: 27 12.10.2018 (updated 18:35 12.10.2018) Short URL after transfer of the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Al-Quds, Syrian Association for the Support of the Arab Population of Israel, Struggles to Preserve the Identity of Jerusalem and Prevent the Exodus of Arabs from that City, Sputnik's director, Khalaf al-Muftah. Donald Trump's decision to transfer the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem forced the Syrian Al-Quds Association to focus on preserving the identity of that city, said Sputnik Khalaf al-Muftah, director general of this organization whose mission is to support the Arab population of Israel.
"Jerusalem is a city where all religions are represented. Unfortunately, Israel is trying to turn it into a Jewish city. Our goal is to preserve the identity of the city and not allow the Arab population to leave Jerusalem, "said Muftah.
At present, Al-Quds, represented in 17 countries, is looking for funds to fulfill its mission, he said.
"Thanks to this money, we support the education and health system. Part of the funds are spent on the restoration and preservation of monuments in the city. Another part of the means is used to support the population and to prevent its exodus from Jerusalem ", added Sputnik's interlocutor.
Sputnik. Dr. Khalaf al-Muftah, Executive Director of Al-Quds
According to him, apart from the financial support, Al-Quds organizes conferences in the countries of his presence and establishes a dialogue with the elites of these states. In addition, in cooperation with a group of architects, the association is working to preserve the architectural appearance of Jerusalem.
In December 2017, Donald Trump announced that he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transferred the US embassy in Tel Aviv. This event took place on May 14, the day of the 70th anniversary of the Jewish State.
Of the 193 countries that make up the UN General Assembly, 128 states, including US allies such as France and the United Kingdom, voted at the end of December 2017 to condemn the US decision. Only seven countries have aligned themselves with Washington.
Donald Trump's decision provoked a wave of protests in most Muslim countries and was disapproved by many international NGOs, concerned about the prospects for a Middle East peace process.