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January 22, 2017 8:09 pm

As US Inaugurates New President, Palestinians Protest, Burn Posters of ‘Lunatic, Fascist’ Donald Trump

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An image of newly-instated US President Donald Trump being set on fire by Palestinians. Photo: Ma'an/Screenshot.

An image of newly-instated US President Donald Trump being set on fire by Palestinians. Photo: Ma’an/Screenshot.

During Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, West Bank Arabs burned images of the new world leader, and said supporting the Jewish state was tantamount to backing ISIS in its aim to establish an Islamist caliphate, the non-governmental Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported on Sunday.

Participants in the demonstration — which the report said was disrupted by Israeli police trying to disperse the crowd — told Ma’an that they were sending a message to the incoming administration not to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. A sign that they posted on the security barrier separating Israel from the Palestinian Authority (PA) — at the entrance to Bethlehem — where the protest was held, read: “Stop Trump… Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.”

This protest was similar to ones that preceded Trump’s inauguration. On Thursday, a few hours before incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told journalists to “stay tuned” for the new administration’s decision about its proposed embassy move, Palestinians took to the streets of three West Bank cities to demonstrate.

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According to Palestinian News Network, hundreds of flag-waving Palestinians held protests in Ramallah, Nablus and Hebron, where banners, in English, read: “Trump, take your racism away from the Holy City,” and in Arabic: “The whole world is moving forward but the Trump administration is moving backwards.”

Those demonstrations came about a week after PA President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly sent a letter to Trump, warning against such a move.

Jerusalem-based research organization Palestinian Media Watch reported that official PA media outlets have been awash with threats about the “bloodshed” that will ensue if Trump moves the embassy, as it signifies American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, which the Palestinians dispute.

In a video translated and posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute on Wednesday, Fatah Central Committee member Jibril Rajoub — head of the Palestinian Football Association and Palestine Olympic Committee — called the possible embassy relocation a “declaration of war” against the whole world. In an appearance on PA TV, Rajoub said, “We want the confrontation to be between this new fascist in the White House and the whole world – Christians as well as Muslims.” Referring to Trump as a “lunatic,” Rajoub asked: “Why does he think that he has the right to give [the Israelis] the keys to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher?!”

America’s incoming ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, stated on Sunday that he will be living in an apartment he owns in Jerusalem’s Talbiyeh neighborhood, and not in the ambassador’s official residence in Herzliya. A few hours later, as The Algemeiner reported, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that the Trump administration has begun discussions on relocating the embassy — a move Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat applauded as “historic.”

“President Trump has proven that he is a true friend of the state of Israel and a leader who keeps his promises,” Barkat said in a statement on Sunday evening. “This… has sent a clear message to the world that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of the state of Israel. We will provide any and all necessary assistance to the US administration to ensure that the embassy move is done seamlessly and efficiently.”

Watch Palestinian activists burn posters of Trump below:

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  • NYCView

    Plainly the protests in Washington, etc. embolden our nation’s enemies. When American citizens conflate anarchy and distain for the U.S.– including its President — with the right of free expression, it undermines the interests and welfare of America and the rest of the civilized world. Social responsibility means it is not just
    all about you.

  • NYCView

    Plainly the protests in Washington, etc. embolden our nation’s enemies. When American citizens conflate anarchy and distain for the U.S.– including its President — with the right of free expression, it undermines the interests and welfare of America and the rest of the civilized world. Social responsibility means it is not just all about you.

  • Lin Olson

    Jerusalem is the Capital of Isra’el. The Palestinian terrorists need to get over it. The Land belongs to the Jews.

  • Manya Shochet

    Don’t give in to bullies, President Trump!

  • Kris Kristian

    I forgot
    Those rioters in Washington. behaved like savages. Smashing window, setting cars alight.
    No other people in the world, other than Muslims destroy property & behave like savages.
    One must only look at what is happening in Israel. The intifada. Stabbings, stone throwing, trying to burn cars etc
    They will never destroy Israel.
    One must look at he map of the middle east and see how much land the Arabs have
    One needs a magnifier glass to find Israel
    refer to the French Supreme court decision at proved that the the Palestinians have no claim to any part of Judea and Samaria (Westbank).
    The judges gave their reasons.
    Maybe those who have not seen the reasoning of those judges, need to ask for a copy of their reasoning.
    ISRAEL IS NOT OCCUPYING ANY TERRITORY. iT IS ALL ISRAELI LAND
    BUT ONE OF THE NEW PROBLEMS IF THE ANTI SEMITIC POEP.
    HE HAS CALLED ABBAS A”PRICE OF PEACE”. ABBAS A MASS MURDERER
    HE HAS GIVEN ABBAS THE FULL SUPPORT NOT TO NEGOTIATE WITH ISRAL.
    THIS POPE HAS DAMAGED THE CATHOLLIC CHURCH..
    he should be defrocked.

  • Kris Kristian

    My suspicion as to who started all those demonstration and violence, was either Hillary especially the women of the world protesting.
    The violence and rioting in Washington was instigated by the Muslims.
    Hopefully, Trump will turn out to be the best president in US history.
    He will make US great again, and create employment and bring back factories to USA from China.
    The Muslims/Arabs are rioting because Trump will keep his word by moving the US embassy to it’s rightful place, the Undivided eternal capital of the Jewish people and Israel, Jerusalem

    • NYCView

      Interesting point, Kris. .

  • Jeff

    It is funny to see those “peaceful” palestinians repeating the same words used by the liberal media (CNN for example) when they describe Trump.

  • glsfbg

    The Palestinians are threatening the United States of America?!!!! I sure hope they act on those threats.

  • danepol

    The new administration will contribute to resolving the dispute when the Palestinians are deprived of all international assistance.

  • Paul

    WOW ! A totally spontaneous demonstration by half a million …. 5 thousand …. 4 calm palestinians.
    With a picture of Trump pasted to a wall covering up the previous picture of Palestinians firing machine guns.
    This is a MASSIVE show of strength.

  • SteveC1

    If this is the Palestinians’ reaction to the new American president, then perhaps ALL US aid to them – both direct AND indirect – should be reduced to $0.00 ASAP.

  • Peter Joffe

    Talk about the kettle calling the pot black? Why even report this racist trash as we all know who the racists, fascists and killers are – Hamas and Islamists

    • NYCView

      One cannot overlook the stark similarity between the masses of hate-driven Palastians and a material segment of the demonstrating Americans here.

  • Go for it! That kind of stuff really works on Donald Trump! Maybe they can run around in face masks screaming about the gates of helll and waving swords and shooting into the air. Trump will back down, you betcha.

  • Gnomercy

    Yes indeed, Donald J Trump is the Real Deal.

    He is not some empty-suit politician offering empty rhetoric but doing nothing.

    He is a leader and a builder.

  • David Matar

    Keep it up, guys. Insulting Trump will only increase his determination to avenge his honor.

  • The anti-American demonstrations prove the PLO terrorist entity is no friend of the United States and the rest of the civilized world. Jerusalem is the historic capital of Israel and the Jewish people. As for the PLO, it has no historic rights to Jerusalem, nor is it capable of fairly administering Jerusalem’s holy sites.

  • Lancelot Blackeburne

    Given that the US provides billions of dollars in funding to the PA, the Palestinians should be careful about biting the hand that feeds them.

    I’m sure Donald Trump is looking for an excuse to cut funding to the PA. The Palestinians have just given him (yet another) one.

    If one is known by one’s enemies, if the Palestinians hate Donald Trump, the Donald must have something positive going for him.

  • Hillel

    How is Trump racist when it is the muslims, the arabs, much of the rest of the world who would cleanse the earth of the Jewish Race, just trying to finish Hitler’s fine work?

  • brenrod

    Trump and his supporters must be shown these videos of the real pals.. under trump they will not be tolerated

  • callmeisaac

    Paleys blew it LOLOLOLOL

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