On the photos, some slogans: “Move the embassy to your country, not ours”. Trump has reportedly telephoned the King of Jordan and Mahmoud Abbas to communicate his intention to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Bethlehem (AsiaNews / Agencies) – A group of Palestinian Christians have burned some photos of Donald Trump staging a protest in anticipation of the possible decision of the US president to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. For days there have been rumors that Trump will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv, the universally recognized capital of Israel, to Jerusalem, claimed as “eternal” capital by the State of Israel. However, the Palestinians look to East Jerusalem as their capital for a future state.
The group gathered near the Nativity Square, in the city where Jesus was born, with signs bearing slogans like: “Move the embassy to your country, not ours”; “Trump: keep your populism out of Jerusalem”; “Jerusalem, the heart of Palestine, is not to be negotiated”.
The insistent rumors have already provoked the criticism of the Arab countries, of the European Union, of various Islamic countries. Yesterday Trump reportedly telephoned the King of Jordan and the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, informing them of his intention.
The US consulate in Jerusalem has ordered its staff and their families to avoid visiting the Old City or the West Bank and advises Americans generally to avoid places where there is substantial military or police presence.
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06/12/2017 21:00:00 UNITED STATES – ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Donald Trump: “it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”
Speaking at the White House, the US leader said that Jerusalem “is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world”, calling for “calm, for moderation”. The city has always been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
14/01/2017 14:40:00 VATICAN – PALESTINE – ISRAEL
Pope Francis meets with Mahmoud Abbas as the Palestinian Embassy to the Holy See is inaugurated
The 20-minute meeting was held in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. For Abbas, the pontiff “loves the Palestinian people and loves peace.” He hopes that other countries will follow the Holy See and recognise Palestine as “an independent state.” Concerns remain over the Holy Places. The Middle East Peace Conference starts tomorrow in Paris. Abbas criticises Trump for his statements on Jerusalem.
13/10/2017 22:40:00 UN-ISRAEL-USA
US and Israel leave UNESCO. Trump’s doctrine dominates
Trump is increasingly taking his distance from symbols of multilateralism. Since 2011, the United States had cut funding, accounting for 22% of the total budget. Unesco ‘s new general director to be voted today: Egypt and Qatar competing.
16/01/2017 11:22:00 FRANCE – ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Israel-Palestine: from Paris a renewed commitment to peace and two States
Over 70 countries, including the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Arab League attended the meeting. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas absent. The final communique result of long negotiations between the parties. No direct reference to unresolved issues, including the status of Jerusalem and the US embassy move.
06/12/2017 10:26:00 ISRAEL-USA
Ex-Israeli ambassadors to Trump: do not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
The situation in Jerusalem must be dealt with in the global resolution process. Arab leaders and not only warn about the dangers of the decision. Trump will announce the decision today. Peace in the region is at risk.