Leaders from around the world have reacted with concern and alarm to the US President’s official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Protests have broken out and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is calling for a “day of rage” in the region.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong have joined the condemnation.

Listen to the report from the ABC World Today program.

[Editor: The remarks about no other leaders having done what the US has done in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital are false. Russia back in April recognised West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and furthermore Czechoslovakia followed the lead by the US by also acknowledging Jerusalem as being Israel’s capital.]

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