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Jerusalem mayor posts United States embassy sign, thanks Trump in tweet

08 May 2018

Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who serve as advisers to the president, will also attend.

Trump announced he would be moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last December in a move that broke with the West and decades of U.S. policy that the status of Jerusalem should be resolved in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The leaders of the OIC member states condemned Trump's decision.

In his place, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will lead the delegation, the White House said in a statement.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Palestine-Israel conflict, with Palestinians seeking East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

A worker installs decorations of Israeli and US flags in front of the US Consulate in Jerusalem where US officials will install the new US Embassy, on May 7, 2018. No country now has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv.

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Earlier this week, Amnesty International UK also condemned the launch of the race right next to East Jerusalem al-Quds where Palestinians regularly face house demolitions, illegal settlement building and restrictions of movement.

A restaurateur, she lives in the overwhelmingly Jewish neighbourhood of Arnona. The Palestinians seek the eastern sector as capital of their hoped-for State.

Mayor Nir Barkat posed atop a ladder as the first sign went up as part of ongoing celebrations for Jerusalem Day, which falls on May 13 this year.

In March, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said that his country would relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 16, two days after the USA move.

Pres. Trump has left the question of his participation in the embassy opening in doubt for months, saying that he might come.

Jerusalem mayor posts United States embassy sign, thanks Trump in tweet