Indonesians protest US Jerusalem recognition ahead of embassy move

Thousands of Indonesian Muslims stage a rally protesting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

About 5,000 people flock to Jakarta’s landmark National Monument and unfurl Indonesian and Palestinian flags.

On Monday, the US plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, five months after Trump recognized it as Israel’s capital.

The protest is organized by a new umbrella group that includes the most influential government-sanctioned Indonesian Ulema Council and some hard-line activists as well. The protesters perform Friday prayers at the monument before dispersing.

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has strongly condemned Trump’s move, which he described as a violation of UN resolutions.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.

Protesters shout “God is Great” during a rally against the US plan to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, at Monas, the national monument, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

— AP

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