Palestinians call general strike, rallies to protest Trump Jerusalem move

December 7, 2017 00:18

GAZA - Palestinian secular and Islamist factions on Wednesday called a general strike and midday rallies to protest US President Donald Trump's announcement that he has recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, they said in a joint statement.

Answering the call for strike on Thursday, the Palestinian education ministry declared a day off and urged teachers as well as high school and university students to take part in the planned rallies in the  West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Palestinian areas in Jerusalem.

In a speech in Washington, Trump said he had decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy to the city. Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East condemned the US decision, calling it an incendiary move.

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