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Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech on Jerusalem in Gaza City

Mohammed Salem Reuters Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech on Jerusalem in Gaza City

On the campaign trail Mr Trump promised to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to relocate the United States embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Some protesters threw rocks at soldiers while others chanted: "Death to America!"

The president also announced plans to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the holy city, but Mrs May said Britain had no plans to follow suit. Mr. Trump's moves would be watched even more closely.

Safadi reiterated Jordan's rejection of Trump's decision as a violation of the worldwide law, saying that any new realities stemming from it are null and void.

Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital.

"This will [cause] big damage to the peace process and will hold it back years before it starts again", said Jamal Hamed, president of the Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians (APAC), on Saturday in Ottawa.

On Wednesday, Jordan and Palestine requested an emergency meeting between Arab foreign ministers to discuss future actions in response to the United State's decision to declare occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Mr Corbyn tweeted: "Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, including occupied Palestinian territory, is a reckless threat to peace". Pope Francis has called for Jerusalem's status quo to be respected, while China and Russian Federation have also expressed concern. Hamas does not recognise Israel's right to exist and its suicide bombings helped spearhead the last intifada, from 2000 to 2005.

"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", Haniyeh said, according to The Independent.

A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister that was sacked by Israeli soldiers during clashes on the Israeli border after a protest against President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Haniyeh called on Western-backed Abbas to withdraw from peacemaking with Israel and on Arabs to boycott the Trump administration.

After two decades of halting peace negotiations that have failed to bring Palestinians closer to statehood, some in Abbas' inner circle have begun to speak openly about abandoning the two-state formula in favor of a single binational state. Palestinian secular and Islamist factions have called for a general strike and rallies on Thursday.

He said his country "will continue to work with the president and his team to make that dream of peace come true".

On the sidelines of the meeting in Cairo on Jerusalem, Safadi met separately with his Egyptian and Palestinian counterparts Sameh Shoukry and Riyad Al Maliki.

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She also "noted the importance" of his acknowledgement that the final status of Jerusalem, including the sovereign boundaries within the city, should be subject to negotiations.

They see east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in 1967, as their capital.

One Palestinian was shot dead near the Gaza border, the first confirmed killing of the troubles since President Trump's announcement on Wednesday.

In 1976, former USA president Jimmy Carter campaigned on moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, then abandoned the pledge post-election.

Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said the council took a strong stance against "American violations of global law".

China firmly supports and advances the Middle East peace process.

Palestinians switched off Christmas lights on trees outside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe Jesus was born, and in Ramallah, next to the burial site of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in protest.

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