Timeline of the Jerusalem crisis



Thu, 21 Dec 2017 - 11:18 GMT


Thu, 21 Dec 2017 - 11:18 GMT

A general view shows part of Jerusalem's Old City and the Dome of the Rock December 5, 2017 REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A general view shows part of Jerusalem's Old City and the Dome of the Rock December 5, 2017 REUTERS/Ammar Awad

CAIRO – 21 December 2017: The United States caused an international crisis when President Donald Trump declared on December 6 his state’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli Capital and his decision to move the embassy there from Tel Aviv.
Egypt Today has compiled a timeline of the crisis so far.

Dec.6: French President Emmanuel Macron held a press conference objecting to the decision.

Dec.6 -7: All Arab and Muslim-majority countries expressed their rejection to the decision. The step was also refuted by all European countries except for the Czech Republic. China and Russia announced that they believe in the right of Palestinian people to have Eastern Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Dec.8: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cancelled his meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

Dec.8: Protests in Palestinian territories against the U.S. decision began incurring clashes between protestors and Israeli security forces resulted in 8 deaths and over 2,000 injuries up until now.

Dec.8: Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip killing two and injuring tens in retaliation of an alleged missile attack by Hamas which was denied by Palestinian Authority (PA) officials.

Dec.8: About 3,000 people in Bangladesh gathered in front of the main mosque in the capital, Dhaka, to protest against Trump's decision.

Dec.9: Grand Iman Sheikh Ahmed El Tayyeb, and Pope Tawadros II, Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, cancelled their scheduled meetings with Pence during his visit.

Dec.10: Macron stated during the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to France that the U.S.’ decision was a “threat to peace.”

Dec.10: Tear gas was used to disperse protestors outside the U.S. embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

Dec.12: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a summit meeting on to address the implications of the U.S. decision.

Dec.18: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) convened and voted in favor of the resolution drafted by Egypt 14-1 before it was vetoed by the U.S.

Dec.18: Turkey and Yemen demanded an Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly which is taking place on Thursday three days after the UNSC vote.

Dec.19: Pence cancels his Middle East tour which was due to start on December 20 from Egypt.

Dec.20: The U.S. permanent envoy to the UN Nikki Haley tweeted: "On Thursday there will be a vote criticizing our choice. The U.S. will be taking names," referring to the 193-nation assembly.

Dec.20: Trump later threatened of cutting aid to countries voting in favor of the draft resolution condemning his decision in UNGA.

Dec.21: The Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Abou El Gheit announced that Arab countries would request from members in the UNGA to pass a binding resolution to all UN organizations condemning the recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital based on UNGA resolution 377 A, the “Uniting for Peace” resolution.



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