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9 December 2017
Australian Friends of Palestine Association
Protest the US decision on Jerusalem
MELBOURNE: Wed 13 Dec, 6pm
ADELAIDE: Wed 13 Dec, 6pm

Dear AFOPA members and supporters,
Bring your friends and family to the South Australian Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide, on 13 December! Bring placards saying 'Jerusalem is for everyone', 'A shared Jerusalem of peace for all', 'Palestinians have human rights too'. Thank you.
If you are planning an event, please alert us >>
AFOPA's "3 Things" Digest
The world responds to Trump's Jerusalem decision

~ UN chief says "no alternative to the two-state solution" [UN]
~ The international response: "it's a mistake" [NYT; Guardian]
~ The Palestinian response: "...destroyed the two-state solution"; "irreparable harm".
and ICYMI... The response from Australian Palestinians: "Angry and frustrated but not surprised" [ABC News]
Palestinians watch a televised broadcast of Trump announcing US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Jerusalem’s Old City. [Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters]
Issue of Jerusalem must be resolved through direct negotiations between parties, UN chief stresses
UN News Centre, 6 December 2017 
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres: “In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B,” said Mr. Guterres, speaking to the press at UN Headquarters in New York...
Read full article here >>
U.N., European Union and Pope Criticize Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement
Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 6 December 2017
"ROME — Pope Francis said, “I cannot remain silent.” The United Nations secretary general spoke of his “great anxiety.” The European Union expressed “serious concern.” American allies like Britain, France, Germany and Italy all declared it a mistake..."

Read full article here >>

See also The Guardian: 
Donald Trump risks 'destroying peace hopes of Israelis and Palestinians'
Goodbye Oslo? Dahlan, Abbas, Hamas react to Trump's Jerusalem move
The New Arab, 6 December 2017
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: "The United States can no longer play the role of peace broker."
PLO Secretary-General Sa'eb Erekat: Trump’s decision has "destroyed the two-state solution."
Hamas: "This decision will open the gates of hell on US interests in the region."
Anger in the streets: Protests erupt across Palestine; "Christmas trees in Bethlehem and Ramallah have reportedly had their lights switched off in protest too."
Read full article here >> 

See also: Thirteen heads of local churches in Jerusalem write an open letter to President Trump: "Any sudden changes would cause irreparable harm."

Follow further local reporting via the Palestine News Network >>
And in case you missed it... The response in Australia...
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