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Video: Gazans burn US flag in protest of Trump decision to move embassy

Dec. 6, 2017 7:49 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 7, 2017 6:13 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian protesters in the besieged Gaza Strip burned the American flag in on Wednesday in protest, hours before US President Donald Trump is expected to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announce his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. .
Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil told Ma’an that “what the US administration is planning to do is the stupidest decision they made in their history, because they are harming the Palestinians’ soul and faith in an attempt to drag them into a very dangerous confrontation.”

Al-Bardawil called the decision a “declaration of war” that Trump “brought onto himself,” adding that “we as Palestinians are ready to fight.”

During the protest, Palestinian protesters waved Palestinian flags and held signs demanding the US cancel its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Trump’s decision, which is set to be announced at 1p.m. EST in the US, has come with fierce condemnation from Palestinian and world leaders, who have warned of violent consequences and instability in the region.

Massive protests are expected to erupt across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, with clashes and smaller protests already taking place in Hebron, Bethlehem, and Gaza earlier Wednesday morning.

Despite repeatedly making the promise to move the embassy throughout his presidential campaign, in June, Trump signed a temporary order to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv, a renewable six-month waiver that has been signed by every US President for the past two decades.

If implemented, the move would be seen as the first step to a drastic abdication of longstanding US policy that has largely adhered to international standards on Israel-Palestine, which maintains that East Jerusalem is an intricate part of occupied Palestinian territory and the capital of any future Palestinian state, despite Israel’s annexation of the territory.

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