The US declaration to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday resulted in protests across Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and New York, with more planned in Morocco and London, to denounce US president Donald Trump’s decision.
The declaration was condemned internationally by friend and foe alike, and to many marks the end of the US’s role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
“These deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts,” Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech after Trump’s announcement.
Abbas said the move was “an announcement of US withdrawal from playing the role it has been playing in the past decade in sponsoring the peace process”.
“I call for withdrawal from the absurd and endless negotiations with Israel after the principle of inviolability of the status of Jerusalem has been breached,” said Dahlan, an elected member of the Fatah party central committee.
He added, “I call for ending all forms of coordination, especially security coordination, with Israel and USA.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of people in many Turkish cities staged demonstrations in public squares, raising Turkish, Palestinian flags and Hamas flags in front of the US consulate in Istanbul. They held banners reading “Death to Israel” and “Jerusalem is Arab Islamic”.
On Wednesday evening, New York City witnessed a demonstration organised by Palestinians and Muslims in downtown Manhattan, chanting anti-American slogans and waving banners reading “Freedom for Jerusalem and Freedom for Palestine” and “Jerusalem was never Israeli”.
In Morocco, the National Action Bloc for Palestine and the Moroccan Association to Support the Palestinian Struggle called a demonstration for Thursday evening.
A United Nations Security Council meeting is expected to take place on Friday, called by eight of the 15 member countries, which included the UK, France and Italy.