Democrats in Washington have for the whole of President Trump’s term sought to put him on trial for collusion and obstruction charges.
Many Democrats continue to call for impeachment based on those charges, even though special counsel Robert Mueller determined there was no collusion with Russia and declined to refer obstruction charges.
Now they have a foreign ally in their campaign against the president.
It’s Palestinian Authority culture minister Atef Abu Saif, who is urging his government put Trump on trial.
“With respect to his president [Trump], who acts as if he is in charge of the entire world and arbitrarily grants deeds of ownership – he inspires even more amazement,” Saif wrote in his article in the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam.
He titled his piece, published earlier this week, “American and its Collusion in Crime.”
“Trump – who foments crisis with every word he utters and wreaks havoc with every deed – not only publicly supported the Zionist version [of events] or the positions of the Israeli government, but even drew all his swords in order to harm the Palestinians’ national rights and status at the international institution [apparently a reference to the UN] and dared to build a settlement called an embassy within the occupied capital [Jerusalem]. An examination of Trump’s conduct reveals his absurdity in many issues [and] raises a question about [his conduct’s] legality, and it may be that we Palestinians … should prosecute him for it.”
The article was highlighted by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
MEMRI said Saif claimed that Trump, his senior advisors Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman “had shown complete and even deliberate ignorance about the historical facts pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that they had enthusiastically adopted the false Israeli narrative.”
Saif noted, according to MEMRI, that some Washington politicians are “more extreme than the colonialists who steal the land” and “more Zionist than the child killers in our country.” He charged that they’re trying to force the narrative on the Palestinian, making them accessories to “crimes” committed against them by Israel.
The Palestinians should consider prosecuting Trump for his behavior, he said, adding it could be unlawful.
MEMRI reported the article was released in advance of an expected announcement about the Trump administration’s peace plan, which has been called “The Deal of the Century.”
A conference will be held next month in Bahrain regarding the economic aspects of the proposal.
Palestinians already indicated they will reject anything Trump proposes.
It’s at least partly because they were infuriated by Trump’s decision to finally implement a 1995 U.S. law recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Saif said American politicians “know nothing” outside of the U.S. and Europe.
And he accused Americans of “overturning all the facts” to promote Zionism among “extremist, fanatical American Christians.”
He accused America of violating “international law.”
He charged: “It is not just that these politicians are unfamiliar with and ignorant of history, or that they are in fact unfamiliar with reality or with the details of the conflict… [but] that in addition to their ignorance, they deliberately ignore and distort history, rely on the lies of the Zionists and the legacy of the occupiers, ignore reality, and are based on the [imaginary] picture of reality that interests them – that depicts the Palestinian people as a terrorist aggressor seeking to harm the innocent lamb suckling on Western culture.”