Relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem is illegal, and is a reckless provocation

Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager, has stated that relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a “a big priority” for the incoming administration. She added: “It is something that our friend in Israel, a great friend in the Middle East, would appreciate and something that a lot of Jewish-Americans have expressed their preference for." 

Meanwhile, in a passage that has since been removed from the online article, the Times of Israel has reported that the Trump transition team “has begun exploring the logistics of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv, and checking into sites for its intended new location,” adding that the site being considered was formerly the location of the Allenby Barracks,the site of the British army's Jerusalem garrison during the Mandate.

However, as is revealed by Walid Khalidi’s SPECIAL REPORT on the subject, originally published in the Journal of Palestine Studiesthe site being considered is Palestinian private property stolen from its owners, including the waqf property of several families. He points out that the move would recklessly violate US and international law and have the following impact, constituting a potentially explosive provocation.

It's Christmas in Palestine

Every year, Palestinian Christians and other pilgrims converge on the city of Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas. While the journey for most people is a spiritual one, it is also especially political for Palestinian Christians whose city has been besieged by the Israeli occupation. Twenty-two illegal Israeli settlements built on city lands, the illegal separation wall which chokes the city, and more than 30 roadblocks in the area, have severely impacted the livelihood of residents, and indeed their ability to move freely and visit holy sites in Bethlehem and beyond.

For this month’s Special Focus – It’s Christmas in Palestine, we are featuring articles* from the Journal of Palestine Studies and Jerusalem Quarterly that provide an insight into the life of Christians in Palestine throughout the years.

*Articles from the Journal of Palestine Studies will only be accessible for the reminder of December 2016.

Balfour Declaration at 99 Years

November 2nd marked 99 years since Arthur Balfour, British Foreign Secretary, sent a letter on behalf of the government to Zionist leader Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild assuring him that “His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."

“Everything that has followed in that conflict-riven land has flowed inevitably from this decision” to endorse a Jewish homeland in an Arab country by “the greatest power of the age,” Journal for Palestine Studies Editor Rashid I. Khalidi wrote in Resurrecting Empire. It would be hard to argue against the judgment that Palestinians and Israelis continue to live – along greatly asymmetrical conditions – in the shadow of the Balfour Declaration and all its attendant consequences.

As part of our monthly Special Focus, we make available ten articles from the Journal of Palestine Studies retracing the history the Declaration; offer a discount on The Palestine Deception book by J. M. N. Jeffries; and highlight three maps from our Before Their Diaspora project.

February 2016 Racism Monitor - Institutional Racism

The February Monitor surveys the official and unofficial racism toward Palestinian citizens of Israel, starting with the prime minister, the members of his cabinet, the police, and the courts–who are entrusted with the enforcement of the law–through to the military establishment. In addition to that, members of the Knesset (MKs) continue to prepare discriminatory bills, tailored to exclude the Palestinian citizens of Israel regarding their civil-society institutions and parliamentary lists.

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