FILE - Israeli flag has been raised the area surrounding the Dome of the Rock mosque FILE - Israeli flag has been raised the area surrounding the Dome of the Rock mosque

Flying of Israeli flag in holy sites provokes Palestinians

Wed, Dec. 6, 2017
CAIRO – 6 December 2017: Israeli occupation authorities have raised an Israeli flag in the area surrounding the Dome of the Rock Mosque after tensions in the region heightened following the U.S. President’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, provoking Palestinians.

Demonstrations sparked in many Palestinian cities, protesting against Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy, a move that would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Protesters burned photos of both Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, declaring their rejection of the decision and raising signs reading “No to the Judaization of Jerusalem.”

On Wednesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned the U.S. President that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would yield negative consequences, which adds Palestine to the growing list of nations who have rejected the decision including Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

People across the Middle East are outraged after President Trump announced his intentions regarding Jerusalem; the move would severely damage the ongoing peace process in the region.

Egyptian Parliament members have issued several official statements condemning the U.S. declaration. Tarek Radwan, a member of Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement to Egypt Today that the decision will increase the tensions in the region, and inflame Arab feelings, as it does not serve the aim to end the Arab-Israeli conflict.

He added that the U.S. declaration to move its embassy is completely contrary to the United Nations’ conventions, and the solution of establishing the two states. “More tensions and conflicts will grow within the region,” Radwan said.

He also demanded that the Arab League take a firm stance in regards to U.S. intentions.
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