SRINAGAR: Thousands took part in anti-US demonstrations around the Muslim world Friday over the Trump administration’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Protests in Pakistan
Pakistan’s religious parties and lawyers’ associations held protests on Friday against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In Peshawar, the Difa-e-Pakistan Council, an amalgamation of religious parties, took out a protest outside the Peshawar Press Club. The demonstrations were also held in parts of the Pakistan adminstered Kashmir.
Thousands march in Istanbul
Thousands marched after Friday prayers in Istanbul in an angry protest at Trump’s decision, an AFP correspondent said.
Chanting slogans including “Jerusalem is ours and will remain so!” and “down with America, down with Israel”, the protesters marched after prayers at the Ottoman Fatih mosque in the centre of Istanbul, the correspondent added.
Malaysians protest outside US embassy
Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority Malaysia demonstrated Friday outside the US embassy over the US President’s move, denouncing it as a “slap in the face” for Muslims worldwide.
Some 5,000 demonstrators marched on the Kuala Lumpur mission after the main weekly Muslim prayers in a nearby mosque, chanting and waving banners that read “Hands off Jerusalem” and “Down USA President Trump”.
The protesters in Kuala Lumpur were led by Khairy Jamaluddin, the sports minister and head of ruling party UMNO’s youth wing, who accused of Trump of having made “an illegal announcement”.
Police said 5,000 demonstrators took part. The protest was peaceful bar some pushing between protesters and security officials.
Protests in Indonesia
In neighbouring Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, several hundred people demonstrated outside the US embassy in the capital Jakarta, carrying placards that said “No to Trump” and unfurling a large Palestinian flag.
Both Indonesia and Malaysia are staunch supporters of the Palestinian cause and solidarity protests are not uncommon.
US Jerusalem move ‘new challenge to regional stability’: Lebanese PM
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday criticised US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it posed a new challenge to the already tense Middle East.
“It complicates the peace process even more (between Israel and the Palestinians) and creates a new challenge to regional security,” he said at a meeting in Paris. “In the name of the Lebanese people, I can only repeat our rejection of this decision.”
World slams Trump Jerusalem move
Across the world condemnations have been sounded over Washington’s recognition of Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Palestinians said the move meant that the US could no longer play the role as a peace mediator.
The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at US President Donald Trump’s decision and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.
Major US allies came out against Trump’s reversal of decades of US and broad international policy on Occupied Jerusalem.
France rejected the “unilateral” decision while appealing for calm in the region.
Britain said the move would not help peace efforts and Occupied Jerusalem should ultimately be shared by Israel and a future Palestinian state.
Germany said Jerusalem’s status could only be resolved on the basis of a two-state solution.
Israel, by contrast, applauded Trump’s move. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a pre-recorded video message that it was “an important step towards peace” and it was “our goal from Israel’s first day”.
He added that any peace accord with the Palestinians would have to include Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and he urged other countries to follow Trump’s example.