Why is naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel problematic?

by Pei Ying Loh

In early December 2017, President Donald Trump controversially announced that he has “determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”. His declaration sparked severe backlash from all over the globe. In West Bank and East Jerusalem, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to demonstrate against Trump’s decision. Then, in the end of December, the United Nations gathered to back a resolution that called on the US to withdraw it’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It was passed with 128 states voting for, 35 abstaining, and nine against.

Where does it really all begin?
Where does it really all begin?
What is the significance of Jerusalem?
Why are people upset with Trump's decision?
Why did Trump make this decision?
What are the implications?
What’s next?
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