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Protests in Lebanon Near U.S. Embassy After Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Foreign ministers from Arab states called on Sunday for the United States to reverse its decision, which they said put Washington on the side of the “occupation.” In a two-page resolution, the ministers said they would seek a United Nations Security Council meeting to address the issue.

The Arab League’s chief, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said at a news conference afterward that the ministers had “ taken a political decision” not meant to reflect the protests in the streets, according to media reports.


The crowd in Beirut pushing to enter the United States Embassy. Credit Bilal Hussein/Associated Press

He added: “Jerusalem has been occupied for 50 years. This is an extended battle, a battle that will be escalated.”

The Lebanese forces clashed with protesters who were trying to break through a roadblock to the American Embassy on the main road from Dbayeh, a coastal town, to Awkar. The embassy is in a highly secured gated compound in a suburb in the hills north of the capital, Beirut.

The protesters, who were bused there from in and around Beirut, included Lebanese and Palestinians. Some chanted, “Jerusalem is Arab! Palestine is Arab!” and other slogans. Many waved Palestinian flags and the flags of Lebanese parties, including those of Arab nationalists and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party formed to fight Israel.

Lebanon is home to more than 500,000 Palestinian refugees, many of whom fled what is now Israel and the West Bank during the wars of 1948 and 1967 or are descendants of those who did. They live under tight restrictions imposed by the Lebanese government, which has barred them from more than 30 professions as part of efforts to avoid normalizing their status in Lebanon.


A protest outside the United States Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday against President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Credit Adi Weda/European Pressphoto Agency

There have been daily protests in the camps since Mr. Trump’s announcement, and Hezbollah has called for a larger demonstration in southern Beirut on Monday.

In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, protests mostly organized by the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party were held in several cities. The demonstration on Sunday was the third and largest in the country since Mr. Trump’s announcement, according to The Associated Press.

In the capital, protesters wearing traditional white Islamic robes carried Indonesian and Palestinian flags and banners reading “U.S. Embassy, Get Out From Al Quds,” “Free Jerusalem and Palestinians” and “We are with the Palestinians.” Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

In a statement, the Prosperous Justice Party described Mr. Trump’s decision as “a form of humiliation and provocation against Muslims all over the world.”

Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has said that Mr. Trump’s move was a violation of United Nations resolutions. The country has been a longtime supporter of Palestinians and has no diplomatic ties with Israel.

Source: NYT > World

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