20 February 2018

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12/07/2017 PALESTINE-USA

Jerusalem capital: the anger and disillusionment of the Palestinians

Three days of protest and demonstrations against Trump's decision. In Gaza the protests started already before the announcement. Desperation among the Palestinians: "We have already lost everything".

Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - All Palestinian factions have announced three "days of rage" and demonstrations throughout Palestine and beyond, in protest at the US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In Gaza, hundreds took to the streets to protest, already hours before the official declaration.

In the evening, while Israeli and American flags were projected on the ancient walls of the Old City, the lights of the Esplanade of the Mosques were extinguished. The same happened for the lights of the Christmas tree in Bethlehem. Protests exploded in the Jordanian capital, where many Palestinians live.

The President of the Palestinian National Authority states that US President Trump has abdicated his role as mediator for peace. The Islamic movement Hamas declared that Trump's decision "will open the gates of hell", calling it a "flagrant aggression" against the Palestinians, which encourages all out confrontation with the Israeli occupation to make the voice of the Palestinian’s heard.

But beyond anger, there is also much disillusionment. Some Palestinians interviewed by Haaretz bitterly comment that Trump's decision will not change anything. One of them said: "We will not really lose anything, because we have already lost everything". Adnan Reit, a Fatah activist in Jerusalem, stresses that this will not pass "in silence", because "there is a whole generation that has been waiting for a long time, and now their hopes have been destroyed and they have nothing else to lose".

See also

11/12/2017 09:35:00 BANGLADESH - USA
Bangladeshi Muslims rage over Jerusalem capital

Imams opposed to Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. A protest on the streets of Dhaka. Muslim leaders: "Trump destroys world peace".

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. 

14/12/2017 12:40:00 JORDAN
Amman, Churches march against Trump's decision on Jerusalem

About 2 thousand people marched in silence, carrying candles, photos of the king and flags. The opposition against Trump's choice to recognize the capital of Israel. Jerusalem is in the heart of all Muslims; and it is also rooted in those of Christians.

12/02/2018 16:15:00 MIDEAST – UNITED STATES – RUSSIA
As Mahmoud Abbas travels to Moscow seeking Russian support, tensions between Israel and Iran rise

The Palestinian leader is set to meet Putin to boost ties with Russia ahead of UN Security Council meetings. For the first time Trump criticises Israel over the settlements and the failed peace process with the Palestinians. Iranian drone entered into Israel, but Tehran denies the claim. Israeli fighters carry out strikes in Syria; one is shot down.

09/12/2017 11:39:00 ISRAEL-PALESTINE
Israeli raids on Gaza: 4 Palestinians killed

The raids are in response to three missiles launched from the Strip that did not cause  any victims. 217 Palestinians injured in the demonstrations in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Protests against Trump's decision on Jerusalem in many Arab and Islamic countries.

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