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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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VIDEO: How both sides responded to US embassy move
3 years ago

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

It's not just Trump: Google elevates Jerusalem to capital status
3 years ago

Many users on Twitter have noticed that Google search returns Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – with several pointing out it happened before the Trump announcement.

It’s here on search…

Back in 2016, we ran a piece on how Google sparked an outcry after reports emerged that it had allegedly removed Palestine from its maps.

If you look closely at the map we used then, you’ll see that Jerusalem is marked as a dot inside a circle, on a par with Middle East capital cities including Damascus, Beirut and Amman. Tel Aviv, in contrast, where foreign embassies are based, only gets a white circle -  which puts it on a par with Haifa.

What next for Jerusalem?
3 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.  

You can follow Mustafa here on Twitter...

31 injured across West Bank and Gaza during clashes
3 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 

'Israel knows that, in the end, it can do what it wants'
3 years ago

Meron Rapoport, Middle East Eye contributor and former head of news at Haaertz, tells MEE that Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem is good for the Palestinians because it will put the Israeli-Palestinian conflict back on the international agenda.

Here are some more of his thoughts:

  • The majority of Israelis don’t see the declaration as an end to the two-state solution largely because, for them, it is "clear and obvious" that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel
     
  • It is wrong for Israel to think that the entire international community holds the same opinions as Donald Trump - even though, as US president, he is currently the “leader of the free world”
     
  • Trump's decision will, however, embolden the motives of settlers as well as those on the right of Israeli politics. They will now do what they want, without worrying about what the international community does and thinks about Israeli actions and interests. “It doesn’t matter if Europe, the UN Security Council and everyone else rejects Israel’s plans," he said. "Israel knows that, in the end, it can do what it wants, even if it takes 20 years.”
Trump's Jerusalem decision: Where we're at
3 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

As always we’re also on Twitter @MiddleEastEye and Facebook. Feel free to leave comments below

Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk Camp protest US embassy move
3 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. 

Turkey says US 'pulled the pin on bomb' with embassy move
3 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 

VIDEO: Palestinians protest outside Old City in East Jerusalem
3 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. 

Tunisia: Hundreds march for Jerusalem
3 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'

Turkey attacks Trump's Jerusalem decision
3 years ago

From mainstream to fringe political parties, Turkey has united in condemnation of US President Donald Trump’s decision on Wednesday to relocate the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognise the city as the state’s capital.

The Turkish Communist Party (TKP) became the latest to rally for Palestine, calling the US move the latest provocative decision that would not gain traction with the peoples of the world. It went on to say the only way for Jerusalem to become a city of peace was through socialism. 

Apart from a joint statement by the political parties in the Turkish parliament slamming Trump’s statement and official criticism of the move by the Turkish government, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) also condemned the move during a visit to London and said his party would never accept Trump’s decision.

“Everyone who cares about peace and the Middle East has been deeply hurt [by Trump’s move]. How can you plant such a bomb in a place where so much bloodshed, pain and tears already prevail? It is Palestinian blood spilled on those lands; Palestinians who pay the price.”

Meanwhile the Anadolu Agency reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has discussed the issue with several leaders, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Qatar, Malaysia, Tunisia and Sudan.

Earlier he lashed out at Trump's decision, saying it would put the region in a "ring of fire", adding: "Taking this type of step puts the world, especially the region, in a ring of fire. Hey, Trump, what do you want to do? What kind of approach is this? Political leaders do not stir things up, they seek to make peace.”

UK government called to take on 'bully' Trump
3 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 

Israeli park to be named in honour of Donald Trump
3 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

Jerusalemites feel 'betrayed' by America
3 years ago

MEE Correspondent Lubna Masarwa is on the ground in Jerusalem.

She's speaking to Palestinians who are protesting outside the Old City in East Jerusalem. 

Dauod, 27, who lives in the Old City, told MEE he felt "betrayed by the Arab nations and the whole world".

"England promised our land Palestine to the Jewish people and America gave Jerusalem to Israel," said Daoud. 

"We don't rely on anyone even our leadership. It's on us, the Palestinian people to not be silent on all of this. We will lead the struggle. You saw that in the crises of the Aqsa last summer and you will see what will happen now." 

Five Palestinians hospitalised in Bethlehem during clashes
3 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