Monday, 18 December 2017, 07:43:56 pm
US move on Jerusalem sparks outrage worldwide
December 08, 2017

The US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has sparked large scale protests in the world including Arab and other Muslim countries.Speaking at a televized news conference in Gaza City Thursday, Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh called for Palestinians to launch protests from tomorrow and for Muslim countries to cut ties with the United States.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi by phone to discuss the US decision. He said that Trump has destroyed America's credibility as a Mideast peace broker.In Gaza, hundreds of Palestinian protesters burned American and Israeli flags and waved Palestinian flags and banners proclaiming Jerusalem as "our eternal capital" and calling recognition of it as Israel's capital as a red line.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said  his government is deeply concerned over Trump's move which hurts the sentiments of the entire Islamic world.Saudi Arabia has also condemned the US decision terming it unjustified and irresponsible. Egypt, denounced Trump's decision, describing it  as a violation of international resolutions on the city's status. A protest demonstration was staged in front of US embassy in Berlin. Demonstrations were also staged in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

Jordan's King Abdullah-II expressed concerns in a telephonic call to Trump saying that ignoring Palestinian, Muslim and Christian rights in Jerusalem would fuel further extremism. The United Arab Emirates has expressed its deep regret and condemnation of the US decision.In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that such unilateral decisions contrary to the internationally-legitimate resolutions will not change the legal status of the city of Jerusalem as being under occupation. A protest demonstration was staged in front of US embassy in Berlin. Demonstrations were also staged in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.In Beirut, several hundred Palestinian refugees staged a protest in the streets of the Bourj al-Barajneh camp. They raised slogans against the US and Israel. In Turkey, hundreds of people took to the streets to stage demonstrations near US diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul. The European Union's chief diplomat Federica Mogherini also voiced serious concern over Trump's decision. Meanwhile, the United States, Germany and France have directed their citizens to exercise caution in visiting occupied Jerusalem.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said  his government is deeply concerned over Trump's move which hurts the sentiments of the entire Islamic world.