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Fatah official: “This American administration identifies with the Zionist enemy”

Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, on Nov. 26, 2019 Palestinian protests against US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing that the US does not view Israeli towns in the West Bank as illegal, hosting Fatah Secretary in Nablus Jihad Ramadan

Fatah Secretary in Nablus Jihad Ramadan: “Nablus, the ‘fire mountain’ capital (i.e., nickname referring to how unrest spreads from Nablus to all of the West Bank), has completed the rest of its mass-participant meetings today [Nov. 25, 2019] in preparation for and anticipation of the moment of rage. At 11:30 p.m. [on Nov. 26, 2019,] the public will gather in the eastern compound of Nablus in order to head out at 12:00 p.m. towards Martyrs Square for a procession of ragein which the Nablus district national action factions will participate without exception – not just in condemnation, but in pointing out that the US has shown all of its cards by falling in line with the aggression against the Palestinian people. The declaration of its minister of foreign affairs (i.e., US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that the Israeli towns in the West Bank are not illegal; see note below) – the response to it will be by the Palestinian people’s communities and its Palestinian leadership, which is truly working on the ground and supports our national principles. This American administration identifies with the Zionist enemy, the occupation forces, and the gangs of settlers who have crossed every line. They transferred the American embassy and recognized Jerusalem (see note below –Ed.), the capital of the State of Palestine; the American administration recognized it as the occupation state’s capital.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the US administration’s new position on Israeli towns in the West Bank on Nov. 18, 2019, stating: "After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate... the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law."

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations. The US embassy was transferred from Tel Aviv and opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.