• Live
    • Audio Only
  • google plus
  • facebook
  • twitter
News > World

Worldwide Protests Against U.S. Moving Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem

  • Protesters in Colombia show outrage over the U.S. decision to relocate its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.

    Protesters in Colombia show outrage over the U.S. decision to relocate its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. | Photo: EFE

Published 10 December 2017

Four Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured following an attack on protestors by Israeli security forces.

The international community is galvanized in protest after U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in Occupied Palestine.

Trump Signs Order Moving U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

At least 10,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia to express their anger with the move. Like his predecessor, Trump declared Jerusalem to be Israel's capital, yet, unlike past presidents, he is actually moving the embassy.

“Jerusalem/Al Quds belongs to Palestine,” read one banner. Others carried placards and signs calling for Palestinian independence. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, leader of the multi-island nation with the largest Muslim population — some 88 percent of its 260 million residents — condemned Trump's decision and urged him to change position.

Police clashed with protesters outside of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. High-powered water cannons mounted atop military vehicles as well as tear gas were fired to disperse the crowd. A mass rally, organized by Hezbollah, is expected to take place on Monday.

With four Palestinians dead and hundreds injured following an attack on protesters by Israeli security, Turkey's Foreign Minister's office released a statement condemning the “disproportionate use of force” and the unilateral decision to move the U.S. embassy, which precipitated Palestinians to call for “3 Days of Rage.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to Israel as a “terrorist entity,” according to PressTV.

The Arab League's Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit described the U.S. decision as being “dangerous and unacceptable,” indeed a “flagrant attack on a political solution” needed in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He noted that such an affront goes “against international law and raises questions over American efforts to support peace.”

French protesters also weighed in on the controversial decision, taking to the streets “au gand dam” of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to Paris and meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

“Once again,” said Olivia Zemor, president of Europalestine, the French government has “laid out the red carpet to the executioner of children, war criminal and violator of international laws who is not welcome in France.”

Hamas Calls for ‘Intifada’ Should US Deem Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Even before the U.S. government announced its decision to move their embassy to Jerusalem, the Jordanian royal palace had issued a statement informing that King Abdullah II had warned Trump of the “dangerous repercussions” that could result in the “stability and security of the region” if the embassy were to be relocated to Tel Aviv.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, for his part, cautioned U.S. officials from “taking measures that would undermine the chances of peace in the Middle East,” while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the embassy relocation a “red line for Muslims," threatening to sever diplomatic ties with Israel if the move materializes.

After the official decision was made, Iran's Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the Muslim world would stand united against the U.S. plot to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem and that “everyone is duty-bound to make endeavors” toward Palestine's “freedom and salvage,” according to PressTV.

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani urged Muslim leaders to respond to the U.S. government's “imprudent” decision by severing political and trade ties.

Post with no comments.