Protests in Washington over US embassy’s move to Jerusalem

Washington – Dozens of chanting, singing Jewish demonstrators blocked a major Washington thoroughfare on Monday denouncing President Donald Trump’s order moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border.

The about 100 protestors from IfNotNow movement chanted “Stop the violence,” as they blocked Pennsylvania Avenue, it links to the White House and the white-domed Capitol, for about two hours in front of the Trump International Hotel.

Sarah Brammer-Shlay, 26 year old rabbinical student from Philadelphia said, “The shelter of peace must extend to Palestinians as well,” chanting to demonstrators to a protest she organized.

The protesters, many wearing skullcaps and black T-shirts stating that “the Jewish future demands Palestinian freedom,” sang “We will build this world with love.” To make a statement they also carried mock building parts and directional signs for an “Embassy of Freedom” to replace what they called the “Embassy of Occupation” in Jerusalem.

During the protest speakers repeatedly updated the crowd on the death toll from the Gaza border, where at least several dozen people among the thousands protesting the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem were killed by Israeli troops.

The opening of the embassy on Monday fulfilled a pledge by Trump, a Republican who has recognized the holy city as the Israeli capital despite years of US policy of maintaining its embassy in Tel Aviv.

Trump’s decision to move the embassy has been meet with Palestinian anger and drawn criticism from many foreign governments as a setback to peace efforts.

IfNotNow member said, “We’re trying to move the megapublic,”

“We don’t believe the people on Capitol Hill are the ones that will transform the Jewish community.”

Israel called their actions on the Gaza strip as self defence against Palestine.

Photo Credit- IOL

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