Wednesday 18 July 2018

Al Qaeda condemns Trump's Jerusalem move, calls for 'action'

After signing, US President Donald Trump holds up the proclamation that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, during an address from the White House in Washington. Photo: Reuters
After signing, US President Donald Trump holds up the proclamation that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, during an address from the White House in Washington. Photo: Reuters
Palestinians react during a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip
US President Donald Trump, flanked by ‪Vice President Mike Pence‬, delivers remarks recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the White House in Washington. Photo: Reuters
Palestinians burn posters depicting US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against the US intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Reuters

Ahmed Tolba

Islamist militant group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has condemned the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and called on militants to close ranks to support Palestinians.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of U.S. policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In the statement carried by the U.S. SITE monitoring group, the Yemen-based AQAP said Trump's decision was the result of what it said were "normalisation steps" between some Gulf Arab countries and Israel.

"It is also a clear challenge to the Muslim world that sees the centrality of the Palestinian cause," the group said. "In the face of this serious events, we stand by our people in Palestine and support them' with all we possess."

Addressing Islamist militants, the group called on them to close ranks to be ready to support Palestinians and urged Muslims to help with money and weapons.

"If you do not move, God forbid, then tomorrow the holiest of places and the Muslims' Qiblah, Mecca, will be sold and you will find then no one to defend it," it said.

White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner sit behind U.S. President Donald Trump as he talks to reporters before a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner sit behind U.S. President Donald Trump as he talks to reporters before a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The AQAP, which was formed in 2009 by the merger of al Qaeda's Saudi and Yemeni branches, is regarded by the United States as one of the most dangerous groups of the network founded by Osama bin Laden.

The United States has repeatedly carried out drone strikes on members and leaders of the group, which makes remote areas in southern Yemen as its main base.

Palestinians react during a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip
Palestinians react during a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip

Reaction

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump's "unfortunate" decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was "trampling on international laws".

US President Donald Trump, flanked by ‪Vice President Mike Pence‬, delivers remarks recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the White House in Washington. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump, flanked by ‪Vice President Mike Pence‬, delivers remarks recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the White House in Washington. Photo: Reuters

Erdogan speaking in Athens after talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, also said Turkey wanted to see a lasting solution on the island of Cyprus, but said Greek Cypriots were avoiding talks.

Meanwhile, Germany's Merkel said, when asked about Trump recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel; "We are sticking with the U.N. resolution."

Palestinians burn posters depicting US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against the US intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Reuters
Palestinians burn posters depicting US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against the US intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Reuters

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