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Hamas calls for new intifada over Trump's Jerusalem move

HAMAS CALLS FOR NEW INTIFADA OVER TRUMPS JERUSALEM MOVE

Leader of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh called for new intifada Thursday, saying U.S. President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem was a "war declaration against Palestinians."

"We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy," Haniyeh said in a speech in Gaza.

Haniyeh added that the Palestinian uprising against the move will start Friday.

"We affirm that Jerusalem is united, not Eastern or Western, and will remain the capital of Palestine, all of Palestine," the Hamas leader said.

Trump recognized the holy city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital Wednesday, prompting a universal diplomatic backlash amid fears of widespread tension in the Middle East.

America's leader appeared further isolated, as allies and foes alike denounced his decision and Palestinians questioned whether their right of statehood, as part of a peace deal brokered by Washington, was still possible.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians claim East Jerusalem — occupied by Israel since 1967 — as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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