BAGHDAD – Hundreds of followers of the Sadrist movement and many others demonstrated Friday in several provinces, condemning Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The demonstrators carried Iraqi and Palestinian flags and pictures of the Dome of the Rock.
In the capital Baghdad, tens of thousands of worshipers took to the public squares after Friday prayers, protesting Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The representative of Sadr’s office in the province of Karbala Ahmed al-Husseini said in a statement today (December 8, 2017), “The demonstrations came under the guidance of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, to condemn the US decision to take Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, ignoring the feelings of Muslims.”
The demonstrators chanted slogans condemning Israel and calling for a unified Arab and Islamic stance in response to what they called “the American overt and flagrant Israeli bias.”
A number of clerics, politicians, academics, elders and tribal elders participated in the demonstrations that began from the neighborhoods of Karkh and Rusafa, amid tight security.
A correspondent for NRT Arabic in Baghdad reports that the Palestinian ambassador in Iraq, Ahmed Aql, attended Friday prayers in Sadr City.
Trump signed a resolution to recognize Washington as Jerusalem’s capital and to begin steps to move the U.S. Embassy there.
Demonstrations are underway across the region and U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East are warning citizens to use caution and exert extra safety measures.
Dozens of Arab, Muslim, and non-Muslim states and as many Christian leaders, have rejected Trump’s decision.