Israeli-Arab politicians join the protest against Trump's declaration

Trump's announcement reversed decades of US policy, angering the Arab world and alarming Western allies.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
December 8, 2017 15:44
Arab leaders join largest protest in West Bank history against Trump's declaration.

Arab leaders join largest protest in West Bank history against Trump's declaration.. (photo credit: JOINT LIST)

 
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MK Yosef Jabareen joined the tens of thousands in the protest against US President Donald Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel on Friday in the city of Umm al-Fahm. 

He stated at the event that Trump's comments deny the historical rights of Palestinians in the city of Jerusalem and spits in the face of the international committee.

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The protest was initiated by the Peoples Committee in the city. 

Trump's announcement reversed decades of US policy, angering the Arab world and alarming Western allies. But he also said Washington was not laying down a position on "final-status" issues including boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, which the two parties would have to decide in negotiations.

Israel has long deemed Jerusalem its eternal, indivisible capital. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a state they seek on land Israel took in a 1967 war. Its eastern sector is laden with Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites that inject deep religious sensitivities into the dispute over sovereignty.



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