Palestinians in Jerusalem: Trump's plan is no surprise

Palestinians in Jerusalem: Trump's plan is no surprise
From Al Jazeera - December 6, 2017

Occupied East Jerusalem - No shock, no surprise and no complacency.

That seemed to be the mood on the streets of East Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon, hours ahead ofPresident Donald Trump'sexpected announcement to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and unveil a plan to move the US embassy to the city.

Read why the status of Jerusalem is one of the main sticking points in efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict here.

In the bustling Salah Eddin and Az-Zahra streets in the centre of East Jerusalem, Palestinians went about their business as usual.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, many said they had not taken aback by Trump's highly-controversial plan. They said they felt their fate and future were being decided by foreign powers, while others blamed the Palestinian Authority (PA) for the current state of affairs.

Here, we have gathered some views from the streets of East Jerusalem.

Thaer Mitwali, a 30-year-old film student

Of course I am not surprised. What does Jerusalem mean to the PA? They are not supporting Jerusalem financially, culturally and in the education sector.

The problem is the neglect from the politicians. For them, Ramallah is the capital.

Rania Elias, director of Yabous Cultural Centre

Honestly, I am surprised to see anyone being shocked by the position of the US, which was never a mediator in any peace process. It has always been a party in the conflict here, and in the Arab region, and now that has become clear to those who were blind about America's role.

The Palestinian leaders at this stage must go forward with the unity process, stop all dealings with the Americans and end all forms of negotiations [with Israel].

The only thing that would strengthen us is to resist in order to end the occupation. We have lost hope in the Arab world, starting with the position of Saudi Arabia. We have to look for other countries like Russia and China.

Imad Muna, 50, bookstore and cafe owner

Husam Ghosheh, 28, works in theatre

Shahd Yasin, 28, project coordinator at Ishtar Theatre


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