Palestinians Protesting Jerusalem Decision Burn Effigy of Trump

Palestinians burn Trump effigy / Twitter

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Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron burned Donald Trump in effigy on Friday in response to the president recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Images on Twitter show Palestinians, who are protesting Trump’s announcement to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, set fire to a printed image of Trump's face on a pig's figure. Khaled Abu Toameh of the Jerusalem Post shared the pictures on Friday.

Palestinian opponents of Israel called for "three days of rage" in response to the embassy decision, bringing a great deal of attention to the region. Many members of the American media condemned Trump’s decision as well, despite the Senate having voted unanimously this summer to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Trump’s decision Wednesday at an Organization of the Islamic Conference summit in Turkey.

"These unilateral steps by President Trump will not give any legitimacy to Israel in Jerusalem," Abbas said. "It is a Palestinian Arab Muslim Christian city, the eternal capital of the state of Palestine. There can be no Palestinian state without the city of Jerusalem as its capital. Moreover, there will be no peace in the region and in the world without it."

He said Israel is guilty of "apartheid" and "colonialist practices," and said recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital crosses a "red line."

"In all our conferences and resolutions, we have unanimously agreed that Jerusalem is a red line, and now we must translate all this into actions that force the United States to retreat from this sin and prevent other countries from taking similar steps," Abbas added.

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is a media analyst with the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at crookston@freebeacon.com.

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