Several residents of Abu Dis reject the Trump administration’s proposal to make Abu Dis the future capital of Palestine; Abu Dis is located east of Jerusalem, outside of the city limits of Jerusalem; Resident: The capital of Palestine is Jerusalem.

Several residents of Abu Dis, the Palestinian-controlled city outside of Jerusalem, voiced their detest for President Donald Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century; proposal last week that would make not only Jerusalem the capital of Israel, but also Abu Dis the capital of a future Palestinian state. When the president stated that the Palestinians would be given ‘East Jerusalem; as their capital, it was the area of Abu Dis that he was referring to; an area that is outside of the city limits of Jerusalem where the Arab community currently resides.

The border that separates Jerusalem from Abu Dis is a high, concrete wall that was established to keep terrorists and suicide bombers from entering Jerusalem. The White House Peace Plan states that the current barrier separating the two cities should, “serve as a border between the capitals of the two parties.” The statement continued, “The sovereign capital of the State of Palestine should be in the section of East Jerusalem located in all areas east and north of the existing security barrier, including Kafr Aqab, the eastern part of Shuafat and Abu Dis, and could be named Al Quds or another name as determined by the State of Palestine.”

One resident of Abu Dis argued that “The capital of Palestine is Jerusalem.”, as they continued to reject Trump’s proposal. Another had enough confidence to say, “Trump, or whoever else, are not welcome. Jerusalem tells its own story, every stone tells about its history. It was never Israeli or American, it is Palestinian, Islamic and Arab.” Unfortunately, for this resident, history tells a completely different story. Excavation after excavation reveals the Jewish heritage of the land.