The United States lowered its flag on Monday from a consulate in Jerusalem that served as a diplomatic channel of communication since with the Palestinians and incorporated it into its new embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.
Palestinians expressed anger at what they see as Washington’s latest moves against them. The Palestinians have boycotted the administration of US President Donald Trump since it switched from an old US policy in December 2017 and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
A new blow to the Palestinian National Authority, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen, after Washington’s decision to close the US consulate in the occupied city of Jerusalem and merge with the US embassy, which President Trump’s administration decided to transfer to Jerusalem.
The US consulate was first opened in 1844 as an independent diplomatic mission to Washington in the Old City of Jerusalem, inside the Jaffa Gate.
In the late 19th century, the consulate moved to another location on Al-Anbiya Street, until it moved to the Gershon Agron Street in West Jerusalem in 1912 in an independent building, one of the first houses built outside the walls of the Old City.
The US consulate announced weeks ago that it was selling used government furniture, electrical appliances and auctioned tools.
The US Secretary of State also announced that Washington will continue to report, continue and program in the Palestinian territories through a new Palestinian Affairs Unit within the US Embassy in Jerusalem. The unit will operate from the Agron road site in Jerusalem.
The US move comes ahead of Washington’s announcement of its vision to resolve the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis, known as the “Century Deal” after the US administration made a number of decisions to trim the nails of the Palestinians, notably cutting off US funding for UNRWA, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and freezing US aid to the PA. Palestinian nationalism.
The head of the United Nations General Directorate and its specialized organizations and human rights in the Palestinian Foreign Ministry Omar Awadallah said that the decision to close the US consulate in Jerusalem was a form of direct American hostility to the rights of the Palestinian people.
He added that the United States committed violations of international rights when it moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, ignoring Security Council resolutions 478 and 476, which clearly spoke of preventing the transfer of embassies to Jerusalem as occupied territory.
He pointed out that the American administration contributes to the consolidation of the vision of colonialism through the development of the building blocks of colonialism.
The US consulate has served as a diplomatic mission independent of the Washington embassy in Tel Aviv since the 1960s, but on April 4 it became the Palestinian Affairs Unit at the US Embassy, which opened in occupied Jerusalem in May 2018.