Trump Compared to Hitler by Palestinian Political Party After Jerusalem Declaration

Days after President Donald Trump’s highly controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the official twitter account of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party compared the U.S. president to Adolf Hitler, the former German chancellor and architect of the Holocaust. 

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“I don't see any difference, do you? #HandsOffAlQuds,” reads the tweet containing a picture of Trump right above one of Hitler. The tweet was posted on December 14, eight days following Trump’s December 6 official declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announcing plans to move the United States embassy to the city. Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem. 

That tweet was preceded by one on December 12 comparing the U.S. to the Islamic State Group (ISIS), referring to both as terror organizations. “USA=ISIS=Terror #HandsOffAlQuds,” read the tweet, posted six days following Trump’s official announcement.

The tweet also included a poster with pictures of four Americans: Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and designated special envoy to the region Jason Greenblatt. The poster included the phrases “Stop raceism [sic]” and “#HandsOffJarousalem [sic].”

The content was not posted to the party’s official Facebook page, which has more than 108,000 likes. Fatah’s Twitter account has fewer than 7,000 followers. The tweets began garnering media coverage this week. 

Trump announced earlier this month from the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, overturning U.S. official policy since 1949, when the U.S. opposed Israel’s decision to name Jerusalem its capital. The decision also began the process of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, though no official timetable has been given for when that will take place.

Jerusalem Trump protest Several hundreds of Muslims attend a gathering to protest against the recent announcement by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Frankfurt, Germany, on December 16. Days after Trump’s highly controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the official twitter account of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party compared the U.S. president to Adolf Hitler. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

“I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” Trump said, referring to his decision. “Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace.”

Trump’s decision encountered immediate blowback as protests broke out across much of the Muslim world and both adversaries and allies alike criticized the decision. Abbas also said he would no longer participate in any peace talks with the U.S.

“The United States has chosen to lose its qualifications as a mediator.... We will no longer accept that it has a role in the political process,” Abbas said.

Additionally, the U.S. received a striking rebuke at the hands of the United Nations General Assembly. The assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn Trump’s decision, with 128 nations voting in favor of a condemnation, 35 abstaining and just nine opposing the motion.