Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction on Saturday called for massive riots next week to protest against a visit to Jerusalem by US Vice President Mike Pence after Washington said it would recognize the holy city as Israel’s capital.
Breaking with decades of US policy, President Donald Trump also said on December 6 that he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The move has stirred global condemnation and sparked angry protests across Arab and Muslim countries, as well as violent Muslim riots and attacks against Israeli forces.
It also prompted Abbas to cancel a meeting with Pence, who arrives Wednesday in Jerusalem, and warn that Washington no longer had a role to play in the Arab-Israeli imaginary peace process.
“We call for angry protests at the entrances to Jerusalem and in its Old City to coincide with the visit on Wednesday of US Vice President Mike Pence and to protest against Trump’s decision,” Fatah said in a statement.
The call to violence came as thousands of terror-fans took part in funerals for three Muslim terrorists eliminated Friday in violent riots in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and along the security border fence with Gaza, and another Muslim terrorist wearing a suicide belt and acting under the guise of a journalist, who stabbed and moderately wounded a Border Policeman.
A US administration official said Friday: “We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be part of Israel.”
Another one added: “We cannot imagine Israel would sign a peace agreement that didn’t include the Western Wall.”