Thousands of Muslims in Asia protest against Trump’s Jerusalem plan

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Protesters waves Palestine flags during a protest outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Malaysian Muslims, including members of the ruling party, were protesting outside the US Embassy over Washington’s controversial move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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Muslim groups protest to condemn Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital outside the US embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia Dec. 8, 2017. (Reuters/Darren Whiteside)
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People hold up the Palestinian flag during a protest by Muslim groups to condemn Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital outside the US embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia Dec. 8, 2017. (Reuters/Darren Whiteside)
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Muslims crumple a portrait of US President Donald Trumpduring a protest outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Malaysian Muslims, including members of the ruling party, hold protest outside US Embassy over Washington’s controversial move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (AP Photo/Sadiq Asyraf)
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Thousands of Muslims in Asia protest against Trump’s Jerusalem plan

JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia joined rallies on Friday to condemn Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as authorities tightened security outside US embassies.
Leaders in both Asian countries have joined a global chorus of voices condemning US President Donald Trump’s move.
Several thousand protesters, some shouting anti-US slogans and burning an effigy of Trump, gathered in front of the American embassy in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
In Indonesia, hundreds of protesters mostly clad in white were arriving outside the US embassy in Jakarta, capital of the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. Some wore checkered scarves and waved Palestinian flags, while others shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest).
“We have prepared personnel and patrols to secure the US embassy. We are expecting between 500 and 1,000 demonstrators,” said Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono.
The US embassy in Jakarta advised its citizens to avoid areas where there were demonstrations and said its consulate in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya had suspended public services on Friday.
Indonesia has been a long-running supporter of the two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and there have been public demonstrations in support of Palestine in recent years.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday urged the United States to reconsider its decision and instructed his foreign minister to summon the US ambassador for an explanation.
In Malaysia, leaders from the ruling party United Malay National Organization (UMNO) and the popular right wing Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), both of which represent the majority ethnic Malay-Muslims, led the rally and representatives of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas are expected to join.
Protests are also expected in South Asia. Pakistan’s major Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami has announced rallies in all major cities after Friday prayers.
President Trump said on Wednesday that the United States would move its embassy to Jerusalem in the coming years.
Protests have already broken out in the West Bank and the Gaza strip as the Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians to launch a fresh uprising against Israel.
The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest barriers to a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace. Its eastern sector was captured by Israel in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognized internationally. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem for the capital of an independent state they seek.


Pakistan PM’s defense of the political U-turn sparks mirth

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Pakistan PM’s defense of the political U-turn sparks mirth

  • The opposition has branded the Pakistani PM as ‘U-turn Khan’
  • Some supporters attempted to explain that Khan was misusing the term “U-turn,” and simply meant that leaders must be flexible

ISLAMABAD: Margaret Thatcher was famously not for turning, but Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has declared U-turns to be a “hallmark of great leadership,” in comments provoking criticism from opponents and a slew of jokes from Pakistanis.
Khan, the cricketer-turned-premier, has come under fire since he took office in August for a string of apparent about-faces.
They include backtracking from his claim that as prime minister he would only fly by commercial airliner, caving to Islamist pressure over his decision to appoint a member of a persecuted religious minority as an economic adviser, and allying himself with politicians he has previously declared corrupt.
With the opposition branding him ‘U-turn Khan’, he has defended himself to journalists.
“Both Hitler and Napoleon faced defeat as they did not change their strategies according to the situation... Leaders should always be ready to take U-turns,” he was quoted as saying by the English-language daily Dawn newspaper on Saturday.
Some supporters attempted to explain that Khan was misusing the term “U-turn,” and simply meant that leaders must be flexible.
“While dictators find it difficult to do course correction, leading their countries into disaster, democratic leaders have ability to do timely course correction when needed!” wrote human rights minister Shireen Mazari.
But the comments ignited social media, especially after Khan doubled down on his statement with a fresh tweet on Sunday.
“Doing a U-turn to reach one’s objective is the hallmark of great leadership just as lying to save ill-gotten wealth is the hallmark of crooks,” he wrote.

The tweet prompted a wave of jokes on Twitter.
“I was going to take a bath. I took U turn when I realized that water is cold,” tweeted one user from Peshawar.
“This morning I woke up to drink tea, then I took a U turn and slept again. Now, I have become a real leader,” tweeted another.
Others posted memes including an image of a circular racetrack captioned “Road to Leadership.”
Khan did not appear to respond, but his party’s official Twitter account posted a video clip of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos stating: “People who are right a lot change their minds.”