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Abbas' Fatah to the US: "Trump's house will be destroyed"
Palestinians burn posters of US Vice President Pence
 
 [Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Nablus Branch, Jan. 22, 2018]

 
By Nan Jacques Zilberdik

As US Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Israel, PA and Fatah leaders are showing their anger with the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital by boycotting Pence's visit and refusing to meet with him.

Palestinians demonstrating in the streets are burning and stepping on posters with Pence's photo. Text on the posters in English:

"Pence you are desecrating our land
Pence go home" 

 

[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Bethlehem Branch, Jan. 21, 2018]

[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Nablus Branch, Jan. 22, 2018]

Last week, another Fatah post showing an image of Trump and the White House warned the US:

"Trump's house will be destroyed"

Posted text and text on image: "#Trump's_house_will_be_destroyed"
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 14, 2018]

The text repeats PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' statement in his speech on Jan. 14, 2018, to the PLO Central Council, in which he cursed US President Donald Trump and said: "May your house be destroyed." Palestinian Media Watch reported on this insult and other anti-American statements made by Abbas, his advisor, and many other PA and Fatah officials: 

 
"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?"
[Official PA TV, Abbas in speech to PLO Central Council, Jan. 14, 2018]

Fatah's Spokesman and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said "on behalf of Fatah and the Palestinian people" that Pence's visit "is unwanted in the region," and urged "all of the Arab brothers not to welcome [Pence]." Al-Qawasmi further stated that "Pence has made racist and extremist statements against the Palestinian people." [Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 20, 2018]

The following is a longer excerpt of the report on the statement by Fatah's spokesman:

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...
He 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]."
[Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 20, 2018]

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.

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, as the US administration spoke about reexamining and conducting a reform of the UN body.