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Fatah official: Trump stole from the Arab nation, gave keys to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Jews

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “What [US President Donald] Trump did today [Dec. 6, 2017] is an act of theft [from] the Arab nation in a live and direct broadcast. This is a coup against the historical, legal, and religious place of Jerusalem. Today Trump gave the keys of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and [Church of the] Holy Sepulchre to the Jews.”

Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.