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Israeli troops fire on Palestinians protesting US Embassy in Jerusalem; 7 killed

14 May, 2018, 20:43 | Author: Ted Wilson
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The US-Israeli festivities to open the compound Monday precede Palestinian memorial events marking the "Nakba", or the catastrophe of their displacement at Israel's creation in 1948.

The Gaza Health Ministry said 52 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,200 wounded Monday by the Israeli military near the Gaza border.

Israeli troops have opened fire on Palestinians who have gathered near a Gaza fence for the climax of a six-week demonstration coinciding with the inauguration of USA embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israel's military dropped leaflets into the enclave on Monday, warning Palestinians "not to serve as a tool of Hamas" or approach or damage Israel's frontier fence.

Palestinian protesters are expected to march on the disputed city of Jerusalem in their tens of thousands in demonstrations against the move.

He also condemns Palestinian violence, amid ongoing riots on the Gaza border.

It is the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2014. Romania and the Czech Republic have also said they will move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in due course.

The Trump administration bypassed years of costly construction on a new embassy by repurposing an existing consular building.

As tensions escalate at the Gaza border where a major procession led by ruling Hamas is expected later today, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its ruling Fatah party has urged Palestinians in the West Bank to take part in widespread protests against the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

The embassy move is a powerful symbol of a new unity with Israel.

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"As we are speaking now the Syrian army is attacking the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, they're killing hundreds, maybe thousands of Palestinians".

It remains to be seen just how many dead and wounded there are at the day's end, since Hamas champions staging deaths in such situations, and all too often, persons seen being evacuated in Red Crescent ambulances in Gaza are later seen walking around alive and well.

"If and when the Trump peace plan is put on the table, the focal point will be what it says about Jerusalem".

Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (second left), alongside White House adviser Jared Kushner and USA president's Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump at the United States embassy opening in Jerusalem. It annexed East Jerusalem shortly later, claiming it part of its "indivisible capital", in a move which was not recognized internationally.

"Our special bond in the envy of nations around the world", he says of US-Israel ties, noting the shared values of freedom, rights, and democracy.

The relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv has infuriated the Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as a future capital.

For the truth is that many such evangelical Christian leaders who support Trump believe that his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is fulfilling biblical prophecy and that is to be celebrated, whatever the cost; indeed, as Bachmann has said, that Jesus is "coming soon". We are here in the diaspora, in every location, we will fight this decision.

Saeb Erekat, a senior Abbas aide, blasted the Trump administration, saying the USA president had violated a promise to hold off on moving the embassy to give peace talks a chance, and that his administration is "based on lies". Paraguay intends to follow suit later this month.

At the ceremony, Jared Kushner, son-in-law and adviser to Trump, represented the administration.



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