Ivanka Trump in Jerusalem for embassy opening as Gaza braces for bloodshed

Ivanka Trump in Jerusalem for embassy opening as Gaza braces for bloodshed

Hamas called on people to keep sticking to their right of return and join the great marches on May 14 and 15, saying that rallies on Monday will also protest the USA decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, taking a harder line than two predecessors, has said he won't give up any part of Jerusalem, home to 883,000 people, 38 per cent of them Palestinians.

Top US officials insisted Sunday that they could still push forward the troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace process despite outrage across the Arab world over the opening of the new American embassy in Jerusalem.

On 6 December, 2017, Trump declared Jerusalem, both East and West, as the capital of Israel, and began to transfer its embassy there, which ignited anger in the Palestinian territories, while eliciting as well Arab, Islamic, and global condemnation.

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 US government will move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday. Palestinian protesters have been fighting with Israeli troops at the border since March.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has been staging a series of weekly demonstrations against a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the territory. "The Palestinians feel that East Jerusalem should be the capital of a future Palestinian state".

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"We look forward to celebrating Israel's 70th anniversary and the bright future ahead".

The army says it is defending its border and uses live fire only as a last resort.

Israel has portrayed the movement as a "terrorist" ploy by Hamas and as a security threat to its civilians, pointing out attempts to damage and breach the fence. The implication is that the protesters will be crossing a "border" and "entering" Israel illegally.

Israeli snipers have killed dozens and wounded more than 1,700 when firing on demonstrators in past rallies, according to Gazan health officials.

According to a post on Beitar Jerusalem's Facebook page, Jerusalem had waited long enough- 70 years to be precise- for worldwide recognition, and President Trump was the one to finally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"Ashrawi said on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba ("catastrophe"), a grave historical injustice that continues today, the United States will officially relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem, reneging on longstanding American commitments and policies and violating the most basic requisites of justice and legality".

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