Hamas leader Ismail Haniya calls for new Palestinian intifada after Trump recognises Jerusalem

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya calls for new Palestinian intifada after Trump recognises Jerusalem

Ismail Haniya said the US President's declaration amounted to an act of war

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The leader of Hamas has called for a new Palestinian intifada after Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

“We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy," Ismail Haniya was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Haniya, whose group rules the Gaza strip, also said the US President's declaration amounted to an act of war.

The term 'intifada' literally means 'tremor' or 'shuddering' and, in this case, refers to an uprising by the Palestinians against the Israelis, whose occupation of Gaza and the West Bank is widely viewed as illegal by the international community.

There have already been two intifadas by the Palestinian community. The first intifada, which ran from 1987 to 1993, led to the deaths of around 160 Israelis and 1,200 Palestinians. The second, which began in 2000 and ended in 2005, killed around 1,000 Israelis and 3,000 Palestinians.

Trump's declaration has also been greeted with protests across the West Bank, with dozens of Palestinians reportedly wounded.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah group governs the West Bank and recently signed a unity deal with Hamas, has condemned the decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, although he stopped short of demanding an intifada.

 

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