Palestinian protesters burned American flags Friday across the West Bank and Gaza, angered by President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
After Friday prayers, the enraged protesters stormed the streets, chanting, “Jerusalem is ours, Jerusalem is our capital,” and “We don’t need empty words, we need stones and Kalashnikovs,”according to Reuters.
Others chanted: “Death to America! Death to the fool Trump!”
Amid the haze of tear gas, protesters hurled stones at Israeli police, set tires ablaze, and stomped on caricatures of President Trump.
Hamas, which the U.S. State Department lists as a terror group, has called for an uprising, or “intifada,” in response to Trump’s Jerusalem move.
Fathy Hammad, the leader of Hamas, declared, “Whoever moves his embassy to occupied Jerusalem will become an enemy of the Palestinians and a target of Palestinian factions. We declare an intifada until the liberation of Jerusalem and all of Palestine.”
During an anti-Israel march in the village of Jabalya in Gaza, Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif al-Qanaweh bemoaned Trump’s announcement.
“Trump’s decision buried a quarter of a century of a peace process and the peace agreements,”Latif al-Qanaweh said. “Our people have no choice but to stand firm and resist the occupation. The intifada of the Palestinian people is continuing against the occupation. Today the public has come out to say, ‘We will not allow the Trump declaration, Jerusalem and Palestine will win.'”
Has the Muslim world joined the Palestinian protests?
According to Reuters, Muslims worldwide have joined the protests, and “thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday, the Muslim holy day, expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and outrage at the U.S. move.”
Marches and protests took place in Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Jordan.
Al Qaeda called on followers worldwide “to target vital interests of the United States, its allies and Israel.” A statement on as-Sahab, Al Qaeda’s propaganda network, called for jihad and referred to U.S. as “an oppressor of Muslims.”
The Associated Press reported that demonstrators in Amman, Jordan, chanted “Jerusalem is Arab” and “America is the head of the snake.”
U.S. embassies in both Malaysia and Indonesia increased security as thousands of protesters took to the street.