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How Trump Helps Netanyahu Push Palestinians into a Corner

waiting_fence_qalanidya_tamarf_pc_smallVoice of America reports: “The spike in tensions, and the deaths of three Israelis and four Palestinians in violence on Friday and Saturday, have triggered international alarm and prompted the United Nations Security Council to convene a meeting for Monday to seek ways of calming the situation.”

RAMZY BAROUD, ramzybaroud at gmail.com, @palestinechron

Baroud is editor of the PalestineChronicle.com, which contains up-to-date news and views. He recently wrote the piece “The story behind the Jerusalem attack: How Trump and Netanyahu pushed the Palestinians into a corner,” which states: “Last April, the Israeli government announced plans to build 15,000 new housing units in Occupied Jerusalem, contrary to international law. The international community recognizes East Jerusalem as a Palestinian city. The United States, too, accepts international consensus on Jerusalem, and attempts by the U.S. Congress to challenge the White House on this understanding have all failed. That is, until Donald Trump came to power.

“Prior to his inauguration in January, Trump had promised to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement was welcomed by Israeli rightwing politicians and extremists alike. Many of Israel’s supporters in the U.S. saw this as a good sign of the Trump presidency. While the U.S. embassy is yet to officially move to Jerusalem, the new administration is sending a message that it is no longer bound by international law with regard to the Occupied Territories. …

“Despite U.S.-Israeli pressure, several resolutions have been passed by UNESCO and the UN General Assembly in recent months, which have reaffirmed Palestinian rights in the city.

“Israel and the U.S. moved to punish Palestinians for UNESCO’s decisions. It began when the Israeli Knesset began pushing laws that make life even more difficult for Palestinian Jerusalemites, including a law that limits the Muslim call for prayer. The law, which passed its second reading last March, was championed by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Israeli police expanded the ever-growing list of Palestinians who are not allowed to reach their houses of worship. …

“Concurrently, the new U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, took on the task of silencing any international criticism of the Israeli occupation, calling international attempts to end the occupation a form of ‘bullying.’ Assured by the unconditional U.S. support, Netanyahu moved to new extremes. He severed his country’s ties with UNESCO and called for the dismantlement of UN headquarters in the occupied Palestinian city.”

Baroud’s other recent pieces include “Israel vs. the United Nations: the Nikki Haley doctrine,” “Trump’s visit to Israel: How Palestine disappeared from U.S. media coverage” and “Pushing Gaza to suicide.”

Baroud‘s books include Searching Jenin, The Second Palestinian Intifada and his latest My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story. See from March in the British

See from March in the British Independent: “Israel bill to limit Muslim call to prayer passes parliamentary first reading.”