First impacts of Trump’s immigration ban

President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban more than 218 million people from entering the United States and to negate access to international refugees is having tremendous repercussion worldwide since its implementation last Saturday.

While American and foreign countries’ law enforcement services were trying to understand Trump’s new order, confusion and uncertainty immediately spread through most of US airports. Moreover, demonstrators gathered during the weekend in diverse cities throughout the whole county, such as Washington, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Additonally, President Trump has fired his acting attorney general, Sally Q. Yates, after she refused to defend his executive order. He has now replaced the nation’s top law enforcement officer with Dana J. Boente, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

This new policy denies access to the United States to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for the following 90 days and rejects the entrance of all refugees for 120 days. President Trump has affirmed that his government was “totally prepared” for the ban and that it is “working out very nicely”.

Israel authorizes a new wave of settlement construction in occupied Palestinian territories

Israel has announced a wide building program of 2,500 more Jewish settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. This statement is one of the most extensive plans in years and shows a broad refusal to the last United Nations Security Council resolution, in which settlement building was defined as a violation of international law and thus a critical barrier to peace.

Nowadays up to 400,000 settlers live in the West Bank and more than 200,000 in East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in the 1967 Middle East war. The decision is most likely to increment tensions and uncertainty among Palestinians and Middle Eastern countries.

Palestinian officials have immediately condemned the new building program. They strongly believe that the decision will impede any effort to establish security and stability, and therefore, possibilities to start a peace process will be impossible to achieve.

The new US government, although it has generally been rapid to condemn settlement announcements, remains now quiet while most of European countries are denouncing Israeli plans.