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Publish Date: 13:25 - 08 December 2017
TEHRAN, December 8 - Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia protested outside the U.S. embassies Friday against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's “capital”.

Malaysians, Indonesians protest Trump's Jerusalem moveTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - In Kuala Lumpur, more than 1,000 protesters led by Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin marched from a nearby mosque after Friday prayers to the U.S. Embassy, halting traffic as they chanted "Long live Islam" and "Destroy Zionists." Many carried banners, some of which said "Free Palestine" and "Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine."

Khairy addressed Trump in a speech after handing a protest note to an embassy official, saying "Mr President, this is an illegal announcement. Jerusalem is an occupied territory.

You must not even set foot in Jerusalem. ... The world will rise against the United States."

"Trump has to understand that Jerusalem is not his to give and the decision for whatever status of Jerusalem should not come from America," said Ulya Aqamah bin Husamudin, a leader of the political party BERSATU.

Nurul Hidayah Mesari, a student, compared Jerusalem to the holy Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, saying "it's as if those places were occupied as well, that's our feeling."

In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, more than 300 protesters shouted "Go to hell Israel!" and called on Trump to stop "blind support" for the Jewish state. Neither Malaysia nor Indonesia has diplomatic ties with Israel and both are strong supporters of Palestinians.

The protesters marched from mosques to the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy, waving Palestinian and Indonesian flags.

Source: AP

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