JERUSALEM -- Supporters of an international boycott movement against Israel have lashed out at rock star Nick Cave after he played in the Jewish state and accused the pro-Palestinian activists of trying to bully musicians.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel called Cave's shows a "propaganda gift" that helps "art-wash" Israeli policies toward Palestinians.
Hundreds gathered in Gaza City and Ramallah on the West Bank brandishing Palestine flags and placards protesting the anticipated announcement.
flags and images of President Donald Trump ahead of his speech later today where he is expected to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
However, US leaders have routinely and unceremoniously delayed such a move since President Bill Clinton signed a law in 1995 stipulating that the United States must relocate its diplomatic presence to Jerusalem unless the commander in chief issues a waiver on national security grounds.
Trump is likely to do the same, US officials said, though less quietly.
Anger: Palestinian protesters burn the US and Israeli flags in Gaza City as President Donald Trump is set to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, upending decades of careful US policy and ignoring dire warnings from Arab and Western allies alike of a historic misstep that could trigger a surge of violence in the Middle East'He will say that the United States government recognises that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,' a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.'He views this as a recognition of reality, both historic reality and modern reality.'Plunging further into a decades-long dispute over a city considered holy by Jews, Muslims and Christians, Trump will also order planning to move the US 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 said.
'It will be a matter of some years, it won't be months, it's going to take time.' Trump will forge ahead with his plans despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of US policy and risk potentially violent protests.
Cave plays Monday in Tel Aviv after an almost sold out show there the night before.
The Australian musician said he faced pressure to cancel shows by the BDS movement, which calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
alestinian children hold Palestine flags and pictures of Jerusalem during a protest in Gaza city after President Donald Trump said the US will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital Protest over Jerusalem recognised as Israel's capital Today, the Palestinian prime minister said Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is bound to 'destroy the peace process and the two-state solution.'Rami Hamdallah, who met with European diplomats on Wednesday to discuss a two-state solution said that the expected U. shift on Jerusalem 'will fuel conflict and increase violence in the entire region.' Several other senior Palestinian officials have also said Trumps announcement this evening will revert any progress towards peace between the two countries.'There is no way that there can be talks with the Americans. They have already pre-empted the outcome,' said Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi.
'They cannot take us for granted.'The mere consideration of Trump changing the status quo sparked a renewed US security warning on Tuesday.
Jordan and the Palestinians also called for an emergency meeting of the Arab League in Cairo, with a diplomatic source saying it was likely to be convened on Saturday.