TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – People in the US cities have held or are planning protest rallies against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the city of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the new capital of Israel.
On Thursday night, protesters rallied in the city of Chicago, speaking out against Trump's move to recognize al-Quds as the capital of Israel.
The peaceful demonstration was marred by a violent clash with aggressive neo-Nazi counter-protesters who wore masks and chanted a Nazi slogan, "blood and soil," before being run off by demonstrators.
Scores of pro-Palestine demonstrators marched to the Israeli consulate at Madison and Canal after the protest, flanked by police on foot and on bikes, local source WGN News reported.
The protest, organized by Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine, included other groups such as Jewish Voice for Peace, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.
Elsewhere in the US capital of Washington, D.C., the “Hands Off Jerusalem” protest rally has been planned to take place in front of the White House on Friday.
Trump’s controversial decision to recognize al-Quds as the capital of Israel has drawn widespread international condemnation.
Thousands of Palestinians have taken to the streets of al-Quds, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to protest against the move that has inflamed tensions in the region.
The decision has been condemned by world leaders as a dangerous escalation and a violation of the rights of Palestinians.
In a speech at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said his administration would also begin a years-long process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city.
The announcement was a major shift by Washington that overturns decades of US foreign policy.
Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.