Give Noura Erakat nine minutes and she will clarify everything about the Gaza March for Freedom, Hamas, and the trouble with Trump’s embassy in Jerusalem.
The US embassy opening celebration is underway. In attendance are Trump family members, members of Congress, evangelical pastors, and billionaires – none have mentioned the 52 dead Gazans. It is, in our president’s words, a “great day.”
Richard Falk discusses critical Middle East topics, including the legality of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem, Iran and Trump’s “special relationships” with Israel and Saudi Arabia, the future of Syria, and hope for justice in Israel-Palestine.
Donald Trump’s Israel policies may have more to do with outmaneuvering Democrats than they do with any concern for Middle East peace, argues Jonathan Marshall.
Churches in the United States need to add their voices to the calls coming from the heads of Palestinian churches in the Holy Land who are urging the global Christian community to stand with international legitimacy and justice.
Here’s what we were all thinking as we watched Nikki Haley’s UN speech!
Two major commentators said Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because he wanted to influence evangelical voters, but left out that Trump’s largest donor was Sheldon Adelson, who has been demanding the embassy be moved to Jerusalem, and that Trump’s campaign promise about the embassy was given at AIPAC’s national convention in Washington DC, not in a red state…
A Palestinian in Jerusalem describes the impact of Trump’s announcement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel: “Prior to this announcement, we were in the first week of a joyous Christmas… Christmas trees in every shop and restaurant, Santa hats in cars and Christmas carols sung everywhere. Giant Christmas trees lit in the main squares of the cities with tens of thousands of Christians and Muslims celebrating together…”
Trump decided to keep his campaign pledge, despite warnings from Mattis and Tillerson that the move would endanger US diplomats, undermine the peace process, and be condemned in both Arab countries and America’s most important Eurpean allies. Domestically, Trump has little to worry about. Democrats have fawned over Israel for 70 years, the Republicans’ Christian Evangelical base supports the embassy move, and the GOP has been desperate to break into what was once a Democrat-only monopoly on Jewish-American political funding—and Jewish votes…
Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians, injure 767: US Context and live updates after Trump Jerusalem announcement
Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian protesters and injured 767… Trump signed waiver to postpone moving embassy, just like previous presidents (see video)…. Original legislation to move US embassy was passed with bipartisan support, including Biden, Kerry, etc… JTA says all major mainstream Jewish groups support Trump announcement, some smaller ones oppose the timing… This post will be UPDATED as events occur…
Video and transcript of Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Background on President Trump’s announcement regarding Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The issue has its roots in history and in the hearts of billions of adherents of the world’s three most populous religions. Billionaire Israel partisan Sheldon Adelson pushed for Trump’s move…
Mainstream media under-report Israeli aggression, which will make the Palestinians’ eventual response appear to be unprovoked violence.
JTA reports that the US Senate has approved a “non-binding resolution marking the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.” The bill was passed on Thursday, June 1st, the anniversary of Israel’s takeover of East Jerusalem in 1967. Most of the world rejects the label of “reunification,” rejecting Israel’s claim of sovereignty over the captured territories.