Hamas Calls for Protests against Trump’s Quds Move
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, called on the Palestinian people to stage a massive demonstration in May to voice their outrage over US President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Hamas, in a statement, urged the Palestinian nation to pour into streets in cities inside and outside the occupied territories on May 14 to condemn Washington’s decision on Quds.
The Palestinian group also called on all Arab and Muslim nations to hold massive protests in front of US embassies in their countries to show their opposition to Trump’s move to relocate the US embassy to the holy city.
Hamas further asked the United Nations and international human right organizations to deal with the “cruel” decisions of the US against the Palestinian nation.
The statement came after US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Friday said the United States is planning to open its embassy in Quds in May.
“We are excited about taking this historic step, and look forward with anticipation to the May opening,” she said.
Earlier, an official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said most embassy staff will remain in Tel Aviv.
“Come May, we’re moving the ambassador and a small team to Arnona,” the compound that currently houses the consular operations of the US Consulate General in Quds, the official said.
“What will happen by May, is a sign will be put up in Arnona identifying the facility as the US Embassy,” the official added.
Another US official, also requesting anonymity, added that a new embassy building will be later constructed in another location in Quds.
The State Department spokeswoman said the search for a permanent site had already begun.
US President Donald Trump on December 6 defied global warnings and said Washington formally recognized Quds as the capital of Israel and would begin the process of moving its embassy to the occupied city, breaking with decades of American policy.
His decision infuriated the Palestinians, who declared that Washington could no longer play a role as lead mediator in the Middle East peace process. It also sparked outrage across the Muslim world and even Washington’s Arab allies.
The United Nations General Assembly on December 21 overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution that calls on the US to withdraw its controversial recognition of Quds as the Israeli capital.
The 193-nation assembly adopted the resolution by a decisive vote of 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions.