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Protests Across Palestine After Trump Says U.S. Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

HeadlineDec 08, 2017

Tens of thousands of Palestinians protested in the West Bank and Gaza Strip following President Trump’s announcement he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and initiating a process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Dozens of Palestinians were injured as Israeli soldiers cracked down on the protests. At least 16 protesters were hospitalized. Control of Jerusalem is one of the most contested issues between Israelis and Palestinians. The Israeli military seized control of East Jerusalem in 1967 and has occupied the territory ever since. Palestinians, however, have long seen East Jerusalem as the capital of their future country. The U.N. Security Council is meeting today to discuss President Trump’s announcement. A top Palestinian official, Jibril Rajoub, has now said Vice President Mike Pence is not welcome to visit the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the West Bank during Pence’s scheduled visit later this month.

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