ON THE BRINK OF IN­TIFADA

Trump’s Jerusalem shift sparks fury

New York Post - - NEWS - By YARON STEINBUCH With Wires

Hun­dreds of Pales­tinian pro­test­ers, en­raged by Pres­i­dent Trump’s recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of the Jewish state, clashed with Is­raeli troops Thurs­day amid calls by Ha­mas for a new in­tifada.

At least 31 peo­ple were wounded by Is­raeli army gun­fire when the Pales­tinian protests erupted in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, of­fi­cials said.

One person was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter Pales­tinian med­i­cal of­fi­cials said 11 pro­test­ers were hit by live bul­lets and 20 oth­ers by rub­ber bul­lets, ac­cord­ing to Reuters.

The Is­raeli mil­i­tary, which de­nied live fire was used, said troops used “riot-dis­per­sal gear.”

Some pro­test­ers chanted, “Death to Amer­ica!” and “Death to the fool Trump!”

Schools and stores were closed as Pales­tini­ans staged a strike to be­gin three “days of rage” a day af­ter Trump’s an­nounce­ment, dur­ing which he also said the US Em­bassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in com­ing years.

In the Gaza Strip, Ha­mas leader Is­mail Haniyeh called on Palestin- ians to aban­don peace ef­forts with Is­rael and to launch a new in­tifada, or up­ris­ing, on Fri­day.

“The Amer­i­can de­ci­sion is an ag­gres­sion on our peo­ple and a war on our sanc­tu­ar­ies,” Haniyeh told sup­port­ers. “We want the up­ris­ing to last and con­tinue to let Trump and the oc­cu­pa­tion re­gret this de­ci­sion.”

In the West Bank, a throng set tires on fire and hurled stones at Is­raeli troops. Sol­diers fired wa­ter can­nons and tear gas in Beth­le­hem to dis­perse a crowd in clashes that could mar the up­com­ing Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions. And in Ra­mal­lah, the seat of the Pales­tinian gov­ern­ment, six peo­ple were wounded in protests, ac­cord­ing to the Pales­tinian Red Cres­cent.

In Jerusalem, pro­test­ers gath­ered at the Da­m­as­cus Gate in the Old City and chanted, “Trump, you will see, Pales­tine will be free,” the Jerusalem Post re­ported.

Mean­while, Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas con­demned Trump’s seis­mic policy shift, say­ing the US has hurt its cred­i­bil­ity.

“For­tu­nately, there was a pos­i­tive re­sponse from all the coun­tries in the world, from Europe and from Africa and coun­tries close to Amer­ica that don’t sup­port the US,” said Ab­bas, who met Thurs­day with Jor­dan’s King Ab­dul­lah II to rally in­ter­na­tional op­po­si­tion.

Fed­er­ica Mogherini, the for­eign­pol­icy chief of the Euro­pean Union, said the an­nounce­ment “has the po­ten­tial to send us back­wards to even darker times than the one we are al­ready liv­ing in.”

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said it would put the re­gion in a “ring of fire,” ac­cord­ing to AFP, adding, “What kind of ap­proach is this? Po­lit­i­cal lead­ers do not stir things up, they seek to make peace.”

BURN­ING RAGE: A masked man protests Thurs­day in the West Bank as Is­raeli sol­diers (in­set) re­spond.

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