Palestinian Arabs demonstrate in Ramallah, demanding all American presence, like the Jewish presence, be removed from “Palestine”.
By Dalit Halev
Palestinian Arabs demonstrated in Ramallah on Thursday, demanding the closure of the America House which, is operated by the U.S. consulate in eastern Jerusalem and located in the city of Ramallah.
The role of the America House, which is established in 2010, is to disseminate American culture.
The protesters demanded the removal of American workers and the closure of their offices, in protest of the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and its intention to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by mid-May, in time for Israel’s 70th Independence Day.
Issam Abu Bakr, coordinator of the activities of the National and Islamic Forces which organized the demonstration, told the Turkish news agency Anadolu that “we will continue to persecute the American institutions in Palestine demanding that they be removed from the land of the State of Palestine.”
The National and Islamic Forces are the supreme coordinating body of the Palestinian organizations. Among its members are Fatah, the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.
The body is coordinating the protest activity known as the March of the Return, which will take place on March 30 and will continue in April, May and June.
Eggs flash across the screen at 1:12
Last month, Arab demonstrators hurled eggs at an American delegation, including members of the New York City Council, as the delegation visited Ramallah.
In December, a store near Jericho responded to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by posting a sign reading “Dogs and Americans are not allowed to Enter”.
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