There's been a major outcry by Arab nations over Canada's decision to move its Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
SV & CU Mayor of Ramallah, Karim Khalaf, interviewed by Gilly Assayo
KHALAF: "The Israelis occupied the Arab occupied territories in 1967. They demolished three villages. One of them is (indistinct) Arab villages. Now it is Canada park by donations from the Canadians, they do a very big mistake to transfer their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and they should blame themselves. So when they declare that they are going to start to transfer their Embassy to Jerusalem,. the Arabs should forget all their diplomatic relations with them and their economic relations with them. And here we are against, even love, the Canadian people as people, and we hope they'll be fair, and justice must be heard, and they should know something about our and they should know something about our own Palestinian issue. So our advice to the Canadian government not to such...because it will not be good the Canadians."
REPORTER: "Do you suppose anything could happen?"
KHALAF: "Anyhow, as you know, our people will not accept that. They'll have riots, demonstrations against the Canadians. They'll do such things and even raise slogans against the Canadian policy, but not against the Canadian people. There is a difference, as I told you, the Canadian's Government; they should change their policy, and they should be fair, and justice must be heard, and they must (indistinct) the Palestinian rights, not to stand against the Palestinian rights."
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Background: There's been a major outcry by Arab nations over Canada's decision to move its Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Nine Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, warned last Thursday (7 June) in a statement issued in Canada that they would take `appropriate measures' if the plan was carried out. The arabs consider that moving the Embassy to Jerusalem would be tantamount to Canadian recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the divided city, which Israel has always considered its capital. The Mayor of the West Bank town of Ramallah Karim Khalaf strongly criticised the decision of the new Canadian government of Prime Minister, Joe Clark to change the site of the Embassy.