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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.
Fatah official, speaking on Abbas' behalf: US embassy move and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will be "thwarted;" Zionism "is striving to take over the world's resources by force"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2018
    "In his speech on behalf of the president [Abbas], [Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said that US President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer his country's embassy to it will be thwarted thanks to the Palestinian resolve, thanks to the resolve of the entire world – Muslims, Christians, and Jews – against this foolish decision, and by imposing international isolation on the US and the occupation… He said: 'Our conflict is not with the Jews, but rather with Zionism, which has no values and principles, and which does not attach importance to rights and laws. It includes people that are not Jews and is striving to take over the world's resources by force… [Zaki] said: 'Our position is strong - we reject that any mosque should constitute an alternative to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. One hundred and thirty-eight states in the world recognize the State of Palestine, and we demand that they revoke their recognition of Israel…' He added that the Palestinian leadership has objected to the decision to denounce [Chairman of Hamas’ Political Bureau] Ismail Haniyeh as a terrorist (he was added to the US terror list; see note below –Ed.)."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejects all negotiations with the US if Jerusalem and refugee problem are off the table 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 6, 2018
Official PA TV, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening event of the Jerusalem the Capital of the Islamic Youth 2018 conference at the PA headquarters in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Not only have [the Americans] taken Jerusalem off the table, but they have also spoken about UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in order to take the issue of the refugees off the table, while they caused the refugee problem. They are the central problem for the refugee problem. Nevertheless, they said: ‘The refugees are off the table, let’s talk together.’ What will we talk about? If you have taken out the refugees and Jerusalem, what will we talk to you about? We will not talk to you under any circumstances!"

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. Referring to how he officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6, 2017, 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.

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

Fatah official: "There is no such thing as the capital city of the Jews;" Israel is "exploiting religion in order to justify its massacres and the terror" against Palestinians 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 5, 2018
Official PA TV program Pulse of the Fields, hosting Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub

Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub: “We think that Jerusalem is a holy city for all of the religions, because all of the monotheistic religions were given in Jerusalem. But we have not agreed, and will not agree, and will not allow there to be sovereignty for the Israeli occupation there or sovereignty for the Jewish religion, which we recognize, because there is no such thing as the capital city of the Jews (previously Rajoub said there would be Jewish sovereignty at the Western Wall; see note below –Ed.). There is no religion that has a capital city, other than in the logic of [US President Donald] Trump (sic., one such example is the Vatican; comment refers to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital)…
There will only be security, peace, and stability after the return of Jerusalem to its owners, and when Jerusalem will be open to all of the monotheistic religions for ritual purposes, and not as part of the Zionist colonialist project, which is exploiting religion in order to justify its massacres and the terror that it is committing against the Palestinian people.”

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PLO official “emphasized that it is necessary to escalate the intifada and the resistance in all of its forms” in response to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Feb. 5, 2018
Headline: “Wasel Abu Yusuf: The Palestinian people and its leadership are capable of thwarting all of the American attempts”

“Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf… warned against [US President Donald Trump's] deal of the century whose goal is to eliminate the Palestinian cause through American decisions and reduce Washington’s aid to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). He emphasized that the Palestinian people everywhere it is located adheres to the right of return, to the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and that it is necessary to deal with the dangers surrounding the issue – and particularly to all that concerns the American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation entity…
Abu Yusuf emphasized that it is necessary to escalate the intifada and the resistance in all of its forms (‎i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror‎) against the occupation, until [US President Donald] Trump’s decision is brought down. He also emphasized that the people and factions will thwart the deal of the century, and that all of the plans to eliminate the Palestinian cause will receive a response.”

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

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Gaza triplets named "Jerusalem," "Capital," and "Palestine" to protest US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital; Triplets' older sister named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi  
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Feb. 2, 2018

Headline: “‘Dalal Mughrabi’ became the sister of triplets Jerusalem, Capital, and Palestine today”
      “A citizen from Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip named his triplets Jerusalem, Capital, and Palestine, in response to the American decision to consider Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to the AFP agency…
The couple already has a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter named Dalal after self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’iya) Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children), who together with a group of self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) from the Fatah Movement took part in an attack that led to the deaths of Israelis four decades ago.”
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Fatah promotes riots and rock throwing: “Continue the confrontation and escalation” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 1, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page and the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch

Posted text: “Continue the confrontation and escalation”

Text on logo: “The Palestinian Liberation Organization
National unity, national mobilization
Liberation”

Text on image: “Continue the confrontation and escalation
The PLO factions, institutions, and activists of the Nablus district invite you
To say the Friday prayers
The Friday of defiance and determination
As a sign of emphasizing Jerusalem’s Arabness
And as a sign of rejecting the American decision [declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital]"

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Fatah official in Lebanon: Violence in Jerusalem is "heroic," and a result of Israeli "racist" policies such as "Judaization," and Trump’s "Nazi decision" to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital  
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 31, 2018
Headline: "The north"
      "The Fatah Movement organized a mass procession in the Nahr Al-Bared refugee camp that set out from Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat Square in the old refugee camp, with the participation of the Palestinian popular factions and committees in northern [Lebanon]…
Leader of the north branch and Secretary of the factions and Fatah in Nahr Al-Bared Abu Salim Ghneim gave a speech on behalf of Fatah and said: …‘We see the Jerusalem Intifada and its heroic popular resistance as a national achievement that came in response to the racist and criminal policies, the summary executions, the burning of families, the continuation of settlement, and the Judaization and tearing apart of Jerusalem, and also as a natural response to [US President Donald] Trump's Nazi decision to consider Jerusalem the capital of “Israel,” and his threat to transfer his country's embassy to Jerusalem.’"

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Palestinian “activists” disrupt American delegation visiting the Bethlehem district following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 30, 2018
Headline: “Following the expulsion of an American delegation from Bethlehem, the American State Department said that it opposes the turn to violence as a means of expressing political positions”

“The American State Department responded in a statement to the expulsion of an American delegation that visited the Bethlehem district Chamber of Commerce and Industry this morning, Tuesday [Jan. 30, 2018], and said that it opposes the turn to violence as a means of expressing political positions.

The American State Department said in a notice from its spokesperson: ‘The program that the American Consulate General in Jerusalem organized in Bethlehem was thwarted by lawless protesters.’
According to the American State Department, this program is part of the long-term American assistance in creating economic opportunities for the Palestinians…
A group of Palestinian activists in Bethlehem this morning, Tuesday, expelled an American delegation that was visiting the Bethlehem district Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The activists broke into the Chamber of Commerce building and one of the halls in which a workshop of a group of senior American officials at the American consulate was being held and drove them out of the room. Afterwards, they threw eggs and tomatoes at the American consulate vehicles and hit the American diplomatic vehicles with their hands and feet while repeating calls condemning the American position…
The Fatah Movement secretary at the Aida refugee camp said that the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led by Samir Hazboun, welcomed the American State Department delegation at its building. This decision contradicts the national decision that called not to welcome the Americans, whose President [Donald Trump] declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He added: ‘The Palestinian people will not welcome any American party.’”
Image on Fatah’s Twitter shows group of Palestinians attacking American delegation during visit to Bethlehem in response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Jan. 30, 2018
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

Posted text:
“With tomatoes and eggs, the expulsion of an official American delegation from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.”

The images show a confrontation at the Bethlehem chamber of commerce on Jan. 30, 2018, in which Palestinian activists disrupted a workshop held by an American delegation and attacked the delegation’s vehicles as they left. The protest came in response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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.
 
 
President of Al-Quds University on Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: The US "must understand that the Palestinian people will resist this decision… whatever the cost of its resistance" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2018
Headline: "The president of Al-Quds Open University speaks at a conference on the latest developments in the Palestinian arena"

"President of Al-Quds Open University and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Prof. Younes Amr spoke at a conference organized yesterday [Jan. 29, 2018] by the [Fatah] Shabiba Student Movement and the student council at the Yatta branch of the university on the latest developments in the Palestinian arena…
He said that [US President Donald] Trump's promise (i.e., recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and promise to transfer the US embassy to it; see note below) is more dangerous to the Palestinian people than the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), by virtue of which Britain gave Palestine to the Jews, and therefore Trump and his racist administration – which is biased in favor of the occupation – must understand that the Palestinian people will resist this decision with all of its strength and will not let it pass, whatever the cost of its resistance to the decision may be. At the moment we are at the stage of popular resistance to the decision, and it is possible that it will move on to a different stage.
He explained that the Canaanite Palestinian people has been under many occupations, all of which have passed, and that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas spoke correctly when he said: 'We are remaining here and will not leave; the occupation is the one that will leave. Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation is meaningless, and our people and its leadership will continue to defy and stand firm. The Jews have no religious connection to [Jerusalem], and their connection to it is a connection of military occupation (sic., the last sentence in this quote was said by Younes Amr, not Mahmoud Abbas).'

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Cartoon published in official PA daily shows Trump threatening the UN logo with a dollar sign sword 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2018
Cartoon published in the official PA daily

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump as a victorious Roman gladiator – dressed in a roman toga and sandals. He is holding a sword with a dollar sign on its hilt, and a wreath around his head, transferred there from the UN logo below his foot, which is missing its wreath. He has one foot on the UN logo, which is also used by UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency) – which provides support to Palestinian “refugees.” This refers to the US notifying UNRWA on Jan.16, 2018, that it was withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment.
 
 
The Foreign Ministry of the Palestinian Authority attacks US VP Mike Pence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2018
Headline: “[PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Pence’s speech reveals the influence of Zionist Christianity on American policy”

“The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates emphasized that American Vice President Mike Pence’s speech [to the Israeli Parliament] is a missionary speech that came from the mouth of a religious preacher who is closely connected to Zionism and saturated with ideological terms full of racism and hatred of the other…
The ministry said that Pence represents Zionist Christianity and the missionary Evangelical Church that believes in Jesus’ return, and thinks that his return will only be realized under the sovereignty of the State of Israel whose capital is Jerusalem. This missionary Messianic logic is what stands behind [US] President [Donald] Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the State of Israel’s capital, because the conservative Christian stream that Pence represents thinks that this will hasten Jesus’ return.”

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.
Image on Fatah Facebook page shows Trump with the text: "Jerusalem…is more precious than you, your accounts, and your money," referring to the cut in US aid to UNRWA 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 25, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text and text on image:
“Jerusalem, our eternal capital,
is more precious than you, your accounts, and your money”

The image shows US President Donald Trump, and refers together with the text to aid to the PA that Trump has threatened to cut if the PA does not return to negotiations with Israel, and to the US freezing two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million in early January 2018.

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. During it Trump said that the US would stop providing financial aid to the PA if they did not return to negotiations with Israel. Trump also said: "We took Jerusalem off the table,” and 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."
 
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
PLO and Fatah official in Lebanon: “we are moving in the direction of… a gradual intifada while using all of the means of struggle” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 23, 2018
Headline: “Abu Al-Ardat: Despite all of the attempts to harm it, Fatah continues and is still capable of dealing with all of the difficulties and responsibilities”

“[Q:] ‘In your opinion how is it possible to deal with [US President Donald] Trump’s decision [declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital] on the diplomatic, political, and popular level? And what is your evaluation of the Arab, Islamic, and international positions regarding this decision?’
[Fathi Abu Al-Ardat:] ‘…Currently we are moving in the direction of a combined effort of political and diplomatic activity together with activity on the ground, which is expressed in a gradual intifada while using all of the means of struggle against the occupation in order to make the occupation pay a price. This is particularly so because the UN guarantees the right of the peoples subjected to occupation to resistance in all of its forms, including that which is armed (refers to UN Resolution 3236; see note below –Ed.). At the same time, we must let our people in the Interior (i.e., Israel and the PA areas) consider what the appropriate form of confrontation is, as it is impossible to apply any specific attempt to another place and time, and the decision on this matter is in the hands of the Palestinian leadership and factions.’”

PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war.
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