Trump has just recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Few thoughts:
1) The US is not an honest broker and never has been. Just look at the billions of dollars in military aid we annually give Israel, which regularly violates international law and the human rights of Palestinians. Just look at the fact that Jared Kushner helped fund illegal Israel settlements.
2) The so-called peace process and two state solution are dead and long have been. Trump’s Jerusalem move only further exposes that. Nail in the coffin.
3) East Jerusalem is considered occupied territory under international law.
4) This is a giant slap in the face to Palestinians, Christians and Muslims alike, as well as anyone who supports international law and/or opposes settler colonialism (which Israel has long imposed on Palestinians.)
5) This is personal. I have fond and vivid memories as a little girl sitting on the steps of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem with my mom eating freshly baked sesame bread. Don’t try to erase my people’s history once again.
6) This is a bad, bad move and the sh*t may hit the fan. But don’t think the status quo for Palestinians has been ok by any stretch of the imagination. Living under a brutal and humiliating military occupation is unsustainable.
7) The only solution I see is *one state* with equal rights and citizenship for Palestinians and Israelis alike. Not further entrenched apartheid, which is the only other trajectory imaginable.
8) I’m on vacation. Trump really knows how to screw with you in every possibly way.
As a Jew, I am 100% pro Israel, and as all Jews have known since the beginning of time because it is directly from the Torah, The Old Testament, Jerusalem is our holy capital city of Israel. There is so much history on all sides, and all I really want to do is listen, learn, keep sharing, and be open. I also feel that nobody else but Israel, as has been proven in every other country that surrounds it, will preserve all the holy sites, and keep a safe environment for all people, nationalities, and religions.
God Willing this is the start of everyone not only standing loud and proud,
But also standing together,
IRANIAN JEW FROM AMERICA
A patient that had decided never to see me again because of my support for Trump and her strong stance against him came back today with a severe asthma attack. After I took care of her and aborted hospitalization, she said “I can’t believe someone like you who supports a bigoted tyrannical dictator can be such a good and kind doctor.” I nodded and said: “The definition of tyranny is refusing to listen to the other side. There are decent people on both sides of the spectrum if you are willing to open your mind.” Trust me, I’ve saved the lives of those who would have me killed because of my religion or my looks. Taking care of a Trump hater is a piece of cake. I don’t judge people for their political beliefs and certainly I don’t let politics interfere with my medical care. Ever. Good morning.
Afshine Emrani From Rabbi Sacks: I welcome today’s decision by the United States to recognize as the capital of Israel, Jerusalem, whose name means “city of peace.” This recognition is an essential element in any lasting peace in the region. Unlike other guardians of the city, from the Romans to the Crusaders to Jordan between 1949 and 1967, Israel has protected the holy sites of all three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam and guaranteed access to them. Today, Jerusalem re…mains one of the few places in the Middle East, where Jews, Christians and Muslims are able to pray in freedom, security and peace. The sustained denial, in many parts of the world, of the Jewish connection with Jerusalem is dishonest, unacceptable and a key element in the refusal to recognise the Jewish people’s right to exist in the land of their origins. Mentioned over 660 times in the Hebrew Bible, Jerusalem was the beating heart of Jewish faith more than a thousand years before the birth of Christianity, and two-and-a-half millennia before the birth of Islam. Since then, though dispersed around the world, Jews never ceased to pray about Jerusalem, face Jerusalem, speak the language of Jerusalem, remember it at every wedding they celebrated, in every home they built, and at the high and holiest moments of the Jewish year. Outside the United Nations building in New York is a wall bearing the famous words of Isaiah: “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” Too often the nations of the world forget the words that immediately precede these: “For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Those words, spoken twenty-seven centuries ago, remain the greatest of all prayers for peace, and they remain humanity’s best hope for peace in the Middle East and the world.