She was trapped in a prison cell for twelve hours in Tel Aviv and then strip-searched from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Sophomore Mariam Naguib shared that her close family friend was detained in Tel Aviv for long period of time when she was trying to travel towards to Jordan and Lebanon. The family friend, originally from the United States, was not able to leave as the IDF did not believe her origin because she “looked” Muslim and Arab.
Instances like these, are all interconnected within the raging religious argument over the belonging of the the holy city of Jerusalem. The tensions rise with religious and race discrimination throughout the two nations. These conflicts can be dated back to biblical times which leads to Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza strip for over 51 years. It is also the most noticeably change began Jewish immigration and the civil and armed combat between the Palestinian Arabs and Jewish Yishuv during the British rule in Mandatory Palestine.
When the Trump administration acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6th 2017, years of neglect and sweeping under the rug of the Israel and Palestine conflict were broken, one of which has existed for centuries. His daughter, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner touched down in Israel to celebrate the new opening of the U.S. Embassy that moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the political and religious capital of Israel. President Trump became the first to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel after 23 years. The official opening was celebrated on May 13th 2018, an Israeli national holiday, marking the 51st anniversary of the country’s founding, a important and crucial day for the Israelis.