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Malaysia: Thousands join 'Solidarity to save Jerusalem' rally in Putrajaya02:25

Malaysia: Thousands join 'Solidarity to save Jerusalem' rally in Putrajaya

Malaysia, Putrajaya
December 22, 2017 at 13:07 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of people joined the 'Solidarity to save Jerusalem' rally outside the Putra Mosque, in Putrajaya, Friday, demonstrating against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The rally was reportedly organised by the Barisan government. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi attended the rally. Representatives from various opposition groups were also in attendance of the rally, including the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), the People's Justice Party (KEADILAN/PKR) and the National Trust Party (Parti Amanah Negara).

The protest comes after the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted overwhelmingly against the US's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Malaysia joined the other 127 countries voting in favour of a draft measure that states Trump's decision as "null and void." A total of nine countries voted against it and 35 countries abstained.

Following the UN vote, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed that Trump "would take [the vote] into consideration in dealing with our foreign relations and countries who have chosen to vote one way or the other."

Malaysia: Thousands join 'Solidarity to save Jerusalem' rally in Putrajaya02:25
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Thousands of people joined the 'Solidarity to save Jerusalem' rally outside the Putra Mosque, in Putrajaya, Friday, demonstrating against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The rally was reportedly organised by the Barisan government. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi attended the rally. Representatives from various opposition groups were also in attendance of the rally, including the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), the People's Justice Party (KEADILAN/PKR) and the National Trust Party (Parti Amanah Negara).

The protest comes after the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted overwhelmingly against the US's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Malaysia joined the other 127 countries voting in favour of a draft measure that states Trump's decision as "null and void." A total of nine countries voted against it and 35 countries abstained.

Following the UN vote, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed that Trump "would take [the vote] into consideration in dealing with our foreign relations and countries who have chosen to vote one way or the other."

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