Palestinian anger rises in growing protests over Trump Jerusalem move

Palestinian protestors burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Nablus, on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jaafar ASHTIYEH

Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Thursday by Israeli soldiers as they protested against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the wake of a call from Hamas for an Intifada , new uprising.

Nine people were injured in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Two protesters were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets and five others were treated for tear gas inhalation in the town of Bethlehem, as Israeli soldiers fired on a peaceful march against the US president’s declaration on Wednesday. Eleven people were injured in Tulkarem city and 15 in Hebron and al-Bireh, where thousands of demonstrators rallied with chants of “Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine”.

Across the West Bank, Palestinians closed down their shops on Thursday in observance of a strike that Palestinian factions called for after Trump’s announcement.

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile hailed Trump for his move. In Jerusalem, Palestinians decried the decision, condemned by a huge majority of world leaders, as the latest treachery by the West.

Source – Middle East Eye

Photo – Palestinian protesters in Nablus burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (AFP)

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