Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Worshippers chant as they hold Palestinian flags after Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, as Palestinians call for a "day of rage" in response to President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters)

'Day of Rage' in Occupied Territories Amid Global Outcry Against Trump's Jerusalem Move

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets worldwide to denounce the White House's "dangerous escalation"

Jake Johnson

After a long day of protests on Thursday following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, thousands of Palestians took to the streets in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip once more on Friday as part of a global revolt against what world leaders have denounced as a "dangerous escalation."

As Al Jazeera reports, "Palestinian protesters gathered at the central Al Manara square in Ramallah and marched towards El Bireh, where they were met by Israeli troops firing tear gas and rubber bullets. Protests were also held in Hebron, Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarem and Jericho in the West Bank, according to Anadolu news agency, as well as in East Jerusalem," which Palestinians view as the capital of their future independent state.

More than 300 Palestinians have reportedly been injured in clashes with Israeli police forces, which were deployed throughout the occupied territories following Trump's announcement that he would both recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy there.

The Associated Press reports that one Palestinian was killed after Israeli forces used live fire against demonstrators in the Gaza Strip.

The demonstrations—which come following a declaration of three days of rage by Palestinian leaders and amid calls for a Third Intifada—broke out shortly following midday prayers on Friday and are expected to persist through the weekend, as leaders of Muslim-majority and European nations continue to slam Trump's decision as a final death blow to any hope of a viable peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Jibril Rajoub, a senior Palestinian official, told the Associated Press that the Palestinian leadership will not welcome Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the region later this month.

"We will not receive him in the Palestinian territories," Rajoub said, urging other Arab leaders to follow his lead and refuse meetings with American officials.

In addition to demonstrations in the occupied territories on Friday, tens of thousands also rallied in Malaysia, Indonesia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Jordan. "Trump is enemy of humanity," read one protesters' banner outside of the American embassy in Jakarta.

In a statement on Thursday, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps called on Iranians to participate in rallies against the U.S. decision and concluded: "It is vital that the Muslim world and all other freedom-seeking nations across the globe thwart this evil plot."

American groups have also taken part in marches and demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinians. Jewish Voice for Peace, which denounced Trump's move as "counter to international law" and "a clear attempt by Israel and the U.S. to consolidate Israeli annexation of land," rallied in Chicago Thursday night.

At the United Nations, meanwhile, an emergency meeting of the Security Council is being held Friday to address the Trump administration's decision and the growing global fallout.


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Brazil Votes Live: Lula Wins the First Round Over Far-Right Bolsonaro; Run-Off Oct. 30

Lula took the lead as more rural votes counted but failed to reach 50%

Common Dreams staff ·


'Enough is Enough': Hundreds of Thousands March Across the UK

'As wages fall while profits soar, our message is clear... We are here to win.'

Common Dreams staff ·


California Gov. Newsom Proposes Windfall Profits Tax on Big Oil

Calls for windfall profits taxes have increased globally in recent weeks

Common Dreams staff ·


'Incredible': Omar and Khanna Staffers Join Levin's Office in Unionizing

"It is long past time the United States Congress became a unionized workplace, and that includes my own staff," said Rep. Ilhan Omar. "I am proud of all the people on my team who have played a leading role in the staff unionization effort. Solidarity forever."

Jessica Corbett ·


Destructive Hurricanes Fuel Calls for Biden to Declare Climate Emergency

"Mother Nature is not waiting for the president or Congress to declare a climate emergency. She's showing us in real-time here in the United States—with wildfires, floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, and drought."

Jessica Corbett ·

Common Dreams Logo