“Jerusalem, whoever is in Jerusalem; in Jerusalem, I only see you; the Palestinian”

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Palestine Update  95

“Jerusalem, whoever is in Jerusalem; in Jerusalem, I only see you;
the Palestinian”
By Bisan Kassis
Since assuming office, Donald Trump has imposed a Muslim travel ban to the US, has defended white supremacists in their actions and rhetoric, has called American neo-nazis as “very fine people”, has downgraded women, has insulted human rights activists and has disrespected international leaders, among many other bullying and racists acts. So it is only natural that a chauvinistic, racist, white supremacist, uneducated, ignorant buffoon like him would be an admirer of the state of Israel and recognize Jerusalem as its capital in contradiction to all international laws, treaties and regulations. His act, however is not something that comes shockingly against what his predecessors have been applying. Throughout its course of life, all American presidents have done their utmost to prove their loyalty to, blind support for, and unquestionable alliance with Israel and in various ways. Trump’s style, albeit different, but its results fall well in line with the American history of meddling in our fate.

That being said, this act of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is problematic for the Israelis themselves. After they are done foolishly “celebrating” this step as a victory, they will remember the predicament of dealing with the hundreds of thousands Palestinians living in Jerusalem. The nature of Israel will force the regime to either further fortify an apartheid system that is already intact in the city but now on a more official level, or they will exceed their speed of forcibly displacing the Palestinian population in an exodus-style – most probably- violent expulsion. Either way, it will push Israel further into the abyss of its brutality and its shameful record of human rights violations and it will further systemize the war crimes it commits which one day will inevitably be acknowledged and accounted for.

As for the Palestinian Authority, Trump has given them a golden chance on a silver platter. It is an opportunity for them to get out of the self-imposed labyrinth they got themselves and us into. Thus far, it is the most obvious event which proves without a doubt that the USA is not the honest, mother-like incubator and broker for the peace process, and it had never been. So instead of echoing empty speeches and slogans, the PA could gracefully dismantle itself and call upon the UN and the EU states to take over control and be held accountable in a serious attempt to clean up the mess they have either helped create and generate or ardently supported for the last 70 years.

As for us Palestinians, Trump’s act is empty and void. Jerusalem is our capital and it will forever be. We are born and raised with our eyes turned to it and we die yearning for it. We are romantically and extravagantly connected with Jerusalem because it is not only just a capital city for us, but also it is our identity, the heart of our struggle, the core of our beauty and the source of our strength. All those who have passed through the city, the various nations, civilizations, occupiers and colonizers have not managed to erase our traces from it, cut our supernatural tie with it, or change our unconditional love for it. Trump can say whatever he wants; Israel may celebrate as far as it manages; the world can watch with silence and impunity as long as it spins; but till the end of time Jerusalem will continue to be the capital of Palestine.

“Jerusalem, whoever is in Jerusalem; in Jerusalem, I only see you [the Palestinian]”**

* Bisan Kassis is social scientist and researcher who has worked with advocacy and human rights based organizations in Beit Sahour. She is currently Senior Consultant with GRIP Consultants.
**(Translated from a poem by Palestinian poet,columnist and political scientist Tamim Al- Barghouti

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Fact Sheet:
Jerusalem as “Israel’s Capital” is violation of the International Position

When President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday 6 December 2017; he initiated an unprecedented move that violates numerous International laws as well as dozens of United Nations resolutions.
Read the fact sheet from the Palestine Return Centre

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