Palestinians strike as Pence visits Jerusalem holy website



    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shakes fingers with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu throughout a gathering on the Prime Minister’s workplace in Jerusalem January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Ariel Schalit/Pool

    Palestinian companies closed in protest on Tuesday as US Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to go to a Jerusalem holy website and Holocaust memorial.

    A united entrance of all Palestinian factions known as for the strike within the West Bank and East Jerusalem in response to Pence’s go to and Washington’s transfer to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

    Palestinian colleges had been additionally closed within the West Bank and East Jerusalem, nevertheless, companies within the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip remained open.

    Pence is scheduled to satisfy with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, tour the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and go to the Western Wall in East Jerusalem, the holiest website for Jewish prayer.

    The protest comes on the final day of Pence’s two-day Israel go to and amid a low level in Washington’s relations with the Palestinians.

    Trump’s December 6 Jerusalem declaration, which included a promise to maneuver the US embassy, upended many years of US coverage in direction of the divided holy metropolis.

    Palestinians noticed the transfer as endorsing Israeli management of East Jerusalem, which they declare because the capital of a future Palestinian state.

    In a speech earlier than the Israeli parliament on Monday, Pence expedited Trump’s promise to maneuver the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying it might occur by the top of 2019.

    His speech – filled with biblical imagery and met with rousing applause from most Israeli lawmakers – was slammed by high Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat as “messianic.”(dpa/NAN)