US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been met with a wave of disapproval on all social media platforms.
Mr Trump also approved moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, making America the first country in the world to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
People across a Middle East and around the world on edge used social media to express their opinion about US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Social Media community reaction:
The hashtag Jerusalem is the eternal Palestinian capital [#القدس_عاصمه_فلسطين_الابديه] ranked 1oth top trending hashtag on Twitter globally with 358K Tweets on 11:00 PM CLT.
International community reaction:
Pope Francis said: “I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days. At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city’s status quo, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.”
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said President Trump’s statement “would jeopardise the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians”.
Mr Guterres said Jerusalem was “a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties”.
Such negotiations must take “into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinians and the Israeli sides,” he said.
The European Union called for the “resumption of a meaningful peace process towards a two-state solution” and said “a way must be found, through negotiations, to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, so that the aspiration of both parties can be fulfilled”.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Mr Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “regrettable”.
He called efforts for “avoid violence at all costs.”
Both China and Russia also expressed their concern that the move could lead to an escalation of tensions in the region.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK government disagreed with the US decision which was “unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region”.
In a statement she said: “The British embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it.
“Our position on the status of Jerusalem is clear and longstanding: it should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states. In line with relevant [UN] Security Council Resolutions, we regard East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”