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Palestinian Protesters Burn Images Of Trump (Photos)

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Citizens of Palestine have taken to the streets to protest President Donald Trump's anticipated announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Hundreds of people congregated in Gaza City and Ramallah with signs and Palestine flags in a demonstration against Trump's anticipated announcement, the Daily Mail reported. Some were seen burning American flags and photos of the U.S. president.

"Jerusalem, Palestine's heart, is not up to negotiations," read one of the signs carried by protesters.

According to an anonymous senior administration official, Trump will make the announcement from the White House on Dec. 6.

"He will say that the United States government recognizes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel," the official said, the Daily Mail reports. "He views this as a recognition of reality, both historic reality and modern reality."

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In addition, Trump will announce plans to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"It will take some time to find a site, to address security concerns, design a new facility, fund a new facility and build it," the official added. "It will be a matter of some years, it won't be months, it's going to take time."

Trump's expected announcement has already sparked controversy and opposition from world leaders all across the political spectrum.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was particularly critical of Trump's anticipated announcement, saying it is bound to "destroy the peace process and the two-state solution" and "fuel conflict and increase violence in the entire region."

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"There is no way that there can be talks with the Americans. The peace process is finished," added Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi. "They have already pre-empted the outcome. They cannot take us for granted," she said.

News of the expected announcement also prompted a reaction from Pope Francis.

"I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days," Francis said. "Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred for Jews, Christians and Muslims."

Francis added that maintaining Jerusalem's status quo was crucial "in order to avoid adding new elements of tension to an already volatile world that is wracked by so many cruel conflicts."

Still, some members of the Republican Party showed support for Trump.

"The President has delivered on another major campaign promise," Norm Coleman, who is the national chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said in a statement, according to CNN. "President Trump is doing what he does so well: recognizing the reality on the ground. No more false news -- Jerusalem is Israel's capital."

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: AFP/Getty Images and AP via Daily Mail

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