Palestinians seek weekend prayers to protest US Embassy move

Source: Associated Press

By KARIN LAUB
Yesterday

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A senior Palestinian official called Tuesday for mosque and church prayers “from Pakistan to Tehran, from Lebanon to Oman” to protest the possible relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem.

The appeal came amid growing concerns in the region that President-elect Donald Trump will quickly make good on a campaign promise to move the embassy from Israel’s coastal city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Jordan, a key U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic militants and the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, said last week that moving the embassy is a “red line.” Jordan also has close security ties with Israel.

Mohammed Ishtayeh, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Palestinian officials were told by “American circles and diplomatic friends” that Trump might reaffirm the relocation plan during his Jan. 20 inauguration.

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