Thousands of protesters in Istanbul burned US and Israeli flags to protest President Trump’s Wednesday declaration on Jerusalem being the capital of Israel. This declaration, which saw major protests breaking out on Friday, has expanded to yet more countries over the weekend.
Now, protests are being seen from Morocco, in the Atlantic coast of Africa, to Indonesia in the Pacific Ocean, and virtually all sites in between. Even many cities i Europe saw protests outside of US embassies and consulates related to the decision.
In many of the countries, the protests seemed to grow throughout the weekend, so while Indonesia was reported as seeing just a few hundred in any given place, some 10,000 were in Jakarta at the US Embassy by late Sunday.
And while European nations weren’t entirely comfortable with such protests, German officials in particular condemning the protests as “anti-Semitic,” in the Muslim world the governments are a lot more publicly aligned with the protesters, and in many cases, government officials were participating in protests and addressing the crowds.
Given the near unanimity in most of these states against Trump’s move, this is a particularly viable thing for politicians in democratic states to do, as positioning themselves as anti-Trump and pro-Palestine is definitely a winning issue.