The Palestinian resistance group Hamas called for an uprising against Israel after President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
“We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a speech in Gaza, according to Reuters.
Haniyeh urged Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs to hold rallies against the U.S decision on Friday, calling it a “day of rage”.
“Let December 8 be the first day of the intifada against the occupier,” he said.
“We have given instruction to all Hamas members and to all its wings to be fully ready for any new instructions or orders that may be given to confront this strategic danger that threatens Jerusalem and threatens Palestine,” said Haniyeh.
Hamas considers Jerusalem to be the capital of all of Palestine, while Israel and Trump consider it to be the Capital of Israel. Palestine was basically wiped off the map by Israel, leaving only a few “open-air prisons” where Palestinian people are kept and abused by the Iasraeli military and settlers.
“United Jerusalem is Arab and Muslim, and it is the capital of the state of Palestine, all of Palestine,” he said, referring to territory including Israel as well as the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Pointing out that the U.S. and Israel do not actually want peace, Haniyeh called on Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from peacemaking with Israel and on Arabs to boycott the Trump administration.
“It should be announced that the so-called peace agreement was buried, once and for all, and that there is nothing called a partner for the Palestinians in peace,” he said.
Trump reversed long-standing U.S. policy to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, upsetting most of the world, including U.S. allies and the U.N.