March 24, 2018

UN Security Council to meet Friday to discuss Trump's Jerusalem move

08 December 2017, 07:44 | Opal Carroll

UN Security Council to meet Friday to discuss Trump's Jerusalem move

The world reacts to Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Essam Yousef, the head of the Global Committee to Support Gaza, called on Wednesday for Arab and Muslim countries to close U.S. embassies in their capital cities following Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Safa news agency has reported.

A prominent Iraqi militia, the Iran-backed Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, said Trump's decision could become a "legitimate reason" to attack U.S. forces in Iraq.

In a statement, Al-Abadi warned on the repercussions this measure will have on the stability in the region and the world.

Al-Abadi called on the USA government to reverse that decision, because it can lead to an escalation of extremism and atmosphere conducive to terrorism around the world.

"The American decision is an aggression on our people and a war on our sanctuaries", Ismail Haniyeh, the group's leader, said on Thursday.

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A USA soldier with an Iraqi trainee during infantry squad tactical training at Camp Taji, Iraq.

Nujaba, mostly made up of Iraqis, has about 10,000 fighters, according to Reuters data.

"U.S. citizens overseas are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest USA embassy or consulate", the State Department, according to The Hill, said on Wednesday. The PMF is government sanctioned and formally reports to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office.

"The recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is unacceptable and represents a step toward the elimination of the Palestinian cause, which will not be allowed by Arabs and Muslims", the mufti said, calling to confront the Israeli enemy in various ways. "It is now the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world", Trump stated during his speech Wednesday.

The Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

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