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Palestinians Launch General Strike to Protest Trump’s Visit

HeadlineMay 23, 2017

Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza launched a general strike Monday to protest President Trump’s visit and to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israeli jails. This is Rifa Abu Jazar in Gaza.

Rifa Abu Jazar: “This protest comes as a response to the head of terrorism, Trump, and a response to whoever protects the head of terrorism, who describes the resistance of our people to defend their land and resisting against the murderers of their children as terrorism.”

On Monday, President Trump sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. While speaking to reporters alongside Netanyahu, Trump denied naming Israel as the source of the highly classified intelligence that he gave to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak earlier this month—even though no one has accused Trump of naming Israel directly as the source.

President Donald Trump: “Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name 'Israel,' never mentioned it during that conversation. They were all saying I did. So you had another story wrong. Never mentioned the word 'Israel.'”

Trump also implied that Israel was not located in the Middle East, while speaking just before meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

President Donald Trump: “As you know, Rex, our secretary of state, has done an incredible job. We just got back from the Middle East. We just got back, Saudi Arabia. And we were treated incredibly well.”

As Trump made the comment, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer can be seen burying his face in his hand. Also on Monday, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, land that was seized from the Palestinians by the Israeli military during the Six-Day War in 1967. Tonight, Trump is flying to the Vatican, where he’s slated to meet with Pope Francis on Wednesday. We’ll have more on Trump’s visit to Israel and Palestine after headlines.

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