Auckland protest denounces Donald Trump's Israeli embassy move

A peaceful protest has been held on Auckland's Queen St over US President Donald Trump's plan to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

At least 50 people reportedly waved flags and chanted slogans, including: "Free, free Palestine".

The march, organised by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network, started at Aotea Square at 2pm and ended at the US consulate.

It was supported by Auckland's Palestinian community, Kia Ora Gaza, as well as Palestine Human Rights Campaign and Global Peace and Justice.

"Donald Trump's announcement to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem is a catastrophic provocation, which will have worldwide ramifications," says NZ Palestine Solidarity Network spokesperson Janfrie Wakim.

"Fortunately his announcement has found no support from US allies and we hope the New Zealand Government will condemn it too."

On Thursday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the US embassy move "will make things difficult".

"We've always supported a two-state solution and our view is that Jerusalem and issues around religious sites needs to be resolved within the context of establishing that two-state solution," she said.

"I think you'll see from the commentary today, this won't take us further."

Israel took control of Jerusalem by force during the 1967 Six-Day War and has occupied it since, claiming it as its capital city.

The international community largely considers the legal status of Jerusalem to derive from the 1947 partition plan, and correspondingly refuses to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the city.

Trump's plan has provoked protests around the world.