Thursday, July 05, 2012

US Jerusalem Consulate for Palestine

What's doing - and been doing - at the US Jerusalem Consulate whose goal includes "to strengthen the Palestinian economy and provide you with the infrastructure you need...We are driven by a single, overarching goal: to help build an independent Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel.":

And how is that accomplished?

Is true peace a goal?  Coexistence?  Understanding?  Shared values?  Joint projects and ccoperation?

Try again.

Yesha Jews are an excluded populace.  Even from the Independence Day party.


The third season of Ghaneeha musical concert, performed by talented young Palestinian musicians, Sat. June 16 at 7 p.m. at Al-Hakawati National Theater- Jerusalem. Everyone is welcome.


And the US is partnerning with evil UNRWA:

and this, too:

American Consul General Daniel Rubinstein visited Camp Discovery at Qalandia Boys' School in Qalandia refugee camp on June 19. For the sixth consecutive year, with funding from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem and in partnership with United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), AMIDEAST has implemented “Camp Discovery” –a multi-faceted summer camp experience benefitting 630 Palestinian youth aged 8–14 from refugee camps and other communities in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Camp Discovery provides a summer camp experience that encourages youth to discover new knowledge, skills, and experiences. Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, the President of AMIDEAST, joined Consul General Rubinstein on the visit to Camp Discovery.


Join us for a performance by Palestinian-American comedian, Amer Zahr. In partnership with the Jerusalem Hotel, Palestinian-American comedian Amer Zahr will take to the stage at the Jerusalem Hotel, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM! The performance is free, but reservations are required. Please call 02-628-3282 for more information and reservations



American TV News Anchor Inspires Local Audiences Richard Lui, a daytime anchor at MSNBC, shared his experience as the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show in the United States with Palestinian TV presenters and other journalists, journalism students from Al-Quds University, and others.  



The U.S. Consulate General is pleased to invite you to attend the Palestinian Business Women Forum’s Bazaar for Palestinian Business Women and Entrepreneurs on Tuesday, March 27 in Ramallah.



We are pleased to present American hip hop dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM), for public performances on March 20th in Ramallah and a joint performance with young Palestinian hip hop dancers on March 24th in Nablus. Tonight's performance is at 7:00 pm, at the Al Kasaba Theater in Ramallah. On Saturday, March 24 at 5:00 pm, RHPM will perform with participants of the Dar al Fanoon Dance Camp at An Najah National University’s Turki Bin Sultan Theater in Nablus. All events are free and open to the public.



The Coca-Cola Company and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem are partnering to sponsor scholarships for ten Palestinian university students to participate in the Global Business Institute at the University of Indiana. This exciting new exchange opportunity is open to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. This project is part of the Coca-Cola’s support of Partners for ...a New Beginning (PNB), an alliance of public-private partnerships committed to deepening engagement between the United States and local communities on issues of education, exchange, economic opportunity, and science and technology, to advance the vision President Obama outlined in his 2009 “New Beginning” Cairo speech. The deadline for applications is March 23, 2012.



Consul General Rubinstein held a discussion on U.S. foreign policy with the Palestinian Council for Young Political Leaders, January 14. For more information please see the PCYPL press release about the event:
More information?


Kamandjati Honor Society, in cooperation with the Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem, invite you to attend a presentation of the Ramallah Orchestra, June 23.


As far as I am aware, none of these events are publicized for the benefit of a Jew residing in Judea and Samaria, territory under the diplomatic purview of the Consulate, a population ignored as regards cultural, artistic, musical, social, educational, sports or any other similar type of activity.

Nor does any high official visit (except for Political Officers and State Dept. desk officers from Washington) but here is the Consulate-General in Shchem:
and in Hebron:

And in January, even close to Shiloh, at Sinjil.
Think about that when you next celebrate American freedom, independence, liberty and democracy.



Anonymous said...

seems, i heard, the kosher food was mostly inedible (! cold hard pizza and spaghetti) but there was Ben and Jerry's afterwards (but they are boycotters anyway). There were maybe 1 or 2 "settlers". Mostly the guests were Western-looking Arabs.

Anonymous said...

Oh, poor you, the resources of the entire Judea and Samaria division of the IDF and millions of dollars of subsidies for you settlers against the will of your strongest ally in the world and the entire international community isn't enough? Would you like it if we just got rid of all those pesky Arabs so you can take back what's rightfully yours?

YMedad said...

Dear Anon. 6:34 -

that's just so silly a comment. no wonder you're anonymous. but i guess without any hate content, you have nothing much else to say.

Helen Freedman said...

David - As an American, a Jew, and a lover of Israel, I am disgusted with America's overtures to the "Palestinians." I'm sure that there are Israeli youngsters who could be benefitting from a camp experience. I also wonder how people in Indiana will enjoy having "Palestinian" students in their midst. What a wrong-headed decision for America to take, to side with the "Palestinians" and UNWRA. We're hoping for a change.
Helen Freedman

NormanF said...

The U.S Consulate Jerusalem is the only one of its kind in the world that reports not to the embassy in the home country but directly to the U.S State Department.

Its long been known to Israel's Jews as the de-facto US Embassy to the Palestinian Arabs. What is striking is that even though Jerusalem is an overwhelmingly Jewish city, the U.S Consulate caters exclusively to Arabs in the city and in Judea and Samaria.

It defies political reality. Then again nothing about US policy on Jerusalem is logical or conforms to the realities of the Middle East.