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U.S. Embassy & the Status of Jerusalem

UN Security Council to vote on resolution against Trump’s Jerusalem decision as mass protest continues across the occupied territories

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While the Trump administration has been firm in its commitment to go through with the unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, today the United Nations Security Council will vote on a resolution against the move, pushing the U.S. president to take back the controversial recognition. In response to the U.S.’s anticipated veto, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), plans to get the resolution taken to the General Assembly through the “Uniting for Peace” mechanism in the UN, which was created to deal with stalemates in the Security Council.

One Palestinian killed, hundreds injured during protests in West Bank, Gaza

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Protests came to a head across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, as Palestinians took the streets against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. One youth leader tells Mondoweiss they would have been much larger if the Palestinian Authority had not been involved: “The people are not happy with Abbas right now, and if the protests were not being launched by the PA and Fatah I think we would see massive participation, but right now people are feeling angry and a bit lost as to how we should be reacting.”

‘If these decisions go into effect my life here will become like a prison’: Palestinians in Jerusalem respond to Trump

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Though Jerusalem’s nearly 350,000 Palestinians were barely featured in Donald Trump’s 12-minute-long speech, it is their livelihoods, that will likely be impacted the most as a result of US declaration to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “If these decisions really go into effect, my life here in Jerusalem will become like a prison,” Abdullah Abu Jumua, 19, told Mondoweiss on Wednesday night, moments after the announcement. “I will not accept a reality in which I am living in my homeland, but under the name of another country,” the teenager said, “Jerusalem is ours and no one can take it from us.”

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces across the West Bank following Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

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Protests and clashes erupted across the West Bank and Gaza following Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Between 1000 and 2000 Palestinians protested at al Manara square in Ramallah where a 32-year-old male protestor, holding back tears and catching his breath through tear gas inhalation, told Mondoweiss the Palestinian people and leaders refuse Trump’s decision. “We will continue with these clashes until Trump reverses his decision,” he said.

Gaza youth speak out on Jerusalem

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Youth in Gaza respond to President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City. “Hearing the news that the United States will declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel feels like some stranger has assaulted me in my home. It hurts deep in the heart,” writes Nedaa Al-Abadlah.

Palestinian officials say, Trump ‘destroyed’ the two-state solution

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President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel this afternoon in a much anticipated speech at the White House, followed by condemnations from Palestinian leaders who said Trump is unfit to be a peace broker and effectively killed the two-state solution.  

Watch Donald Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

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President Donald Trump will make a statement at 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time where he most likely will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite much international condemnation.

Trump just ‘pushed the two-state solution over the cliff’

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Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and getting architects busy on designing the new U.S. embassy represents a special new challenge for supporters of the two-state solution. While Trump gave lip service to such an outcome, his moves are such a rebuke to Palestinians and their Arab neighbors that they have destroyed any credibility the U.S. claimed to have as a broker and made it impossible for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate with the United States– even mainstream analysts said on the cable news networks today.

A majority of one is pushing for embassy move — Sheldon Adelson

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No one is pushing Trump to move the Embassy to Jerusalem, so he’s doing it so he can blame someone else — an Arab explosion — for the failure of his peace initiative in Israel and Palestine, says Shibley Telhami. But Telhami leaves out the fact that Trump’s biggest donor, Sheldon Adelson, wants the U.S. to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Trump intends to move US embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinian president says

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This morning President Donald Trump called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to notify him he of plans to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to a spokesperson for President Abbas. Abbas responded and “warned of the dangerous repercussions of such step on the [long-stalled] peace process, security and stability in the region and the world,” his spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh told the Palestinian outlet Wafa, adding that Abbas will seek out support from other governments “to prevent this rejected and unacceptable” action.

Trump’s not moving the embassy, and AIPAC and Netanyahu are disappointed

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The White House announced that Donald Trump will not move the embassy to Jerusalem at this time so as to advance peace talks. AIPAC and Netanyahu were disappointed by the news. Obama’s former ambassador Dan Shapiro calls for the embassy move later this year, so as to “shatter Pal myth” that Jews don’t have a connection to Jerusalem.

How Israeli moves in Jerusalem are scotching Trump’s ‘ultimate deal’

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U.S. President Donald Trump faces a deadline this Thursday about whether to renew a presidential waiver to delay recognizing occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocating the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. Jonathan Cook writes, “Whether Trump signs the waiver or not on Thursday, all indications are that the US president – faced with domestic pressures and an intransigent Israeli government – is going nowhere with his ‘ultimate deal'”.

Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem will strengthen the far right, and may also further isolate Israel

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One of the major questions facing the incoming Trump administration is whether it will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Commentators agree it could have far-reaching consequences and embolden Israel’s right-wing. What may come as a surprise is that it could also end up further isolating Israel. “It increases the possibility that other countries—specifically the Europeans—that simply tag along behind the United States are going to have to start to make policy [decisions] for themselves…where they exact some form of consequence on Israel,” Ali Abunimah tells Mondoweiss.