Supporters of Palestine Rally in S.F. to Condemn Trump’s Move on Jerusalem

More than 100 people rallied at San Francisco's United Nations Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 9, to protest President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

More than 100 people rallied at San Francisco's United Nations Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 9, to protest President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Sonja Hutson/KQED)

More than 100 people rallied at San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza on Saturday to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plan to move the U.S. embassy there.

A group of nine organizers stood in front of the crowd giving speeches in both English and Arabic and leading chants including, “Hey hey, ho ho, the occupation has got to go,” and “Free Palestine.” The organizers and demonstrators advocated for Jerusalem to be turned over to the Palestinians.

“Coming here … there are people sharing these feelings and it’s great,” said Nabil Wahbeh at the rally. Wahbeh is Palestinian and used to live in Jerusalem. He says watching the news about Trump’s announcement made him feel depressed, and he came to the rally to try to make himself feel better.

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Over a hundred people rallied at SF’s UN plaza against Pres. Trump’s decision to name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel @KQEDnews https://t.co/Kq8JfPODzI

The rally was organized by the Arab Resource and Organizing Center and co-sponsored by almost 50 Bay Area organizations including some Jewish organizations.

Israel has historically called Jerusalem its capital, while the Palestinians regard East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Currently, all countries’ Israeli embassies are located in the city of Tel Aviv in an attempt to stay neutral on the issue.

Trump said this week he was delivering on a campaign promise by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that he is still committed to “achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.”

Supporters of Palestine Rally in S.F. to Condemn Trump’s Move on Jerusalem 9 December,2017Sonja Hutson

  • SamXie

    50 organizations sponsored it, and 100 people came? That makes 2 per organization. The signage, the chanting and the over-all demeanor of the crowd made it clear the goals of these groups is not peaceful co-existence. These groups were not so much pro-Palestinian as anti-Israel. The open calls for violence were particularly alarming

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Sonja Hutson

Sonja Hutson is an On-Call Reporter for KQED News. She reports on a variety of topics in the Bay Area, including criminal justice, housing, and education. She’s covered a sexual harassment case against a UC Berkeley dean, a massive beef recall in Petaluma, and sexual harassment in the San Francisco Fire Department. Before coming to KQED, Sonja focused on hyper-local news in Berkeley as a reporter and editor for the Daily Californian. Sonja grew up in Marin County and currently lives in Berkeley. Email: shutson@kqed.org Twitter: @SonjaHutson

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