Ivanka Arrives For Jerusalem Embassy Ceremony As Palestinians Protest

Ivanka Arrives For Jerusalem Embassy Ceremony As Palestinians Protest

Ivanka Arrives For Jerusalem Embassy Ceremony As Palestinians Protest

Fresh clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians broke out on Monday on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, as a six-week protest against the United States moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalemreached its climax.

Monday brings the belated fulfillment of an old promise - that the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"On Monday May 14th, the Hamas terrorist organization plans to send armed terrorists, among 250,000 violent rioters to swarm and breach Israel's border with Gaza and enter Israeli communities", an IDF spokeswoman said in the video.

Scores of Palestinians have been killed since the protests began.

The protests are scheduled to culminate on Tuesday, the day Palestinians mourn as the "nakba" or "catastrophe" when, in 1948, hundreds of thousands of them were driven out of their homes or fled the fighting around Israel's creation.

The Israeli military says its troops are defending the border and firing in accordance with the rules of engagement.

The Palestinian government denounced Monday's violence as a "terrible massacre" perpetrated "by the forces of the Israeli occupation", and called for an immediate global intervention to prevent further deaths.

The victims, including a 14-year-old, were shot dead as Israeli snipers opened fire amid clashes at five points along the Gaza border hours before the opening of the embassy.

It may not bother John Hagee, the right-wing founder of Christians United for Israel who will deliver the benediction at the ceremony and who recently told Trump that he will gain "political immortality" over the move.

But in doing this, he knows the deep insult and strategic blow that has been dealt to the Palestinians and their hopes that one day east Jerusalem will be their capital.

The general delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation to the United States said the U.S. embassy's move "gives life to a religious conflict instead of a dignified peace".

Monday's opening will be attended by Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who both serve as White House advisers.

Palestinians protest the moving of the US embassy outside the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City in December.

The move infuriated the Palestinians, who seek to establish a future capital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

It is thought that protesters could try to enter Israel this week because of the embassy move.

"This is what the people of Gaza want".

The pair will attend an official opening ceremony of the embassy on Monday, while most European Union ambassadors are expected to boycott the event.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move not recognised by the global community.

Mr. Trump announced in December that the USA would recognize Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians, as Israel's capital.

The administration's Jerusalem recognition and embassy move "do not reflect a departure to our commitment to lasting peace", says Kushner. Paraguay is to follow suit later this month.

Arab leaders condemned the US action, with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri calling it "provocative" and Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif describing it as "a day of great shame".

It would not have been so bad if Trump stressed he was specifying West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which would have left open the possibility that East Jerusalem might still in future be that of the Palestinians.

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