The Twittersphere has been awash with opinions on the unfolding events in Jerusalem this morning, as the world waits with baited breath to see if, or indeed when, US President Donald Trump will announce his decision on whether to officially recognise the city as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv.
— Aseel (@soosazeid) December 6, 2017
Many shared images of the iconic Dome of the Rock, emphasising that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine:
— Abdullah Badarneh (@abdullahbadarne) December 5, 2017
Oh #Jerusalem, the fragrance of prophets
The shortest path between earth and sky
Oh Jerusalem, the citadel of laws
A beautiful child with fingers charred
and downcast eyes
— Bea (@HerNameIs_Bea) December 5, 2017
Many users have placed the current events in Jerusalem within the wider historical context of the ongoing occupation and annexation of the city. Captured from Jordan by Israeli forces in the 1967 War, Jerusalem has since become central to discussions of a peace process, with the Palestinians claiming it as the capital of any future Palestinian state.
Egyptian user Etsh shared several images of the loss of Palestinian land, from the situation in Mandate Palestine in 1946 through to the UN Partition Plan of 1947, Israeli expansion beyond the Green Line in 1967 up to the present day, showing the discontiguous Palestinian population centres that many have termed the Palestinian archipelago.
To #Trump at first you took their land and now you want to take their hope please stop that and leave them in peace and don't move the #Embassy to #Jerusalem #Palestine is arabic country please respect us and don’t make war #القدس_عاصمة_فلسطين #القدس #القدس_عربية #stopwar pic.twitter.com/lFw5IMo9xY
— Etsh 🇪🇬 (@etsho007) December 5, 2017
Some turned the situation back to an American context, asking Trump how he would feel if this historic loss of land had happened to the USA:
— Aحmad シ🇸🇾 (@AF_RMD) December 6, 2017
Many had strong words for Trump, who has received almost universal condemnation from leaders across the international community in response to his upcoming announcement. One Jerusalemite said it wasn’t Trump’s place to decide the city’s status.
— Nasser Atta (@nasseratta5) December 6, 2017
Others shared gifs to express their disdain for the President’s decision:
— 🐿🕊 Ameerah 🕊🐿 (@juschillaxing) December 6, 2017
But not everyone felt that the President was making the wrong decision. Scott Presler, a vocal Republican supporter associated with the anti-Islam ACT for America organisation, saw Trump’s move as evidence of his strongman approach to foreign policy.
Arab World: "You can't move the embassy to Jerusalem."
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) December 5, 2017
Arsen Ostrovsky, executive director of the Israel-Jewish Congress (IJC) and international human rights lawyer, shared a similar sentiment, suggesting that the announcement would be long overdue recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital.
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) December 5, 2017