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LIVE: Calls for Palestinian uprising after Trump's Jerusalem move

LIVE: Calls for Palestinian uprising after Trump's Jerusalem move

After 70 years, Donald Trump did on Wednesday what no previous US president has done – recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The announcement has sparked anger and protest across the Middle East while being welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and supporters of Israel.

Leaders in Gaza and the West Bank have called for a strong response, with protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Israeli soldiers were deployed in anticipation of unrest.

We’ll be bringing you live updates here.

Feel free to leave comments and news tips below; we’re also on Twitter @MiddleEastEye and Facebook.

Photo: Protesters shout slogans and wave the Jordanian flag during a protest near the American Embassy in Amman against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 7, 2017.  (AFP)

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6 years ago

Rocket alarms have been set off in southern Israel, near Gaza. Significant in light of recent Trump announcement. 

No initial confirmation of any hits in Israel, the military said. 

Source: Reuters

6 years ago

At least 31 people have been injured across the West Bank and Gaza during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers. 

Here's a breakdown of the injuries in different cities:

►Nine people injured in Ramallah

►Seven people injured in Bethlehem, five of them choked from tear-gas 

►11 people injured in Tulkarem City

►Four people injured in Khan Younis, Gaza

Sources: Palestinian health ministry and Red Crescent 

6 years ago

India appears to remain neutral on Jerusalem's status and suggested that it will not change its stance based on America's decision to recognise it as Israel's capital. 

“India’s position on Palestine is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country,” a spokesperson says.

6 years ago

A video recap of how leaders from both sides responded to the US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

6 years ago

Jerusalem resident and MEE Correspondent Mustafa Abu Sneineh gives his take on what next for his hometown as tensions continue to rise:

Today's protests are reminiscent of the demonstrations that took place in the summer after Israel imposed metal detectors on the gates of Al-Haram Al-Shareef and Al-Aqsa mosque. 

But the scale and the spread of today's protests is wider. Even in Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority allowed a march to the headquarters of the Israeli Civil Administration in the Beit El settlement. 

The PA attitude towards such protests was to crush it by its US-trained security forces. This happened during the Gaza War in 2014 and similarly done during the July 2017 Al-Aqsa protests.

The Palestinian official politicians find themselves out of words today after almost 24 years of negotiations.

On the ground, an informal political leadership is emerging that consists of community workers, ulema, intellectuals, political prisoners, vloggers and grassroots activists.

This leadership is scattered and unorganised which makes it harder to control and predict its reactions to the US embassy move.

It is too early to tell what will happen on Friday, which will be the 30th anniversary of the first intifada. But Palestinians have now found a new model of resisting the Israeli occupation which has gained its inspiration from the Arab Spring, the BDS movement and the protests at Al-Aqsa.  

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6 years ago

Hundreds of Palestinian children in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria staged protests against the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Children can be seen carrying placards that say "Jerusalem is Arab and Muslim" and "Oh Jerusalem will be our legacy" and marching through the camp on Thursday. 

During the Syrian civil war, Yarmouk has been a major flashpoint between different Palestinian factions. It has also been besieged by the Syrian army. 

6 years ago

If you’ve just joined our developing coverage of the aftermath of Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday, this is a brief recap

  • Hamas has called for a fresh intifada
  • Palestinian protests have broken out in Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, Gaza City and Tubas
  • At least five people have been reported injured in Bethlehem and three in Khan Younis
  • In Jerusalem itself, Palestinians were barred from entering the Old City by Israeli security forces
  • International condemnation has continued, with protesters taking to the streets in Tunisia and Turkey among others

Later today:

  • The UN Security Council has decided to meet on Friday
  • Hassan Nasrallah, secretary-general of Hezbollah, is due speak at 16:00 GMT
  • Elsewhere, French President Emmanuel Macron is in Qatar while German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hosting Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Berlin
  • Foreign ministers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe are gathered in Vienna

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6 years ago

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the US had "pulled the pin on a bomb ready to blow in the region" with its plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem. 

"Today, more than 80 percent of our citizens are cold towards the United States and they are right to be so," Yildirim said, without giving a source for the figure.

Via Reuters 

6 years ago

Trump's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem has prompted protests in Tunisia, where protesters marched on Thursday in the city of Sfax carrying Palestinian flags.

An emergency meeting was held in the Tunisian parliament, where MPs raised the Palestinian and Tunisian flags and chanted "The people want to liberate Palestine". It's a cry reminiscent of Tunisia's Arab Spring in 2011, when protesters shouted "The people want to overthrow the regime".

Translation: Sfax protests for the occupied Jerusalem.

Translation: An emergency meeting in the Tunisian parliament over Trump's decision. Some MPs chanting 'the people want to liberate Palestine'

6 years ago

Protesters have gathered in Khan Younis town, in the southern Gaza Strip, to demonstrate against Trump's announcement on Wednesday. Three Palestinians have subsequently suffered foot injuries, according to local media.

6 years ago

Five people have been taken to hospital after they were injured during clashes in Bethlehem, according to MEE correspondent Yumna Patel, who was on the scene.

Several rounds of tear-gas have also been fired by the Israeli army in a bid to disperse peaceful protesters.

The list of the injured so far:

- Three injured by rubber-coated steel bullets

- Two unconscious from tear-gas inhalation 

6 years ago

Kiryat Yam, a city in northern Israel, has decided to name its main park after US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the state's capital, according to the Israeli-based GLZ Radio.  

Translation: Following the decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel: the new Central Park of Kiryat Yam will be named after Donald Trump

6 years ago

The UK government has been asked to stop "bending over backwards" for US President Donald Trump. 

During an UK parliamentary emergency debate on the US Embassy move to Jerusalem, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry described Trump's decision as a "hammer blow" to peace efforts in the Middle East. 

"The sheer recklessness of that decision needs no debate," she said. "Donald Trump is not crying fire in a crowded theatre. He is deliberately setting fire to the theatre and then he has the unbelievable cheek to say he is moving forward the peace process when in reality, he is setting back decades."

Via BBC 

6 years ago

Palestinians were barred from entering the Old City after they amassed to protest against plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. 

The protests took place amid heavy security as clashes continued across the West Bank. 

6 years ago

These are the protests of which we are currently aware. We will update the map as events progress.