Hyderabad: MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has urged the Indian government to recognise Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital to counter US President Donald Trump‘s move in recognising the holy city as Israel’s capital.

He also demanded that India stop buying weapons from Israel and sever diplomatic ties with the country.

The Member of Parliament said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should not allow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India in January.

Owaisi was addressing a massive public meeting organised by Muslim groups here late on Friday night to protest Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A resolution passed at the meeting said Trump’s announcement violates all international norms. It demanded that Trump withdraw the decision.

Owaisi said India should take a clear stand in support of Palestinians as the country had historically backed their just cause.

He recalled the words of Mahatma Gandhi that “Palestine belongs to Palestinians just as France belongs to French”.

The Hyderabad MP also criticised the silence of Arab and Muslim countries on the repression let loose by Israel in Gaza. He praised President of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan for taking a bold stand against Israel.

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