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Milwaukee religious organizations rally against Trump's Jerusalem decision

Posted at 6:15 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 19:37:37-05

A coalition of Muslim, Jewish and Christian organizations called President Donald Trump's decision to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel unacceptable.

The decision made Wednesday upended seven decades of U.S. foreign policy.

All over the world, large crowds of Muslim worshippers have been staging Anti U.S protests, some stomping on posters of Donald Trump or burning the American flag. It's the largest outpouring of anger yet at Trump's controversial move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The opposition to the move is also present in Southeast Wisconsin. 

"This is a very dangerous precedent," said Janan Najeeb with the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s coalition.

"President Trump's unwise and provocative decision will only create more misery and tension in the Middle East," said Othman Atta with the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. "The decision will also harm U.S. interests worldwide because the decision is a violation of international law."

For years U.S. policy has been to avoid declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel in the absence of a peace deal.

Marquette University history professor Phillip Naylor doesn't think the decision will be reversed.

"It's a decision that needed I think more thought in particular seeing that it has alienated allies and it's isolated the United States. It's something that our country doesn't really need to be and that's isolated," Naylor said.

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation says they're deeply concerned that Wednesday’s announcement will make it harder to achieve peace and will further divide Israelis and Palestinians.

 However, in a statement, the federation says in part:

"Claims that there is no Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the refusal to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people negate 3,000 years of history. This deserves correcting."

The Islamic Society of Milwaukee is planning to have a rally Saturday at their 13th Street and Layton Avenue location beginning at 6:30 p.m.