US President's announcement on Jerusalem on Wednesday angered Palestinians, who see the city as their future capital, drawing condemnation from the Muslim world and Western allies.

A protester holds a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2017.
A protester holds a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2017. ( Reuters )

President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of US policy and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperiling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Muslim world and Western allies alike.

He announced that his administration would begin a process of moving the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

US President Donald Trump holds up a signed memorandum after he delivered a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017.
US President Donald Trump holds up a signed memorandum after he delivered a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017. ( AFP )

The status of Jerusalem – home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions – is one of the biggest obstacles to reaching a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

His announcement was followed all around the world.

Palestinians in Jerusalem's Old City watched televised broadcast of Trump delivering an address where he announced that the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Palestinians in Jerusalem's Old City watched televised broadcast of Trump delivering an address where he announced that the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. ( Reuters )
His televised announcement was followed closely all around the world. In this picture, a Palestinian refugee family  living in Al Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, in Jordan's Amman watches the broadcast.
His televised announcement was followed closely all around the world. In this picture, a Palestinian refugee family living in Al Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, in Jordan's Amman watches the broadcast. ( Reuters )

Palestinians called a general strike and midday rallies to protest the move.

The Palestinian education ministry declared a day off on Thursday and urged teachers as well as high school and university students to take part in the planned rallies in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Palestinian areas in Jerusalem.

A closed shop is seen during a general strike in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
A closed shop is seen during a general strike in the West Bank city of Ramallah. ( Reuters )
Shops in Nablus were also shut down on Thursday.
Shops in Nablus were also shut down on Thursday. ( AA )
Shops in Ramallah also joined the strikes. Palestinians stand on a representation of a US flag that reads
Shops in Ramallah also joined the strikes. Palestinians stand on a representation of a US flag that reads "Trump is a pig." ( Reuters )

Palestinians took the streets in cities inside Gaza as well as in other Palestinian Territories. 

Thousands rallied, some chanting, "Death to America! Death to the fool Trump!" and burning tyres. 

Demonstrators in Gaza City burn tyres and shout slogans during a protest against the US President Donald Trump’s announcement. December 7, 2017.
Demonstrators in Gaza City burn tyres and shout slogans during a protest against the US President Donald Trump’s announcement. December 7, 2017. ( AA )
Women also took part in the protests. In this picture they shout slogans near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City December 7, 2017.
Women also took part in the protests. In this picture they shout slogans near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City December 7, 2017. ( Reuters )
As the tensions grew, clashes erupted in the southern Gaza Strip near the border with Israel. One Palestinian was wounded by Israeli army fire, medics said. In this picture, a man asks for help for a wounded Palestinian protester.
As the tensions grew, clashes erupted in the southern Gaza Strip near the border with Israel. One Palestinian was wounded by Israeli army fire, medics said. In this picture, a man asks for help for a wounded Palestinian protester. ( Reuters )

The Israeli national flag and an American one are projected on a part of the walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City after Trump's announcement.

A man walks by as the Israeli national flag and an American one are projected on a part of the walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City, on December 6, 2017.
A man walks by as the Israeli national flag and an American one are projected on a part of the walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City, on December 6, 2017. ( Reuters )
The US and Israeli flags hang at the entrance of Jerusalem Municipality building on Thursday.
The US and Israeli flags hang at the entrance of Jerusalem Municipality building on Thursday. ( AFP )

In response to the US move, Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel.

"We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada (Palestinian uprising) in the face of the Zionist enemy," Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said in a speech in Gaza. ( AFP )

After Haniya's call for intifada, security measures have been tightened at the US missions in Jordan's Amman and Turkey's Istanbul.

The UN Security Council is expected to meet on Friday in emergency session to discuss Trump's decision, the council's leadership announced on Wednesday.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies