Palestinian Artists Threaten to Declare Washington the Capital of Native Americans

Published December 10th, 2017 - 02:28 GMT
Lebanese people walk past a poster bearing an image of the Palestinian flag and text reading in Arabic: "Palestine, a hundred years of struggle" in Beirut on Dec. 8, 2017 (Joseph Eid/AFP)
Lebanese people walk past a poster bearing an image of the Palestinian flag and text reading in Arabic: "Palestine, a hundred years of struggle" in Beirut on Dec. 8, 2017 (Joseph Eid/AFP)

Away from the burning of tires, American flags and U.S. President Donald Trump's pictures, hundreds of artists expressed their solidarity with Jerusalem in their own way on Sunday.

In the courtyard of the municipality of Sidon, Lebanese and Palestinian artists performed national songs and poems at an event organized by the General Union of Palestinian Artists in Lebanon.

Titled “Jerusalem is ours,” the event was meant as an affirmation of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the independent state of Palestine.

President of the General Union of Palestinian Artists in Lebanon Mohammad Shouly welcomed the Secretary-General of the organization, Mohammad Eid Ramadan, and gave a speech on the goal of the event.

“We have gathered here in Sidon as artists to say: 'If you [Trump] do not withdraw your signature on your recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of the Zionist entity, we will sign a document confirming that Washington is the capital of the Native Americans,” he said.

"We have preserved our heritage, civilization and arts to tell Trump that we are the owners of history. We have signed with blood that Jerusalem is Arab and an eternal capital of the Palestinian state.”

Palestinian artist Walid Saadeddine said, "Thank you, Trump, for letting us focus again on the Palestinian cause. You brought us back together as a united people. We are not against the American people, but against Trump’s decision."

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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