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

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June 19 Jun 2018 10:48 UTC

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.

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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)

MAP: Widespread Palestinian protests against move

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

Khan Younis: Three Palestinians injured

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.


Oborne takes aim at UK diplomats

@OborneTweets has criticised the UK embassy in Tel Aviv for its Twitter feed yesterday. While the world waited to hear from Trump in Washington, the British diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv was flagging up a screening of Netflix series #TheCrown

The embassy subsequently retweeted the criticism of Trump's decision by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Theresa May.

Peter Oborne has previously taken aim in Middle East Eye at the social media activity of British diplomats in the region…

Two Palestinians wounded during clashes on Gaza border

Two people were reportedly wounded on the Gaza border after clashes broke out between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians protesting Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 

(Via Haaretz and Reuters) 

LIVE: Clashes have begun in Bethlehem

Middle East Eye is live on the ground from Bethlehem in the West Bank where clashes have begun between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army. 

Protests continue in West Bank and Jerusalem

Small crowds have begun gathering outside the Damascus gate in the Old City of Jerusalem since the morning, while clashes were reported in cities across the West Bank.


Hamas calls for new intifada

Hours after Trump made his announcement, Hamas called for Palestinians to launch a new intifada.

"We can only face the Zionist policy backed by the United States by launching a new intifada," Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in the Gaza Strip early on Thursday.

The Palestinian Authority, which is based in the occupied West Bank, said the move rules out any possibility of the US being a broker in future peace talks.

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Bethlehem's Christmas lights switched off

Palestinians switched off Christmas lights at Jesus' traditional birthplace in Bethlehem on Wednesday night in protest against moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

A Christmas tree adorned with lights outside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe Jesus was born, and another in Ramallah, next to the burial site of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, were plunged into darkness.

"The Christmas tree was switched off on the order of the mayor today in protest at Trump's decision," said Fady Ghattas, Bethlehem's municipal media officer.

Eight nations call for UN Security Council meeting over Jerusalem

Eight countries called on Wednesday for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council after the US said it recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay want a meeting by the end of the week, the Swedish mission to the 15-member body said.

A Security Council resolution adopted in December last year "underlines that it will not recognise any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations".

Muslim US Congressman Keith Ellison denounces Trump’s decision

Assad says Trump cannot determine future of Jerusalem

The Palestinian cause will stay alive among Arabs until the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, the Syrian president's office said on Wednesday in response to US President Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision.

"The future of Jerusalem is not determined by a state or a president but is determined by its history and by the will and determination in the Palestinian cause," President Bashar al-Assad's office said on an official social media feed.

UK's May says decision won't help peace efforts

British Prime Minister Theresa May voiced opposition to the US decision on Wednesday, saying it is unlikely to help peace efforts.

"We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement," her spokesman said. "We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region."

Abbas says Jerusalem is Palestine's 'eternal capital'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem constitutes a “withdrawal” by Washington from its role as a mediator in the peace process.

Abbas described the move as a “reward” to Israel for its violation of international agreements and UN Security Council resolutions.

He said Trump’s decision will encourage Israel to continue its policies of “occupation, settlement-building, apartheid and ethnic cleansing”.

Abbas also called Jerusalem “the eternal capital of the Palestinian state”.

He said all Palestinian factions would meet in the coming days to weigh their options and come out with a unified Palestinian position.


Iran 'seriously condemns' the move

Iran "seriously condemns" the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, the Islamic Republic said on Wednesday in a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs carried by state media.

The move by the US violates international resolutions, the statement said.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said earlier in the day that the US is trying to destabilise the region and start a war to protect Israel's security.

France's Emmanuel Macron condemns 'regrettable' decision

France does not support US President Donald Trump's "unilateral" decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and called for calm across the region, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday.

"This decision is a regrettable decision that France does not approve of and goes against international law and all the resolutions of the UN Security Council," Macron told reporters at a news conference in Algiers.

Emmanuel Macron (AFP)

Four things we've learnt from Trump's speech

Here's a round-up of what Trump just announced:

1) The US embassy will be officially moving to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv despite international opposition. 

2) US Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Middle East in coming days to reassure leaders. 

3) Donald Trump aims to build a "magnificent" embassy building in the name of peace and tolerance in Jerusalem. 

4) America will continue to support a "shared capital" and "determined to support a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians".

LIVE: Vice President Mike Pence to visit Middle East

Trump has announced plans for US Vice President Mike Pence to visit the Middle East in wake of announcement to move America's embassy to Jerusalem. 

LIVE: Trump confirms US will move embassy to Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump has confirmed that America will officially move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

"The US is committed to finding a solution that is acceptable to both sides," said Trump. 

"There will, of course, be disagreement and dissent on this announcement but we are confident."

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LIVE: Trump 'officially recognises Jerusalem as capital'

US President Donald Trump has announced that the US "officially recognises Jerusalem as the capital" of the Israeli state. 

In his remarks he described the move as a "necessary move" to "achieving peace" and for Israel to act based on its "sovereign right".

"Today Jerusalem is the seat of the Israeli government. It is the home of the Israeli parliament, as well as the supreme court. It is the official location of the Israeli prime minister."

VIDEO: Why is Trump moving the US embassy to Jerusalem?

US diplomats advised to avoid travel to Israel

US State Department instructs all diplomatic staff top defer non-essential travel to Israel, Jerusalem and West Bank until 20 December. 

Via Reuters 

Jerusalem municipality lights up Old City wall

American and Israeli flag posted on wall of the Old City in Jerusalem (AFP)


Jerusalem municipality to light up Old City wall with US flag

Jerusalem's municipality is expected to light up the walls of the Old City to look like the American flag. 

The announcement comes hours before Trump is due to make an announcement on Jerusalem.

US evangelicals celebrate Trump plans to move embassy

Evangelical Christians in America have praised President Trump's plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, who is the president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, described Trump "as advancing the most biblically historic initiative of his presidency".

She added: "Should President Trump prove to be a man of his word, it is one more step in reversing the policies of the four previous administrations before him. The Judeo-Christian United States of America can once again say, 'Israel – We’ve got your back!'" 

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OPINION: 'Trump announcement makes no difference'

"Whether in Tel Aviv or in Jerusalem, the US embassy would still be sitting on Palestinian land," writes British-Palestinian academic Azzam Tamimi.  

"This is a land that was invaded, usurped and occupied by Zionists who, many Palestinians still believe, don't belong where they happen to be living today." 

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White House email confirms Trump announcement

The White House in its daily briefing has confirmed that US President Donald Trump will be making a major announcement on Jerusalem at 1pm EST. 

UK plans to keep embassy in Tel Aviv amid rising tensions

The UK has said it has "no intention of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv".

In remarks made by UK Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt, he said that "we believe such a move can inflame tensions in the region.

"Our position is clear and longstanding. The status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement between Israelis and Palestinians." 

Bolivia to seek UN Security Council meeting on Jerusalem

Bolivia will ask for a public meeting of the United Nations Security Council if US President Donald Trump announces on Wednesday that the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there.

Bolivian UN ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz said it would be a “reckless and a dangerous decision that goes against international law, the resolutions of the Security Council, it also weakens any effort for peace in the region and also upsets the whole region.”

A meeting of the 15-member council cannot be scheduled until Bolivia formally requests one. It was not immediately clear when such a meeting could be held.

Via Reuters 

VIDEO: Netanyahu describes Trump's move as 'historical' recognition

In his first public statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described his joy at the prospect of the US officially recognising Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. 

In a video posted on the Israeli Prime Minister's Twitter account, Netanyahu said: "Our historical and national identity is receiving important expression every day, but particularly today."

China expresses 'concern' over US consulate move

The Chinese government has expressed concern over America's decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

"We are concerned by Trump's intention to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel," said a spokesperson.

"This decision might lead to an escalation."