Tens of thousands rally in Morocco against US Jerusalem move
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Tens of thousands rally in Morocco against US Jerusalem move

Trump's recognition of Israeli capital 'will deprive the Palestinians of their land,' says protester among huge crowd

Pro-Palestinian protesters wave Palestinian and Moroccan flags during a demonstration in Rabat against US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 10, 2017 (AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA)
Pro-Palestinian protesters wave Palestinian and Moroccan flags during a demonstration in Rabat against US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 10, 2017 (AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA)

RABAT, Morocco — Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Morocco’s capital Rabat on Sunday as demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital continued to spread.

Waving Palestinian flags, a sea of demonstrators marched from Rabat’s Bab el-Had square to Morocco’s parliament building, down Mohammed VI Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare.

“Jerusalem, capital of Palestine!” read a banner carried by the protesters, who included families, Islamist sympathizers, trade unionists and local activists.

Pro-Palestinian protesters chant slogans against the US and Israel on December 10, 2017 during a demonstration in Rabat against US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA)

“The Palestinian people have suffered so much and continue to suffer because of Israel’s barbaric colonization,” said one of the protesters, 43-year-old Mustapha.

“We must, more than ever, make our voices heard against this decision by Trump that will deprive the Palestinians of their land,” said the lawyer from Casablanca, accompanied by his six-year-old daughter.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI earlier expressed his “deep concern” over Trump’s move, acting as head of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Al-Quds Committee, which lobbies on issues related to Jerusalem.

In a Wednesday address from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace a new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as merely based on reality.

The move was hailed by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum. Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city’s holy sites.

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