Governor Cuomo declared Jerusalem to be part of Israel on his recent trip. Caption for the above photo:
The Delegation visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. — in Jerusalem, Israel.
He’s actually in occupied East Jerusalem. But The Times, in reporting on Cuomo’s trip to Israel, also refers to Jerusalem as a city in Israel, in reporting that Cuomo visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
“On a visit to Israel over two days this week…
“Mr. Cuomo’s whirlwind tour of Israel…
“Mr. Cuomo’s time on the ground in Israel — about 29 hours — was not much longer than the time he spent flying here and back…”
Daniel Seidemann says:
A trip like Cuomo’s that signals Jerusalem is exclusively Israel may be good for NY poliitcs, but bad for Israel & Jlem
The Governor of course had nothing bad to say about the practice of colonizing Jerusalem and moving in Jewish settlers. He’s running for reelection, after all.
Here’s a photo of the colonization process, from today:
Rachel Michele Green states as a caption to that photo:
This morning, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem while chanting ‘death to Arabs’
The governor struck a belligerent tone throughout his trip. From the Times:
“This is a country at war, and they want friends, and they want friends who are standing up loudly, so sometimes in a situation like this, there’s nothing that you can do that’s enough, and that’s why we literally got on a plane and came and wanted to show up.”…
“[Hamas is] against Israel because Israel is a democracy,” the governor said. “The United States is a democracy. And those that oppose democracy oppose Israel here in the Middle East, and they oppose us.”
And the governor duly fell for the tunnel propaganda, near the Gaza border:
Not a word on this trip about Palestine, of course. Rachel Michele Green again:
When you illegally occupy, expand your settlements illegally, deny an entire population of basic human rights, you’re an asshole. Simple.