Philippine protesters denounce Trump’s Jerusalem al-Quds move
Dozens of demonstrators have held a protest rally in the Philippine capital to denounce US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.”
Holding up anti-US placards, the protesters marched on the Israel embassy in Manila on Thursday.
Scuffles were reported between police and the demonstrators, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.
On December 6, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy in occupied lands from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.
The dramatic shift in Washington’s policy vis-à-vis the city drew fierce criticism from the international community, including the US Western allies, and triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other countries across the world.
Jerusalem al-Quds remains at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians hoping that the eastern part of the city would eventually serve as the capital of a future independent Palestinian state.