Palestinians Clash With Israeli Troops to Protest Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration

December 7, 2017 9:44 pm
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Mr. Hamdallah told reporters in Gaza that his side was devoted to reconciliation, “but if we fail, we will rise again to face together the biggest challenge: the Israeli occupation.”

There were few visible signs of celebration among Israelis; for many, Mr. Trump had only affirmed a longstanding reality.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the announcement from Washington. “President Trump has inscribed himself in the annals of our capital for all time,” he said at a conference at the Israeli Foreign Ministry. “His name will now be linked to the names of others in the context of the glorious history of Jerusalem and our people.”

Mr. Netanyahu said Israel was in contact with other countries to persuade them to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, too. “It’s about time,” he said.

In Gaza, Salwa Helis, 32, took a group of orphans she teaches to the demonstration in the Gaza City park, where they held Palestinian flags and banners against the backdrop of a large poster of Jerusalem, a city that is out of reach for most Gazans.

“I can’t carry a weapon to shoot or launch rockets at Israelis,” she said. “That’s why I am here protesting against Trump’s resolution by shouting solidarity slogans for Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Palestine.”

In the Jabaliya refugee camp north of Gaza City Rwaida Abuatia, 55, was egging on the protesters. “There should be no rockets under the ground,” she said, referring to the subterranean stocks. “They should all be launched against Israel.”

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