Friday, 25 May, 2018

ISRAEL ON EDGE: Protesters Gather at Israel-Gaza Border

Gazans rally near Israel border in blockade-busting campaign Jordanians hold pro-Palestine rally near W. Bank border
Ebony Burgess | 12 May, 2018, 21:33

The IDF responded to the demonstrations by using tear gas and opening fire, aiming at the lower part of the body of protesters who threatened Israel's security.

The member states of the European Union will not follow the US and will not move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Deifallah, who is unemployed, said he is not afraid to die.

"This decision is not merely a reversal in USA policy as it relates to Jerusalem, but the timing can only be understood by Palestinians as a deliberate and emphatic attempt to add insult to injury, not by the Israelis, but by the Americans who seek to claim the role of mediator between the Israelis and Palestinians", he said. Fifty of them will make up the initial staff at the new embassy, including U.S. Ambassador David Friedman.

"Despite growing worldwide criticism".

According to the Hamas health ministry, around 50 Palestinians have been killed since protests and clashes began along the Gaza border on March 30 and hundreds of others have been wounded from gunfire. Seven people were critically hurt, including a 16-year-old who was shot in the face, Gaza medics said.

It accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to carry out violence, but Palestinians say demonstrators are being shot while posing no threat to soldiers. The ministry called the actions of the three states a "clear breach of worldwide law, United Nations resolutions, the Geneva Conventions and human rights principles", that "encourage the Israeli occupation authority to continue violating global law".

Israel has repeatedly expressed concern over the possibility of a mass breach of the Gaza fence, in which Palestinians would stream across with terrorists among them, wreaking havoc.

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The Gaza Strip, house to 2 million individuals, is run by the Islamist group Hamas which has fought three wars in opposition to Israel previously decade.

President Donald Trump's decision to relocate the us embassy, which followed his recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, caused controversy when first announced.

The Israeli-annexed eastern sector of Jerusalem is sought as a future Palestinian capital - at least by those supporting Hamas' political rival, West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital outraged Palestinians, with the state's leader describing it as "the slap of the century".

Organizers have said the demonstrations are expected to peak on May 14th, one day before the 70th anniversary of the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe" when more than 700,000 Palestinians lost their lands to Israel in 1948. More than two-thirds of Gaza residents are descendants of refugees.

In an area east of Gaza City, protesters burned tires, releasing large plumes of black smoke, and threw stones. One of the kites was downed by a small Israeli drone.

The Latest on Palestinian protests in Gaza that turned deadly when Israeli troops fired into the crowd.

Sinwar was freed in a prisoner swap with Israel in 2011 and was elected as the movement's Gaza chief in 2017.

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