Trump's second-in-command Pence 'unwelcome in Palestine': Fatah official

10 December, 2017, 05:22 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Conservative MP Erin O'Toole speaks during a news conference Wednesday

Mr Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked Palestinian protests, sporadic clashes and a call for a new intifada as fears grew of fresh bloodshed in the region.

More demonstrations were expected in the region on Friday with Israel deploying hundreds of extra troops in the West Bank.

Neither the Palestinian president nor the United States vice president has confirmed the information so far. "He asked to meet with Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] on December 19 in Bethlehem.

The matter is bigger than a mere meeting because the United States, in its decisions on Jerusalem, crossed red lines", The Jerusalem Post quoted Majdi al-Khalidi, Abbas's diplomatic affairs adviser, as saying to Palestinian Authority radio.

Abbas won't be alone in snubbing Pence on his Middle East tour in the wake of Trump's Jerusalem decision.

Palestinian militants launched at least three rockets towards Israeli towns from Gaza after dark on Friday and Israel said it responded with air strikes that targeted a weapons depot, a military compound and two weapons manufacturing facilities.

In East Jerusalem about 60 people demonstrated near the walled Old City, where paramilitary border police and officers on horseback tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas.

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To the Palestinian leader, widespread rejection of Trump's announcement internationally sent a message of support for the rights of Palestinian people and their cause - especially as it relates to accepting east Jerusalem as the capital of a would-be Palestinian state.

Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands more protesters had gathered to express solidarity.

Earlier, Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit strongly condemned the American administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, the Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) cancelled its 50th anniversary commemorations to protest against the Jerusalem embassy move on Saturday.

About 60 Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli soldiers across the Gaza-Israel border and the health ministry said one bystander was wounded by Israeli gunfire.

"It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", he said in a speech from the White House on Wednesday, urging calm and "the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate".

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