Hamas leader calls for new uprising over US recognition to Jerusalem as Israel capital

Hamas leader calls for new uprising over US recognition to Jerusalem as Israel capital

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 07 Dec 2017

Gaza, Dec 7 (IBNS) : Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has called for a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising, after US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"This Zionist policy supported by the US cannot be confronted unless we ignite a new intifada," media reports qouted the head of the armed Palestinian Islamist movement that runs Gaza as saying during a speech.

Worried that the recrimination could disrupt reconciliation efforts, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah and other Fatah delegates arrived in Gaza to meet Hamas.

Protests broke out in Gaza following the call, with dozens of Palestinians gathering at two points on the border fence with Israel and threw rocks at soldiers on the other side.

In cities inside Gaza, thousands of Palestinians rallied, some chanting: "Death to America! Death to the fool Trump!" and burning tyres.

Meanwhile, at a NATO summit in Brussels, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu didn't mince his words ahead of the US president's anticipated declaration.

"It's going to be a grave mistake. Grave mistake. It will not bring any stability, peace but rather chaos to the region," Cavusoglu said.

The EU and other key allies including France and Britain have also voiced their concern about the expected move.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: "We view the reports that we've heard with concern because we think that Jerusalem obviously should be part of the final settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, a negotiated settlement that we want to see. And we have no plans ourselves to move our embassy."

Pope Francis also expressed his profound concern. In his weekly address he called for Jerusalem's current status to be respected.

"I cannot hide my deep concern about the situation that has developed in the last days and, in the meantime, I make an urgent appeal to everybody to respect the status quo of the city.......and I pray that wisdom and prudence can prevail to avoid adding new elements of tension in a world scenario already convulsive."

Amid fears of a violent backlash over Trump's expected announcement, US Government employees working at the American consulate in Jerusalem have been told to avoid going into the old city.

Hamas leader calls for new uprising over US recognition to Jerusalem as Israel capital

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