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Abbas spokesman: We will not accept changes to 1967 East Jerusalem borders

Dec. 16, 2017 12:55 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 18, 2017 5:06 P.M.)
(File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeinah, released a statement on Sunday saying that Palestinians “will not accept any changes to the 1967 border of East Jerusalem,” as tensions surrounding the Israel-occupied Palestinian territory continue to rise in the aftermath of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Abu Rudeinah’s speech, according to official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency, was allegedly in response to statements attributed to a White House official saying that the US considers the Wailing or Western Wall - which Muslims refer to as Al-Buraq Wall -- as part of Israel.

“This American position proves once again that the current US administration is completely out of the peace process,” he said.

“Continuing with this American policy, whether it has to do with recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the US embassy to the city or taking a unilateral decision on final status issues, are in violation of international law and consolidate the occupation. This is not acceptable to us and we denounce it,” Abu Rudeinah concluded.

US Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to hold an official visit to the Western Wall on Wednesday upon his arrival in Israel. President Trump was the first sitting US president to visit the wall while in office, during his trip to Israel in May.

The wall is located in the Eastern part of Jerusalem, which has been occupied by Israel for 50 years in violation of international law.

Trump’s announcement last week was seen as the first step to a drastic abdication of longstanding US policy that has largely adhered to international standards on Israel-Palestine, which maintains that East Jerusalem is an intricate part of occupied Palestinian territory and the capital of any future Palestinian state, despite Israel’s annexation of the territory.

Since his announcement, hundreds of Palestinians across the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza have been injured during clashes with Israeli forces, while 10 have been killed -- eight in Gaza, two in the West Bank.

Palestinians have vowed to continue protesting Trump’s decision, which Palestinian and Arab leaders warned would cause instability and unrest in the region.

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