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Palestine condemns Israeli PM's rejection to reopening of US consulate in East Jerusalem
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The We For News, Palestine has condemned Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett‘s rejection to the reopening of the US consulate in East Jerusalem.

Bennett said on Saturday evening: “There is no place for an American consulate serving the Palestinians in Jerusalem."

In response, Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs, Hussein al-Sheikh on Sunday said Bennett’s remarks “are a new challenge to Biden’s administration which has repeatedly announced its intention to reopen the consulate in East Jerusalem.”

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Meanwhile, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Bennett’s remarks “are a blatant challenge to the decisions and policies of the US government.”

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Xinhua news agency reported that in May 2018, the United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and in October of the same year, former US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo merged the country’s consulate in East Jerusalem with its embassy in the city.

The consulate shut down and stopped providing services for the Palestinians in March 2019.

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In May 2021, incumbent US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that Washington intends to reopen its consulate in East Jerusalem and to resume its financial aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Source: wefornews