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.
An extraordinary OIC summit is scheduled today in Istanbul, at the request of current president Turkey. Ankara's goal is to promote a common front in response to the controversial US decision. The Turkish leader stands as a new "defender of the Palestinian cause". But divisions and contrasts remain within the organization.
The US president adopts the policy of blackmail against the Palestinians. He claims to pay "hundreds of millions of dollars" without getting "appreciation or respect". PA responds: "We will not give in to blackmail". The Knesset votes a law that provides for the separation of Palestinian neighborhoods and prohibits future territorial renunciations with a view to peace.
World leaders strongly condemn the choice of the United States to recognize the holy city capital of Israel. An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council is scheduled for tomorrow. From the Saudi Arabia to Iran, from Turkey to Syria, the voice of the Muslim world rises. From Europe the invitation to resume negotiations on a two-state solution.
Tomorrow the 193 member countries will vote on a motion presented by Turkey and Yemen on behalf of OIC. It follows the document presented to the Security Council and marks the international isolation of Washington. US Ambassador: "We will take note of names" for probable economic retribution.
Arab world’s criticism of US ambassador’s use of veto. The motion approved with 14 votes out of 15, confirming US isolation. Satisfaction of Israeli premier Netanyahu. The PLO no longer recognizes the United States as an interlocutor in the peace process.