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Massive rally in Sana'a against Jerusalem Embassy move

07 May 2018
Massive rally in Sana'a against Jerusalem Embassy move

U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday ahead of next week's opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

The news comes as the United States prepares to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14, a decision that has been universally condemned.

US President Donald Trump is supposed to present his outline for a Middle East peace plan in the near future and Israel is awaiting the announcement.

Last December, Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sparking widespread condemnation across the Arab and Muslim world.

"This is not a dream".

"As Washington pursues a policy of encouragement of global anarchy and disregards organizations and worldwide law, we call upon all diplomatic corps, civil society organizations and religious authorities to boycott the inauguration ceremony of the USA embassy in Jerusalem, lest they lend legitimacy to an illegal decision and to continued Israeli policies of occupation, colonization, and annexation", Erekat said in a statement.

The embassy relocation "is important, historic and dramatic", Liberman said.

The Trump administration has left the diplomatic door open for a possible Palestinian presence in Jerusalem, however.

"Israel, the [U.S.] officials indicated, would be expected to accept the plan once it is presented despite the potentially painful concessions", it added, without naming the USA "officials" in question.

On the other hand, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would refuse any offer made by the Americans. An Israeli police spokesman played down such prospects for the USA embassy signs. "This is the path that we are on", one of the protesters Abu Hajar said. "The perimeter and all movement in the area are being closely watched".