Protests break out following Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Report Date: December 7, 2017

Jerusalem (CNN)Dozens of people were injured in the West Bank on Thursday as Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli security forces over US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision on Jerusalem.

Trump on Wednesday announced that the US recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, drawing condemnation from world leaders and sending shock waves through the Muslim world.
Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the holy city as their capital.
The Red Crescent said 49 people were injured in the protests, in which Israeli security officers fired what appeared to be rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon at demonstrators in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah, as well as other towns. Protesters in Ramallah were seen setting tires alight and throwing rocks at armed Israeli officers.
A 27-year-old, Abdalla, showed CNN reporters a rubber bullet injury on his right forearm.
Speaking in Jerusalem, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN that protests there were relatively small and had been largely contained.
“We’ve dealt with much larger, both in terms of number, scale, size, seriousness of incidents.”

Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising

As the protests took place, the leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called for a new “intifada,” or uprising, Thursday.
Ismail Haniyeh said in Gaza that Israel’s policies supported by the United States “could only be confronted by a renewed intifada against the occupation” and he described the US-Israeli alliance “satanic.”
“Palestine will not be divided and the whole of Palestine and the whole of Jerusalem are the property of the Palestinian people,” he said.
“It is a declaration of war against our Palestinian people in their holiest of holy places of the Christians and Muslims.”
He added that the announcement had left the decades-long peace process “buried forever.”
Leaders of the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, Nafeth Azzam and Ahmed al-Batsh, said they were also ready for a new armed struggle. They called on the governing Palestinian Authority to stop all security coordination with Israel, to withdraw its recognition of Israel and to declare an end to the Oslo agreements, which are the basis of peace negotiations.
Trump’s announcement bucked decades of US foreign policy and raised fears that the peace process, already stalled, could now be finished.
Trump had promised to make the policy change during the election campaign period, saying on Wednesday the US was acknowledging “the obvious.”
“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do,” he said