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Protesters In Bosnia Rally Against Trump's Jerusalem Move


Around 100 protesters took part in the rally on December 17 organized by members of the Palestinian diaspora in Bosnia and other groups.

Dozens of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Bosnia-Herzegovina's capital, Sarajevo, to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Around 100 protesters took part in the rally on December 17 organized by members of the Palestinian diaspora in Bosnia and other groups, carrying signs in English criticizing Trump and Israel, and calling Jerusalem the capital of Palestine.

Many of the demonstrators originally came to Bosnia when it was part of the former Yugoslavia and remained after putting down roots in the Balkan country.

Trump announced earlier this month that Washington would recognize Jerusalem -- whose status as capital is also claimed by Palestinians -- as Israel's capital and that the U.S. Embassy would move to the ancient city from Tel Aviv in a few years.

The controversial move sparked strong condemnation from many world leaders and led to protests in several places around the world.

Since the Bosnian war ended in 1995, Bosnia has been split into two entities -- Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation of Bosniaks and Croats.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinians regard it as the capital of their future state. Israel has annexed East Jerusalem and declared all of the city as its capital, a move never recognized by the international community. Most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

Trump said the decision only reflected the reality on the ground and that it did not indicate the United States was giving up its position as a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

With reporting by AP, AFP, Reuters, and dpa
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