Op-ed in PA daily: Israel is a “settlement colonialist Zionist entity… which came to the world through illegal relations… between colonialist powers”
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Feb. 25, 2018

Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “Washington is the first loser”
     “We will do no injustice to American President Donald Trump if we say that his political decisions, and particularly those that are connected to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, stem from a complex, impulsive, unbalanced, and mentally unstable personality, and in our opinion these are the main characteristics of the racist personality.
Trump is proving that he is not only aggressive, rude, and controlling, but that he is a combination of a mentality of theft and of a denial of the rights of others, and these are exactly the characteristics of the Zionist personality…
Trump responded – quicker than what the world diplomats expected – to [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ plan for peace and an end of the conflict when he decided to go too far with a shamelessness that has not characterized the US policy since the birth of the settlement colonialist Zionist entity ‘Israel,’ and the announcement on the adoption of this infant, which came to the world through illegal relations that can be called relations of political adultery between colonialist powers – led by Great Britain – and Zionism…
Trump’s decision to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – in honor of the opening of the strongest colonialist base in the Middle East, which is called ‘the State of Israel,’ 70 years ago – for the 70th anniversary of the crime that the then colonialist states committed against the Palestinian people (i.e., the embassy will be opened on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence according to the Gregorian calendar)… firmly proves that the lord of the White House has decided to bring the weapons, abilities, and resources of the US into the war front against us, and to treat us – the Palestinian people – as enemies, even though we consider peace as a strategic decision.”
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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.
On Feb. 23, 2018, the US State Department announced that the US embassy will open in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The date is the anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.