Iran Recognizes Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital City in Response to Trump Declaration

Palestinian protesters demonstrate against President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. |
Palestinian protesters demonstrate against President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. |

In a symbolic pushback to President Donald Trump’s declaration on the status of Jerusalem, Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday voted to recognize the contested city as the capital of the Palestinians.

The Iranian parliament voted in favor of a bill that recognized the city as the Palestinian capital, or the capital of the “State of Palestine,” the entity recognized by the United Nations as a member state. Of 290 lawmakers, 207 voted in favor of the bill.

Ali Larijani, speaker of the Parliament of Iran, said that the bill’s timing was “important,” given Trump’s December 6 announcement that he had ordered the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, upending decades of U.S. foreign policy in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“It comes in response to the recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in hopes of dealing a blow to Muslims,” he said, according to Turkish state news agency Anadolu.

The Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as the capital of any future state. It is the location of Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, for Muslims, and is the third-holiest site in Islam. It is a place contested by both Muslims and Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount, one of the holiest sites in Judaism.

A man walks toward the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City in Jerusalem, on November 27, 2014. In a symbolic pushback to President Donald Trump’s declaration on the status of Jerusalem, Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday voted to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinians. SPENCER PLATT/GETTY

Trump angered Arab leaders from Jordan to Iraq with his Jerusalem announcement, ignoring their warnings that acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would set off a wave of anger across the Muslim world. The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which Iran backs, has called for a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim met on Wednesday and discussed the status of Jerusalem and their support of the Palestinians.

While the right-wing Israeli government has lauded Trump, and even made plans to name a train station after him, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Trump and his administration biased and pledged to never accept a peace agreement brokered by the sitting president.

The U.N. General Assembly last week rejected Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reaffirming that the city’s status should be agreed between Israelis and Palestinians through direct negotiations.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also took aim at Trump on Wednesday, tweeting that he was a lesser president than Ronald Reagan.

“Reagan was both wiser and more powerful than Trump. They took measures against Iran: they shot down one of our passenger aircrafts. But where is Reagan, and how powerful is the Islamic Republic now?” he tweeted, in reference to the 1988 crash of Iran Air Flight 655.

“U.S. govt spends a tremendous amount of money on sowing discord among people, and takes up the wealth of rich rulers in the region. By God’s Grace—they should know—we will progress powerfully. By God’s will, we will disappoint U.S. on all arenas,” he wrote in a second tweet.


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    On Thursday, December 28, anti-government demonstrations were held in many cities of Iran. The largest protest took place in Mashhad, the second largest city in the north-east of Iran.

    In Mashhad, several thousand people came to the streets. They chanted: “Death to Rouhani!”, “Not in Gaza, not in Lebanon, I live in Iran!”

    the information in social networks, which is published under the tag NE
    of #Iran, it follows that the demonstrators are against the high cost
    of living in Iran, against the price increase. They urge the government to stop supporting the Palestinians and Hezbollah and tackle the urgent problems of ordinary Iranians.

    The governor of Mashhad said: despite the fact that it is an unauthorized event, the police showed greater tolerance. At the same time, he told the ISNA agency that several people were arrested for property damage.

    Protests also take place in Yazd, Imamshahr, Kashmar

    • Niemals

      Someone on this forum tries to silence my comments, but as you see they can’t.
      This Farokh Sn didn’t added this photo with Isa Musavi in Ankara….

    • Niemals

      When will the Lebanese demand the disarming of the Hezbollah?

      • Danny Farah

        When Jerusalem becomes part of Palestine.. Lol
        Not that we like having them the arms but they are strong and it’s not that simple. just like you can ask when will Israel will disarm the settlers? and when will Israel stop the settlements and stop kicking palestinians out. it’s too complicated and if and if ever Iran Mullahs got disintegrated then Hezbollah will not have the Support of Iran but they already established themselves as a powerful force and it won’t be easy to disarm. But we will be at the mercy of Israel also. so when are you going to leave us alone?

        • Niemals

          Jerusalem is a part of Palestine and a part of Israel.

          The question is not when will Israel disarm the settlers, the question is when the settlers are to be classified as illegal?

          Israel will stop the settlements when they succeed in stopping the current regime.

          “so when are you leaving us alone?” why you ask me this?

          You have bad knowledge about me, I’m not a part of the Middle East – you are.
          The Middle East also affects us in the EU, and we don’t like it when your problems are imported to the EU proper.

          • Hind Abyad

            So what are doing here?
            You know zilt who’s sending millions of immigrants to genocide Europe white race and culture.

      • Hind Abyad

        When chicken grow teeth

  • Niemals

    Palestinian protesters demonstrate against President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Egyptian police stand guard outside a hospital in Cairo’s northern suburb of Shubra on May 26, 2017, following an attack in which 28 Coptic pilgrims were killed.
    why can’t the same arab Palestinians condemn the attack by a gunman that opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least nine people before policemen shot him dead, officials and state media said?

    The Islamic State group’s affiliate in Egypt has killed dozens of Christians in church bombings and shootings over the past year, and has threatened further attacks against the minority.
    The Arab Palestinian prefer to demonstrate against the big satan that recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    The jihadists are believed to have also carried out a massacre of Muslim worshippers in Sinai last month, killing more than 300 in an attack on a mosque associated with the mystical Sufi strand of Islam which IS views as heretical.

  • Niemals

    Authorities in Iran have warned of crackdowns on spreading protests over economic problems. Police have dispersed 50 people in Tehran after 52 arrests a day earlier in Mashhad, a city hit by bank failures. Rouhani faces pressure to fix economy Video footage from Thursday’s protest in Mashhad showed demonstrators chanting “Death to Rouhani,” Leave Syria, think about us” and “Not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran.”

    Egg prices in Iran had doubled since last week, due to the government’s culling of millions of chickens diagnosed with avian flu, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

    Out of the 80-million population, some 3.2 million Iranians are jobless, equating to an unemployment rate of 12.4 percent in this fiscal year, according to the Statistical Center of Iran.

    ipj/jil (AFP, Reuters, AP)