US Embassy in Tel Aviv changes Twitter handle to 'U.S. Embassy Jerusalem'



Thu, 10 May 2018 - 02:52 GMT


Thu, 10 May 2018 - 02:52 GMT

FILE: The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv August 4, 2013 - REUTERS

FILE: The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv August 4, 2013 - REUTERS

CAIRO – 10 May 2018: The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv changed its Twitter handle to be the "U.S. Embassy Jerusalem" (@usembassyjlm), four days before the intended opening of the embassy in Jerusalem.

The U.S. Embassy Twitter account’s header photo has not been changed yet, as the embassy is “still looking for a suitable header photo,” according to the embassy's post on Twitter.

The embassy published a video on the account, showing the steps of the handle change.

On Tuesday, Ahmed Majdalani, member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee, declared May 14, the intended date of the U.S. Embassy's relocation, as a day of overwhelming rage, which will break out, according to him, inside and outside the Palestinian lands.

At least three U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday ahead of next week’s opening of the mission, in accordance with President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.

A Reuters witness saw workmen installing the signs, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, near the south Jerusalem location of a U.S. consulate building that will be repurposed as the embassy upon the official relocation from Tel Aviv on May 14.

Trump announced the move in December, saying he was making good on U.S. legislation and presidential pledges, dating back decades, to support Israel’s designation of Jerusalem as its capital.

The Palestinians want their own state with a capital in East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordanian control in the 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognized internationally.

“This move is not only illegal but will also thwart the achievement of a just and lasting peace between two sovereign and democratic states on the 1967 borders, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security,” Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said in a statement.



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