Palestinians Killed In Gaza Protests Ahead Of US Embassy Opening
May 14 2018 by Lorena Waters
Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel group in the US, expressed concern that the embassy move would backfire.
"We will cross the border and impose new realities like the reality Trump imposed in Jerusalem", referring to US PresidentDonald Trump's decision in December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy there.
Israel says that Hamas is using the demonstrations as a cover to carry out attacks, pointing out that some of those killed are known militants.
There have already been weeks of protests and clashes alongside the Gaza border, with 54 Palestinians killed by Israeli hearth there since March 30.
The army said aircraft targeted a Hamas post in northern Gaza after Israeli troops came under fire.
"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 date of the inauguration is deeply symbolic to both Israelis and Palestinians.
The Palestinian Authority's leadership has effectively refused to speak to Trump's team since the move was announced, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is supposed to be spearheading a new drive for peace.
The leaflets cautioned Gaza residents against approaching the fence or "attempting to sabotage it".
At a gathering point east of Gaza City, organizers urged demonstrators to burst through the fence, telling them Israeli soldiers were fleeing their positions, even as they were reinforcing them.
The ceremony would take place at the USA consulate in the Arnona neighbourhood of Jerusalem, which will now become the official American embassy in Israel this week.
Britain has no plans to move its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and still disagrees with the USA decision to do so, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Monday. Many Muslim organizations and leaders have condemned the move and said it will limit United States influence in the region.
European allies offered more denunciations of the move as a serious blow to peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians, who also view part of Jerusalem as its capital for a possible future state. The move infuriated the Palestinians, who claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital.
Previous US administrations had put on hold any decision on the Embassy's location, pending progress in the peace talks, which have been on hold since 2014. The embassy was earlier based in Tel Aviv.
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The Arab League will hold emergency talks on Wednesday to discuss Washington's "illegal" decision to move the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a senior official said. "It's the right thing to do", a smiling Mr Netanyahu told the jubilant crowd at a reception in Jerusalem late on Sunday.
President Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and he husband Jared Kushner, who has had a prominent role in shaping the administration's Middle East policy in spite of his relative inexperience in worldwide diplomacy, were both in Jerusalem to attend the inauguration ceremony on Monday.