Analysts forecast a swift backlash to President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize it as Israel’s capital even before the announcement took place, and a day later, these prediction have been confirmed as protests erupted across the Muslim world.
Although the Palestinian cause may not be as powerful of a call to protest as it has been in years past, both Wednesday and Thursday saw widespread demonstrations and skirmishes throughout the Middle East as people took to the streets everywhere from Pakistan to Jerusalem itself.
Here are 13 dramatic photos of the aftermath of Trump’s Jerusalem announcement:
In Jerusalem itself, Palestinian protestors gathered at the city’s ancient Damascus Gate where they were met by Israeli police. The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike on Thursday, and Palestinians complied — shops in the Old City remain closed.
Outside of Jerusalem, thousands of people took to the streets in the West Bank, with the largest demonstrations taking place in Ramallah and Bethlehem.
Protestors marching near Ramallah were met with tear gas and rubber bullets fired by Israeli soldiers. In response, Palestinians threw rocks and burned tires.