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Palestinians protest French statements on Jerusalem

DUNKERQUE, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 04: French Prime Minister Jean Castex delivers a speech in Dunkirk townhall after a visit of Arcelor Mittal on February 04, 2022 in Dunkerque, France. Jean Castex announced the tools and public support that will be deployed to massively decarbonise french industry within the framework of the France 2030 Plan presented by the President of the Republic in October 2021. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
French Prime Minister Jean Castex delivers a speech in Dunkirk townhall after a visit of Arcelor Mittal on February 04, 2022 in Dunkerque, France [Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images]

Palestinians staged a rally in the Gaza Strip on Monday to protest statements by French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, in which he declared Jerusalem as "the eternal capital of the Jewish people."

"Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine," reads a banner waved by protesters during the rally organised by the Palestinian group, Hamas, in the western city of Khan Younis, Anadolu News Agency reports.

"Castex's remarks were part of the continuing bias of French and Western decision-makers to the Israeli occupation," Hamas leader, Mushir Al-Masri told Anadolu Agency.

"The Western policy can't give Israel legitimacy on the land of Palestine," he said.

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On Friday, Castex claimed during a gala dinner hosted by the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) that "Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people."

"That does not stop anyone from recognising and respecting the attachment of other religions to this city," he said.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping East Jerusalem, now occupied by Israel, might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian State.

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