As part of the the second day schedule, a parliamentary seminar under the title of” the importance of the local legislations in protecting Al-Quds” was held to discuss the legislations of protecting Jerusalem and all previous legislations, and the current legal situation of the city.
Dr. Anis Kassem, Head of the first session of the Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad and international law Expert, participated in the seminar along with Dr. Mahmoud Hanafi, Director of Shahid Foundation for human rights.
All speakers agreed that the US move regarding the city of Jerusalem as the capital of “Israel” is illegal, asserting that this step is contrary to international law and is null and void as “violating a basic rule that domestic law must comply with international law”.
They also stressed the importance and need of the Palestinian society for an effective parliament by “contributing to the activities of Arab, Islamic and international parliaments, in addition to the importance of providing a full political cover for the Palestinian struggle in occupied Jerusalem”.
The speakers discussed possible legal options to defend the occupied city of Jerusalem, including the appeal to domestic courts of international jurisdiction, as well as calling on countries that have not ratified the charter of the International Criminal Court to ratify it.
At the end of the seminar, a discussion panel with the audience was occurred on the legal mechanisms to defend the city of Jerusalem through the Arab and Islamic parliaments. The participants stressed the need to enact local laws in Arab countries criminalize normalization with the occupying “Israel”.
The second conference of the Association of Parliamentarians for Al-Quds is taking place in Istanbul for two days in presence of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Speaker of the Turkey’s Parliament Ben Ali Yildirim, with participation of more than 500 parliamentarians from 80 countries around the world.