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Hamas and Hezbollah Back Calls for 'New Intifada'

IN PICTURES: Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has sparked mass demonstrations and opposition.

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, has backed calls by Palestinian resistance movement Hamas to wage a "new Intifada" against Israeli occupation following the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Since the announcement, mass demonstrations have seized the cities of Palestine, with heavily armed Israeli military launching tear gas at protesters.

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

Nasrallah gave a televised address on Thursday, saying that Hezbollah supported calls for an Intifada.

"The most important response would be a Palestinian uprising and an Islamic summit that would declare Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Palestine," Nasrallah was quoted as saying by Lebanon's Naharnet TV.

Intifada, which roughly translates from Arabic as "tremor" or "shiver," refers to mass Palestinian uprisings against settler-Zionist occupation. The period of struggle known as the "First Intifada" lasted from 1987 until 1993, and the second was between 2000 and 2005.

The U.S. embassy in Israel has released a statement anticipating backlash in response to the decision, and has restricted travel for its own officials in the region.

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After announcement by Trump, more than 250,000 protesters took to the streets in Gaza.
After announcement by Trump, more than 250,000 protesters took to the streets in Gaza. Photo:Reuters
"The only way to deal with the Zionist policy, which has backing from the United States, is sparking a new intifada against the occupation and welcome resistance to this occupation,"  Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas, said in a speech in Gaza City.
"The only way to deal with the Zionist policy, which has backing from the United States, is sparking a new intifada against the occupation and welcome resistance to this occupation," Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas, said in a speech in Gaza City. Photo:Reuters
Although Trump claims to be advocating the peace process in Palestine, protesters are rejecting U.S. support for the Israeli occupation.
Although Trump claims to be advocating the peace process in Palestine, protesters are rejecting U.S. support for the Israeli occupation. Photo:Reuters
Palestinian leaders have called for "three days of rage" - periods of mass protest and civil disobedience.
Palestinian leaders have called for "three days of rage" - periods of mass protest and civil disobedience. Photo:Reuters
Previous periods of mass Palestinian resistance, known as Intifadas, met with heavy Israeli repression, even against children.
Previous periods of mass Palestinian resistance, known as Intifadas, met with heavy Israeli repression, even against children. Photo:Reuters
In spite of the massive U.S.-backed military apparatus, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are risking their lives to fight back against Israeli occupation.
In spite of the massive U.S.-backed military apparatus, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are risking their lives to fight back against Israeli occupation. Photo:Reuters
The PFLP (pictured) issued a statement not only condemning Trump
The PFLP (pictured) issued a statement not only condemning Trump's decision, but calling on Palestinians to "learn the necessary lessons from the devastating experience of reliance on negotiations and U.S. domination and announce the immediate withdrawal from the Oslo agreement and all subsequent and attendant obligations." Photo:Reuters
In addition to Hamas and the PFLP, Fatah militants have been taking to the streets to demonstrate their outrage.
In addition to Hamas and the PFLP, Fatah militants have been taking to the streets to demonstrate their outrage. Photo:Reuters
A Palestinian man prays as violent street protests continue around him.
A Palestinian man prays as violent street protests continue around him. Photo:Reuters
Heavily armed Israeli forces and police have historically responded with violence against Palestinians, killing thousands during periods of resistance.
Heavily armed Israeli forces and police have historically responded with violence against Palestinians, killing thousands during periods of resistance. Photo:Reuters
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