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We are all to blame for Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian protester on 9 December 2017 in Jerusalem who stood in opposition of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital . [Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian protester on 9 December 2017 in Jerusalem who stood in opposition of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital . [Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu/Anadolu Agency]

Two weeks after US President Donald Trump declared his administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and protests are continuing in the occupied territories, however across the world people are silent.

Mass condemnation, protests and angry voices were heard immediately after the decision but we have now all settled back in to our daily lives, watching the news, angered by the bloodshed, the injustice the blatant racism, but what are we doing about it?

Human rights activist Ginetta Sagan famously said: “Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor”, how many of us would be happy to be seen supporting Trump’s policies, or Israel’s apartheid regime?

I imagine you, like me, would be horrified.

But what can be done? What do demonstrations achieve?

In the not so distant past, Palestinians took to the streets of occupied Jerusalem and across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, they demanded their rights to the Muslim holy site of Al-Aqsa Mosque and after two weeks of perseverance, they attained their demands.

Read: 50 detained in Jerusalem since Trump declaration

Again, less than five months later, oppressed Palestinians have taken to the streets once again. Once again they are not fighting for their rights alone, they are fighting for a right we all demand and often take for granted. They are standing up against oppression, against inequality; they are maintaining the Muslim and Christian rights to access some of the oldest holy sites in the world.

Looking past the pain they have suffered, the loss of life, the injuries and the threats to their lives and that of their families, they are fighting on.

Yesterday Israeli occupation forces arrested a 16-year-old Palestinian teenage girl because she refused to allow occupation forces to hide on her family’s land before they ambushed and attacked protesters.

Photo dated in November 2012 shows Palestinian girl Ahed al-Tamimi (C) challenging Israeli soldiers during a protest in Ramallah, West Bank [QAIS ABUSAMRA/Anadolu Agency]

Ahed Tamimi is one of a new generation of Palestinian warriors whose lives have been so suppressed by the occupation they have little to look forward to than the promise of freedom if they continue to resist.

Her parents said they raised her to stand against injustice no matter where it was taking place. Their house has been ransacked, their belongings stolen and her mother has since been detained. Her family, however, is fighting on.

Perhaps it is too easy for us to turn our minds away from the horror of life in occupied Palestine and turn our attention to our daily struggles. Talk of holidays, Christmas and the plans for the new year all occupying our minds.

Read: Writers, actors and musicians condemn Trump’s Jerusalem move

But how can we ignore the fact that the land that is under threat is the land where the prophet who is at the centre of Christianity, and therefore Christmas, was born, where he was resurrected and where he performed a number of miracles according to the Bible.

Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem saved the US president from impending plans to impeach him, but we must not allow it to pass without doing all we can to hold him accountable for his actions.

Palestinians have sacrificed themselves for a just cause which is supported by the masses across the world. It’s our time to rise up and support them by answering their calls – raising our voices against the blatant injustices they are subjected to and doing what we can to really bring peace to the longest running conflict in the Middle East.

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  • peepsqueek

    There are 22 Arab Capitals in the Middle East flying their flags over 22 Arab States, all members of the League of Arab Nations, and all members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, therefore, using a balanced scale, the Jews of Israel should not be told where their Capital should be.

    Just for balance, Islamists claim Jerusalem is Islam’s third most holy City. The first two, Mecca and Medina do not allow Jews, Christians, or any other non-Muslims to enter. Could you imagine the outrage if Jews played that game with their holiest City of Jerusalem? The banner of Islam already flies over the West Bank–the biblical birthplace of David, Solomon, and Jesus. Does anyone have a balanced scale?

    • DEADP00L

      If you are going to pull this nonsense then Jews have 50 states in America and numerous European states that they can go back to… Palestinians are the ancient Hebrew not the likes of Lieberman and Natanyahu.

      • peepsqueek

        Jews have one tiny Jewish State and one holy City of Jerusalem, with the right of self determination. Why does that bother you? Please be specific.

        Do you really believe that the banner of Islam and the pan-Arab flag with the colors of the former caliphates should be flying over the holiest City for the Jews. Jews and Christians lived in Mecca before the invention of Islam, and it is almost 2018 and not even a Christian Arab can enter Mecca or gain citizenship in Arabia, the land of their ancestors.

        • DEADP00L

          Jews have A PLANET. Jews are not Israeli just like Muslims are not all Saudis. Knock it off with this garbage state nonsense. A British man doesn’t stop being British just because he’s Jewish. Stop trying to ethnically cleanse Jews from the world. Faith is faith and Jerusalem belongs to CHRISTIANS as well as Muslims and Jews. If Israelis want a total city all to themselves, thats firstly impossible, secondly, never going to happen, thirdly, it doesn’t exist anywhere on Earth, Fourthly, Its absurd, infantile and its utterly unrealistic.

          Might as well go live on a man made island.

          • peepsqueek

            You’re a mess! Jews are a collective “people” that have one tiny Jewish State and one holiest City where all religions can come and go, if they are determined not to be a threat. Muslims, as a collective people, are required by religious obligation to come to Mecca, where all other religions are excluded, and the world seems to be fine with this.

          • Where did you get that last statement from, sir?

    • Jerusalem is a controversial issue…although to be honest, even Medina was an ancient Jewish settlement once.

  • Helen4Yemen

    Please, please, stop posting any articles on the stage actress, Ahed al-Tamimi. She was acting as a child and she is now acting. She will never make a move unless she knows the cameras had start rolling, she always looks back towards where the cameras are to make she she could start her acting. Millions of Palestinians do not have the luxury of a video recording their tragedies. The Timimi family have been earning a good living off the suffering of the Palestinians by having their children play act in front of camera.

    • DEADP00L

      You are absolute trash.

  • DEADP00L

    Ahed is the Palestinian Malala. Standing up to religious fanatics and her right to self determination going back to her grandparents struggle.

    • abu antar

      I think you were fooled. Doesn’t sound like helen the geneticist.LOL
      Acts like Ahed are for folklore .You really think that if you and other useless tools who post day in /day out that Israel needs to end the occupation tout suite, will move mountains? Israel will not budge until there is a political solution. And that depends on the Palestinian leadership, which in my mind , are incompetent and self serving with no vision and no guts to commit to a deal. I say “deal”, b/c any agreement between the Palestinians and Israel, will be a compromise.
      No one side will ever get all it demands.
      Never in my life did i ever imagine i’ll be posting in 2017, about the occupation. So many times in the past, i was so optimistic that “Hey! we are moving forward” only to sink back. Yes, the Israelis are cruel and harsh and tough. But the Palestinians are cursed with poor leadership.Even the Arab countries acknowledge this and are luke warm towards the Palestinians.

  • Well, what should have been done?