Imams opposed to Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. A protest on the streets of Dhaka. Muslim leaders: "Trump destroys world peace".
Dhaka (AsiaNews) - The Muslims of Bangladesh are united with the anger expressed by Palestinians. During the Jumu'ah [Friday prayer, ed], several imams criticised US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the latter as the capital of Israel in place of Tel Aviv. One of the chief preachers of Baitul Mukarram, the national mosque, said: "All Muslims must protest against the recognition of Jerusalem as capital. We strongly oppose. The Muslims of Palestine, Syria and Myanmar are persecuted because of religion. We are at their side ".
The mosque of Baitul Mukarram is the largest in the country. Here around 40 thousand faithful gather in prayer. At the end of the sermon, the Muslims present staged a protest in the streets of the capital. The event was organized by Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, an Islamic group made up of teachers and students of madrassas [Koranic schools, ed.]. Ahmad Shafi and Allama Junaid Babunagari, respectively president and general secretary of the organization, say: "The announcement of Donald Trump is wrong. He has laid the foundations for the war against the Islamic world. Muslim leaders and faithful must remain united against his decision ".
According to the two exponents, "Jerusalem is not only a holy land for Palestinian Muslims, but it is the holy land for the whole Islamic world. It is more than a holy land by blood. The land does not just belong to Jews ". Islamic leaders define the US president as "crazy." His controversial speeches are destroying world peace ".
Even Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expresses a clear position. Speaking at a press conference following a state visit to Cambodia, she stated that "Trump's statement on Jerusalem is not acceptable. We want the Muslim countries and the Ummah [community of Islamic faithful, ed] to be united, so that the Palestinians can enjoy their rights".
Three days of protest and demonstrations against Trump's decision. In Gaza the protests started already before the announcement. Desperation among the Palestinians: "We have already lost everything".
About 2 thousand people marched in silence, carrying candles, photos of the king and flags. The opposition against Trump's choice to recognize the capital of Israel. Jerusalem is in the heart of all Muslims; and it is also rooted in those of Christians.
Speaking at the White House, the US leader said that Jerusalem "is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world", calling for "calm, for moderation". The city has always been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
An extraordinary OIC summit is scheduled today in Istanbul, at the request of current president Turkey. Ankara's goal is to promote a common front in response to the controversial US decision. The Turkish leader stands as a new "defender of the Palestinian cause". But divisions and contrasts remain within the organization.
The US president adopts the policy of blackmail against the Palestinians. He claims to pay "hundreds of millions of dollars" without getting "appreciation or respect". PA responds: "We will not give in to blackmail". The Knesset votes a law that provides for the separation of Palestinian neighborhoods and prohibits future territorial renunciations with a view to peace.