(AP) – Hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza have rallied against President Donald Trump’s imminent announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
Wednesday’s demonstration on the streets of Gaza City was organized by different Palestinian factions and militant groups which called for Palestinian unity in response to Trump’s expected announcement.
The protesters burned American and Israeli flags.
They also waved Palestinian flags and banners proclaiming Jerusalem as “our eternal capital” and calling it a “red line.”
Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza and which the United States and the European Union consider a terrorist organization, also called for more protests over the coming days.
Hamas official Salah Bardawil said the Palestinians were “on a dangerous crossroad today; we either remain or perish.” He added that “Trump or anyone thinking that our people, nation and resistance are unable to push back his plans is wrong.”
Hamas’ politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh told Al-Jazeera TV that “our Palestinian people will have a suitable response. As a people, we cannot accept this American pattern.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday the Trump administration continues to believe there’s “a very good opportunity” to achieve Middle East peace despite President Donald Trump’s impending moves on Jerusalem.
Tillerson spoke in Brussels ahead of Trump’s announcement that he’s declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Tillerson says he doesn’t want to discuss any decision before Trump announces it himself. But he says people should “listen carefully” to Trump’s speech in its entirety.
Tillerson said Trump is “very committed” to the peace process. He says the team led by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is working “very diligently” to achieve it.