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Yasmin Raeis denounce Trump decision to move U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Tuesday 15/May/2018 - 12:09 PM
Yasmin Raeis
Yasmin Raeis
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Egyptian actress, Yasmin Raeis denounced Tuesday on her official Twitter account US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"Even if they write a new history from the very start، we will teach our children and grandchildren that you are fraud، like our ancestors whom you drove them away from their homes taught us."

On Monday، the US officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a new US Embassy opened there، Vox reported.

It’s a controversial move that breaks with decades of official US policy — and it comes at a particularly tumultuous time for Israel and the region.

President Donald Trump announced his decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem back in December، calling it “a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement.”

On May 14، which coincides with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding، Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump، her husband Jared Kushner، Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin، and a number of members of Congress attended the opening ceremony (which began around 9 am Eastern) in the former consulate building in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona. The new embassy will be housed there temporarily، as the administration scouts out a permanent location.

Christian and Jewish religious leaders were reportedly in attendance as well — the guest list included close to 800 people. Trump himself planned to speak by video link from Washington.

But as the embassy event got underway on Monday، Israeli soldiers killed more than 50 Palestinian protesters and wounded more than 2،200 others on the Gaza border. Many of the protesters were unarmed، though some hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails. The Israeli military said that they shot three protesters who were attempting to detonate a bomb. Thousands of Palestinians are in their seventh week of protests there، calling for the right of return to territory that is now part of Israel.

The embassy opening also comes right before what Palestinians call Nakba Day، or the Day of Catastrophe، where Palestinians commemorate lands they either fled or were evicted from after the creation of the state of Israel. Ramadan، the Muslim holy month، also begins this week.

Meanwhile، Israel and Iran’s shadow war in Syria is moving closer to becoming an actual، full-blown conflict. On May 9، Iran reportedly launched 20 missiles into the Golan Heights، and Israel responded with strikes on Iranian-linked targets in Syria. Last week، Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal، a move that could end up putting the country on the road toward a nuclear weapon.

Put together، the embassy move is happening at a chaotic، unpredictable، and dangerous time for both the region and Israel itself. And though the White House says that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem will increase stability and the chance of peace، there’s a real reason to worry that it will do the opposite.

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