Gloom and defiance on the streets of East Jerusalem

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By Robert Hackwill
Gloom and defiance on the streets of East Jerusalem

Palestinian businesses were shuttered in East Jerusalem on Thursday as a strike was called to protest against President Trump's decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital. While there was violence across the West Bank, people in Jerusalem chose to peacefully, if noisily, protest.

"What Trump said is not going to change nor erase the history. Jerusalem is an Arabic city and will remain one forever," said one elderly man.

"Who gave the green light to Trump to do this to Jerusalem? Unfortunately I think the Arabic leaders did it with their silence and carelessness," said one woman.

Protesters at the Damascus Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City, were eventually moved on by Israeli troops.

Because it attracts large crowds and has a heavy Israeli security presence, it has become a favoured target for terrorist attacks.