The Arab League’s chief, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said at a news conference that the ministers had “ taken a political decision” not meant to reflect the protests in the streets, according to media reports.
He added: “Jerusalem has been occupied for 50 years. This is an extended battle, a battle that will be escalated.”
The Lebanese forces clashed with protesters who were trying to break through a roadblock to the American Embassy on the main road from Dbayeh, a coastal town, to Awkar.
The protesters, who were bused there from in and around Beirut, included Lebanese and Palestinians. Some chanted, “Jerusalem is Arab! Palestine is Arab!” and other slogans. Many waved Palestinian flags and the flags of Lebanese parties, including those of Arab nationalists and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party formed to fight Israel.
Lebanon is home to more than 500,000 Palestinian refugees, many of whom fled what is now Israel and the West Bank during the wars of 1948 and 1967 or are descendants of those who did. They live under tight restrictions imposed by the Lebanese government, which has barred them from more than 30 professions as part of efforts to avoid normalizing their status in Lebanon.