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Jerusalem under assault
Denial of Jewish connection to Jerusalem
Jerusalem under assault
In 2009 the Palestinian Authority has initiated an unprecedented campaign of historical revision and anti-Israel libels concerning Jerusalem, the focal point being the erasure and denial of 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem.

In addition, the PA disseminates the libel that Israel is acting both to expel Arabs from Jerusalem and to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Jerusalem libels are designed to evoke religious hatred by portraying Israel and the Jews as a threat to Arabs and Islam.

This section documents the recent intensification of the Palestinian Authority's campaign of distortion, historical revision and hate incitement surrounding Jerusalem.

This cartoon with the caption "Judaization of Jerusalem" shows, from right to left, a sinister-looking Jew first sharing the chair with an Arab and then shoving him off.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, official PA daily, Feb 24, 2009]
Denial of Jewish connection to Jerusalem
"Jerusalem is the religious, political and spiritual capital of Palestine - the Jews have no right to it," declared senior PA religious official, Dr. Tayseer Al-Tamimi, PA Chief Justice of religious court. Accordingly, any Jewish life and development in Jerusalem is labeled as "Judaization." Jerusalem is presented as an exclusively Muslim and Christian city, with no regard to history or archeology, and even the existence of the Temple being denied.
PLO officials “denied that the non-Muslims have any connection to [Al-Aqsa Mosque]” 
Source: Al-Quds, Sept. 27, 2018
Headline: “Al-Husseini and Ida’is briefed the new Egyptian consul and the previous [consul] regarding the situation in Jerusalem and the developments at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“Head of the PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs, [PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, [and PLO Executive Committee member] Adnan Al-Husseini and [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is briefed the new Egyptian Consul in Palestine Mustafa Al-Shahat and the previous [Egyptian] Consul Khaled Sami yesterday [Sept. 26, 2018] on the situation in Jerusalem…
Al-Husseini gave the consul a detailed explanation regarding the history of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, its connection to the Muslims, and this city’s religious significance. He also denied that the non-Muslims have any connection to this mosque, and noted that only the Muslims have a right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Palestinian university president's falsification: Jerusalem “is not connected at all to the Jewish religion” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 15, 2018
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Official PA TV News, on a Jordanian-Palestinian academic conference on Jerusalem titled “Jerusalem: Between History and Religions,” held in Amman, Jordan

Al-Quds Open University President Younes Amr: "I decided to present the Arab-Islamic-Christian version [of history] – against the invalid and false Jewish version – that this city [Jerusalem], which is considered the gate to Heaven, is connected only to the Islamic religion and to the Christian religion, and is not connected at all to the Jewish religion."
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Abbas spokesman says Jared Kushner made “an attempt at deception and a forgery of the history of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 15, 2018
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: There will be no peace without the two-state solution and East Jerusalem as the State of Palestine’s capital”

“Official [PA] Presidential Office Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that [US Senior Presidential Advisor] Jared Kushner’s statements to the newspaper The New York Times show ignorance regarding the reality of the conflict, and constitute an attempt at deception and a forgery of the history of Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites…
He also said: ‘The American understanding of the matters expresses an irresponsible policy that will lead to a destructive vacuum, and constitutes a true danger to the international legal system.’”
PA religious minister: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas and surroundings, is a pure Islamic waqf, and that it is impossible to change this fact in any way” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 28, 2018
Headline: "Ida'is: Sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an exclusive right of the Muslims"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is said that… the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas and surroundings, is a pure Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), and that it is impossible to change this fact in any way…
In a statement that he published yesterday [Aug. 27, 2018], Ida'is condemned the attempts to turn the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a place in which ceremonies that are not Islamic are carried out… something which will push for turning the Al-Aqsa Mosque into an arena of religious conflict, and not just political [conflict]."
Abbas’ Fatah: “Israel has drawn up a plan for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” has no right to Jerusalem or the Western Wall 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2018
Headline: “Fatah: Israel has drawn up a plan for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“The Fatah Movement emphasized that Israel has drawn up a plan for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and began to carry it out a long time ago, and this is through the ongoing excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Israel does not excavate under the Temple Mount; see note below -Ed.) and harming its foundations and weakening them, in order to make its collapse a matter of time, and to make it look as if it is a natural thing and a chance event.
Official Fatah Movement Spokesperson [and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Osama Al-Qawasmi said yesterday [July 26, 2018] in a press release that the rock that fell from the Islamic Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) two days ago (sic., it fell on July 23, 2018) is a dangerous sign of the situation that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings have reached. We emphasize that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, aboveground and below it, and also its surroundings are completely Islamic and the Jews have no right to them…
Al-Qawasmi also emphasized that Jerusalem, with everything within it, is completely Palestinian and Arab
, and that there will be no peace or stability without the end of its occupation by Israel.”
Abbas condemns Jewish Nation-State law, says Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and “there will be no peace, security, or stability for anyone without it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2018
Headline: "Palestinian, Arab, and international condemnations of the ratification of the racist 'nation-state law' in the Israeli Parliament"

"[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, that there will be no peace, security, or stability for anyone without it, and that no one can abandon it or ignore it.
These statements were made in a statement published by the [PA] presidential office, in which it condemned the fact that the Israeli Parliament ratified what is called 'the Jewish nation-state law' (see note below –Ed.), and 'its consideration of Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel.'

The presidential office also emphasized that the Palestinian people’s right to return to its country is a sacred and firm right that is anchored in international decisions, and primarily [UN] Resolution 194, which established the Palestinian refugees’ right to return to the lands and property from which they were expelled and to receive compensation. The presidential office added that this racist law will not nullify this sacred right."

Jewish Nation-State Law – law passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 19, 2018, which codifies in Israel's Basic Law that Israel is the home of the Jewish nation with Jerusalem its capital, and the Hebrew calendar its official calendar. It establishes Hebrew as the sole official language and grants Arabic a special status, and it recognizes Jewish and Israeli holidays, memorial days, and the Jewish Sabbath as national holidays and days of rest - while guaranteeing the right of all Israeli citizens and residents to celebrate their holidays and days of rest.

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PA Religious Affairs Minister: Israel is planning “the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of their [Jews’] alleged Temple;” PA Mufti: Israel wants to “Judaize” Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2018
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the occupation’s actions in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are a dangerous violation… the last of which being the excavations that the occupation institutions are conducting underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Israel does not excavate under the Temple Mount; see note below –Ed.). He added that these excavations threaten its structures, plazas, and the lives of the members of our people who visit it… Ida’is emphasized the severity of the recent developments in the Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He noted that this requires a Palestinian, Islamic, and international position appropriate to the violations, which are advancing in a systematic and planned manner up to the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of their alleged Temple… On the same matter, [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Muhammad Hussein warned that the excavations that the occupation authorities are conducting in the region of the Umayyad palaces… are disastrous. He predicted that all of the Islamic structures in the region would be undermined, and afterwards would be destroyed in order to change the holy city’s identity and completely Judaize it.”
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Palestinian officials: “Judaizing” Festival of Lights in Jerusalem’s Old City is part of a “plan to erase its Arab, Islamic, and Christian nature, and to give an impression that the city is Jewish” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2018
     “Jerusalem sank into the darkness of the Judaizing Festival of ‘Lights’ (i.e., the Jerusalem Festival of Light) that the Jerusalem Municipality organized over the past week… Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) representative Attorney Ahmed Al-Ruweidi said that ‘What is happening in Jerusalem comes as part of a plan to erase its Arab, Islamic, and Christian nature, and to give an impression that the city is Jewish. The “Judaizing” Festival of “Lights” in Jerusalem, which the occupation municipality is holding for the 10th consecutive year (s ic., 9th year), comes as part of a number of Israeli projects… [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh, and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Muhammad Hussein considered the ‘Judaizing’ Festival of ‘Lights’ as ‘a historical, cultural, and heritage injustice [against] the sites and residents of Jerusalem, and particularly as the festival is taking place at the most important gate of the Old City.’”

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PA government: Light Festival in Jerusalem is "Judaization;" Jerusalem has been Arab "since the dawn of history" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 2, 2018
      "The [PA] national unity government yesterday [July 1, 2018] condemned the Judaizing festival called the International Festival of Light, which the occupation authorities are holding in occupied Jerusalem. Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said: 'What the occupation authorities call the International Festival of Light in our occupied capital is nothing but one of the means of Judaization, which the occupation authorities are attempting to impose.' He added: 'The reality requires that the festival be called the Blackout Festival and not the Festival of Light as they call it, as the occupation is attempting to use all means for its dark goals, and this includes the light and its beauty, in order to guarantee that an additional blackout will be imposed on the history and present of the most holy and ancient Arab city…' Al-Mahmoud said that the entire world agrees that East Jerusalem is an occupied Palestinian city, and more than 138 states recognize it as the capital of the State of Palestine. He added that most of the historians, Arabs and foreigners, and among them Israelis too, recognize the Arabness of Jerusalem since the dawn of history (sic., the first Arab conquest of Jerusalem was in 638 CE)."

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Head of Palestinian Football Association accuses Israel of “politicizing” sport, while calling on Argentina to avoid match against Israel in “occupied Jerusalem”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 28, 2018
    “Chairman of the [PLO] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs and the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub called on Argentina to avoid participating in the friendly football match [with Israel] that is expected to take place on June 9 [2018] in occupied Jerusalem, as part of the Argentinian national team’s preparations for the World Cup. Rajoub expressed his opposition and condemnation of the Israeli occupation government’s decision to hold the match. He emphasized that Israel is politicizing the sport… This was said in an official protest letter that Rajoub sent to the Argentine Football Association, the South American Football Confederation [CONMEBOL], and also to FIFA and UEFA – both of which Israel belongs to, to the Union of Arab Football Associations, and the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation… Rajoub expressed deep concern over the match being held in occupied Jerusalem, which constitutes clear submission ‘to the heavy political pressures that the government of Israel and its ministers have exerted, as Israeli Minister of Culture and Sports Miri Regev openly boasted.’ He added: ‘Israel, the occupying power, has politicized the sport in a way that contradicts the moral standards and international values that determine the principles of the sport.’”
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Abbas advisor denies existance of Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, calls US ambassador to Israel an "imbecile," and calls all of Jerusalem an "Islamic waqf" until Judgement Day 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 25, 2018
Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "The so-called American Ambassador [David Friedman] in the so-called Israel, in Israel - you saw him and the world saw him standing ostentatiously and arrogantly, in a nauseating way, before a picture of Jerusalem, of the area of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. A picture that expresses the sick dreams of the colonialists, the occupiers - which expresses myths that never existed, a picture of Jerusalem in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., the Dome of the Rock) has been removed, and something symbolizing that which is called ‘the Temple' has replaced it (Friedman has clarified that he was unaware of the image in the picture thrust in front of him, and has called it unacceptable; see note below –Ed.)... The ambassador - or it could be said the American 'imbecile' (a play on words in Arabic; the words for ambassador and imbecile are very similar –Ed.) - the American imbecile called Friedman stands ostentatiously before a picture in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., the Dome of the Rock) does not appear - it is removed [...] We say clearly and unequivocally: All of Jerusalem, with all of its elements, especially with the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its elements, with every millimeter of it, including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), which they claim is part of that which is called ‘the Temple' – this is the Al-Buraq Wall – all of this is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) of this nation, until the time [of the Day of Judgment] comes... [W]hoever agrees that control of a millimeter of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its elements, be given to those who are not Muslims or Palestinians – such a person has not been born and will never be born..."

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Abbas’ top advisor: “Every state that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem is committing a crime against international law” and the PA will “take steps against the states that commit this crime” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2018
Headline: “Widespread Palestinian rage and condemnation of the transfer of the Paraguayan embassy to occupied Jerusalem”

“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that Jerusalem was and will remain the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and that the Israeli occupation state’s attempts to impose a false and imagined legitimacy on the city will fail.
Al-Habbash emphasized in a statement that every state that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem is committing a crime against international law and participating in aggression against the Palestinian, Islamic, and Christian rights in the holy city. He added that these states have disgraced themselves, and history will remember them as aggressive states that committed crimes against the Palestinian people.
He said that the leadership will take steps against the states that commit this crime, and will demand that the international community punish those who have violated the sanctity of the international decisions and strayed from the international consensus that has repeatedly emphasized that Jerusalem has been Arab Palestinian from time immemorial.”
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Paraguay transferred its embassy to Jerusalem on May 21, 2018, after the US and Guatemala did so on May 14 and May 16 respectively.
Op-ed in PA daily: Trump is “stupid;” “This outpost (i.e., the US embassy) that Trump has established in our Jerusalem will be uprooted” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “Donald Trump plants a settlement in our Jerusalem”
     “[US President] Donald Trump, who issued the ominous Jerusalem declaration (i.e., recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital) and talks about ‘the deal of the century’ (i.e., Trump’s as yet unrevealed Middle East peace plan), continues in his unparalleled stupidity to talk about peace.
We are continuing our just struggle. The US has no place in the Middle East peace. It has lost its position, qualification, and credibility. Donald Trump, who transformed it [the US] from a mediator into an enemy, is leading the hostility…
This outpost (i.e., the US embassy) that Trump has established in our Jerusalem will be uprooted, and what will remain is the face of free Palestine.”
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Fatah: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 15, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows US President Donald Trump planting rows of houses with red roofs, characteristic of Israeli towns in the West Bank. Trump is holding a spade and has a watering can next to him, and next to it is a box with more houses in it.

Text on image in Arabic and English: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot”
Posted text:
“The alleged American embassy is a new outpost in the occupied capital”
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Image on Fatah’s Facebook page, protesting US embassy move to Jerusalem, depicts Israel as a shark 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 15, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a shark with its mouth open, and instead of teeth it has rows of houses with red roofs, characteristic of Jewish towns in the West Bank. The sparkle in the shark’s eye is in the shape of a Star of David.

Text on image in English: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot”
Posted text: “The alleged American embassy is a new outpost in the occupied capital”
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Fatah Facebook post calls the new US embassy in Jerusalem “a new outpost in the occupied capital”  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 15, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows US President Donald Trump, who is wearing an American flag tie, letting a man with a Star of David on the back of his shirt stand on his back. The man is laying red roof tiles, characteristic of Jewish towns in the West Bank, on a house that he is building. More bricks and a bucket of cement are also on Trump’s back.

Text on image in English: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot”
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“The alleged American embassy is a new outpost in the occupied capital”
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Op-ed in PA daily calls opening of US embassy a “war crime,” accuses Israel of carrying out “massacres, wars, terror” for 100 years against Palestinians, and claims Trump belongs in a “mental hospital”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular columnist for the official PA daily

      “[US President Donald] Trump’s country may be the strongest country in the world, but it is the poorest country in terms of justice, the richest in terms of injustice, and the lowest on the ladder of human values…
How can it be that Israel’s future will be full of shining promises of peace, as [US Presidential Advisor Jared] Kushner said while representing his President Trump at the inauguration of an American military base (sic., the US embassy) in occupied Jerusalem? Those who were present at the inauguration ceremony of Trump’s embassy in Jerusalem are partners in a war crime…
Trump believes in the ability of the leaders of Israel to put an end to the Palestinian existence, as his ancestors did to the Indians, but did they tell him that 100 years of massacres, wars, terror, expulsion, and organized attacks against the Palestinian people have only strengthened the Palestinians’ connection to their eternal homeland... This man needs rehabilitation in a mental hospital or to be hospitalized in an asylum, because if he remains free, the world will see how he enjoys and takes pleasure like no other while the world goes up in the flames of his sadism and naivety!”
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Editorial in PA daily condemning US embassy move to Jerusalem demonizes the US as racist and violent 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018
Excerpt of an editorial of the official PA daily

Headline: “Again the ugly American”
    “The US, in its various administrations, has never known a thing about qualities of chivalry or empathy, tolerance and human understanding. For a long time it has abused – and is still abusing – the poor and small peoples! […]
The reality is that it would be hard for us to tell all the stories of ‘the ugly American,’ which are full of blood, systematic violence, and a violence of abuse and bullying towards small peoples. This is currently being expressed in a most ugly fashion by its abuse of our people… It is going wild in its aggression towards [our people], which is being expressed by the American administration’s responsiveness to all of the Zionist activity’s demands. What is more, this administration – while transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem in contradiction to all the decisions of the international institutions, after it declared it the capital of the occupation state (!!) [parentheses in source] – has turned into a completely Zionist administration.”
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Op-ed in PA daily on Gazan riots and attacking US embassy move to Jerusalem: Israel is "satanic Zionist plant," Trump is a "moron" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, a regular columnist for the official PA daily

    "Gaza, O the flag of nationalism and its symbol; Gaza, O the glory of the people and the nation; Gaza, O the pride of the men, women, and children; Gaza, O the symbol of giving and sacrifice…
Your enemies and the robbers of the land and the homeland are vampires who are shepherded by a rebellious cowboy (i.e., US President Donald Trump). On behalf of the Zionist-like Crusaders, they are attempting to execute you, Palestine, Jerusalem, and peace…
O sister of Jericho, Hebron, Jenin, Nablus, and Jerusalem - the proud capital as history is slaughtered, the facts are turned upside down in the name of the wretched promise of the moron Trump and his staff who are obsessed with Armageddon – sprinkle your pure blood over their putrid heads that are contaminated with the conduct of capitalists, that are mired in the bog of robbing the peoples and planting the satanic Zionist plant in the inhabited home and homeland… A curse on all the cowards from among the [Muslim] Brotherhood (i.e., Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood), the infidels, and the murderous children of Zion."
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US and Israel will drown in the ocean, because "Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine" – animation by Abbas’ Fatah 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 14, 2018

Text and video posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Jerusalem. is an Arabic & Islamic city, what ever you claim Mr. #Trump !!”

The video shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump floating on a white raft in the middle of the sea, with a sign on which is written in Hebrew, Arabic, and English: "US Embassy," and Israeli and American flags. He is holding a paper on which is written in English: “Jerusalem capital of Israel,” and is heard saying “and Jerusalem is Israel's capital.” Immediately after his declaration, the raft breaks in two, and Trump drowns together with the Israeli flag. Netanyahu jumps into the water as well and disappears. The sign flips, and the reverse side of it reads in English and Arabic: "Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine." A ship flying the UN flag and the flags of a number of countries including Ireland, Turkey, Lebanon, and other Arab countries then pulls up to stop by the raft. On the ship an elderly woman wearing a Palestinian flag and a younger woman dressed in black, meant to represent Ahed Tamimi, are seen waving.

This video was posted by Abbas’ Fatah Movement on Facebook on the day the US embassy opened in Jerusalem.
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