“. . . a black city despising strangers . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

REACTIONS  TO  TRUMP’S  ANNOUNCEMENT  OF  DECEMBER  6,  2017
❶ UN Security Council called for urgent meeting on Jerusalem
❷ Trump’s move on Jerusalem: Is this the end of US diplomacy in the Middle East?
❸ Trump just ‘pushed the two-state solution over the cliff’
❹ LIVE: Palestinians continue protests against Trump decision
❺ British prime minister says US decision on Jerusalem ‘unhelpful’ for peace
❻ World Council of Churches concerned over US move on Jerusalem

  • Background: “Future Scenarios for the Old City of Jerusalem.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture.

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❶ In article on Jerusalem, New York Times falsifies history of 1948, 1967
❷ Jared Kushner Omitted Leading a Foundation Funding Illegal Israeli Settlements
❸ ICC ‘Made Significant Progress’ in Prosecuting Israel For War Crimes
Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim

  • FURTHER  READING  ON  JERUSALEM  AND  THE  U.S.  (a list of additional recent publications)

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UN  SECURITY  COUNCIL  CALLED  FOR  URGENT  MEETING  ON  JERUSALEM
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Dec. 6, 2017 ― Eight members of the 15-member United Nations Security Council called for an urgent meeting for the council to discuss US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel, according to media reports.
___The two permanent Security Council members, Britain and France, along with Sweden, Italy, Egypt, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Senegal have called for the urgent meeting, which is expected to be held on Friday.     MORE . . .
TRUMP’S  MOVE  ON  JERUSALEM:  IS  THIS  THE  END  OF  US  DIPLOMACY  IN  THE  MIDDLE  EAST?
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
Dec. 7, 2017 ― Finally, US President Donald Trump pulled the plug.
___The so-called peace process, two-state solution, “land-for-peace formula” and all the other tired clichés have been long dead and decomposing. But Trump’s announcement yesterday to officially recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel has also laid to rest the illusion that the US was ever keen on achieving a just and lasting peace between Israel and its neighbours.
___What is left to be said by those who have placed the Palestinian national project of liberation on hold for nearly three decades, waiting for the US to fulfill its self-designated role of an “honest peace broker”?
___The Fatah movement of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared a “day of rage” in response to Trump’s announcement. Way to deflect attention from the real crisis at hand: the fact that the PA has miserably failed by leasing the fate of Palestine to Washington, and, by extension to Israel as well.   MORE . . .
TRUMP  JUST  ‘PUSHED  THE  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION  OVER  THE  CLIFF’
Mondoweiss Editors
Dec. 6, 2017 ― Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and getting architects busy on designing the new U.S. embassy represents a special new challenge for supporters of the two-state solution. While Trump gave lip service to such an outcome, his moves are such a rebuke to Palestinians and their Arab neighbors that they have destroyed any credibility the U.S. claimed to have as a broker and made it impossible for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate with the United States– even mainstream analysts said on the cable news networks today.
___The move is meant to “appease” big donors such as Sheldon Adelson as well as evangelical Christians, Marc Ginsberg, a former ambassador to Morocco, said angrily on MSNBC. Trump, he said, “pushed the two state solution over the cliff.” And put “a knife in the back of the Palestinian leadership.”  MORE . . .
LIVE:  PALESTINIANS  CONTINUE  PROTESTS  AGAINST  TRUMP  DECISION
Palestine News Network – PNN
Dec. 7, 2017 ―  Following Trump’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinians all over the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem carried out protests at contact points, while Israeli Occupation Forces responded with teargas and sound grenades.
___Palestinians took the streets of Bethlehem at the 300 military checkpoint, where hundreds carried out a protest and clashes broke out (VIDEO).   MORE . . .
BRITISH  PRIME  MINISTER  SAYS  US  DECISION  ON  JERUSALEM  ‘UNHELPFUL’  FOR  PEACE
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Dec. 6, 2017 ― British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement late Wednesday that she views the decision by the United States President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as unhelpful to peacemaking in the region.
___“We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement. We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region. The British Embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it,” May said in a press statement.     MORE . . .
WORLD  COUNCIL  OF  CHURCHES  CONCERNED  OVER  US  MOVE  ON  JERUSALEM
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Dec. 6, 2017 ― World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed grave concern on Wednesday over US President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.     ___“Such a step breaks with the longstanding international consensus, and almost seven decades of established American policy, that the status of Jerusalem remains to be settled,” stated Tveit. “It also pre-empts a negotiated resolution of this most difficult issue in any final peace agreement, which must be achieved between Israelis and Palestinians themselves.”     MORE . . .

Nasrallah, Rami.
“FUTURE  SCENARIOS  FOR  THE  OLD  CITY  OF  JERUSALEM.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 21, no. 4, Mar. 2016, pp. 49-56.
[. . . .] The current Israeli approach to encroachment and domination of the Old City and its “Holy Basin” surroundings differs from the manner in which they have dealt with East Jerusalem neighborhoods outside the ancient walls. There they sought to consolidate certain neighborhoods and to divide others on demographic grounds in order to capitalize on the Clintonian principle: “Where there are Israelis belongs to Israel; where there are Palestinians belongs to the Palestinians.” In contrast, in the Old City the Israelis have had an unprecedented interest in centralization. They seek to make the ancient center the heart of the Israeli state and the Jewish people. This goal has been positioned by numerous Israeli governments, including the current administration, as beyond compromise. However, in order to move forward from this stalemate and the inherent risks of the worst case scenario, it is necessary to seek new ideas that draw concessions horn both parties. Of the many scenarios reviewed in this chapter, the one that proffers the greatest progress embraces Israeli and Palestinian cooperation and integration under an international regime.   COMPLETE ARTICLE . . .

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IN  ARTICLE  ON  JERUSALEM,  NEW  YORK  TIMES  FALSIFIES  HISTORY  OF  1948,  1967 
The Electronic Intifada
Michael F. Brown
Dec. 6, 2017 ― A New York Times article published Tuesday about the history of Jerusalem maintains, “It is perhaps fitting that President Trump appears to have chosen this week to announce that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
___The writers, Sewell Chan, Irit Pazner Garshowitz, Mona Boshnaq and Gaia Tripoli, base this outlook on the fact that in “December 1917 – 100 years ago this month – the British general Edmund Allenby seized control of Jerusalem from its Ottoman Turkish defenders.”
___President Donald Trump likely knows little to nothing of this history. He was not thinking about the past century, but about continuing his disruptive track record and enmity toward Muslims.
___The authors then make clear their own tenuous grasp of the region’s history.     ___They write: “The Arabs rejected the partition plan, and a day after Israel proclaimed its independence in 1948, the Arab countries attacked the new state. They were defeated. Amid violence by militias and mobs on both sides, huge numbers of Jews and Arabs were displaced.”     MORE . . .
JARED  KUSHNER  OMITTED  LEADING  A  FOUNDATION  FUNDING  ILLEGAL  ISRAELI  SETTLEMENTS 
Palestine Chronicle
Dec. 5 2017 ― Researchers from American Bridge and Newsweek have revealed Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior adviser failed to mention to the Office of Government Ethics, during his March filings, that he was the co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 and 2015, which was responsible for funding settlements that were deemed as illegal according to the international law.
___“The first son-in-law has repeatedly amended his financial records since his initial filing in March, along with three separate revisions to his security clearance application. Despite correcting his financial history on multiple occasions, he has yet to include his role as co-director to the family foundation,” Newsweek reported.     MORE . . .
ICC  ‘MADE  SIGNIFICANT  PROGRESS’  IN  PROSECUTING  ISRAEL  FOR  WAR  CRIMES
Palestine Chronicle
Dec. 5 2017 ― The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced that it has “made significant progress in its assessment” to determine “whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation” into war crimes committed by Israel.
___Yesterday’s announcement by the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, means that The Hague office will press ahead with its preliminary examination, which was launched nearly three years ago in January 2015.
___A preliminary examination is not an investigation but a process of examining the information available in order to reach a fully informed determination on whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation under the principals of the Rome Statute.   MORE . . .

“STORY  OF  A  CITY,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
There was a blue city
that dreamt of foreigners wandering
around and spending their money
day after day.

But it became a black city
despising strangers
with their rifles’ muzzles
making the rounds of its cafés …

From Al-Qasim, Samih. SADDER  THAN  WATER.  NEW  AND  SELECTED  POEMS.   Trans. Nazih Kasis and Adina Hoffman. Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2008.
Available from Barnes and Noble
Samih Al-Qasim obituary, August 20, 2014.

ADDITIONAL  READINGS:

Trump Is Making a Huge Mistake on Jerusalem
Dec. 7, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES
Hanan Ashrawi
last straw
Dec. 7, 2017
POPULAR  RESISTANCE  BLOG
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem University
A View From Israel on Trump’s Dangerous Gambit – with Gordon Levy
Dec. 6, 2017
BACKGROUND BRIEFING
with Ian Masters
Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital, Says Final Borders Up to Israel, Palestinians
Dec. 7, 2017
HAARETZ
Noa Landau, Amir Tibon and Reuters
Corpus Separatum?
Dec. 6, 2017
PALESTINE SQUARE by the Institute for Palestine Studies
Mouin Rabbani
Trump’s Error on Jerusalem Is a Disaster for the Arab World… and the US Too
Dec. 6, 2017
PALESTINE SQUARE by the Institute for Palestine Studies
Rashid Khalidi

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