Palestinian reactions to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “A knife in the back,” “It will bring disgrace and destruction on the region,” “A clash is anticipated”

     “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub said… that the transfer of the [US] embassy proves to us clearly that [US President Donald] Trump’s administration is not objective in its relations with the two sides in the struggle, is not balanced, and does not view Jerusalem as occupied territory…
Palestinian [PLO] Ambassador to Washington [and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Strategic Affairs] Husam Zomlot said that American President Donald Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is a knife in the back and a bullet that kills the two-state solution…
The Al-Azhar Institutes in Palestine said: ‘The decision to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem cannot pass in quiet. It will bring disgrace and destruction on the region, and it is the beginning of the end of the injustice that the US, Israel, and their helpers are causing.’ They emphasized that ‘A clash with the oppressor and oppressors is anticipated for Jerusalem – with all of its men, women, Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), and lovers.’”

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