Christians Burn Trump Posters In Bethlehem Over Jerusalem Announcement

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The embattled city is home to key religious sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, especially in East Jerusalem.

Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem took to the streets, burning pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump after he finally confirmed he will recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

In response, leaders of Muslim countries, including Turkey, Egypt Jordan and Saudi Arabia, warned Trump of "dangerous consequences," as the embattled city is home to key religious sites sacred to Islam, along with Judaism and Christianity.

For Palestinians, however, the matter doesn't only concern religion, but also national identity.

In 1948, when Israel came into being, Christians in Palestine comprised around 18 percent of the population. Now, it has been reduced to 2 percent. Just like Palestinian Muslims, Palestinian Christians have also been robbed of their land and evicted from their homes in areas illegally occupied by Israel.

Therefore, by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the United States will not only deny the rights of Palestinian Muslims but also Christians, who are, apparently, the fastest shrinking segment of Israel’s population.

"Jerusalem, Palestine's heart, is not up to negotiations," read one of the anti-Trump signs carried by a protester in Bethlehem.

On social media websites, such as Twitter, many pointed out how Israel discriminates against Palestinians, regardless of their religion, and how Trump's recent decision could affect the cause of Palestinian Christians.

 

 

 

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