Turkey president asks Muslims to remain calm

2017-12-10 06:31
(Emrah Gurel, AP)

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Jerusalem -  Turkey's president has called on Muslims to remain calm in their response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said protesters should act within the scope of law and democracy.

Protests in Gaza and the West Bank have led to clashes and demonstrations in Turkey continued on Saturday.

Erdogan said: "The fate of Jerusalem cannot be left to an occupying state that usurped Palestinians' lands since 1967 with no regard to law or morality".

Erdogan called Jerusalem "the apple of our eyes" and the "red line" of the Muslim world.

Anti-Jewish slogans

Meanwhile Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said those who called for Jews to be killed did something "totally unacceptable" during a small demonstration in southern Sweden to protest US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Swedish media reported that anti-Jewish slogans were yelled when about 200 people, some waving Palestinian flags, rallied in Malmo.

And in another development hundreds of women belonging to Pakistan's main Islamist party rallied in the country's biggest city against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Wearing all-encompassing black veils, the protesters on Saturday chanted anti-Trump and anti-US slogans and held banners and placards.

Senator Sirajul Haq, the head of Jamaat-e-Islami, addressed the protest, calling for a diplomatic boycott of the United States if it does not reverse its decision. He also called for a ban on American goods and the closure of US diplomatic missions in Pakistan.

Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem upended decades of US foreign policy and went against the international consensus that Jerusalem's final status should be decided by Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. It sparked protests across the Arab and Muslim worlds.

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