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Over 100 Jewish Studies Scholars Sign Petition Against Trump Statement

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By    |   Friday, 08 December 2017 03:16 PM

President Donald Trump's declaration that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel "is practically guaranteed to fan the flames of violence," according to over 100 Jewish studies scholars.

As of Friday afternoon, 119 Jewish studies scholars from universities and colleges across the country have signed a statement to "express [their] dismay at the Trump administration's decision" to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, "outside of a negotiated political framework that ends the legal state of occupation and ensures respect for the rights of all Israelis and Palestinians to Jerusalem."

The scholars note that "Jerusalem is of immense religious and thus emotional significance to Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike. It is the focus of national aspirations for both Israelis and Palestinians. We hope one day to see a world in which all inhabitants of the land enjoy equal access to the city's cultural and material resources. Today, unfortunately, that is not the case."

They cite a report from B'Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, which found that Israel "unlawfully annexed East Jerusalem to its territory," and "has treated the Palestinian residents of the city as unwanted immigrants and worked systematically to drive them out of the area."

The scholars write that "Palestinian residents of Jerusalem endure systematic inequalities, including an inequitable distribution of the city's budget and municipal services, routine denial of building permits that are granted to Jewish residents, home demolitions, and legal confiscation of property for Jewish settlement. In addition, Palestinians in the West Bank, unlike Jewish Israelis resident in that territory, require a special permit to visit Jerusalem's holy sites."

They conclude that "a declaration from the United States government that appears to endorse sole Jewish proprietorship over Jerusalem adds insult to ongoing injury and is practically guaranteed to fan the flames of violence. We therefore call on the U.S. government to take immediate steps to deescalate the tensions resulting from the President's declaration and to clarify Palestinians' legitimate stake in the future of Jerusalem."

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President Donald Trump's declaration that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel "is practically guaranteed to fan the flames of violence," according to over 100 Jewish studies scholars.
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