Palestinian Christians and Muslims have together criticized the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, claiming the three faiths in the city stand united even though politics tries to create division among the people, Christian Daily informs.
After Trump’s controversial Jerusalem decision, Palestinians put out the Christmas lights outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in order to protest the president’s move. Fredrick Hazo, 59, accused the American president of stirring and deepening the crisis and urged him to reverse his decision, Reuters informed.
Many Christians in the U.S. are in full agreement with Trump and back the Biblical view that Jerusalem is Israel’s ancient capital. Mike Evans, an evangelical from Dallas, stated that they were proud that the U.S. president had stood up to make that decision.
However, 33-year-old Palestinian supermarket cashier Mohammed al-Hawa believes that Trump has to bear in mind the complicated situation in Jerusalem. He said the people of faith live in harmony there and that it was only politics that divided them.
“Christians, Jews and Muslims live in this city together. There is no problem between them. Only the politics. The governments want to make wars,” al-Hawa claimed. “This is my city – my blood, my life,” another Palestinian said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department issued an announcement that its policy of listing Jerusalem-born American citizens’ place of birth as simply “Jerusalem” with no country indicated has not changed. The announcement came after the Zionist Organization of America called on the department to alter the policy in light of Trump’s decision.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had earlier revealed that the State Department would start implementing Trump’s move immediately, which also involves moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, the department told The Associated Press that it was still examining the situation and promised to announce how Jerusalem would be treated in regard to Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and other government documents.