President of USA Donald Trump has made the announcement that the USA is ready to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A shocking move that will overturn 50 years of US policy, end any hopes of re-starting Israel-Palestinian peace and promote violence all across the Middle-East region.
I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem… pic.twitter.com/YwgWmT0O8m
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2017
Israel has termed Donald Trump’s move as “historic” but internationally there has been sharp criticism on this announcement.
Especially people all over Middle East have turned to social media to express their deep distress and anger over this decision. Apart from the fact that the announcement is quite unfair, many feel that this decision will create tension, encourage violence and adversely affect the already unpleasant Palestinian Israeli relations. The effect of this decision as anticipated is clear i.e. chaos, instability and hatred.
People from Tehran to Pakistan to Ankara to the war-torn Syria have highly criticized this announcement.
Let’s see how Twitter users have reacted:
Mariam Barghouti, a Palestinian writer tweeted “A Palestinian man tells me as I interview him: “Who is America to declare the capital of Israel when it’s Palestinian land?”
A Palestinian man tells me as I interview him: "Who is America to declare the capital of Israel when it's Palestinian land?"
— مريم البرغوثي (@MariamBarghouti) December 5, 2017
Trita Parsi, Writer and President of the National Iranian American Council tweeted, “This will be the end of American influence in the Middle East as we know it:
Trump’s pyromaniac embassy move to Jerusalem combined w/ enforcing on Palestinians (via Saudis) a “peace plan” that leaves them with nothing.”
This will be the end of American influence in the MidEast as we know it:
Trump's pyromaniac embassy move to Jerusalem combined w/ enforcing on Palestinians (via Saudis) a "peace plan" that leaves then with nothing.
The final nail in the coffin of Pax Americana in the region…
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) December 6, 2017
Some tweets clearly stated that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and not Israel.
Jerusalem is a "Palestinian, Arab, Christian, Muslim city and it is the capital city of Palestine forever": Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas saying US President Trump's move on Jerusalem changes nothing pic.twitter.com/6l6SS74CuR
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) December 6, 2017
Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine. Israel is an apartheid state founded on the illegal occupation of Palestine by the Israeli military. Zionism is the racist & colonial ideology which justifies the ethnic cleansing of my people – the indigenous people of Palestine. pic.twitter.com/1cmGp2WXKZ
— Samar Ziadat (@samarziadat) December 5, 2017
Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine!
The rest is just a conversation between white settler colonialists.
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) December 6, 2017
We recognise Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Palestine.
Ireland stands in solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people ??✊?? pic.twitter.com/CxJO5HZwU8
— I, R & P. (@IRP1916) December 6, 2017
— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) December 6, 2017
— Ahmed Shiyam (@Shiyamaldives) December 7, 2017
While Trump’s announcement has faced huge criticism, there are those who approve of this decision.
From Kennedy to Obama everyone promised but only Trump succeded in recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – a pro-minority decision.
It would be interesting to see if Americans still call him a Nazi. pic.twitter.com/SE4RzTJ79C
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) December 7, 2017
I am grateful that the Trump-Pence Administration is working to restore the trust that was betrayed during the Obama era and I support their decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, as a signal of our continued commitment to our ally.
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) December 6, 2017
I fully support the Trump Administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel because this statement reflects the reality on the ground for the last 3,000 years.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 6, 2017
But the truth is…
Just because Donald trump named it capital of Israel, doesn’t mean it is. Jerusalem is for ever Palestine’s by heart, no paperwork can say other wise. pic.twitter.com/HJWNeCmRwS
— selenatXOr (@7MD_A_H) December 7, 2017