Al Qaeda Condemns Trump's Jerusalem Move, Calls for Action

Adjust Comment Print

Al Qaeda is urging its followers across the globe to attack the United States and its allies in response to President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Yemeni-based Islamist militant group said Trump's decision was the result of what it called "normalization steps" between some Gulf Arab countries and Israel.

Israeli police have deployed reinforcements in and around Jerusalem's Old City ahead of Friday prayers, though Israel hasn't imposed age restrictions on Muslim worshippers to access Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque, the city's most sacred Islamic site - a measure common during flare-ups of tensions.

The group went on to urge its militants to be ready to support the Palestinians, and appealed to Muslims to help with money and weapons, Reuters reported.

"If you do not move, God forbid, then tomorrow the holiest of places and the Muslims' Qiblah, Mecca, will be sold and you will find then no one to defend it", it said. The US has carried out repeated drone strikes on its members and leaders.

Father Fatally Shoots Robber Who Pointed Gun at His Children in Popeyes
Starnes said that employees were also threatened by the robber and they ran out the back of the restaurant. Officers believe Molina shot Herrera "in defense of a third person", according to Fox San Antonia .

A handful of protestors belonging to various religious parties protested against Trump's decision of recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and staged a demonstration at Faisal Chowk (former charing cross), in front of Punjab Assembly.

Meanwhile, Germany's Merkel said, when asked about Trump recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel; "We are sticking with the United Nations resolution". "This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality", the U.S. president said during a much anticipated speech at the White House. In his address, Netanyahu said his people would be "forever grateful" for the "historic decision".

Iranian media say that similar rallies were underway in other cities and towns across the country after Friday prayers.

Pakistan's foreign ministry issued a statement expressing concern over what is said was Trump's altering of "legal and historical status" of Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Trump's "deplorable and unacceptable" move signified America's withdrawal as a sponsor of the peace process.