Cairo: On a blisteringly cold Cairo evening, a dozen protesters burned Israeli flags, denounced America in their chants at the steps of the Journalists Syndicate and then walked away.

It was a tepid response, far from what was projected by international political observers, to US President Donald Trump’s shocking announcement that Jerusalem would be Israel’s new capital.

Upending decades of stalled peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, the Trump administration, defying its allies, has signalled its unequivocal support for Israel repeating the mantra that it is the only democracy in the Middle East.

“This is something that Trump as a candidate and now once he came into office said he was going to do … but we all knew that Trump was not the traditional candidate,” said Dr Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

 

Read the full article by Farid Farid at The Age.

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