The Democratic Republic of Congo will move its embassy in ‘Israel’ to occupied Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Saturday.
In a statement, Netanyahu, who met Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi during the United Nations General Assembly, announced that ‘Israel’ would also be opening an embassy in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas strongly rejected the Democratic Republic of Congo’s plan to move its embassy to occupied Jerusalem.
Hamas views such a move as a blatant violation of international law and an infringement upon the Palestinian people’s right to their historical capital and to their religious and political connection to the holy city.
Earlier this month, Papua New Guinea inaugurated its embassy to ‘Israel’ in occupied Jerusalem, becoming the fifth country to normalize its relations with the Israeli occupation.
In 2020, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco established official ties with Israeli occupation as part of the US-brokered normalization agreements 2020.
It was a move widely criticized across the Middle East and seen as an act of provocation against Palestine.