Published: 2018-05-14 17:39
Last Updated: 2018-05-14 22:04
Dozens of Jordanians are protesting outside the US Embassy in Amman at the moment.
The protests kicked off early Monday afternoon in Abdoun, as crowds gathered to voice their anger and objection to US President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Tuesday, 15 May, the day which will mark Nakba Day.
Some of the angry phrases chanted by the crowd included: “Death is better than humiliation… America is the root of all evil.”
The embassy will officially relocate tomorrow, however, an opening ceremony of the new embassy building took place in Jerusalem earlier today. The high-profile event was attended by Trump’s Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump. The US President addressed the crowd through a televised speech.
Trump’s speech ended with several references to peace.
“The United States will always be a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace. We wish Ambassador Friedman good luck as he takes up office in this beautiful Jerusalem embassy and we extend a hand in friendship to Israel, the Palestinians and to all of their neighbours. May there be peace. May God bless this embassy. May God bless all who serve there and may God bless the United States of America.”
Kushner was the first to make reference to the protests that took place in Gaza during the Great March Return protests, in which 47 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire at the border with Gaza, according to health officials in Gaza.
Quite the disconnect . pic.twitter.com/1Ea0bMfF7v— Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty) May 14, 2018
“President Trump was very clear that his decision and today’s celebration do not reflect a departure from our strong commitment to lasting peace. A peace that overcomes the conflicts of the past in order to give our children a brighter and more boundless future.
As we have seen from the protest of the last month and even today those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution. The United States is prepared to support a peace agreement in every way that we can. We believe that it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give so that all people can live in peace safe from danger, free from fear and able to pursue their dreams.
The United States recognising the sensitivity surrounding Jerusalem, a city that means so much to so many. Jerusalem is a city unique in the history of civilisation. No other place on earth can claim significance to three major religions. Each day Jews pray at the Western Hall.
Muslims bow in prayer at Al Asqa mosque, and Christians worship at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. That is why President Trump has called many times, including right now, on all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s Holy sites.”
You can watch Kushner's full speech below.