Thousands of Palestinians take part in anti-Trump protests

Wounded Palestinian demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip
A wounded Palestinian demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops, at a protest as Palestinians call for a "Day of Rage" in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

December 29, 2017

GAZA (Reuters) – Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza and the occupied West Bank for the fourth Friday in a row in protests against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Palestinian health officials said at least 50 protesters had been wounded by live fire, mostly along the Gaza border. An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers had shot at the “main instigators” who she said posed a direct threat to the troops and who were trying to damage the border security fence.

The spokeswoman said about 4,000 Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza, some throwing rocks and fire bombs and setting tires alight, confronted Israeli soldiers who responded mainly by firing tear gas.

In Gaza, demonstrators chanted “Death to America, death to Israel, and death to Trump” and militants fired rockets into Israel, drawing strikes by Israeli tanks and aircraft.

The military said it targeted posts that belonged to Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Palestinian enclave, after intercepting two of the three rockets fired into Israel. Police said the third struck a building, causing damage. No casualties were reported in those incidents.

Trump outraged Palestinians and sparked anger in the Middle East and among world powers with his Jerusalem declaration on Dec. 6, which reversed decades of U.S. policy on one of the most sensitive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War and annexed in a move never recognized internationally.

Most countries regard the status of Jerusalem as a matter to be settled in an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, although that process is now stalled.

A U.N. General Assembly resolution passed on Dec. 21 rejected Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. A total of 128 countries voted for the U.N. resolution. Nine opposed it and 35 abstained. Twenty-one countries did not cast a vote.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell; Editing by Catherine Evans)

  • Dolleen Drumroll

    carpet bomb them

  • Patrick Copley

    Does anyone really care what these animals do?

  • CCTexas

    You Palestinians are really pigs. Just pigs.

  • shafawn

    Zechariah 12:3

    And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people:
    all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all
    the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

    We are approaching that day very quickly.

  • Joseph Crowder

    I’m surprised you don’t make your CHILDREN do your marching and protesting – you make them do your fighting. When you nomad Palestinians decide you want peace, stop sending your children out to throw stones and provoke the Israelis. When you decide that ALL people have aright to EXIST, your lives may get better. In the meantime, we don’t really care what you would like – you’re just another bunch of low-life unprincipled terrorists to most of the world. And you lost your BUDDY, Obamanation and his anti-American, pro-Muslim policies…

  • jenshadus

    Do I look like I care? The Palestinians are the ones to blame. Hamas seeks no peace, never will to the detriment of their population.

  • Bill Smith 999935

    That’s how you know you made the right decision.

  • Jason Lamson

    The only occupied territories in the area are the places where the Fakestinians squat.

    • Bill Jr

      So an Outhouse Is All They Need For a Country? 🙂 Could Name It PortoStinian, PortoPoopStinia, or even PortoPissedInIt,
      Or PortoNoRolloSendUsSome!
      Easy To Move After Every Arab-Israeli War That Comes Up.
      Although It Would Need ‘Hamas Hazmat Inside’ Signs.

      • Jason Lamson

        Lol. 😁