'Down with America, down with Israel': Thousands march in Istanbul to protest Trump's Jerusalem recognition
Chanting slogans including "Jerusalem is ours and will remain so!" and "down with America, down with Israel", the protesters marched after prayers at the Ottoman Fatih mosque in the centre of Istanbul, an AFP correspondent said.
Other protests were planned elsewhere in Istanbul and across Turkey on Friday.
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"We consider Jerusalem as the bastion of the Muslim community... We are here to show our unity and our strength. Nobody can deter us," said protester Doguhan, 17.
Merve, a student, said she and her colleagues had left their classes to attend the protest, describing the US decision as "null and void".
"What Trump says is empty words and means nothing to us. Whenever we see the name of Israel on a map, we cross it out and write Palestine," she added.
|We consider Jerusalem as the bastion of the Muslim community... We are here to show our unity and our strength. Nobody can deter us|
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken a strong line against the move and called an emergency summit meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on December 13 in Istanbul.
Last year, Turkey and Israel ended a rift triggered by Israel's storming in 2010 of a Gaza-bound ship that left 10 Turkish activists dead and led to a downgrading of diplomatic ties.
The two sides have since stepped up cooperation, particularly in energy, but Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is still often bitterly critical of Israeli policy.
Trump's move has been condemned worldwide and protests have been taking place globally including in Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia and Istanbul.