US Embassy Opening in Jerusalem: Palestinian Ambassador to Austria Called Back to Palestine in Protest

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: May 16, 2018; 21:10 ♦ (Vindobona)

The Austrian Ambassador to Israel, Martin Weiss, was one of only four EU Ambassadors (Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania) who participated in the celebrations surrounding the US embassy relocation to Jerusalem. The Palestinian leadership pointed out some time ago that not only the act but also the timing is a violation of international law and relevant UN resolutions, as well as arrogant disrespect. Therefore, the Palestinian Ambassador to Austria, Salah Abdel Shafi, has been called back to Palestine for an indefinite period of time.

Palestinian ambassador to Austria Salah Abdel-Shafi: Irritations due to Austrian disrespect / Picture: © Vertretung des Staates Palästina in Österreich

The diplomats from these four EU states attended a reception of the Israeli Foreign Ministry to celebrate the highly controversial relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authorities criticized.

The Palestinian leadership justifies the step of recalling the ambassadors as follows:

When the founding of the State of Israel was announced on May 14,…