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Palestinian expats fume over Trump’s announcement
SALMA ALALEM December 08, 2017
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SHARJAH: The recent announcement by US President Donald Trump to recognise occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was met with anger from Arabs especially Palestinians.

Many Palestinian expats spoke of their sentiments to The Gulf Today.

Sharing her views on Instagram, Neimat Al Sharif, a Palestinian expat and Dubai resident, said, “We were all angered by Trump’s announcement. We all know and fully believe that occupied Jerusalem has been the Palestinian capital for thousands of years!” “Allah has mentioned that this Holy land is for Palestinians. Despite the wars that have broken out to steal this land from Palestinians, one day Palestinians will reclaim this land.

This is our land. It belongs to us.” Many social media users posted the Qubbat Al Sakhrah photo, with a caption reading, “You are beautiful like the Prophet Yusuf and the entire world betrayed you like his brothers.”

Ahmad Al Majed, an Emirati TV presenter, said, “Trump’s latest announcement came as an accomplishment of the old agenda, since the Balfour Declaration in 1917.”

Another Emirati TV presenter, Meera Ali, said, “Palestine was yesterday offered as a gift by UK, from Balfour to Israel, and today US declared occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by Trump. When international relations and politics win against our beliefs and unity of language as Arabs, when we are getting developed in all fields, but our land in Palestine is stolen, our leadership in the Middle East will reclaim our rights of owning this land one day because the Palestinian cause will always be every Arab and Muslim’s first and last cause.” Offering a different perspective, Rand Muhsen, a Palestinian expatriate and Al Ain resident, said, “Unfortunately the problem is not about decisions or announcements; it’s about people’s thought on how to take a step towards any important or ‘new’ trend! If we could just go back to the sequence of events, the mini and tiny ones, that actually had nothing to do with political or religious decisions, I believe that they all were walking through the greatest weapon in the world, which is ‘The Intellectual Weapon’.

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