Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for armed resistance following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and initiated a plan to move the U.S.’s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” he said at the White House.
Ahead of his election last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is sacred to both Muslims and Jews, as it includes sites known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (The Noble Sanctuary), al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the rock, as well as an ancient Jewish temple.
Turkish non-profits to protest US Jerusalem move
Turkey-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) and Confederation of Public Servants Trade Unions (Memur-Sen) will hold demonstrations after Friday prayers across Turkey to protest the U.S. move on Jerusalem.IHH said in a statement that Israel wants to make Jerusalem its capital unlawfully and against all international agreements."We invite all Muslims to take part in the protests after Friday prayers in their respective provinces tomorrow," the statement added.In Istanbul, the demonstration will be held at Fatih Mosque, and a press conference will be held after a march to the nearby Sarachane Park.IHH Chairman Bulent Yildirim in a tweet asked people to participate in the Friday protest.On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.During his electoral campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the embassy and acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Turkish lawmakers urge UN to reject US Jerusalem move
The head of Turkey's Parliamentary Union of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (PUOIC) on Thursday called on the UN to take an urgent decision against the U.S. move on Jerusalem.In a joint press conference in the parliament, Orhan Atalay, slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital."This attitude of the U.S. aims to make Israel's domination of occupied Jerusalem easier," said Atalay, a lawmaker of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party from Adana province."The UN General Assembly should take an urgent decision over nonrecognition of the U.S. move," he added.On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested city, despite widespread international opposition.In the joint press conference, Hasan Turan, the head of parliament’s Turkey-Palestine parliamentary friendship group, warned the U.S. that Turkey would never accept this move.Video: Erdoğan: Trump’s Jerusalem step ‘will throw the region into a ring of fire'"This decision, which will make Jerusalem available to Israel, is illegal and unacceptable," said Turan, a lawmaker of AK Party from Istanbul province."You may occupy Jerusalem physically, but you can never occupy what our hearts feel for Jerusalem," he said.In the press conference, the head of the parliament's Human Rights Committee Omer Serdar declared the U.S. decision "null and void"."The Islamic world will continue to protect its legitimate case on Jerusalem," said Serdar, a lawmaker of AK Party from Elazig province."It is impossible to recognize this decision which violates the UN decision and international law," he said, adding that the U.S. move will destroy peace in the Middle East.Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.Ahead of his election last year, Trump had repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.Galeri: Gazans demonstrate against Trump’s Jerusalem moveTrump's Jerusalem call ‘worrying’: EU's top diplomatJordanians protest US policy reversal on JerusalemIntifada: From civil disobedience to armed resistance
Trump's Jerusalem call ‘worrying’: EU's top diplomat
The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Thursday described U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital as “worrying”."President Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem has a very worrying potential impact," Federica Mogherini told reporters at a daily briefing in Brussels.“The announcement has the potential to send us backwoods to even darker times than the ones we are already living in,” Mogherini added.She said the European Union had a "clear and united position" on the issue: "We believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states and with Jerusalem as the capital of both.""The most urgent priority now is that all relevant actors avoid to further escalate tensions on the ground," she said.On Wednesday, Trump announced his decision -- despite widespread international opposition -- to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy to the flashpoint city.According to Trump, the U.S. State Department has already been instructed to begin preparations for the embassy’s relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.