Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor Scolds Blinken: You’re Not Welcome Here

Deputy Mayor Arieh King, known for settling Jews in East Jerusalem, accuses Blinken of ‘creating a provocation’

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Arieh King at a Jerusalem City Council meeting in 2016.
Arieh King at a Jerusalem City Council meeting in 2016.Credit: Emil Salman

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Arieh King called on U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to leave the city in a tweet on Monday, saying the visit by the top American diplomat “creates a bad feeling to most of Jerusalem residance [sic].”

Blinken, who visited Jerusalem on Sunday ahead of Israel’s Negev Summit, tweeted a condemnation of the terrorist attack in the city of Hadera, saying the U.S. “stands with our Israeli partners and sends our condolences to the families of the victims.”

To this, King retorted in a tweet rife with typos: “Dear Sir. May I ask you as a deputy mayor of Jerusalem, the Jewish holy capital, to leave our city? You are not welcome at all. Your visit to Jerusalem is creating a bad feeling to most of Jerusalem residance. It seem that you intend to creat provocation.Plaese leave our Capital.”

King, who is best known for settling Jews in East Jerusalem and evicting Palestinian families from the city's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, was appointed deputy mayor in 2020, and is no stranger to controversy.

In 2018, he pushed to shut down a Palestinian owned bread-stand in the Old City, calling it a step in “the Judaization of Jerusalem.”

In 2020, King was caught on tape dragging an anti-Netanyahu protester on the ground, hailing “law and order” for assisting police in detaining him.

Last year, King was sued over threatening comments he made during a Sheikh Jarrah protest, in which he screamed at a Palestinian activist who had previously suffered from a gunshot wound: “How is your ass? The bullet is still there.”

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