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Palestinians burn an effigy of US President Trump, in image posted on Fatah Facebook page
Official Fatah Facebook page - Dec. 7, 2017
Picture and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page
The picture shows an effigy of US President Donald Trump being burned by a crowd of Palestinians. This follows Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and statement of intent to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; see note below.
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.