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World Jerusalem split between ire and joy by 'historic' Trump shift

21:36  06 december  2017
21:36  06 december  2017 Source:   afp.com

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Israelis and Palestinians reacted with shock, anger or joy on Wednesday to President Donald Trump's plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but the disputed city remained calm despite calls for protests.

The U.S. leader is due to make the announcement from the White House on Wednesday afternoon, upending decades of U.S. policy and ignoring warnings that it could trigger a surge of violence in the Middle East.

An outpouring of emotions is expected after Trump speaks, with a major protest set for the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday and the Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip Hamas calling for a day of rage on Friday.

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Jerusalem split between ire and joy by ' historic ' trump shift Jerusalem (AFP) - Israelis and Palestinians reacted with shock, anger or joy on Wednesday to

In Jerusalem itself the situation was calm on a cold and wet Wednesday morning -- with Palestinian responses varying from fury to resignation. For Israelis in Jerusalem the Trump announcement was a major moment. Emmanuel Posen, 44, said he had been smiling all morning after hearing the news.

But already ahead of the announcement there were signs of the rising tensions. Hundreds of angry Palestinians in the Gaza Strip burned American and Israeli flags and pictures of Trump at demonstrations.

Meanwhile, there were relatively small clashes at the entrance to the Al-Arroub refugee camp near the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

In Jerusalem itself the situation was calm on a cold and wet Wednesday morning — with Palestinian responses varying from fury to resignation.

"How can he bring the embassy from Tel Aviv to here?" 50-year-old Mohammed Nabarak said.

"There will be new problems again. There will be a new intifada," he said, referring to the two previous bloody Palestinian uprisings. "The Western countries are even more against it than the Arabs."

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Israelis and Palestinians reacted with shock, anger or joy on Wednesday to US President Donald Trump 's plan to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital In Jerusalem itself the situation was calm on a cold and wet Wednesday morning -- with Palestinian responses varying from fury to resignation.

Israelis and Palestinians reacted with shock, anger or joy on Wednesday to US President Donald Trump 's plan to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but "It is natural for the corrupt Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, because the Arab world is torn and its leaders weak," he said.

Salah al-Shawish, 49, said the decision would "make things worse."

"It is natural for the corrupt Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, because the Arab world is torn and its leaders weak," he said.

'It is about time'

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most hotly contested issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel seized control of the east of the city in 1967 and later annexed it in moves never recognized by the international community. Israel considers the city its undivided capital, but Palestinians believe the east is illegally occupied and see it as the capital of their future state.

There are no clear walls or barriers separating east and west, only invisible lines known to residents.

Palestinian protesters hold a photo of President Donald Trump in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on Wednesday. © Said Khatib, AFP, Getty Images Palestinian protesters hold a photo of President Donald Trump in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on Wednesday. In the Old City, populated largely by Palestinians, heavily armed Israeli forces patrol the streets and control access to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, a key site for Muslims.

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Israelis and Palestinians reacted with shock, anger or joy on Wednesday to U.S. President Donald Trump 's plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In Jerusalem , residents' emotions are split between ire and joy as Trump 's " historic " decision on recognizing the city as Israel's capital looms

President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced a plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested city.Published OnDec. 6, 2017CreditCreditImage by Doug Mills/The New York Times.

"If they recognize Jerusalem as the capital or they don't, what will change? We are living under occupation," Abu Abed, a Palestinian in the Old City, said Wednesday.

At least until Trump's announcement, no countries currently fully recognize Israeli control over the city, with all foreign embassies located in Tel Aviv.

For Israelis in Jerusalem the Trump announcement was a major moment. Emmanuel Posen, 44, said he had been smiling all morning after hearing the news.

"It is about time — 3,000 years later than it should have been," he said, referring to the long Jewish history in the city.

He insisted he was not concerned about potential violence as Palestinians react to the move.

"If I was afraid for every step I am making (because of) what the Arabs will do I wouldn't do anything," he said.

Eugene Kontorovich, a campaigner for moving the embassy and head of international law at the Kohelet Policy Forum, a Jerusalem-based conservative think tank, lauded it as an "extraordinary development of historic proportions."

"Since the birth of the state of Israel (in 1948) no president has recognized Jerusalem as being part of the country."


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<p>Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he expects European countries to follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital.</p>He is in Brussels for talks - the first time an Israeli prime minister has visited the city in more than 20 years.

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