West Bank, Dec 7: Hundreds of Palestinians protesters and Israeli troops indulged in clashes across the West Bank on Thursday over the United States President Donald Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Meanwhile, in Gaza, demonstrators burned posters of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and US flags to express their anger. (ALSO READ – What World Leaders Say About Trump’s Jerusalem Decision)
In the West Bank, protesters set tires on fire and hurled stones at anti-riot troops whereas, in the town of Bethlehem, troops fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd. In Ramallah protesters set tires on fire. The schools and shops were shut down by the Palestinians on Thursday. They launched three-days of rage over Trump’s decision. Rallies were taken out against the US President’s decision and demonstrations were also being held. Notably, even after a huge uproar, no serious casualties reported on Thursday.
Trump had recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, overturning decades of US and international policy on the disputed holy city, a hugely controversial decision which many Arab leaders warned could trigger an upheaval in the already volatile Middle East. The decision by him was taken after he had “judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians”.
In his nationally televised address, Trump said he has “determined” that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and was directing the State Department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move was reportedly promised by Trump during his 2016 campaign.