Wonderful! Protest in Nigeria over Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

The protesters

Thousands of Muslims in Nigeria have also taken to the street to express their rejection of United States President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Muslims, said to have gathered at Mile 2 area of Lagos, carried placards with different inscriptions.

Some of them were said to have held large banners, wore branded outfits with Palestine inscribed on them, while others flew the Palestine’s flag.

The protesters, it was gathered, were members of different Islamic organisations in Nigeria, all of who accused the US president of violating international agreements and c resolution with his declaration

Donald Trump had recently, defied overwhelming global opposition by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but insisted that the highly controversial move would not derail his own administration’s bid to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a short speech delivered at the White House, Trump directed the state department to start making arrangements to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a process that officials say will take at least three years.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said. “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

Trump said: “My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.”

The Guardian of UK notes that Donald Trump’s abandonment of decades of US policy has set him at odds with the rest of the world and could have far-reaching consequences

The president’s announcement, it wrote recently,  provoked condemnation from US allies, and a furious reaction from Palestinian leaders and the Muslim world. Within minutes of Trump’s announcement, US embassies in Turkey, Jordan, Germany and Britain issued security alerts urging Americans to exercise caution.

The United Nations Security Council is likely to discuss the move, after a request by eight countries on the 15-member body, including the UK, Italy and France.

Trump stressed that he was not stipulating how much of Jerusalem should be considered Israel’s capital. Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their own future state, and Trump did not rule out a future division of the city.

“We are not taking a position of any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved,” the US president said.

But the move marks a break with years of US precedent – and with general global opinion, which sees the fate of Jerusalem as a matter for comprehensive “final status” negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians
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