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US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 2017
US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, 2017
Items relating to the crisis surrounding US President Trump's announcement on Dec. 6, 2017, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announcing the eventual transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Image on Fatah Facebook page shows a young boy screaming at Trump with the accompanying text: "Jerusalem is a red line" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 25, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
“Mr. [US President Donald] Trump, Jerusalem is a red line
[Spokesman for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah Central Committee member
Nabil] Abu Rudeina: ‘If Jerusalem is not on the table, the US will also not be on the table’”

The image shows US President Donald Trump and a boy to his left shouting with such force that Trump’s hair is flying. The Dome of the Rock is seen behind the boy. The image refers to Trump saying on Jan. 25, 2018, that he took Jerusalem “off the table” by recognizing it as Israel’s capital; see note below.

Text on image: “Jerusalem is a red line”

On Jan. 25, 2018, US President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Trump told Netanyahu: "We took Jerusalem off the table.” When asked by a reporter whether Jerusalem being “off the table" meant that none of it would be part of a future Palestinian state, Trump refused to elaborate, responding: "Next question." Trump also said that the US would stop providing financial aid to the PA if they did not return to negotiations with Israel.
 
 
Fatah official: “Activities of rage against Trump’s decision on Jerusalem, and against the unwanted visit of his VP Mike Pence will continue” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2018
Headline: “Muhaisen: The activities of rage will continue”
       “Fatah Movement Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization [in the West Bank, Fatah] Central Committee member, [and PLO Central Council member] Jamal Muhaisen said that the activities of rage against US President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem [declaring it Israel’s capital], and against the unwanted visit of his Vice President Mike Pence will continue in all of the districts…
Muhaisen emphasized that ‘the various national activities and their continuation are part of the Palestinian struggle to end the occupation, because in his latest declaration Trump put an end to America’s role as any sort of a mediator in the political process.’”
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Op-ed in official PA daily: Mike Pence is trying to "incite winds of war and death… as a prelude to the appearance of Jesus." 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: "Pence the pirate"

"US Vice President Evangelist Mike Pence concluded his visit to the states of the region with a visit to the Israeli colonialist state on Sunday evening [Jan. 21, 2018]…
From an examination of the aspects of the visit, including the statements and the despicable American speech in the Israeli Parliament, it can be seen that Pence is from among the most right-wing and Zionist ruling group in the administration of [US President Donald] Trump, and he surpasses the Zionist Jews [Trump's Senior Advisor Jared] Kushner, [US Ambassador to Israel David] Friedman, and [Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason] Greenblatt in his coordination and solidarity with the policies and actions of the extremist right-wing coalition that rules in Israel. In this criminal act, he not only contradicts the policies of the previous American administrations, but also the decisions of the international bodies and the sources of authority of the peace process. This is not just due to colonialist economic and financial motives to serve the American businesses and interests, but also in order to incite winds of war and death among the peoples and states of the region in order to hasten the arrival of Armageddon as a prelude to the appearance of Jesus.
Abbas’ Deputy says now is a good opportunity to disconnect from US, “They have not given us a thing” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 23, 2018
Headline: “Al-Aloul: The US became a partner of the Israeli occupation after it recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”


Al-Quds magazine met with Fatah Movement Central Committee member and Fatah Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul ‘Abu Jihad’ so that he could brief us on the recent developments in the current issues.

[Q:] ‘How do you assess the Palestinian political situation after [US President Donald] Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as "Israel's" capital?’

[Mahmoud Al-Aloul:] ‘Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a good opportunity for us to disconnect from the US, as we no longer have the least doubt that nothing good will come to the Palestinian people and the Arab nation from the US. After this step that it has taken, it is no longer [just] biased in favor of the Israeli occupation as we knew in the past, but rather it currently constitutes a partner to the occupation. Whoever looks at the relations with the US through all of the American administrations will find that we have nothing to lose, as they have not given us a thing. They have always made promises during elections and the presidential inauguration that have quickly dissipated due to the pressures of the Zionist lobby’…
Fatah official: US Vice President Pence “proved that the American administration is part of the problem and not part of the solution”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 23, 2018
Headline: “The US vice president was witness to the expulsion of the Arab members of the Israeli Parliament from the Israeli Parliament, and bragged that the [US] embassy will be transferred to Jerusalem by the end of 2019 – Erekat: Pence’s racist attack at the Israeli Parliament is a gift to the extremists, the US is part of the problem”

“Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat yesterday [Jan. 22, 2018] criticized the speech that US Vice President Mike Pence gave before the Israeli Parliament. He described it as ‘a crusade’ that constitutes ‘a gift to the extremists.’ Erekat said that the attack that Pence led in the Israeli Parliament… proved that the American administration is part of the problem and not part of the solution. He added that Pence’s message is clear: Violate the law and international decisions, and the US will reward you.”
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During US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech before the Israeli Parliament on Jan. 22, 2018, the Arab members of the Israeli Parliament disrupted his speech by waving posters showing a picture of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock with the following text in English and Arabic: “Jerusalem is The Capital of Palestine.” They were quickly removed from the plenum.
Op-ed in official PA daily: “Anything can be expected… in the age of the Hitleresque and Balfouresque Trump, who think that the Earth is a cake that they have the right to divide and give pieces of to whomever they want” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 23, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “The Arab members of the Israeli Parliament – the frontline of Jerusalem”

“Yesterday [Jan. 22, 2018] the people of Palestine made US Vice President [Mike Pence] hear what he must hear from the Palestinians, the original owners of the land… certainly when the voices of the Palestinian (i.e., Israeli Arab) members of the Israeli Parliament, the native residents of the land, shattered the [US President Donald] Trump – [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu map, and eliminated the statement: ‘a Jewish state’ (the Arab members of the Israeli Parliament disrupted Pence’s speech and were removed; see note below –Ed.). That is on the assumption that the one who stood at the [Israeli Parliament] podium (i.e., Pence) has… the intelligence of a diplomat in a superpower, who is supposed to be wise… But this cannot be hoped for from the vice president of the country of [US Ambassador to the UN] Nikki Haley with her high heels (refers to her remark that her heels are in order to protect Israel at the UN –Ed.)... Here, in this [place] that the world calls ‘Israel’ even though it has no borders, there are two million Arab Palestinians whose historical roots sprouted here the first time the sun rose on the world after the great flood [of Noah from the Bible].

Anything can be expected from those who have committed the historical crime and from the leaders of the new US in the age of the Hitleresque and Balfouresque Trump, who think that the Earth is a cake that they have the right to divide and give pieces of to whomever they want however they want. Those who inherited the colonialist mentality in the American continent and are silent about the crime of the destruction of the Indians will cer
Image on official Facebook page of Fatah Movement – Nablus branch people people burning a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence, waving Palestinian flags 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement's Nablus Branch, Jan. 22, 2018
Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch

The image shows people burning a poster with a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence while holding Palestinian flags.
Text on poster in English: “Pence you are desecrating our land
Pence go home”

The image refers to Pence’s Jan. 21-23, 2018, visit to Israel. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to meet with Pence during his visit but refused to meet him following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.
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Image on official Facebook page of Fatah Movement – Nablus branch shows people burning a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement's Nablus Branch, Jan. 22, 2018
Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch

The image shows people burning a poster with a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence, while others hold a Palestinian flag in the background.
Text on poster in English: “Pence you are desecrating our land
Pence go home”

The image refers to Pence’s Jan. 21-23, 2018, visit to Israel. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to meet with Pence during his visit but refused to meet him following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.
Fatah mocks US President Trump over Jerusalem decision, posts image calling Trump an “irrelevant clown”  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 22, 2018
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account on Dec. 20, 2017. The same images were posted on Fatah's official Facebook page on Jan. 22, 2018.

Posted text: “#Jerusalem_the_eternal_capital_of_Palestine
(The following is in English –Ed.)
[US President Donald] trump is an irrelevant clown #HandsOffJerusalem”

The first image shows a sign showing US President Donald Trump and a red stamp reading “Veto!” over his mouth.


Text on image:

“Trump is an irrelevant clown
#HandsOffJerusalem”
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Image on official Facebook page of Fatah Movement – Bethlehem branch shows someone stepping on a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Jan. 21, 2018
Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

The image shows a person standing on a poster featuring a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence.
Text on poster in English: “Pence you are desecrating our land
Pence go home”

The image refers to Pence’s Jan. 21-23, 2018, visit to Israel. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to meet with Pence during his visit but refused to meet him following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.
 
 
Fatah spokesman: US VP Pence is “unwanted” for being “racist and extremist,” and for considering Jerusalem to be “the historical and religious capital of the Jewish people”  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 20, 2018
Headline: “Fatah: Pence is unwanted; we demand that the Arabs not welcome him”
        “Fatah Movement Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said on behalf of Fatah and the Palestinian people that US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit is unwanted in the region.
Al-Qawasmi added in a statement to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Ma’an that Pence has made racist and extremist statements against the Palestinian people, and that he considered Jerusalem the historical and religious capital of the Jewish people, amid a clear violation of all the international conventions and agreements… [Al-Qawasmi] emphasized that there is incessant aggression from US President [Donald Trump] and his vice president against the Palestinian refugees, which was expressed in the latest decisions about cutting the aid to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and stopping all of the aid presented to the members of our people… He also called on all of the Arab brothers not to welcome [Pence].”
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Fatah cartoon mocks Trump, calls him "mentally deranged" 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 20, 2018

Cartoon published on the website of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon

Headline: “The mental fitness of one who does not recognize the Palestinian people and its legal and historical right in Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, is questioned!”
Text in upper right corner of cartoon: “The publication of a book that casts doubt on [US President Donald] Trump’s mental fitness.”
The cartoon, which refers to the book Fire and Fury (see note below) shows an angry US President Donald Trump saying “I’m a genius” while holding a lit match to an open book, as small Twitter icons are seen rising from the flame. On the page Trump is burning is written: “Mentally deranged.”
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PA TV reuses song from 2000 calling for terror: "Draw your sword... let it not return" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 17, 2018
 

During the first days of the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada), PA TV repeatedly broadcast this song calling for terror:

Lyrics: “Brother, the oppressors have gone too far
Therefore Jihad is necessary and self-sacrifice is necessary.”  [PA TV, Oct. 3, 2000]

On Dec. 17, 2017, PA TV started rebroadcasting the same song calling for terror, adding an intentionally blurred and indistinct version of Trump's speech recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Lyrics:
“Brother, the oppressors have gone too far”

US President Donald Trump, Dec. 6, 2017: “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious that Jerusalem is Israel's capital.”

Lyrics: “Therefore Jihad is necessary
and self-sacrifice is necessary...
Draw your sword from its sheath, and
let it not return to the sheath afterwards...
Brother, if my blood will flow in the soil,
and my hand will lay on its stones
Then find a free soul that has refused
to let enemies step on it
Kiss a Martyr on the land, who called on
its behalf to Allah and fell as a Martyr...
Palestine, our chests will defend you - life or death.”
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This song aired 10 times on official PA TV on Dec. 17, 25 and 26, 2017 and on Jan. 2 - 17, 2018.


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Image posted on official Fatah Facebook page shows President Trump in front of the White House; text across the screen reads, “Trump’s house will be destroyed” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 14, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text and text on image: “#Trump’s_house_will_be_destroyed”

The text refers to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech on Jan. 14, 2018 to the PLO Council, in which he cursed US President Donald Trump and said: “May your house be destroyed” –Ed.

The image shows US President Donald Trump, and behind him the White House with the text “Trump’s house will be destroyed” added.
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Abbas curses Trump: “May your house be destroyed” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah


PA Chairman Abbas
: "Let them [the US] not do us a favor by paying us money... We do not want anyone to pay us. And may [Trump] not tweet at me on Twitter, saying: 'We will not pay money to the Palestinians because they are refusing negotiations.' May your house be destroyed! When did we refuse?"
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Abbas made this statement in response to US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017 and his following threat to cancel aid to UNRWA and the PA unless the PA returned to the negotiations with Israel.

"May your house be destroyed" is an insult, meaning anything from “Damn you” to “Come on now!”
Abbas: The US “committed a crime” when it declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We will not accept the deals the US wants to impose on us. We will not accept its mediation after the crime it committed against Jerusalem [by declaring it Israel’s capital] … We will not agree to be an Authority without authority, and will not accept an occupation without [exacting] a price from the occupation forces."
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On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Abbas: The PA must cut relations with any country that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in speech to PLO Central Council:
"We made a decision at the [Arab] Summit in Amman in 1980 that every state that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, or that transfers its embassy to it – we must cut our relations with it."
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Abbas made this statement in response to US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017. Trump instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Official PA daily posts images of riots: “Trump’s declaration will not pass” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2018

Images published in the official PA daily

Headline: “Trump’s declaration will not pass” (refers to US President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital -Ed.)
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Fatah official in Gaza after US recognition of Jerusalem: “All the options for defending and protecting this Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic right [to Jerusalem] are open” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 10, 2018
Official PA TV, program Palestine This Morning, report from official PA TV studio in Gaza on the responses and protests to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to it, interview with Fatah Supreme Leadership Council in the Southern Districts (the Gaza Strip) member Najah Aliwa

Official PA TV host: “Let’s talk about the things that were organized yesterday [Dec. 9, 2017] and before then that stood out: the processions and protests against the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.”
Fatah Supreme Leadership Council in the Southern Districts (the Gaza Strip) member Najah Aliwa: “First of all, I want to direct a blessing of honor to our Palestinian people that is standing firm, our people that [launched] a spontaneous uprising, without orders and instructions – this is Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a red line. Anything that touches Jerusalem touches the entire Palestinian people. It touches the heart and soul of the Palestinian people…
The Palestinian people is well aware of its rights. It knows well that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Palestinian state, and therefore there is no concession. Jerusalem is a red line, no one can approach it. All of the options stand before the Palestinian people. All the options for defending and protecting this Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic right are open... Fatah will not veer from the wise decision of the Palestinian leadership. All of the options are open, until the American leadership or American administration takes back its irresponsible decision that was made – I think – in a moment in which clear vision was absent in the American administration.”

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PA Minister of Justice in the wake of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “Martyrs are the conscience of the people, the pioneers of the freedom struggle”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 9, 2018
Headline: “The Palestinian Martyrs' Day ceremony in Ramallah became a rally for Jerusalem”

“Great masses marked Palestinian Martyrs' (Shahids') Day – with official participation and participation by the factions – in a central ceremony that was organized by the National Association of the Families of the Martyrs [of Palestine] at the Ramallah culture hall…
[PA] Minister of Justice Ali Abu Diyak noted in a speech on behalf of [PA] Prime Minister [Rami Hamdallah] that the marking of this great day falls at a time when the Palestinian cause is in a fateful and historic period, in which our people and its leadership are dealing with [US President Donald] Trump’s tyrannical declaration that attempts to steal from Jerusalem its Arabness and Palestinian national identity, and to declare it Israel’s capital.
Abu Diyak directed a blessing of appreciation and esteem to the Martyrs who have sacrificed themselves for Palestine from the British Mandate period, on to the Martyrs of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and aggression of 1967 (i.e., the Six Day War) from among the members of the Palestinian people and the precious nation, and ending with the Martyrs of the battles of Lebanon, the two Intifadas, the assassinations, and the ongoing acts of aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip…
Abu Diyak conveyed the blessings of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] and the prime minister to the families and relatives of the Martyrs who paved the path to freedom and independence with their blood and sacrifice, and sacrificed their souls for Palestine. He also said that these Martyrs are the conscience of the people, the pioneers of the freedom struggle, and the defenders of the national path
The minister of justice mentioned the cause of the Martyrs whose bodies are being held in the
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