Trump’s Jerusalem comments spark City Hall protest

A protest will take place outside the City Hall at noon on Saturday to protest against Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign has organised the event, and The University of Sheffield Palestine Society (PalSoc) has become involved in a bid to mobilise students.

The US president delivered his comments in a short speech at the White House yesterday, in the face of decades of US foreign policy and widespread opposition to the claim.

He said: “I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

A spokesperson for PalSoc said: “The UN and the international community recognise East Jerusalem as occupied territory. Proclaiming it as capital of Israel legitimises the ongoing colonisation and illegal occupation of Palestinian land. Trump and Israel are cut from the same racist and violent cloth.”

The United Nations are likely to meet tomorrow to discuss Trump’s comments.