Global protests were encountered in the Middle East, other Islamic nations in support of Palestine on Sunday over US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital a move that has drawn global debate, ignited days of unrest in the Palestinian territories.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Palestinians needed to come to terms with Jerusalem’s long Jewish history. “It’s always been our capital,” he said at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.
“I think the sooner the Palestinians come to grips with this reality, the sooner we’ll move towards peace.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — who has repeatedly warned of the consequences of Trump’s move — lashed out Sunday by calling Israel a “terrorist state” that “kills children”.
Netanyahu hit back, calling Erdogan a leader who “bombs Kurdish villagers” and “helps terrorists”.
Trump’s Wednesday announcement sparked days of protests and clashes in the Palestinian territories. Four Palestinians were killed either in clashes or by Israeli air strikes in retaliation for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
On Sunday, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem’s central bus station, seriously wounding him. The assailant was arrested.
Tens of thousands of people have protested in Muslim and Arab countries, including Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, and Malaysia.
On Sunday, further protests were held in countries including Lebanon, Indonesia, Egypt, and Morocco as well as in the Palestinian territories.
Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons at several hundred demonstrators near the American embassy.
Tens of thousands also rallied in Morocco’s capital Rabat.