Palestinian Authorities Urge to Boycott Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

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Mr Trump says he is making good on USA legislation and presidential pledges dating back decades.

Breaking with decades of United States diplomacy and global consensus President Donald Trump announced on December 6 the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the embassy, located until now in Tel Aviv.

Also in its statement on Sunday, the POC slammed the Arab cyclists for their "disloyalty" and for taking part in a "free service for the [Israeli] occupation that does not recognize global laws, resolutions and charters of the United Nations on the rights of the Palestinian people and continues to deny the right of the Palestinian Arab people to establish their independent state on their land with al-Quds as its capital".

"Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people - and the world is beginning to recognise this fact", he said, adding his thanks to Trump.

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Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced the embassy relocation on December 6.

Jerusalem witnessed fixing of road signs on Monday ahead of May 14, the day when USA consulate building will be officially repurposed as embassy.

The black-and-white signs in English, Hebrew and Arabic were installed along roads leading to the US consulate that will officially be unveiled as the US Embassy on May 14. No country now has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv.

The move prompted global condemnation and triggered a wave of protests in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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On Monday, Paraguay said it was planning to move its embassy from near Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 21 or 22. "Jerusalem is our capital", she said.

It appeared to leave open the possibility that he could decide to make the trip at the last minute, not as a member of the presidential delegation, but on his own, as the president.

Trump said last month that he "may go" to the ceremony celebrating the opening of the American embassy, and bragged about saving money by rejecting an initial proposal to devote $1 billion for the construction of a new embassy, and replacing it with a significantly more moderate plan costing close to $400,000 instead.

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