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PA Daily celebrates "victory" of violent Arab riots in Jerusalem, saying that they have "defeated the occupation"

Excerpt of an editorial by the official PA daily


Headline: “Jerusalem and its Palestinian truth”




“Let us place the issue of Jerusalem in the proper context. The young people of Jerusalem, its elderly, and all its residents – men, women, and children – have defeated the occupation’s arbitrary measures (refers to Israel removing security barricades following violent Arab riots -Ed.). They connected the iron gates (sic., barricades) to the metal detectors that they brought down at the end of 2017 (see note below -Ed.)…

Through their victory, the residents of Jerusalem are saying today that whoever wants [PA] elections without Jerusalem is only confirming the ominous statement of [former US President Donald] Trump, according to which Jerusalem is the capital of the Israeli occupation state (see note below -Ed.). Thus he is making an opening for the return of the deal of the century (i.e., Trump’s Middle East peace plan) that was buried!

Jerusalem is never an excuse; either it will be under Palestinian sovereignty such that the elections will be completed there, or the struggle and confrontation will continue round after round, until ‘Allah might accomplish a matter already destined’ [Quran 8:44, Sahih International translation].”






The mention of "the metal detectors that they brought down at the end of 2017" refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances, following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.


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.


The Trump peace plan – US President Donald Trump announced his Israel–Palestinian peace plan "Peace to Prosperity" – commonly known as “the deal of the century” - on Jan. 28, 2020. Main points of the plan: 1- Israeli sovereignty would be applied to the Jordan Valley and all Israeli towns and cities in the West Bank. 2- Jerusalem, including all its holy sites, would remain under Israeli sovereignty with accommodations made to enable access for Palestinians. 3- The remainder of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and part of what is currently Israeli land in the Negev, the Galilee, and Jerusalem - creating a territory almost equal in size to the West Bank and Gaza Strip - would form the Palestinian state, with its capital in neighborhoods in East Jerusalem that are outside of Israel's security wall. 4- The Palestinian state would be demilitarized, with Israel responsible for external security and controlling all airspace. 5- All Palestinian prisoners except murderers, and those who attempted or conspired to murder would be released. 6- Palestinians in refugee camps would be absorbed into their host countries and, subject to certain limitations, into the Palestinian state. 7- Before becoming a state, the Palestinians would have to carry out extensive reform of their laws and institutions, including implementing a new governing system; granting its people due process and basic human rights and freedoms; end all incitement to and incentivizing of terror; end all glorification of terror and martyrdom; disarm Hamas; and adopt a culture promoting peace. The goal of the plan is to create a Palestinian state beside Israel, living in peace and security. The implementation would be facilitated through extensive international investment.