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  • Protesters set a U.S flag on fire near the U.S. Embassy in Awkar north of Beirut, Lebanon, Dec. 10,2017.

    Protesters set a U.S flag on fire near the U.S. Embassy in Awkar north of Beirut, Lebanon, Dec. 10,2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 December 2017
Opinion

Indonesia, home to world's largest Muslim population, also condemned Trump for his illegitimate remarks.  

Trump's recent decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital has united people fighting for the rights of Palestinians world over, spurring protests in countries, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and China who have all joined in the condemnation.

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Bangladesh's Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has also slammed Trump. 

"Trump’s decision is arbitrary and it will destabilize harmony among different communities across the world,” Hasina said in a statement, according to the Dailystar. "There is a UN resolution and in accordance with the resolution no one can make such announcement and can accept the announcement disregarding it." 

Bangladesh's foreign ministry asserted its stance favoring the establishment of the state of Palestine based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.  

Indonesia, home to world's largest Muslim population, also condemned Trump for his illegitimate remarks.  

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widod rebuked Trump in a televised speech adding the decision is bound to "shake up security in the Middle East and the world." 

"Indonesia strongly condemns the United States’ formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Jokowi said in his address. "We ask President Trump to reconsider the decision."

Youth from the United Malays National Organisation, Umno along with its chief Khairy Jamaluddin, handed over a memorandum at the U.S. embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. 

Jamaluddin said the decision was illegal and unacceptable. 

"Mr President, this is an illegal announcement. Jerusalem is an occupied territory. You must not even set foot in Jerusalem and make it the capital of israel... believe me, this is just the beginning," he said.

"Respect international law. What you (Trump) are doing is against international law, what you are doing is against humanity. Stop oppressing the Palestinians." 

Expressing concern over the "potential flare-up of regional tensions," China has shown support for Palestine's capital, East Jerusalem. 

"China firmly supports and advances the Middle East peace process. We support the just cause of the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate national rights and stand behind Palestine in building an independent, full sovereignty state along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. We call on all parties to remain committed to resolving disputes through negotiations and promoting regional peace and stability in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang, said in a statement. 

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India, for the most part, has not made a statement on the damning statement by the U.S. president. 

Motivated by self-interest, South Asian country's right-wing led anti-Muslim government has maintained a neutral stance. 

"India's position on Palestine is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country," Raveesh Kumar, spokesman of India's Ministry of External Affairs, said last Thursday.

In July, the right-wing Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visited Israel and in doing so became the first Indian prime minister to do so in the recent times. 

Parallel to the visit, both India and Israel signed agreements to bid jointly for defense contracts for the Indian military and strengthen the Indian social program of "Make in India" launched in 2014 to promote local manufacturing of goods. 

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