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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.
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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Abbas’ advisor mocks US aid: “What idiocy has taken control of your minds to delude you that Jerusalem is for sale” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 5, 2018


Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"Do what you want, do what you want. This money that you are threatening to cancel and stop - do you imagine that we might bargain over Jerusalem? What idiocy has taken control of your minds to delude you that Jerusalem is for sale, or that one grain of sand from Palestine, all of Palestine, is for sale, or purchase, or bargaining?"
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Abbas’ advisor mocks the US: World said no to US “oppression and arrogance,” “world not for sale” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 5, 2018

Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"The entire world has recently had its say in the face of the oppression and arrogance that the American administration is attempting to impose on us and on the world. The world is not for sale or purchase. The world's honor is not for sale… The world said: 'No.' We send our greetings to the peoples of the world that stood with the Palestinian right. We send our greetings to the states, governments, figures, and organizations that stood with the Palestinian right… As for those who have sold themselves cheaply – there is still room on the trash heap of history."
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Abbas’ advisor’s statement came 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, the PA and countries voting in favor of UN condemnation of the American recognition. 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.

On Dec. 21, 2017, the UN General Assembly held a vote on a resolution condemning US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 128 countries voted in favor of the condemnation, 9 voted against it, 35 abstained, and 21 did not participate in the vote.

Al-Habbash is Mahmoud Abbas’ adv
Palestinian university student: “Jerusalem has been the capital of Palestine since the Canaanites,” “The Jews don’t even have a state named Israel” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 4, 2018
Official PA TV program Period, on the opinions of young Palestinians regarding US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Palestinian university student Hadeel Abu Sharakh: “[US President Donald] Trump’s decision was incorrect. Jerusalem has been the capital of Palestine since the Canaanites. The Jews don’t even have a state named Israel, because the Jews are just groups scattered in the states of Europe. They were gathered and promised the establishment of an Israeli state for them in Palestine since [former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour.”

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Fatah official in Lebanon: Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by Trump, "the crazy fool," was a “cruel decision” 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Jan. 1, 2018
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine program We Shall Return, on the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, interview with Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Popular Committee of the Ein Al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon Samer Al-Sayid

Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Popular Committee of the Ein Al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon Samer Al-Sayid: “We emphasize that this decision [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital], which was declared by the crazy fool [US President Donald] Trump, is a cruel decision.”

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.
Fatah Rev. Council member: Israeli narrative that Jerusalem was a Jewish capital is “false” and a “lie,” which Pres. Trump is "aiding"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hosting Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi

Official PA TV host: “Mister Osama [Al-Qawasmi,] President [Mahmoud Abbas] said that Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of the Palestinian state...”
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Yes certainly, [that is] the heart of the conflict, and I want to honestly tell you, the Palestinian people, and all those who are listening to us – why are they insisting on Jerusalem [as] the capital of the occupation, [which is] a lie and falsehood? And why is [US President Donald] Trump at this time aiding this false Israeli narrative, which they fabricated from their hearts, when it has no foundation, no [support in] religion, nor in history, and not even in international law. They want to establish the Israeli narrative and the refutation of the Palestinian narrative about this land being ours, because they have promoted a lie for 100 years that this is the Promised Land, that history is with them, and that [Jerusalem] was their capital – and this is not correct at all, not in history, not in religion, and not in international law. And regarding [Israel], this ecstasy that they feel over Trump’s aid about Jerusalem being theirs, it is an attempt to spread that this Israeli narrative is the correct one and that the Palestinian narrative is false. They are also simultaneously demanding that we [recognize] the Jewishness of this state in order to refute the Palestinian narrative about this land being Arab, Canaanite, Jebusite, and Palestinian. They want to say that it is Jewish, [and this is] a lie and falsehood.”

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Trump portrayed as Nazi with swastika covering his face in Bethlehem procession 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 29, 2017
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
“From the procession today [Dec. 29, 2017] in Bethlehem
Continuing for Jerusalem
Freedom for our heroic prisoners”

The image shows the procession, which includes a large poster showing US President Donald Trump with a Nazi swastika over his face and the American flag behind him.
Text on poster in English:
“Zionism = Nazism = fascism
USA = ISIS = Terror”

The post refers to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize 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.
 
 
Fatah poster calls for violence: “O fighters, tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 28, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “From the posters of the revolution on the anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa):
O fighters,
Tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory, the decision is yours and the future and victory are yours”

Text on image: “O fighters,
Tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory, the decision is yours and the future is yours
[Former PLO and PA Chairman] Yasser Arafat”
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PLO and Fatah in Nablus invite Palestinians to participate in “the Friday of rage and defiance,” to protest US decision on Jerusalem 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah's Nablus branch, Dec. 28, 2017

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

Text on top of logo: “The Palestinian Liberation Organization”
Text on middle of logo: “National unity, national mobilization”
Text at bottom of logo under the PA map: “Liberation”

Text on image:
“Jerusalem is Arab and the capital of the Palestinian state
The PLO factions and institutions and activists of the Nablus district invite you
To say the Friday prayers
The Friday of rage and defiance
As a sign of emphasizing Jerusalem’s Arabness
And as a sign of rejecting the American decision [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital]

Date: Dec. 29, 2017
Place: Al-Shuhada Square

So that we will continue the confrontation and escalation”
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Fatah official compares Trump to Balfour, Trump is a “predatory beast,” "the Palestinian people is stronger than any weapon... thanks to... the blood of our righteous Martyrs" in Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2017

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, broadcast from the Qalandiya refugee camp on the responses to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with Fatah Secretary of the Qalandiya Refugee Camp Zakariya Fayala

(PA TV reporter):
"What do you think about the ominous Trump announcement?"
Fatah Secretary of the Qalandiya Refugee Camp Zakariya Fayala: "Someone [Trump] pops up who has no ownership and he gives Jerusalem - the place of Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey - as a gift to one who has no right [Israel]... We will follow the steps of this predatory beast."
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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 PA daily calls President Trump “stupid,” following his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “The great lie”
     “There is no greater lie in the Israeli media than the lie of ‘unified Jerusalem’… You have Jerusalem and we have Al-Quds. [Former Israeli Presidents and Prime Ministers Levi] Eshkol, [Menachem] Begin, [Yitzhak] Rabin, [Yitzhak] Shamir, [Ehud] Barak, and [Benjamin] ‘Bibi’ [Netanyahu] have not succeeded in unifying it… There is no border strip that separates east and west [Jerusalem], no reinforced cement separation wall, and no trenches . You drive in your car from Sha’ar Hagai, through Abu Ghosh, and enter western Jerusalem. You travel and find yourself in front of a celestial wall that tells you: ‘Here begins Arab Jerusalem.’ The atmosphere changes, a breeze scented with the fragrance of history blows, and then you say: ‘How stupid is this man whose name is [US President Donald] Trump!’
Several years ago I was visited by Dr. Jamal Al-Assadi… who translated my collection of stories A Rose to Hafeeza’s Eyes into English, together with American author Martha Moody and her little son. While we were eating lunch I said: ‘I think that [former US] President George Bush, the son, is the stupidest president that America has known.’ The author’s son stopped eating, looked at me in amazement, and said to his mother: ‘I play a game with my friends in the schoolyard [called] Stupid President Bush!’
What are the children in America playing today?”
Fatah official: US threats to cut aid to the PA are “extortionist”  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 25, 2017
Headline: "Azzam Al-Ahmad: The PA will not be dismantled and the battle is open against the Trump administration"
      "Fatah Movement Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad said that the American administration is planning to take a series of steps in order to pressure the PA, among them stopping the aid and cutting off ties and relations between the sides… He noted that the American administration is talking today about ‘stopping the aid to the PA, and this is a decision that congress has already voted on previously,’ and he said: '[US President Donald] Trump's extortionist mentality regarding stopping the aid does not scare the Palestinians, who cannot be bought for money by anyone.'"

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