Vermont Peace Conference 2018: The Meaning of Jerusalem: The Capital of Israel?
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For decades the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza by the state and armies of Israel and the support of the United States for Israel have been a major source of conflict in the Middle East. Now, the President of the United States, Donald Trump has deepened that conflict by asserting that he will move the US embassy to Jerusalem, asserting against international law that the Israeli occupation of that city is permanent.
As Palestinians, the United Nations, and most of the world argue, this recognition of Israel’s claims to the entire city puts an end to any hopes of a two-state solution where the State of Israel and a future Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, will live side by side in peace. This workshop will examine the meaning of this move by President Trump and, more importantly, ask, “What's Next?”