Hamas calls for ‘rage day’ to protest Trump’s stance on Jerusalem
The Hamas terrorist group called for a “day of rage” in protest of President Trump’s plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Israeli Defense Forces was on high alert after the militants issued an official statement urging Palestinians to respond to Trump’s announcement with “all means available” following Friday prayers.
President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday.
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Protesters didn’t wait to express their anger. Hundreds of Palestinians filled the streets of Gaza City Wednesday, burning American and Israeli flags and waving banners proclaiming Jerusalem as “our eternal capital.”
Hamas issued the call several hours before Trump formalized his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The President also promised to relocate the U.S. embassy to the Holy City from Tel Aviv.
World reacts after President Trump formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
“We call on the people of Palestine to declare ‘rage day’ on Friday against Israel, denying the U.S. plan to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” the Hamas statement read.
“The youth and the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank need to respond with all means available to the U.S. decision that harms our Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a red line and the resistance will not allow any desecration of it.”
The Trump administration’s controversial plan, which was revealed Tuesday, drew a chorus of international condemnation.
Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, also weighed in on Wednesday, describing the move as a declaration of war.
Palestinian protesters burn the U.S. and Israeli flags in Gaza City on Dec. 6.
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“If he says what he is intending to say about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it means a kiss of death to the two state solution,” Manuel Hassassian told the BBC.
“He is declaringwar in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel.”