Trump moving embassy to Jerusalem, reactions


This video from the USA today is called President Donald Trump To Announce That The U.S. Will Recognize Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel | MSNBC.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Jerusalem – live updates: Donald Trump expected to recognise city as Israel’s capital in hours as Palestinians burn images of US President

Live Blog

Despite warnings from Arab, Muslim and Western allies, President will upend decades of US policy and risk stirring unrest

Key Points

  • 8.17am: Palestinian representative to Britain says decision would be ‘kiss of death’ for peace process
  • 8.43am: US intention to move embassy to Jerusalem is sign of ‘incompetence and failure’, Iran’s Supreme Leader says
  • 8.55am: Boris Johnson says UK has no plans to move embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
  • 9.16am: Pope Francis calls for city’s ‘status quo’ to be respected

According to Dutch NOS TV today, the Christian Union, a religious fundamentalist party, the smallest partner in the new Dutch four party coalition government, wants the Dutch government to follow Trump (translated):

and [Dutch] embassy back to Jerusalem!

The Dutch embassy had moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in 1980.

The Dutch Centrum Informatie en Documentatie Israël, a Zionist Jewish organisation, opposes Trump’s move, saying it may cause violence.

Haaretz Editorial: West Jerusalem must be the capital of Israel and East Jerusalem the capital of the Palestinian state: here.

120 Jewish Studies Scholars Condemn Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration. Trump’s declaration “adds insult to ongoing injury and is practically guaranteed to fan the flames of violence,” argue scholars: here.

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital sparks anger, protests: here.

PROTESTS ABOUND, BUT TRUMP’S BASE LOVES THE JERUSALEM MOVE Despite protests in Gaza and calls by Hamas for a new Palestinian uprising, Trump’s move of the embassy to Jerusalem is a hit with evangelical Christians. [HuffPost]

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Jewish women sing, pray for peace in Jerusalem


This 25 July 2017 video from Women of the Wall in Israel is called Maker of Peace, Osse Shalom. It is about Jewish women singing and praying the Rosh Chodesh Av prayer at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem.

In the background, ultra orthodox fanatical men try to disrupt the women.

There was an Israel government compromise plan for women to have praying rights at the Kotel. However, Prime Minister Netanyahu flip-flopped on that.

Equal prayers for Jewish women in Israel?


This 20 July 2017 video is a satiric animated cartoon from the Women of the Wall movement in Israel.

It says about itself:

Bibi froze The Wall

Give us a couple of minutes, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Kotel Agreement, and make you laugh in the process.

It is about Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu reneging on an earlier plan to give women more praying rights at the Kotel (Western wall) in Jerusalem.

Gay Pride and homophobia in Israel


This video says about itself:

Murdered Shira Banki, 16, Plays Piano During Concert

3 August 2015

Israeli girl Shira Banki dies of stabbing at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade

Girl, 16, who was stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride march dies from her wounds

High school student Shira Banki, 16, was one of six people wounded in the assault on Thursday. Lost her fight for life at Hadassah hospital, spokesman Hadar Elboim said. Hadar Elboim of Hadassah hospital said she succumbed to her wounds on Sunday and that her organs will be donated.

Suspect Yishai Shlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was arrested at the scene. Stabbed three people at the same event in 2005 and was recently released from jail.

Police have come under fire for not keeping him under surveillance as he had been released from prison only weeks earlier.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In Jerusalem, an estimated 25,000 people from the gay community and their supporters march for the annual Gay Pride. Because of the attack last year in which a 16-year-old girl was murdered, the security measures are enormous. Thus, 2000 cops have been deployed and all participants, journalists and even security guards were checked.

Gay Pride is partly dedicated to Shira Banki, who was stabbed to death last year by an ultra-orthodox homophobe. He also injured then seven other persons. Banki’s parents have encouraged people to come to the march, and to lay flowers in memory of their daughter.

The LGBT parade also wants people to reflect on the diminishing tolerance for non-heterosexuals in Israel. Especially in Jerusalem homosexuals have difficult lives because the Orthodox Jewish community grows there. Mayor Nir Barkat is therefore not present at the parade; he says that would be too much against “sensitivities” in orthodox and right-wing groups in his city. …

A number of rabbis from Jerusalem do support the protesters, though the bulk of the clergy turned against the Gay Pride in a livid way.

Two gay men demonstratively exchanged marriage vows at the start of the Gay Pride. Hundreds of people cheered and photographed the men.

Another attack prevented?

Police in Jerusalem yesterday and today arrested twelve people who may have violent plans against the Gay Pride. Two detainees had knives on them, Israeli media report.

The homophobe of last year’s attack is said to have planned another attack. He will be questioned about that at the prison where he is serving a life sentence. The man’s brother was arrested; possibly the plan was that he would carry out the attack.

Israelis and Palestinians march for peace in Jerusalem


This video says about itself:

17 October 2015

Jews and Arabs marched together through the streets of Jerusalem calling for an end to violent attacks. CNN’s Oren Liebermann reports.

Jewish Rapper Says Music Can Unite Israelis And Palestinians: here.

Eritrean bystander beaten to death after being mistaken for ‘terrorist’ in Israeli bus station attack: here.