‘Jerusalem is Ours!’ Most Dramatic Moments of Muslim Protests Across the World

A wave of protests has swept the Muslim World after Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital. A man was killed and hundreds injured in clashes in the West Bank, while US flags were burned at mass rallies in Iran, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Over 200 people were injured on Friday as violent protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza went into a second day, according to Palestinian officials. Israeli security forces employed tear gas, rubber bullets and even live ammunition to disperse the demonstrators.

“A Palestinian was killed by police to the east of the town of Khan Yunis in Gaza,” the Palestinian Health Ministry told Al Jazeera, adding that the cause of death is believed to have been a gunshot wound.

A military vehicle is seen at the Israeli side of the Israel Gaza border as Palestinians protest on Gaza side December 8, 2017 © Amir Cohen / Reuters
A military vehicle is seen at the Israeli side of the Israel Gaza border as Palestinians protest on Gaza side December 8, 2017 © Amir Cohen / Reuters

More than 3,000 Palestinians took part in protests in at least 30 locations in the region, the Israeli military said. The unrest began after Friday prayers, when Palestinians began throwing stones at IDF troops.

Scuffles were reported outside the Old City gates in Jerusalem as worshippers, who were leaving the Al Aqsa Mosque, chanted “Jerusalem is ours, Jerusalem is our capital,” and “We don’t need empty words, we need stones and Kalashnikovs.”

Calls for protest were broadcast through mosque loudspeakers in Gaza. They weren’t left unanswered as Palestinian youths set tires on fire and marched in hundreds towards the border of the Hamas-controlled enclave with Israel.

Near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City December 7, 2017 © Ammar Awad / Reuters
Near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City December 7, 2017 © Ammar Awad / Reuters

Following the White House announcement, armed group Hamas called for “an intifada until the liberation of Jerusalem and all of Palestine.” Israel had been pushing for Jerusalem to be recognized as its capital for decades, while the Palestinians also view the eastern part of the city as the capital of its future sovereign state.

The US move was decried internationally as being dangerous and counterproductive to a peaceful settlement of the protracted conflict.

Palestinian outrage this week was shared in the Muslim world as thousands of people took to the streets in many countries. Hundreds of people rallied across Iran as they burned portraits of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, chanting “death to the devil!”

Tehran, Iran December 8, 2017 © Tasnim News Agency / Reuters
Tehran, Iran December 8, 2017 © Tasnim News Agency / Reuters

Protesters, who packed the Al-Azhar mosque in the Egyptian capital Cairo, chanted “Jerusalem is Arab! Oh, Trump, you madman, the Arab people are everywhere!”

Al-Azhar mosque in Old Cairo, Egypt December 8, 2017 © Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters
Al-Azhar mosque in Old Cairo, Egypt December 8, 2017 © Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

Hundreds of demonstrators set fire to US flags in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, with rallies also reported in the capital Islamabad, Swat and Quetta.

Peshawar, Pakistan December 8, 2017 © Fayaz Aziz / Reuters
Peshawar, Pakistan December 8, 2017 © Fayaz Aziz / Reuters

“Death to America! Death to Trump and Israel!” protesters chanted in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, where effigies of Trump and at least one US flag were burned. Several hundred people also took part in a rally against recognition of Jerusalem outside the US Embassy in the Jordanian capital Amman.

Amman, Jordan, December 8, 2017 © Muhammad Hamed / Reuters
Amman, Jordan, December 8, 2017 © Muhammad Hamed / Reuters

There were also rallies in front of US embassies in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta and in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, where several thousand people assembled.

March towards the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia December 8, 2017 © Reuters
March towards the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia December 8, 2017 © Reuters

Source: RT

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6 thoughts on “‘Jerusalem is Ours!’ Most Dramatic Moments of Muslim Protests Across the World

    1. “And remember it was said to them ‘Dwell in this town (i.e., Jerusalem) and eat therein as ye wish but say the word of humility and enter the gate in a posture of humility’…”
      (Qur’an, al‘Araf, 7:161)

      “And there is a ban on (the people of) a town which We destroyed (and the inhabitants were expelled) that they (i.e., the people of the town) shall not return (to reclaim the town) until Gog and Magog are released and they (eventually) descend from every height or spread in every direction.”
      (Qur’an, al-Anbiyah, 21:95-6)

      “And We gave (clear) warning to the Children of Israel in the Book that twice would they commit Fasad on ‘the land’ (holy land) and be elated with mighty arrogance (and twice would they be punished)!”
      (Qur’an, Banu Israil, 17:4)

      “Before this We wrote in the Psalms after the Message (i.e., the Torah given to Moses): My servants the righteous shall inherit ‘the land’(holy land).”
      (Qur’an, al-Anbiyah, 21:105)

      “And when the Word is fulfilled against them (i.e., Banu Israil) We shall produce from the land (holy land) a beast to (face) them (Banu Israil). He will speak to them for the people did not believe with assurance in our Signs.”
      (Qur’an, al-Naml, 27:82)

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    2. “But We delivered him (Abraham) and (his nephew) Lot (and directed them) to the land in which We had placed blessings for all of mankind.”
      (Qur’an, al-Anbiyah, 21:71)

      “O my people! Enter the Holy Land which Allah gave to you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then you will be overthrown and will lose (among other things your right to live in the Land).”
      (Qur’an, al-Maidah, 5:21)

      “Are you not aware of those who fled from their homes (in the Holy Land) though they were thousands (in number) for fear of death? Allah said to them: Die. Then He restored them to life. For Allah is full of bounties to mankind, but most of them are ungrateful.”

      “Then fight in the cause of Allah and know that Allah hears and knows all things (Allah, Most Wise, wants you to fight and resist oppressors who drive you out of the land in which you live and out of your homes).”

      “Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan which Allah will (return with) much more than was borrowed? It is Allah Who restricts what He gives, or increases what He
      gives and to Him shall be your return.”

      “Are you not aware of those elders of the Israelites, after (the time of) Moses, how they said to a Prophet (that was) among them: Appoint for us a king that we may fight in the cause of Allah He said: Is it not possible if you were commanded to fight that ye would not fight? They said: How could we refuse to fight in the cause of Allah seeing that our families and us have been driven out of our home? But when they were commanded to fight they turned back except a small band among them. But Allah has full knowledge of those who do wrong.”
      (Qur’an, al-Baqarah, 2:243-6)

      “Whereas unto a people who (in the past) had been deemed utterly low (and of no account), We gave as their heritage the Eastern and Western parts of the (Holy) Land that We
      had blessed. And (thus) the fair promise of thy Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel, because they had patience and constancy in adversity, whereas We utterly destroyed all that Pharaoh and his people had wrought and all that they had built (with such pride).”
      (Qur’an, al-‘Araf, 7:137)

      “(It was Our power that made) the violent (unruly) wind flow (tamely) for Solomon, to his order, to the land which We had blessed: for We do know all things.”
      (Qur’an, al-Anbiyah, 21-81)

      “Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Masjid to the Farthest Masjid, whose surrounding (territory) We did bless, in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who Hears and Sees (all things).”
      (Qur’an, Banu Israil, 17:1)

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