Ramadhan Abdallah Shalah, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, called U.S. President Trump's upcoming trip to the Middle East an "unprecedented carnival fair" and said that "the Caesar of the new Rome is coming to collect the jizya poll tax from some of the Arabs and Muslims - hundreds of billions of dollars, the payment for the U.S. arms deals." His address on May 15, marking Nakba Day, was broadcast by Al-Aqsa TV.
Ramadhan Abdallah Shalah: On this year's Nakba commemoration day, the world awaits the arrival of the new U.S. President Trump, in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques, where the divine revelation was conveyed. Most of the region's leaders have gathered to welcome him, in an unprecedented carnival fair.
The Caesar of the new Rome is coming to collect the jizya poll tax from some of the Arabs and Muslims - hundreds of billions of dollars, the payment for the U.S. arms deals. Some of this money will flow into the pockets of wealthy American Jews, who bankroll the crime of swallowing and Judaizing Jerusalem. With this ill-omened visit, the region might enter a new era, by any standard, in which our nation's enemies will strive to redraw the maps of the region, to change its identity, and to eliminate the Palestinian cause, thus incorporating Israel in the region as a normal hegemonic country.
We shall continue to say: "No to Israel," because this means "yes to Palestine" - Palestine in its entirety. Palestine is our homeland before the Nakba and after the Nakba - yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Allah willing, it will be liberated, just as it was liberated from all the invaders in the past, regardless of the disagreements among the Arabs and the Muslims about the cause for Jihad and the duty of liberation.