RAMALLAH, May 8 (Xinhua) -- A Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) senior official warned on Tuesday that the Palestinians will seek to reactivate the Jerusalem Municipality in response to the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Israel to the disputed holy city scheduled next week.
The Jerusalem Municipality is the first municipal body the Palestinians elected in 1963, but Israel dissolved it after annexing the city in 1967.
The move against the U.S. embassy relocation aims to "reiterate the right of Palestinians to exercise their sovereignty over all its occupied territories, with Jerusalem as the first and foremost," said Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee.
The decision to reactivate the Jerusalem Municipality was adopted during a recent Palestinian National Council (PNC) meeting held in Ramallah last week.
Jordan had been in control of the West Bank including Jerusalem until its occupation by Israel in 1967. But it has remained the custodian of the holy sites in the city since 1948.
Other steps the Palestine will take against the U.S. embassy move include resorting to the International Criminal Court and joining more international treaties and organizations, according to Majdalani.
He slammed the move as "a dangerous challenge to the will of the international community and international legitimacy, as well as a provocation of Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims and Christians everywhere."
The rising tension between Palestine and the U.S. reached its peak on Dec. 6, 2017, when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the moving of the U.S. embassy to the holy city. Enditem