Aligarh. As the United States President Donald Trump’s announcement of US moving its embassy to Jerusalem ignited a veritable firestorm of protest across the world, a discussion held at the Seminar Library of the Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) joined the voices of commentators pronouncing the move as a blow to the anaemic peace process in West Asia.
The discussion with a special reference to the recent US President’s decision was organised by the Department of Political Science.
Tracing the history of occupation in Palestine and how Israel came into existence, Prof Arshi Khan stressed that militarily Israel has succeeded in occupying the territories but it has failed to win the minds and hearts of international community. “The rejection of Donald Trump’s move by the international community has been reflected in the recent isolation of Israel and Trump after the Jerusalem decision,” added Prof Khan.
Prof Vijapur discussed the role of United Nations in the conflict resolution and peace making process since 1948.
Prof Asmer Beg (Chairperson, Department of Political Science) talked about the political dynamics of West Asia and the possible ways through which a discourse on Palestine can be shaped in the international community.
Dr Iqbalur Rehman expressed that the international community should concentrate on concrete steps in the Palestine-Israel conflict.
Dr Naseem Khan delineated the emerging great game in West Asia and its dangers.
Dr Aslam threw light upon the religious dimension of this issue, while research scholars discussed the importance of Jerusalem and ways to accommodate the claims of Christians, Jews and Muslims.
Teachers, research scholars and students, who participated in the discussion expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people and condemned the American decision which was against UN resolutions, international public opinion and all canons of morality.