Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia joined rallies on Friday to condemn Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as authorities tightened security outside US embassies in JAKARTA / KUALA LUMPUR. Thousands of Muslims in Asia protest against Trump’s Jerusalem plan
Leaders in both Asian countries have joined a global chorus of voices condemning US President Donald Trump’s move. Thousands protesters, some shouting anti-US slogans and burning an effigy of Trump, gathered in front of the American embassy in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
In Indonesia, hundreds of protesters mostly clad in white were arriving 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”.
Jamaat-e-Islami has announced rallies in all major cities of Pakistan after Friday prayers. President Trump said on Wednesday that the United States would move its embassy to Jerusalem in the coming years. Protests have already broken out. In the West Bank and the Gaza strip as Hamas urged Palestinians to launch a fresh uprising against Israel. The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest barriers to a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Its eastern sector was captured by Israel in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognized internationally. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem for the capital of an independent state they seek.