Donald Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: Palestinian Man Stabs Israeli Security Guard; Angry Protests Continue in Muslim World
Jerusalem, Dec 11: A Palestinian man on Sunday stabbed an Israeli security guard in the holy city of Jerusalem, which has been witnessing protests for the past few days after the United States President Donald Trump announced that the country recognises the city as Israel’s capital. Reports said that protests in the city have largely died down, but anger is still simmering in the Muslim world as thousands of protestors hit the street in many countries against the controversial decision.
The security guard was admitted to a hospital in critical condition after being stabbed by a 24-year-old Palestinian man at the West Bank. The assailant was trying to enter city’s central bus station with the knife and carried out the attack near a metal detector. He was tackled by a passer-by and was taken into custody.
Four days of intense protest has dissipated in Jerusalem— holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Israel Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel was hoping that the protestors were returning to a path of normal life.
Meanwhile, the anger in many Muslim-dominated countries have not subsided as thousands of protestors continued their protest in Beirut, Jakarta and Cairo. In Beirut, the protestors set vehicles afire and waved Palestinian flags near the US Embassy. They also burned US and Israeli flags. Police had to use force to contain the mob. In Jakarta, 5000 Indonesian protestors gathered and raised slogans and banners. Protests were also held in Turkey.
Meanwhile, Arab ministers met in Cairo on Saturday and urged the US to reverse its decision. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan said that the US decision would fuel terrorism in the region.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has condemned the decision. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also vowed to might the decision. The French President, Macron called the decision a threat to peace.