Indonesian President Joko Widodo condemned Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and urged the US to “reconsider the decision,” which, according to the leader of the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, could “rock global security and stability.”
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has urged Muslims worldwide to strongly oppose any recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I call on all Muslims across the world to let your voices be heard, make it clear that we strongly oppose any recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital for all time,” Najib said in a speech at an annual gathering of the ruling party in Kuala Lumpur, as cited by Reuters.
East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque has plunged into darkness after the Islamic Waqf ordered the lights illuminating it to be switched off, rejecting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as the capital of Israel.
Saudi Arabia criticised Trump’s decision to move US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, calling it an “irresponsible and unwarranted” step.
“The Kingdom expresses its denunciation and deep regret that the administration has taken this step, as it represents a great bias against the historic and permanent rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem,”said a Saudi royal court statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. “The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had previously warned of the serious consequences of such an irresponsible and unwarranted step.”
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his disapproval of Trump’s decision on Twitter.
“France does not approve the decision of the United States. France supports the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, living in peace and security, with Jerusalem as the capital of the two states. We must privilege appeasement and dialogue,” he said.
A general strike has been called by all Palestinian factions in protest of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Midday rallies are due to take place Thursday.
The Palestinian education ministry declared a day off and urged teachers as well as high school and university students to take part in the planned rallies in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Palestinian areas in Jerusalem.
Palestinians switched off Christmas lights at Jesus’ traditional birthplace in Bethlehem in protest on Wednesday night.
The UN Security Council is likely to meet Friday, according to diplomats who say that a meeting has been requested by half of the council’s members, Reuters reports.
The request for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council meeting was reportedly made by France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay.
Protests have reportedly broken out in Amman, Jordan, where many Palestinian refugees now live having once been located in the West Bank. According to Reuters, Palestinian protesters could be heard shouting: “Down with America”. The conclusion of the Six-Day War in 1967 resulted in Israel capturing parts of the West Bank once held by Jordan.