Social media reaction: Arabs helpless and hopeless

Social media reaction: Arabs helpless and hopeless
From Al Jazeera - December 6, 2017

After US President Donald Trump ignored warnings from the international community and formally recognised Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, some Twitter users focused on how Arabs contributed in the loss of Jerusalem.

The status of the holy city is an extremely sensitive aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

WhileIsraelclaims the whole city its capital - following the occupation of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan -Palestinians have long seen East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

"Jerusalem was lost from the day Sadaat visited it and the day you all danced for Oslo," wrote Mourid Barghouti, a celebrated Palestinian poet and writer, referring toEgyptian President Anwar Sadat and the Oslo Accords.

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(@MouridBarghouti) December 5, 2017

WhenSadattook over the presidency in Egypt in 1970, he offered a peace settlement with Israel along the lines of UN Resolution 242, which, more or less, cemented Israel's military victory.

As for the Oslo Accords, in 1993, the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) formally recognised one another for the first time, and committed to negotiate a solution to their decades-long conflict based on territorial compromise.

The accords did not stipulate, but implied, the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. That two-state vision required Israel to abandon its negation of Palestinian claims to national sovereignty, and Palestinians accept that such claims would be limited to only a small part of the entire territory of historic Palestine for which the PLO had been fighting, recognising Israels sovereignty over the remainder.

"Oh Arabs and Muslims, Bolivia will ask for an emergency security council meeting in the event that Trump recognises Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Where is the Arab representative in the security council to call for such a meeting?" saidAbdullah K. AlShayji, a professor at Kuwait University.


(@docshayji) December 6, 2017

Bolivia said it would request a meeting of the United Nations Security Council after Trump's announcement on Wednesday, with Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz,UN ambassador, describing the move as a "reckless and a dangerous decision that goes against international law, the resolutions of the Security Council, it also weakens any effort for peace in the region and also upsets the whole region".

Abdullah Hamidaddin, a social anthropologist, said: "Trump deals a blow to the Arabs and Muslims and calls on them to accept it quietly. He throws resolution 242 against a walland insists that the US is with thepeace process.He hopes the moderates can do their part, then the extremists can cut off the argument of the moderates. He says Israel isthe greatest democracy because it practices apartheid and violates human rights."

Abdullah Hamidaddin (@amiQ1) December 6, 2017
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