Arab Israelis protest US Jerusalem recognition in Jaffa, north
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Arab Israelis protest US Jerusalem recognition in Jaffa, north

Demonstrators wave Palestinian flags, chant their willingness to die for holy city’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

Arab Israelis take part in a protest in Jaffa against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 16, 2017. (Screen capture: Twitter)
Arab Israelis take part in a protest in Jaffa against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 16, 2017. (Screen capture: Twitter)

Hundreds of Arab Israelis on Saturday protested against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with participants waving Palestinian flags and declaring their willingness to die for the holy city’s Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The largest demonstration was in the Tel Aviv neighborhood of Jaffa, with protesters affiliated with the Islamic Movement chanting they were ready to die for Al-Aqsa, Channel 10 reported.

The mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, stands on the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount.

The protesters carried a picture of Sheikh Reid Salah on which it was written “Jerusalem and the land are ours.”

Salah, a firebrand preacher and leading member of Israel’s now-outlawed Northern Branch of the Islamist Movement, is currently on trial for incitement to terror.

A few hundred protesters also demonstrated in the northern Arab village of Bi’ina on Saturday evening, according to Channel 10.

The protests came after police in Jerusalem arrested 14 people overnight suspected of involvement in rock-throwing and other violence against security forces. Some violent incidents and clashes with police were also registered in East Jerusalem overnight Friday-Saturday.

Earlier in the week, dozens of Arab Israelis demonstrated outside the American embassy in Tel Aviv against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with demonstrators waving Palestinian flags and carrying signs criticizing Trump, including one that likened the American president to a snake.

Arab Israelis take part in a protest outside the American embassy in Tel Aviv against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 12, 2017. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)
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