Sunday sees first violent attack in Jerusalem after Trump’s announcement

Sunday sees first violent attack in Jerusalem after Trump’s announcement
© Getty Images

A Palestinian man on Sunday stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem, the first incident recorded in the city since President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE declared it as Israel’s capital. 

The attack took place at the entrance to Jerusalem’s central bus station, The Associated Press reported. Israeli media identified the attacker as Yassin Abu al-Qarah, a 24-year-old Palestinian man.

It was not immediately clear if the attack was motivated by Trump’s decision.

Elsewhere, Lebanese and Palestinian demonstrators clashed with security outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, the AP reported.

ADVERTISEMENT

Trump declared Wednesday that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced plans to begin moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv, a move that has been delayed by multiple presidents.

The decision set off protests in the Middle East, and drew criticism from leaders in the United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. The other member nations of the United Nations Security Council condemned the decision, calling it "unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region."

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday the decision helps “move the ball” on peace negotiations in the Middle East, despite the negative reaction in the region to the announcement.