President Donald Trump has a long and rich history of saying absurd things and making general gaffes, which are equal parts disturbing and highly entertaining. His latest one is no less problematic.
As he was revealing his now infamous "deal of the century" yesterday, his proposed "peace plan" for Palestine and Israel, the president referred to Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem as "Al Aqua Mosque." Naturally, the internet responded to this gross mispronunciation of one of the most famous mosques in the world, and the third holiest site for Muslims.
You can read the articles delineating what a mockery of justice for Palestinians this “deal of the century” is, or you can know what a farce it is thus:— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) January 28, 2020
Trump called al-Aqsa Mosque al-Aqua Mosque.
Taking the kids to Al Aqua mosque 🤙 pic.twitter.com/iduen0wrpL— Abou Layla 🚬 (@Jnoubifoo) January 28, 2020
Al Aqua Mosque: for when you can’t decide whether to pray or slide pic.twitter.com/GxE1MEvWk0— Can Okar (@canokar) January 28, 2020
The IMAM of Al Aqua Mosque pic.twitter.com/EuLR2WfVQb— Ali J Mir (@DJHalal) January 28, 2020
There’s a new mosque in Jerusalem call Al Aqua and all Muslims get to access it!— Diana Buttu (@dianabuttu) January 28, 2020
Yay, Trump said peaceful Muslims can pray at al Aqua Mosque! My children are excited. Does anyone know where it is? Does it have water slides? pic.twitter.com/BsgfhrMwI5— Basim Elkarra (@BasimElkarra) January 29, 2020
as if a document titled "middle east peace plan" with the typo "al aqua mosque" and netanyahu standing side by side with the u.s. president and no palestinians in the room isn't on brand for the entire seventy year history of the thing— ibrahim (@yo0nez) January 28, 2020
Trump's long awaited "peace plan" meets nearly every major Israeli demand. Although it calls for the recognition of an “independent Palestinian state,” he proposes Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided capital” and gives Palestine 15% of what is considered to be “historic Palestine.”
The deal also proposes East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital, but at the cost of losing a large portion of the West Bank. No representatives from Palestine were actually present - in fact Palestinians have not only expressed a wholehearted rejection of the proposed plan but have not come to the table for talks in over two years. Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was by Trump's side as the deal was revealed to the public. The deal gives the states a four-year period to respond.