Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

70-80000 Palestinians outraged as US Embassy opens in Jerusalem

70-80000 Palestinians outraged as US Embassy opens in Jerusalem

The clashes took place as a White House delegation and Israeli officials gathered for the embassy inauguration ceremony in Jerusalem.

Since Trump announced in December that the USA would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his name has been attached to Israeli streets, parks and even a railway station close to the Western Wall of Jerusalem's Old City.

At the embassy inauguration ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for "having the courage to keep your promises".

Netanyahu described Israel's actions as "self-defence".

The US Embassy in Jerusalem is open for business.

Palestinians see East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed in 1980, as the capital of their future state.

Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it captured and annexed in the 1967 Middle East war, as its "eternal and indivisible capital" in a move that has not won worldwide recognition.

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In unveiling the seal of the embassy, his daughter and a senior White House official Ivanka Trump welcomed everyone on behalf of the American Presidency.

Erdogan says the move serves to "reward" the Israeli government despite it undermining efforts to resolve the decades-long conflict, while it "punished" Palestinians.

Abbas said the new embassy was tantamount to "a new American settler outpost" in Jerusalem and that the United States "is no longer a mediator in the Middle East". He called the deaths in Gaza a massacre and announced a general strike on Tuesday.

There were an estimated 70-80,000 Palestinians protesting at the wall in Gaza today. "From the information we have, it appears Hamas is encouraging and sending protesters to the border fence in order to carry out violent acts and damage security infrastructure".

It's a very important psychological, political, and even sentimental feeling, because as you know the Jews always pray to Jerusalem - "we hope to meet next year in Jerusalem"; Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since the beginning, but we had the problem that countries all over the world did not recognize this fact.

When pressed further and asked whether any of the responsibility falls on Israeli forces, who have fired live rounds at Palestinian demonstrators, Shah blamed Hamas's "cynical exploitation" of the situation. As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer put it this morning, "Every nation has the right to choose its own capital".

The military said the protesters threw Molotov cocktails, burned tires, and stones at Israeli soldiers positioned along the fence. One of the minors was identified as a girl. Some 750,000 Palestinians were displaced with the creation of Israel in 1948.

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Throughout the day sirens of ambulance vehicles carrying casualties to hospitals were nearly non-stop.

Israel military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the number of casualties was so high because Hamas was pushing people toward the fence.

Pretoria also called on Israel to "withdraw from the Gaza Strip and bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories".

This event is extremely important for the Israeli people, and not only for the political class.

Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit on Monday blasted as "shameful" countries that are celebrating the opening of the United States embassy in Israel in the disputed holy city of Jerusalem. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the U.S. move flouted worldwide law. Because most of the Palestinian people do not have an interest [in it], and because Hamas is isolated not only in the global arena, but also among Arab countries, which do not support Hamas's policy in the Gaza strip.

Other responses to the violence were stronger.

The series of protests began on March 30 after a hashtag #GreatMarchofReturn went viral on social media, and the death toll since has reached at least 90, and 11,500 have been wounded.

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