Protests Break Out Following Trump's Jerusalem Decision
Albanian Daily News
Published December 7, 2017
Palestinian demonstrators clash with Israeli security officers during protests in Ramallah on Thursday.The leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has called for a new "intifada," or uprising, as protests broke out in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem following US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump made the controversial announcement on Wednesday, saying that the US would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, drawing condemnation from world leaders and sending shock waves through the Muslim world.
Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the holy city as their capital.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in Gaza on Thursday that Israel's policies supported by the United States "could only be confronted by a renewed intifada against the occupation."
"This atrocity sparks a new intifada," he said, adding that the announcement had left the peace process "buried forever."
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"Palestine will not be divided and the whole of Palestine and the whole of Jerusalem are the property of the Palestinian people," he said, calling the US-Israeli alliance "satanic."
"It is a declaration of war against our Palestinian people in their holiest of holy places of the Christians and Muslims," he added.
Leaders of the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, Nafeth Azzam and Ahmed al-Batsh, said they were also ready for a new armed struggle. They called on the governing Palestinian Authority to stop all security coordination with Israel, to withdraw its recognition of Israel and to declare an end to the Oslo agreements, which are the basis of peace negotiations.
Trump's announcement bucked decades of US foreign policy and raised fears that the peace process, already stalled, could now be finished.
Trump had promised to make the policy change during the election campaign period, saying on Wednesday the US was acknowledging "the obvious."
"This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do," he said.