A Jordanian pilot trolled U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a video circulating on social media showed late Wednesday.
In the video, Yusuf Al-Hamlan is heard saying in Arabic "Today's route will begin from Queen Alia International Airport and pass over the Palestinian lands. To our left is the blessed Quds [Jerusalem], the capital of Palestine, and the western Palestinian coastlines, the Mediterranean Sea."
U.S. President Donald Trump last week announced that he recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital instead of Tel Aviv, and that the U.S. Embassy will be relocated to Jerusalem. The announcement was quickly met with international opposition and condemnation.
In retaliation to the move and to discuss its implications while showing a united stance, Turkey called for an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states. After Wednesday's summit, the leaders of the Muslim world announced that they recognized Jerusalem as Palestine's capital "under occupation" and urged the U.S. to withdraw from the peace process.
Jerusalem was first put under international sovereignty and control with the 1947 U.N. Partition Plan, which recommended the division of historical Palestine between Jewish and Arab states in order to end the conflict in the region. The U.N. opted for a special status, as Jerusalem is holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims. However, during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Israeli forces declared West Jerusalem part of Israel, ignoring the U.N. recommendation.
In the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel again targeted Jerusalem, taking control of the eastern part of the city, which was previously under Jordanian control.