Muslims in Asia protest against Trump’s Jerusalem plan

Thousands of protesters in Muslim countries in Asia took out rallies on Friday to condemn Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In Indonesia, hundreds of protesters mostly clad in white arrived outside the US embassy in Jakarta, capital of the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.

Some wore checkered scarves and waved Palestinian flags, while others shouted “Allahu Akbar”.
The US embassy in Jakarta advised its citizens to avoid areas where there were demonstrations and said its consulate in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya had suspended public services on Friday.

Indonesia has been a long-running supporter of the two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and there have been public demonstrations in support of Palestine in recent years.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has asked United States to reconsider its decision and instructed his foreign minister to summon the US ambassador for an explanation.

Thousands of protesters in Malaysia demonstrated Friday outside the US embassy over Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, denouncing it as a “slap in the face” for Muslims worldwide.
Some 5,000 demonstrators marched on the Kuala Lumpur mission after the main weekly Muslim prayers in a nearby mosque, chanting and waving banners that read “Hands off Jerusalem” and “Down USA President Trump”.
The protesters in Kuala Lumpur were led by Khairy Jamaluddin, the sports minister and head of ruling party UMNO’s youth wing, who accused of Trump of having made “an illegal announcement”.
“What you did is against international law — Muslims cannot accept your action,” he said in a speech to the crowd during the hour-long protest.
Mohamad Rasul, a 51-year-old train driver taking part in the demonstration, described Trump’s move as “a slap in the face for Muslims.
“This insensitive action will inflame the hearts of Muslims worldwide.”
Hundreds of Iranians also took part in rallies across the country on Friday to condemn Trump’s decision this week to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, state TV reported.
State TV aired footage of marchers chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”, holding up Palestinian flags and banners saying: “Quds belongs to Muslims”, using the Arabic name for the city.
President Hassan Rouhani and commanders of the Revolutionary Guards had urged the Iranians to join nationwide “Day of Rage” rallies. Some protesters burned pictures of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while chanting “Death to the Devil”.
Rouhani rejected Trump’s decision as wrong, illegitimate, provocative and very dangerous. Senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Friday prayers at Tehran University that Muslims around the world should unite against Israel, state TV reported.
“We will not leave Palestinians alone,” worshippers chanted at Friday prayers in Tehran, TV reported.
Iran’s army chief Major General Mohammad Bagheri said Trump’s decision on Jerusalem was unwise and could fuel tension in the crisis-hit Middle East, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported.
Anti-US rallies were also taken in Pakistan against the Trump’s Jerusalem plan.
“Down with America, down with Israel and no to Israel occupation,” chanted protesters in the cities of Lahore and Peshawar.
The protestors burnt the effigies of trump and US flags.
Pakistan government has decided to launch an international diplomatic campaign against the US decision.
According to sources, Pakistan government would convince the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to announce a joint and coordinated strategy in its forthcoming meeting in Turkey against the US decision and increase pressure on Trump to withdraw his decision.
They said that Pakistan will extend its full support to the OIC in case of a decision of Muslim Ummah limiting or suspending diplomatic or trade relations with the United States.
About 3,000 people in Bangladesh gathered in front of the main mosque in the capital, Dhaka, to protest.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Afghanistan’s capital with placards, effigies of Trump and at least one burning U.S. flag.
“Death to America! Death to Trump and Israel!” the crowds chanted.
Protests also rupted in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after Hamas urged Palestinians to launch a fresh uprising against Israel.
Over 100 Palestinians were injured in the Israeli forces action.