Born in the Palestinian city of El-Bireh (presently under Israeli Military and Settlers Occupation). Immigrated to the US in 62. After graduating from high school in Gary, Indiana was drafted into the US Army (66-68) received the Leadership Award from the US 6th Army NCO Academy in Ft. Lewis, Washington. Five of us brothers were in US military service about the same time (Nabil-Army), (Lutfi-Marines), (Sam-Army) and (Taiseer-Marines) with two nephews presently with US Army. Graduated from Indiana University with BA-72, Master of Public Affairs-74 and Jurist Doctor-77, and in senior year at IU, was elected Chairman of the Indiana Student Association. Sami Jamil Jadallah is an international legal and business consultant and is the founder and director of Palestine Agency and Palestine Documentation Center and founder and owner of several businesses in technology and services. His articles are also featured on JeffersonCorner.com, PalestineNote.com and Ramallah Online.

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Jerusalem For All

Haaretz, the well-regarded Israeli newspaper when it comes to Israel or the Arab-Israeli conflict, is much more credible than the New York Times or the Washington Post; and Haaretz recently published an opinion by Gideon Biger, in which he disputed the premise and the claims that Jerusalem is the Capital of the Jews, with “research showing the city has existed for about 4,000 years. During the first 1,000 years it had no connection to the Jewish People”.

Perhaps Mr. Trump, in finalizing his decision to move the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, should really think of a “Jerusalem for all” as the US policy for the future, with the US embassy in Jerusalem serving all the people and residents of Jerusalem, including the more than 70,000 Palestinians forced out of Jerusalem by the Israelis. It would be even greater if the US embassy in Jerusalem were to be the American embassy representing America in a united One State — a state for all of its people, Israelis and Palestinians.

Israel, as an occupying power, is unfit and unqualified to rule and manage the city. With the Palestinian leaderships having abandoned Jerusalem and its Arab citizens in Oslo, it too is unfit and unqualified to represent and protect the interests of Palestinians in Jerusalem.

A young Israeli boy and his Palestinian friend realize that their bond of friendship supersedes cultural or religious animosity

Israel, contrary to its marketed slogan as “the only democracy in the Middle East”, is a racist xenophobic country, and has never been a country for all of its citizens.

The PLO leadership is a self-serving, corrupt, inept organization that cannot be trusted to represent, let alone protect, the life and rights of those whom it claims to represent.

For now, nothing short of providing international protection for the Palestinian population of Jerusalem and in the entire Occupied Territories will do. The US is a party to the conflict, and cannot be trusted to be a fair and honest broker.

There is an urgent need to place the entire Occupied Territories under an interim international trusteeship, while both sides the Israelis and Palestinians work out the details for the One State for All of its people.

The Palestinians under Israeli Occupation are “damned if they do and damned if they don’t.” While all nations and people have an absolute and inalienable right to resist foreign occupation including armed resistance, Palestinians are the only people and nation denied such rights. Any form of resistance is seen as “acts of terrorism”, and this label is sanctioned by the PLO, Oslo and the United States.

All official Israeli armed acts, along with the acts of criminal trespassing settlers, are deemed “self-defense” no matter what are the circumstances, including targeted assassinations, detentions without charges, house demolitions, acts of arson, cold-blooded murders, uprooting, burning of hundreds of thousands of olive trees, confiscation of property and denial of access to one’s land and farm.

Knesset’s Ayelet Shaked: “Palestinian children are “‘little snakes'”

The Palestinians are denied any right to self-defense, let alone any right to resistance against the Israeli Occupation. Keep in mind the Palestinian Authority and leadership role is a commercial and security partner with the Israeli Occupation.

For nearly 50 years, since the Six Day War, Palestinians in Jerusalem have been suffering from daily discrimination and ethnic cleansing by Israelis, supported for the most part by wealthy Jewish Americans using tax exempt organizations to confiscate Palestinian properties under the pretense of being “Jewish” properties.

Israeli courts, for the most part, allow falsified and fraudulent deeds in support of such criminal activities, as we have seen most often in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sheik Jarrah and Bab-el-Amoud.

Since the founding of Israel, and prior to the 1967 War, Jerusalem was divided by barbed wires, with East Jerusalem under Jordanian control and West Jerusalem under Israeli control. There was some minor UN presence.

It was only after the Six Day War that Jerusalem was united under total Israeli control, and formally annexed to Israel shortly after the end the war.

Fence Building – This is the fence that Bibi built with American dollars

Israel moved quickly and swiftly to consolidate its control over East Jerusalem making dramatic changes in the city demographics, by totally destroying entire Arab neighborhoods. This was the case with “Maghreb Quarter” near the Dome of the Mosque.

Declaring the unified city as its eternal capital, Israel began to use a series of dubious laws as a legal means to ethnically cleanse the city of its Arab residents.

First it denied Palestinians their right of residency under many pretenses, and then used “absentee laws” to officially steal and confiscate their properties.

By now, and after 50 years of total control over Jerusalem, Israel proved over and over it is not a fair or honest trustee of a city of both Jews and Arabs (Christians and Muslims); its policies are so discriminatory, it disqualifies Israel from managing a unified city.

Israeli police on al Aqsa

On the other hand, and notwithstanding empty statements by the late Yasser Arafat and his successor Mahmoud Abba, Jerusalem and its Arab residents were never a priority. They never received the necessary material support to help Arabs fight Israel’s onslaught on their very existence in the city.

The Palestinian leadership never translated its words to action to help Arab residents in their struggle to stay. Little, if any, legal support was given to the Palestinians to help them fight expulsion, or fight the confiscation or demolition of their properties.

The cost of one international trip by Mahmoud Abbas and his entourage perhaps could have covered all the court costs and fines. The Palestinian PLO leadership, just like Israel, is not qualified to represent and guard the interests of Arabs in the city.

“Jerusalem for All” would keep the city unified under international agreement, and preserve the unique quality of the city, and its special status as a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

It will be worthwhile to explore such an international conference, supported by a UN Security Council resolution.

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5 Responses to "Jerusalem For All"

  1. Trakkath  January 29, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Throw a bone with a bit flesh at into a ring, see and enjoy the dog fights, even if the bone is just a phantasy. The only thing you need is to make them believe it is important enough to fight and die for it.

  2. Amelius  January 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    It sure would be nice if Trump could talk of an open and united Jerusalem, but after witnessing his Netanyahu promotional video and his sickening speech at the aipac convention, I just can’t see it happening. Trump is a judas goat and Uncle Sam remains Israel’s donkey.

  3. wjabbe  January 28, 2017 at 7:51 am

    This is an excellent article and proposal by Sami. We all know the failed story of the League of Nations predecessor to the current UN. While everyone has their opinion of the UN, so far it is little more than a hot air society of talk. It has dismally failed in its duty to enforce international law when countries violate the rules. Obviously when there are disputes between neighbors both sides get blamed and are both likely negligent in some cases. But the UN should have voted to send troops to this area over 50 years ago and use force to put a stop to the totally illegal misconduct especially documented for outlaw Israel. It is a shameful disgrace that of all so called civilized countries of the world, America, of all places, bows to this international pariah and outlaw. It is all over and because of a five letter obscene word MONEY which is the GOD of many in Israel. Shame, shame shame. MONEY also appears to be the GOD of Trump as well.

    • Trakkath  January 29, 2017 at 3:21 am

      Guess who owns this private corporation “UN” and then ask yourself why they can´t enter to safe Jerusalem for all religions as freezone.

  4. Khalid Talaat  January 28, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Salam Aleikum Sami… Before the unholy Khazars showed up in the Holy Land, the 3 religions truly lived in peace. It was a peaceful land. It is said: if you wish to know the spiritual condition of the planet, look at the condition of Jerusalem.” Till this day, The Curch of the Nativity and the Aqsa Mosque have been besieged and fired upon by the criminal state of israhell.
    Before the patient can get back to health, first he must recognize his sickness. The world is coming to the unmistakable realization it has a cancer represented by these Humanity loathing zionists. Then the patient shall have no choice but to cut this cancer out.
    Sami, I know how you feel, it is the injustice of it all, the demonization of a religion and a people. We of Arabic origin know the history well and must remember the world has been infected. We must show patience and compassion to our fellow man and forgive knowing that nothing remains the same forever. Keep your hope and spirits up.Sami. peace upon you.

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