Hamas leader Haniyeh calls for intifada against Israel over Jerusalem status

Hamas Politburo Chief Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday called for an uprising in the the West Bank, responding US President Donald Trump’s decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and set in motion a process to relocate the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“Tomorrow, December 8, 2017, should be a day of rage and the beginning of a major effort to rise up, which I will name the intifada of Jerusalem and the West Bank’s freedom,” Haniyeh said in a televised speech. “As we liberated Gaza, we are able…to free Jerusalem and the West Bank by the way of this popular struggle.”

“The American decision is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people,” said Haniyeh.

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