News and Analysis (12/8/17)

Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is a declaration of “war against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) hundreds of millions of Christians,” crosses a “red line,”  prompts a “call for another intifada,” could provoke Iranian-backed militias “to target American forces,” and yet “will change nothing on the ground” …

… and “a senior official in Mr Abbas’ Fatah party, said Mr Pence was “not welcome” in the Palestinian territories”:

“Thousands took part in angry anti-U.S. demonstrations around the Muslim world Friday over the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”:

Palestinian protests were met with “water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd, in clashes that cloud the upcoming Christmas celebrations in the town of Jesus’ birth” …

… “Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man near the Gaza border, the first confirmed death in two days of unrest”:

With the U.S. having abandoned any pretense at impartiality, “[n]ow may be the time for another power to be a third-party facilitator that can bring fresh thinking to both sides”:

“With no explanation, the court gave the Trump administration legal cover, for the time being, to separate U.S. citizens from their spouses overseas, from their elderly parents suffering from life-threatening illnesses in war-ravaged countries and even from their own children” …

… as Trump retweets anti-Muslim propaganda videos and anti-Muslim hate crimes break out around the world:

“[T]he Trump administration’s new restrictions have proven to be a far greater barrier to refugees than even his temporary ban, which was limited in scope by the Supreme Court.” The percentage of Muslim refugees has dropped from 25 to 10:

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