Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas that controls Gaza, called for a new « intifada, » or uprising, Thursday. He also described the US-Israeli alliance as « satanic. »
The first two intifadas were periods of Palestinian uprisings against Israeli rule. The second began in September 2000 and was particularly violent, with rocket attacks and suicide bombings targeting civilians and military operations by Israeli security forces that killed thousands of Palestinians.
Nearly 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis died between 2000 and 2005 during the second intifada.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said Thursday at least 49 people were injured during protests over Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the Israeli capital. Israeli security officers fired what appeared to be rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon at demonstrators across Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah, as well as other towns. Protesters in Ramallah were seen setting tires alight and throwing rocks at armed Israeli officers.
Leaders from Muslim-majority countries from across the world denounced the decision, with some citizens taking to the streets in protests.
Outside the US embassy in the Jordanian capital, Amman, Thursday around 200 people gathered to protest the move. One woman held a poster of Trump with a snake for a tongue and a message reading: « America is the plague and the plague is America. »(FROM CNN)