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US Shifting Embassy to Israeli Occupied Jerusalem

Saudi, UAE and Bahrain line up behind Israel

Brutalized by tyrants helpless and voiceless Muslims worldwide seethe with anger

by Latheef Farook

( May 15, 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The evangelical Christian Zionist bigot turned United States President Donald Trump opened US Embassy in Jerusalem, in line with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Monday 14 May 2018.

He continued the US tradition of rewarding Zionist Jewish aggressors began seventy years ago by late US President Harry Truman who blackmailed developing countries to vote for a United Nations resolution to partition Palestine and create the State of Israel in Palestinian lands.

During the partition in 1948 Zionists grabbed much of West Jerusalem backed by its US-European supporters. East Jerusalem was occupied by Israel in its June 1967 war of aggression against Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Seventy years later today Trump announced his decision to move the US embassy last December and formally recognized the city as the capital of Jerusalem. It marked the fulfillment of a campaign promise he made to the pro-Israel group American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

This was done on the day before the Palestinians observed the Day of Catastrophe- Nabka, marking the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and lands by Zionist Jews. In doing so Trump dismissed the sentiments of the entire Muslim world including the Saudi tyrants who collaborate with US and Israel in their conspiracies against Islam and Muslims.

This marks one of the most shameful days in the more than 14 century history of Islam and Muslims. This also demonstrates the pathetic bankruptcy of the Middle East in particular where ruling tyrants refuse to allow people to express their anger.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, senior White House advisers and best friends of Saudi Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, arrived in Israel a day ahead on Sunday morning, as part of a delegation to participate in the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem.

Critics say the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital could make a region already struggling with four ongoing conflicts all the more combustible. And they argue it marks the end of the US role as an "honest broker" in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who now directs the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution, said that with tensions between Iran and Israel escalating in Syria, President Donald Trump is now "only a few days away from throwing another can of gasoline on the fire by moving the embassy to Jerusalem. It's very dangerous."

The Embassy move, is contentious for Palestinians, who hope to claim part of the city as their future capital, and for many in the Muslim world, as it is home to some of the holiest sites in Islam. The issue has been so thorny that international negotiators had left the question of Jerusalem to the final stages of any peace deal.

In 1995, Congress passed a law requiring America to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but every president since then has declined to make the move, citing national security interests.

The State Department noted that the opening will take place on the 70th anniversary of American recognition of the State of Israel, the day of its founding and a day that Palestinians refer to as "the Catastrophe," as hundreds of thousands fled their homes.

While the entire Muslim world felt helpless and humiliated and Palestinians were subjected to Israeli barbarity, Abu Dhabi and Manama started moving ahead with normalization with Israel, just as Riyadh did before them.

Father Manuel Musallam, member of the Christian-Islamic Committee in Support of Jerusalem and the Holy Places, said in video footage released this weekend that only a new Saladin will liberate Palestine from the occupation,
He explained that the road to liberate Jerusalem will start in Gaza and a new Saladin would need to be born to free the country from the occupation, in reference to the first Sultan of Egypt and Syria, Saladin, whose forces captured or killed the vast majority of the Crusader forces and freed Palestine from them in 1187.

Calling for mandatory conscription by all political Palestinian factions, Musallam said he supports fighters who use tunnels to enter Israeli army barracks undetected to capture soldiers and hold them as prisoners of war.

Jerusalem is a city sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and each religion has sites of great significance there. Jerusalem has been fought over for millennia by its inhabitants, and by regional powers and invaders including the Egyptians, Babylonians, Romans, early Muslim rulers, Crusaders, Ottomans, the British Empire and by the modern states of Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Columnist Dr Mohammed Saleh Al-Misfer said Mohammed Bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, had said that the Palestinian issue is no longer Saudi Arabia’ priority. This is disgusting for Arabs and Muslims. He recognized Israel’s right to establish their and said that there are common interests between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, he stated that the Palestinians should either accept what is being offered to them (the deal of the century) or “shut up”.

Saudi Arabia is reportedly pressing the Israeli stooge, Mahmoud Abbas, to accept a peace plan that would involve Palestinian control of disconnected enclaves in the West Bank – dotted with illegal Israeli settlements – and make do with the East Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis, beyond the separation barrier, as a capital. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is said to have worked this out with the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The question is whether the Saudi monarchy needs to court and move towards Israel. Referring to Israel, the founder of the third Saudi state, the late King Abdul-Aziz said: “The danger of Zionism in Palestine is not a threat to Palestine alone, but a danger that threatens all of the Arab states.” The truth is that this danger is still alive and its first victim will by the Saudi state. The truth of the matter is that the Saudi state does not need to please any other force in the world other than the Saudi people.

The most shameful state of affairs is that US treats Muslims as dirt and the Saudi regime, the so called custodian of two holy mosques in Makkah and Madina, depends on this very Islam’s enemy Number One for its survival.

"Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims," said Turkish President Erdogan. "We implore the US once again: You cannot take this step."

Since the announcement there has been tension, with Palestinian protests in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank. More than 40 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops in Gaza during a six-week border protest. On 14 May 2018 alone 52 Palestinians were killed and more than 2000 injured some of them seriously.

This is war crime by all means and Israeli stooge Mahmud Abbas has refused to take Israel to war crimes tribunal.

That protest culminates on May 15, a day Palestinians traditionally lament homes and land lost as Israel was created in 1948, given extra significance this year because it falls on the day after the U.S. Embassy move.

According to the Times of Israel, quisling Mahmud Abbas stated that following a “peace settlement” with Israel, “East Jerusalem will be ours and West Jerusalem theirs.” Anadolu Agency also reported Abbas as saying, “The administration of Palestine will not allow US President Donald Trump or anyone else to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital.”

Abbas, though, is in no position to dictate what Trump calls Jerusalem, not only because of the power imbalance, but also as a result of the PA’s pandering to Israeli, US and international demands.

In line with the two-state compromise, Abbas is promoting the fragmentation of Jerusalem, which runs contrary to the overall Palestinian anti-colonial struggle. The PA’s failure to define Jerusalem from a Palestinian perspective makes Abbas’s rhetoric deeply flawed. Fragmenting Jerusalem into East and West, within a colonial and military occupation framework, only benefits Israel, which has appropriated Palestinian territory in the same manner. For Abbas to utilize an internationally-accepted imposition which gives Israel guarantees for further appropriation does not constitute a fight against Trump and the other countries which are expected to follow suit with embassy moves.

The PA’s approach is one that will only elicit warnings against violations of Palestinian rights. It is an outdated strategy from which only Israel stands to gain. Palestinians are not only fighting Trump’s decision; they are also fighting the colonial process. For Abbas, however, selecting Jerusalem as a priority has nothing to do with Palestinian rights. It is merely a means of clinging to a visible violation within safe parameters, with the obvious outcome of having the international community dictate proceedings through its silence.

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