The news cycle, political statements, and protests around Jerusalem over the past few days felt a bit off. As a resident of Jerusalem, I do not feel the genuine emotion of anger that would usually accompany such a media circus.
Earlier this week, news outlets went all out, prophesying riots, blood, further regional instability or even war if Donald Trump were to announce Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Political leaders globally expressed a similar sentiment in their opposition to Trump’s announcement, warning that it would “plunge the region into further endless crisis”. The Palestinian Authority (PA), joined by most Palestinian political factions, declared “days of rage” if Trump were to go ahead with his announcement.