CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)—December 7, 2017
In the wake of Trump’s announcement yesterday declaring U.S. support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the moving of the U.S. embassy there, the Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine (CJP) is calling for a protest today, Thursday, December 7th, at 4:30 p.m., at the Federal Plaza (Adams and Dearborn) in downtown Chicago.
“Our community believes this is Trump’s way of saying that he wants Israel to have sovereignty over all of Palestine,” said Hatem Abudayyeh of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, a leading member organization of CJP, “and that’s totally rejected by us and the majority of the world.”
Trump had been advised by many Arab and European countries that the announcement would be reckless, considering that Jerusalem is considered occupied territory under international law; and that the rest of the world, including all U.S. presidents since 1967, has stated that the issue can only be resolved in negotiations with the Palestinians.
“This unilateral move is further proof of the fact that Trump and the U.S. are not, and have never been, honest brokers for peace in the Middle East,” said Deanna Othman of American Muslims for Palestine, another leading member of the coalition.
The CJP will be joined at the protest by Jewish Voice for Peace, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, and many other peace and justice institutions.
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The Coalition for Justice (CJP) in Palestine was formed in 2000 and represents all the main Palestinian Arab and Muslim organizations in Chicagoland that organize for the national rights of the Palestinian people. Members include Al Nahda Center, American Muslims for Palestine-Chicago, Council of Palestinian American Organizations, Palestinian American Community Center, Palestinian American Council, Students for Justice in Palestine-Chicago, and U.S. Palestinian Community Network-Chicago.