Trump decides not to move US embassy to Jerusalem


Electronic Intifada quotes Policy Director Josh Ruebner on the Trump administration’s decision not to move the US embassy to Israel to Jerusalem.

Josh Ruebner, policy director with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, told The Electronic Intifada that Trump’s decision amounted to “an embarrassing climb down from his fervently expressed campaign pledge to move the US embassy to Jerusalem expeditiously.”

Republicans and Democrats alike have lent their support to 50 years of Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Ruebner pointed to the fact that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has joined forces with Tammy Baldwin, an ostensibly progressive Democrat, to back a resolution that not only demands the embassy be moved, “but celebrates a half-century of Israeli military occupation of East Jerusalem while ignoring Israel’s violations of international law there and its separate-and-unequal regime which discriminates against Palestinian Jerusalemites.”

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