Muslim World Leaders to Huddle Over Jerusalem Move

Call for severing ties with US.

On the ground there are riots in places like the Gaza Strip and Bethlehem in the West Bank, but in the halls of power, leaders of Muslim countries are calling for a conference and defiance in the face of President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Turkey is a NATO ally of the United States but that didn't temper the vitriol from Turkish politicians reacting to Trump's announcement. Vice president Bekir Bozdag called Trump's announcement a "grave mistake" that will ignite "fire" in the Middle East. Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced Trump's move:

"Jerusalem is our honor, Jerusalem is our common cause, Jerusalem is our red line," he added, urging the Trump administration to "return from this grave mistake immediately".  

Erdogan also called for a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the main lobby group that represents over 50 Muslim countries at the United Nations and elsewhere. 

"In the face of developments that arouse sensitivity over the status of Jerusalem, Mr President is calling a leaders' summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in order to display joint action among Islamic countries," Kalin told reporters in Ankara.  

The OIC is calling for their member states to sever diplomatic ties with any country that moves their embassy to Jerusalem.

Plenty of fires have ignited in Muslim countries since Wednesday's declaration but the diplomatic ones are yet to come.

Many are complaining that this bold declaration will "derail the peace process" in Israel. What peace process?

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