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For Immediate Release

Jonathan Leaning, 617-524-1400,

Press Statement by Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of Grassroots International, a Long-Time Funder of Palestinian Civil Society Organizations


On President Trump moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem:

  • Moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is like adopting a bulldozer-through-a-minefield approach to Middle East policy.
  • By claiming that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, from thousands of miles away, President Trump not only fully affirms the practice of land grabbing and home demolitions, but also undermines the ability to work for peaceful solutions now and in the future. His reckless pronouncement ignores the human rights and self-determination of Palestinians, and threatens to throw gasoline on the fire for Palestinians who have lived through decades of land theft.
  • The United States has stood alone in its unconditional endorsement of Israel, regardless of illegal settlements, occupation and documented human rights abuses. Now the Trump Administration is kicking a hornet's nest by asserting Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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