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Fatah official: US VP Pence is not welcome in the PA, following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Headline: “Rajoub: The US vice president is not welcome in Palestine”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub said that American Vice President Mike Pence, who is supposed to visit the region this month, is not welcome in Palestine. Rajoub said: ‘I say on behalf of Fatah that we will not welcome [US President Donald] Trump’s vice [president] in the Palestinian territories. He asked to meet with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas on Dec. 19 [2017] in Bethlehem, but this meeting will not take place. We ask the rest of the Arab capitals not to meet with an American leader so long as he says that united Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel.’”
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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.

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