The decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has generated a series of reactions in Palestine and around the world.
Here are the latest developments, both on the diplomatic and street front, as of Wednesday, December 13:
Maduro arrives in Istanbul. Condemning Trump’s decision on Jerusalem, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in the Turkish capital to participate in the extraordinary session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday.
- Ankara criticises Arab reaction. “Some Arab countries have shown very weak responses (on Jerusalem)”, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. “It seems some countries are very timid of the United States.”
- At Wednesday’s meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to be held in Turkey’s Istanbul, “we will make a call for countries that have so far not recognised Palestine to do so now”, added Cavusoglu.
- Tehran ‘ready’ to support Palestinian resistance. On Tuesday, Qassem Soleimani, the commander of foreign operations of the elite Revolutionary Guards, said Iran is ready to support the “Islamic resistance forces” in Palestine wholeheartedly.
- Iran’s Parliament also called on Muslim countries to reduce economic ties with the United States.
- Putin, Erdogan criticise US move. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded a one-day regional tour with a stop in Turkey, where he joined his Turkish counterpart in criticising a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
- PLO denounces Trump’s declaration. In an interview on Monday with Al Jazeera, Hanan Ashrawi said the US had made any peace talks between Israel and Palestine “irrelevant and superfluous” with its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
- Hezbollah calls for a strategy to confront Israel. Also on Monday, the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah said his group and its allies in the region would renew their focus on the Palestinian cause.
- Israeli PM tours EU. At a joint news conference with the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday expressed his hope that “all or most” European states would move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognising it as the capital of Israel.
- Turkish leader calls Israel a ‘terrorist state’. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, on Monday, labelled Israel a “terrorist state”, and declared the USrecognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void”.
- Macron and Netanyahu hold talks. On Sunday, in a joint press conference after meeting Netanyahu in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron urged the Israeli leader to negotiate with the Palestinians.
- Bahraini delegation arrives in Israel. On Sunday, a 25-member Bahraini delegation arrived in Israel on a five-day visit to “send a message of peace”.
- Protests in Berlin. Hundreds of protesters gathered at Berlin’s main train station on Tuesday to protest Trump’s the capital of Israel.
- German authorities had said they would prevent any burning of the Israeli flag after two were set on fire at a Friday demonstration outside the US embassy in Berlin.
- Casualties rise. On Tuesday, as clashes continued six days after Trump’s announcement, the Palestinian Red Crescent said that it had provided medical assistance to over 1,795 people across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
- Unrest across Palestinian territories. On Sunday, protesters across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip headed to the streets again to denounce Trump’s decision.
- Palestinian Christians expressed their frustration with the US move, many of them speaking out during Sunday services.
- Protests spread from Asia, through the Middle East, to North Africa. Demonstrations were held on Sunday in major cities around the world.
- Clashes outside US embassy in Beirut. On Sunday, security forces fired tear gas at protesters near the US Embassy in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, during a demonstration against the US decision.