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Bereaved families to Blinken: ‘US consulate for Palestinians will encourage terrorism’

More than 150 Israeli families who have lost loved ones to Palestinian terrorism are reaching out to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to demand that he stop the planned reopening of a U.S. consulate in Jerusalem to provide services for Palestinians.

After Blinken announced that the United States would “move forward” with the process of opening the consulate as part of its efforts to deepen ties with the Palestinians, the bereaved families are warning that doing so will reignite terrorism in the city.

“Who like the residents of Jerusalem have experienced Palestinian terrorism firsthand,” the families wrote in a letter to Blinken. “There is no reason to re-create it. This is a complete Trojan horse. The United States is Israel’s friend and ally. Don’t hurt us. Instead of encouraging the world the divide Jerusalem and turn it into a city plagued by terrorism, you must send a clear message to the world at large: Jerusalem belongs to the Jewish people.”

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