Palestinians have fiercely criticized the symbolism behind US ambassadors sledgehammer swinging as an endorsement of occupation and colonial practices, while the Israelis argue that history and archeology speak for themselves.
Several prominent US figures participated in the unveiling of the 2,000-year-old archeological site known as Pilgrims Road right next to Temple Mount, with Palestinians furious over the idea of Americans hammering beneath their homes in East Jerusalems neighborhood of Silwan.
Footage of ambassador David Friedman symbolically breaking down the final wall, accompanied by Mideast negotiator Jason Greenblatt, was called a “disgrace” to US diplomacy by Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, who compared the American delegation with “extremist fanatic Israeli settlers.”
The Greenblatt and Freedman are doing everything that would bring prosperity to the apartheid colonial settlement.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry slammed the ceremony as another act of Judaization of Jerusalem, claiming that Friedman and Greenblatt were “faking history” for “colonial purpose.” American actions are a “blatant aggression against international law,” chief justice Mahmoud al-Habash, said in a separate statement, calling on the international community to preserve the Palestinian heritage of the city.
This is not making history .It is a day of infamy and disgrace in the history of American diplomacy . One day the US will say that Friedman and Greenblatt were not American diplomates, they were extremist fanatic Israeli settlers.Who did a lot of damage to US interests and image
— Dr. Saeb Erakat الدكتور صائب عريقات (@ErakatSaeb) June 30, 2019
Meanwhile Greenblatt hit back at “ludicrous” accusations, claiming on Twitter that archaeology has proven that Jerusalem belongs to the Jewish people: “We cant Judaize what history/archaeology show.”
PA claims our attendance at this historic event supports “Judaization” of Jerusalem/is an act of hostility vs. Palestinians. Ludicrous. We cant “Judaize” what history/archeology show. Read More – Source