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A Brief History of US Oppression in Palestine (Part 1)



Trump’s abusive treatment and behavior toward Palestinians has long precedence. Following Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he “took [Jerusalem] off the table” and said that “we don’t have to talk about it anymore.”

Recently he has stopped to fund in United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN agency for Palestinian refugee relief. Accordingly, a huge number of Palestinian refugees couldn’t be able to emigrate.

To make it worse, Trump threatens to close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s offices in Washington. He has also insisted that he won’t fund in UNRWA, unless the PA (Palestinian Authority) accept to talk with Israelis on Trump’s terms.

From a long time ago, Palestinians were not taken seriously by the United States government. In 1948 Arab-Israeli War the Palestinian political leadership had been collapsed, and its political organizations were led by Arab States. It was a good opportunity to ignore Palestine and nurture its relationship with Arab States.

However, the Fatah movement made attempts to change this. Making a structured a coherent Palestinian nationalist movement, Fatah took over the PLO and converted it from an Egyptian vehicle to an independent and (relatively) united movement.

The Arab League and the United Nations recognized the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people by the mid-1970s. PLO was hardly insisted to be recognized by Arab states. “There has to be a homeland provided for the Palestinian refugees who have suffered for many, many years,” said president Carter in 1997 in clear siding with Israel.

Another turning point in relations between US and Palestine was the first Intifada. Palestinian national movement achieved a momentum in making a unified fron against the occupation and violence.

The resistance in Palestine paved the way for the US to recognize the PLO and try to transform it in next steps. Palestine’s influence then was so much that most Arab countries believed that no regional stability wholly depended on a resolution on tensions in Palestinian occupied lands.