0619 GMT December 16, 2018
“Such a move will neither give legitimacy to Israeli occupation nor change Jerusalem’s history,” spokesman for the group Abdulatif Qanu’a said, IRNA reported.
Saying that the US decision is a flagrant violation of international laws and resolutions, Qanu’a added the move will provoke Muslims, Arabs and Palestinians' passions.
Another Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said that the Palestinian angry protests throughout the occupied territories will be a clear response to the US decision.
US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement, “In May, the United States plans to open a new US Embassy in Jerusalem”. The date coincides Nakba Day on which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced from their land and were replaced by the newcomers that had occupied Palestinian lands to establish Israel.
US President Donald Trump announced last year, as a ‘campaign promise,’ he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy Quds, although strongly objected by the Palestinians and the rest of the world.
The decision is announced, contrary to Vice President Mike Pence last month's speech in the Israeli Parliament; then, he said that the new embassy would open ‘before the end of next year.’
Although 14 members of the UNSC voted for a resolution against Trump's decision, the US vetoed the resolution, which was later confirmed in the General Assembly.