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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: 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.
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
Official PA TV hosts mock US President Trump: Is a man of this mentality capable of determining the fate of the world… or of Jerusalem? 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 8, 2018

Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning on the book
Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

Official PA TV host 1: "What especially has drawn attention [in the book Fire and Fury] is the topic that compares [US President] Trump with a small boy with needs, who goes to sleep at 6:30 p.m. and loves cheeseburgers and eats them. Similarly, his behavior is like a child’s and he is unable to make decisions. He is not fit to fill this role."
Official PA TV host 2:
"He always gets angry according to the book... I call on everyone to read it as it gives us inside information about the White House which no one has spoken about previously – but [these behaviors] are to be expected of Donald Trump."
Official PA TV host 1: "Yes, it is clear in his personality many times, and this brings us to the big question: Is a man of this mentality  capable of determining the fate of the world, especially that which is connected to Jerusalem, which will remain the eternal capital of the State of Palestine?"
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Fatah official: “We in the Fatah Movement are continuing in our struggle and resistance to the ominous American announcement on Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2018
Headline: “Fatah: The US and Israel will not be able to force the check of submission on our people and its leadership”

“The Fatah Movement emphasized that for the Palestinian people, the battle of Jerusalem is a battle for existence, national identity, and the state, and [Jerusalem] is the political capital of the State of Palestine and an inseparable part of the occupied territories of the State of Palestine, and there is no solution without Jerusalem as our eternal capital.
[Fatah] Movement Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement yesterday [Jan. 7, 2018]: ‘We in the Fatah Movement are continuing in our struggle and resistance to the ominous American announcement on Jerusalem; to all of the racist Israeli decisions and steps that are directed against our existence, our history, and our authentic narrative; and also to their attempts to falsify history and produce facts that are the product of their imagination.’”

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 attacks the US for its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, attacks Israel using antisemitic themes  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2018
"The courageous Palestinian leadership is rejecting the American extortion now, and where are you [Hamas]? Where are your views regarding a practical response - and not through exaggerations and talk? Where is your alternative money for the $370 million that are given by the US? Why don't you gather it first and talk only afterwards? Why aren't you raising initiatives in response to the American administration? Have you recalled your ambassadors from [the US]? Have you made threats regarding trade, money, oil, or relations?…
The American administration is now twisting the PA's arm, and the battle of 'who will give way first' has begun. The PA says unanimously: ‘No to the sale of Jerusalem, not for gold and not for billions,’ and it says this while standing on the brink of the abyss.…
Israel is a fascist, colonialist, racist regime – do you understand that? And why aren't you dealing with it face-to-face - before it enters your capital cities and annihilates your people - and also with [the US] the one committing the extortion and who wants Jerusalem in return for the $370 million that he pays to the PA, '[US President Donald] Trump'? Have you not read Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice with the Jewish hero Shylock, and how he wanted to punish a man by removing a pound of flesh from his body because he could not pay him?
They want Jerusalem in return for aid… If [Jerusalem's] people will not defend it, others will defend it, as the other non-Muslim religions and peoples will not allow that it [Jerusalem] fall into the hands of the murderers of the prophets, and the murderers of Jesus in particular…
There is no reason for Mahmoud Abbas' slogan to be 'millions of Martyrs [are marching to Jerusalem],’ and that he will give them as fuel for the new Nazi oven, which Israel inherited from Hitler so that his fire would not go out
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