A Palestinian storeowner in Jericho hung a “dogs and Americans are not allowed to enter” sign outside his establishment in protest of US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week.
In an interview with Channel 10, on Thursday the owner of the household goods shop in the Aqbat Jaber refugee camp in the Jordan Valley railed against the US president’s decision.
“He has no right to make such a decision. Al-Quds [Jerusalem] is the capital of Palestine,” he said.
The store owner told Channel 10 the decision was not motivated by racist motives.
“It is the American people who chose Trump and therefore for me they are in the same category and will suffer in the wake of this decision,” he added.
Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, condemned the sign in an Arabic Facebook post on Thursday evening.
“We are shocked. First as people and secondly as Jews who remember that similar signs were hung addressing our people at shops in Nazi Germany in the 1930s,” Mordechai wrote. “Do you not understand the severity? This is further proof of the Palestinian incitement that is reminiscent of dark days.”
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In an address last week from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace, a new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel’s government as merely based on reality.
The move was hailed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum. Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city’s holy sites.
Palestinians angered by what they saw as the US dismissing their claims to East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state called for demonstrations and “days of rage.” Hamas leaders also urged the start of a new intifada, or uprising.