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Muslims in Japan Protest Trump Jerusalem Decision

16 December 2017 11:45

 

Dozens of Muslims protested in Tokyo against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Pakistanis and Indonesians were among about 50 people who gathered outside the US Embassy on Friday, raising placards and shouting slogans, NHK World reported.

The protest was arranged by a Pakistani resident in Tokyo, Raees Siddiqui. He suggested that Trump’s decision poses a threat to peace. He said he called on his friends in Japan to rise up.

US President announced last Wednesday that Washington would be recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and ordered that work on the relocation of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds begin.

The move was hailed by Israel but condemned by the rest of the international community as one which undermines the peace talks.

Washington’s al-Quds move has raised a chorus of outcry across the international community. The Muslim world, the UN, world leaders from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, and even US allies in the West have criticized the bid, saying it would plunge the already tumultuous region into new upheaval.

Heavy clashes also broke out between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters after Washington’s decision in Jerusalem al-Qud’s Old City, Hebron (al-Khalil), Bethlehem and Nablus in the West Bank as well as the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to reports, thousands of Palestinians were wounded by Israeli army’s fire during protests against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, while hundreds more were detained by Israeli forces and police.

People in different countries have also hit the streets to denounce Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in a statement issued following an extraordinary summit in Turkey’s Istanbul on Wednesday, declared East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine “under occupation” and urged the US to withdraw from the peace process and back down from its Jerusalem decision.

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