Palestinian rights groups rally to tell Trump: Hands off Jerusalem

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Palestinian rights groups rallied in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon against President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. acknowledges Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.About 200 protesters gathered peacefully outside the federal building on Wilshire Boulevard near UCLA, holding signs that proclaimed “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.” They shouted, “Free, totally free Palestine, occupation is a criminal offense,” and, “No wall, no ban, no embassy on stolen land.”

“Jerusalem is, and will stay a Palestinian city,” said Amani Barakat, nationwide chair of Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return, who organized the rally. “A city of addition and coexistence instead of exclusion and bigotry.”

A group of about 30 counter-protesters gathered across the street holding “Stand with Israel” signs and screaming, “Stand with God’s people.”

Trump made the announcement on Wednesday, stating”old obstacles require brand-new approaches, “and he started a procedure to transfer the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city. “Today we finally acknowledge the apparent: that

Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” he stated in a speech at the White House.”This is nothing more or less than a recognition of truth. It is also the right thing to do. “The modification reversed decades of U.S.

policy and triggered extensive global criticism.Sunday’s protesters likewise took aim at Saturday’s battle of Gaza by Israel.Israeli airstrikes killed 2 Hamas members early Saturday following a rocket attack on Israel, according to the Associated Press. The Israeli armed force stated it targeted four Hamas facilities in reaction to rockets fired the previous night, including one that landed in the town of Sderot without triggering casualties or major damage. The armed force said it struck warehouses and weapons producing websites, after which Hamas stated it had actually recovered the bodies of 2 of its guys.”Trump’s declaration proves the extremely points we have actually been producing years: The U.S. is incapable of being an even-handed mediator,”stated Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights.—— © 2017 the Los Angeles Times Dispersed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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