Mayor of Israeli Arab town: Down with USA

Mayor of Galilee town says US President is "a racist and a psychopath," filmed burning picture of Trump.

Gary Willig ,

Arabs protest Jerusalem recognition
Arabs protest Jerusalem recognition
Flash 90

The mayor of the northern Israeli-Arab town of Tamra, was filmed burning a picture of US President Donald Trump in protest against the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In the video, which was first published on the Arab news site Faunt, Tamra mayor Suheil Diab can be heard yelling "Burn! Burn! Burn!" in reference to the poster of Trump. The poster also featured the words 'Down with USA.'

Tamra is a town in the lower Galilee approximately 12 miles east of Acre, and has a population of approximately 33,000 people.

Diab defended his action to Yisrael Hayom. "I am shocked that what I have done has caused such media attention. What the media should be dealing with is the weapons that the great powers are selling and thereby causing death in the world, hunger in Africa, and things that are much more important."

"Donald Trump is a racist and a psychopath, and if he wants to come to Tamra one day he will not be allowed to enter. When he was elected president, I was shocked, but a few days ago I was at a conference attended by Jews, Arabs and Americans. Whoever condemns me [should look at that conference] will see that it is possible to live in peace and all together in coexistence ... We are against racism and against all the actions that the racist president of the United States is taking."