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U.S Jerusalem move sparks protests, clashes

At least 17 Palestinians have been wounded in clashes in the Gaza Strip and across the occupied West Bank, during protests against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

One person is in a critical condition.

Mr Trump’s announcement – met with worldwide dismay – reversed decades of US policy on the sensitive issue.

Israel deployed hundreds of extra troops in the West Bank as Palestinians went on strike and took to the streets.

Protesters set tyres alight and threw stones, and Israeli troops fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live bullets.

In Gaza, according to Reuters news agency, Palestinians threw stones across the border fence at Israeli soldiers who responded with live fire.

Many of Washington’s closest allies have said they disagree with the move, and both the UN Security Council and the Arab League will meet in the coming days to decide their response.

There are fears the announcement could lead to a renewed outbreak of violence. The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has already called for a new intifada, or uprising.

Why did Trump reverse US policy?

The US president said on Wednesday that he had “determined it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”.

“I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” he said.

He said he was directing the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Despite warnings of regional unrest over any such move, the decision fulfils a campaign promise and appeals to Mr Trump’s right-wing base.

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “nothing more or less than a recognition of reality”, he added. “It is also the right thing to do.”

Mr Trump said the US would support a two-state solution – shorthand for a final settlement that would see the creation of an independent Palestinian state within pre-1967 ceasefire lines in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, living peacefully alongside Israel – “if agreed to by both sides”.

The president also refrained from using Israel’s description of Jerusalem as its “eternal and undivided capital”. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of any future Palestinian state.

What has been the reaction?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was profoundly grateful to Mr Trump, who had “bound himself forever with the history of the capital”.

He also said Israel was “in touch with other countries to follow suit. I have no doubt other embassies will move to Jerusalem – the time has come”. He did not name any of these countries, although the Philippines and the Czech Republic have been mentioned in Israeli media.

The mood has been very different on the Palestinian side.

The leader of Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, has called for a “day of rage” on Friday and said it should “be the first day of the intifada against the occupier”.

“We have given instructions to all Hamas members and to all its wings to be fully ready for any new instructions or orders that may be given to confront this strategic danger,” Ismail Haniya said in a speech in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ rival Fatah movement is seeking to protest through diplomatic means, by filing a complaint to the UN Security Council and pushing for a strong stance by the Arab League.

“We are going to declare the United States disqualified as co-sponsor of any peace process or political process,” spokesman Dr Nasser Al-Kidwa said. “In our mind, it has lost its ability to do or perform any efforts in this regard.”

There has also been widespread condemnation across the Arab and wider Muslim world, with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warning Mr Trump that he was “throwing the region into a ring of fire”.

The leaders of the UK, France and Europe have all said they disagree with the US announcement. French President Emmanuel Macron said it contravened international law and UN Security Council resolutions.

The EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, said the move had “the potential to send us backwards to even darker times than the ones we are already living in”.

Why is the announcement significant?

Jerusalem is of huge importance to both Israel and the Palestinians. It contains sites sacred to the three major monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv.

East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967, but before now it has not been internationally recognised as part of Israel.

According to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, the final status of Jerusalem is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

(Source: BBC)

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 7th December 2017 at 8:24 pm

    It is protest of ignorance. Palestine leaders made people of Palestine to be ignorant of reality- their existence and future. 21st century world are not ignorant of reality- end of the decades Israel – Palestine conflict has come- it is irreversible. It is undivided Jerusalem capital of Israel, Gaza City capital of Palestine.

  2. Dr. Uche Kalu 8th December 2017 at 12:50 am

    The US-President, Donald Trump did at last fulfill one of his election promises,by his recognization of Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Isreal. That is a just and a noble historic act on the part of President Donald Tump. He is indeed a man of his words.May the Almighty God bless our new Christian Knight,Donld Trump.Amen!
    Come to think about that,Jerusalem is the City of King David,who as young man slew Goliath the Leader of the
    Philistine Buccaneers,who had invaded the land of Isreal in his time..
    The Philistens were Carthaginian freebooters of Hellenic origin,who preyed upon littoral Mediterranean settlemments in the ancient time and later, settled permmanently in the present day Gaza -Strip.
    Two State Solution will neither be good for either the Isrealis or for the Plestinians, nor will that be a
    permanent solution or bring a lasting peace between the two groups.
    An Independent Palestian State will never be a viable entity, because the current aids to the Palestinean from the EU,Rich Arab Oil States the UN and the US will not be there permanently .The Palestinean Leadership is aware of that and that is why they have been reneging on their part of the fulfillment of Oslo Peace Agreement.
    The Palestinians are yet to revoke their Plaestinian Charter,which stipulates that there should be no State of
    Isreal in Palesttine.They are hell-bent on destroying the State of Isreal and her people.
    Thus,as soon as the Isrealis under the late Prime Minister of Isreal,Arial Sharon, started fulfilling Isrealis’ commitment to Oslo Accord by dismantling Isreali Settlements in Gaza,the Hamas terrorist group moved in and took over Gaza, declared war on Isreal and started their daily bombardment of Isreal with their crude rockets.Supported by the Mullah Regime in Iran,the Hamas like the Hesbollahs of Lebanon became a State within State and well armed with some sophisticated weapons.
    As a matter of fact,the current status quo ante bellum in the so called Palestine,is the only best solution for the
    problem of the region.
    The current status quo ante bellum, guarantees the safety of the Isrealis because an Independent Paletinian State will be an Islamic terrorist State like Afghanistan,Pakistan and Iran, posing a mortal danger to the State of Isreal and her people.The Frankenstein Islamic Mullah Regime in Teheran that current arms and sustains both the Hamas and Hesbollah terrorists will certianly smuggle in some improvised nuclear explosive devices to the HamaTerrorists to destroy the State of Isreal and her people.
    Palestine is the land of the Isrealis and the Philistines, so called Palestinians are mere sojourners.They, the
    Palestinian must learn to live and let live in harmoney together with their Isreali hosts.That was the dreams of
    the Zionist founding fathers of Isreali,like Ben Gurion.
    May God bless the State of Isreal and His choosen People,the Isrealites.Amen!

  3. alabi 8th December 2017 at 6:01 am

    Dr. Kalu it is a pity d group zionist u mentioned are d first terorist in d world that course d problem for d isrealite to date. They are in minority but very powerful so Hama was created as alternative to zion.

  4. ochendo 8th December 2017 at 8:56 am

    Jesus Christ,as man,was a jew.when he made triumphant entry into jerusalem was there Palestinian Jerusalem or Jewish jerusalem.when King David ruled israel was there Palestinian jerusalem.thumbs up for a divinely inspired donald trump.in my nigeria the miyetti(herdsmen,fulanis and moslems) is claiming part of benue(a christian state) as the rightful owners.the attacks are on and routinely done.this is a minute semblance of what obtains in the israeli/palestinian conflict.those who want to applaud historical facts(the reality trump refers to) are welcome.those who think otherwise are entitled to their position.creation,both in heaven,spiritual realm,and the visible world have always had its divide.yes,God and the devil,good and bad,evil spirit and holy spirit,obama and trump,etc.

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