PA: ‘US embassy in Jerusalem is a ticking bomb’
Official op-eds: US embassy ‘war crime’; Trump ‘stupid’, ‘moron’, ‘needs rehabilitation in mental hospital’; Israel ‘satanic Zionist plant’.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) report that continuous hate speech against the US is being published in the official PA daily in response to the US Embassy move to Jerusalem.
PMW shows a cartoon depicting the embassy as a ticking bomb. It shows three domes in Jerusalem: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, and the new “US Embassy” as a large hand grenade.
An op-ed in the same official daily called the embassy itself “an American military base” and its opening of it “a war crime”:
“How can it be that Israel’s future will be full of shining promises of peace, as [US Presidential Advisor Jared] Kushner said while representing his President Trump at the inauguration of an American military base (sic., the US embassy) in occupied Jerusalem? Those who were present at the inauguration ceremony of Trump’s embassy in Jerusalem are partners in a war crime” (Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018).
Another said the embassy was an “outpost” to be “uprooted” and that the US is now “the enemy”:
“Donald Trump, who issued the ominous Jerusalem declaration… continues in his unparalleled stupidity to talk about peace… The US has no place in the Middle East peace. It has lost its position, qualification, and credibility. Donald Trump, who transformed it [the US] from a mediator into an enemy, is leading the hostility.
“This outpost (i.e., the US embassy) that Trump has established in our Jerusalem will be uprooted, and what will remain is the face of free Palestine” (Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2018).
One writer portrayed the US and Israeli officials in Jerusalem as “a gang of Zionist robbers celebrating its theft.” He referred to the officials as a “gang” seven times:
“Before I watched the Zionist ceremony establishing the American outpost in occupied Palestinian Jerusalem (i.e., the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018) I was very concerned… However, after watching I calmed down again. The reason for this is that what I saw was nothing more than a gang of Zionist robbers celebrating its theft, just like a gang of bank robbers who just finished the robbery and are now happy with what they stole, laughing hysterically and not believing that they now have millions in their possession!
“What confirms this impression – that this is the celebration of a Zionist gang of robbers who stole the history and land – is the almost complete international absence.
“After I watched the gang of robbers I felt great relief, because what I saw was an isolated gang acting outside of the framework of time and space, outside of the framework of history and law; a gang led by [US President Donald] Trump and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, together with blonde model Ivanka [Trump] and her little Zionist husband [Jared] Kushner. More importantly, when the dust cleared the gang was exposed in its wretched celebration, and most importantly – Jerusalem is still preserving its Palestinian Arab identity” (Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2018).
Another called to Gaza to “sprinkle your pure blood over their putrid heads [of the moron Trump and his staff]”:
“Gaza… Your enemies and the robbers of the land and the homeland are vampires who are shepherded by a rebellious cowboy (i.e. US President Donald Trump)… as history is slaughtered, the facts are turned upside down in the name of the wretched promise of the moron Trump and his staff who are obsessed with Armageddon – sprinkle your pure blood over their putrid heads that are contaminated with the conduct of capitalists, that are mired in the bog of robbing the peoples and planting the satanic Zionist plant in the inhabited home and homeland” (Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018).
Additional demonization of the US included the statement that Trump belongs in a “mental asylum”:
“This man [Trump] needs rehabilitation in a mental hospital or to be hospitalized in an asylum, because if he remains free, the world will see how he enjoys and takes pleasure like no other while the world goes up in the flames of his sadism and naivety!” (Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018)
Another writer saw the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and the recognition of the city as the capital of Israel as yet “another” example of America’s alleged history of “abuse of small peoples,” describing it as a “wild aggression” against Palestinians:
“The US, in its various administrations, has never known a thing about qualities of chivalry or empathy, tolerance and human understanding. For a long time it has abused – and is still abusing – the poor and small peoples! … The reality is that it would be hard for us to tell all the stories of ‘the ugly American,’ which are full of blood, systematic violence, and a violence of abuse and bullying towards small peoples. This is currently being expressed in a most ugly fashion by its abuse of our people… It is going wild in its aggression towards [our people], which is being expressed by the American administration’s responsiveness to all of the Zionist activity’s demands. What is more, this administration – while transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem in contradiction to all the decisions of the international institutions, after it declared it the capital of the occupation state – has turned into a completely Zionist administration” (Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018).