RAMALLAH, West Bank – Thousands of Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers on Wednesday at the Qalandia military checkpoint, which separates Jerusalem from the West Bank city of Ramallah, during protests against US President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Demonstrators marched from Ramallah to the checkpoint, with some protesters throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the soldiers, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
The demonstrators, mostly young people and university students, waved Palestinian flags and protested against Trump.
Ramallah Gov. Laila Ghannam and other officials from the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), which has its de facto capital in Ramallah, delivered addresses at the rally, encouraging the protesters to march to Qalandia and express their outrage.
Clashes also broke out in the Palestinian cities of Bethlehem and Hebron in the southern West Bank.
Paramedics in Ramallah treated two people wounded by rubber bullets, a person hit by a tear gas canister in the face and 12 other people who inhaled tear gas, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
Different Palestinian political factions had called for another “Day of Rage” to coincide with the arrival of US Vice President Mike Pence, whose visit was postponed until mid-January after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Christian leaders refused to meet with him.
The factions also called for more protests in the West Bank on Thursday and Friday, urging “resistance” and blockades of Jewish settlements in the West Bank that are illegal under international law.
Palestinians see East Jerusalem, which was seized by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War, as the capital of their future state.