New US embassy in Jerusalem high-profile but humble

New US embassy in Jerusalem high-profile but humble

New US embassy in Jerusalem high-profile but humble

Monday's march is meant to express anger over U.S. Embassy's inauguration, while Tuesday is "Nakba" or Catastrophe Day, when Palestinians observe the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding.

At least 41 Palestinians were martyred and hundreds injured on Monday by Israeli gunfire during anti-occupation rallies in the Gaza Strip, according to the Health Ministry.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Sunday said America's decision to shift its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem was evidence that negotiations and "appeasement" have failed Palestinians as he urged Muslims carry out jihad against the United States.

Israel's military says it will stop a possible border breach at all costs, warning protesters that they are endangering their lives.

A Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman said the dead included six children under the age of 18.

The statement was followed by violent clashes between Jews and Arabs as up to a thousand Jews ascended Temple Mount in honor of Jerusalem Day, which marks 51 years since the Old City became a part of Israel.

Clashes erupted along the fence Monday between Palestinians and Israeli forces as protesters converged on the site for a "day of rage".

He added that the United States switch serves to "reward" the Israeli government despite it undermining efforts to resolve the decades-long conflict, while it "punished" Palestinians.

With only a few expectations, nearly every other country has their Israel embassy located in Tel Aviv.

In addition to the President's family, the ceremony will be joined by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Deputy Secretary of state John Sullivan. Lawmakers later passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995, signed into law by President Clinton, which authorized the move the embassy to Jerusalem by 1999.

A Palestinian demonstrator reacts during a protest against the USA embassy move to Jerusalem, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, on Monday.

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The embassy move is a powerful symbol of a new unity with Israel.

The protest was the culmination of a campaign, led by Hamas and fueled by despair among Gaza's 2 million people, to break the blockade of the territory imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

"If and when the Trump peace plan is put on the table, the focal point will be what it says about Jerusalem".

In Jerusalem, top officials in U.S. president Donald Trump's administration attended events linked to the inauguration of the embassy. Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally.

Addressing the crowd Sunday evening, Netanyahu said Israelis would be "eternally grateful" for Trump's decision on Jerusalem.

That protest culminates on May 15, a day Palestinians traditionally lament homes and land lost as Israel was created in 1948, given extra significance this year because it falls on the day after the US Embassy move.

President Trump said his "greatest hope" is for peace.

Trump pledged during his campaign to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, and in December he broke with longstanding policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.That same month, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution rejecting Trump's decisions regarding Jerusalem.

His daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner are representing the Trump administration.

Faris Abu Hajaras, 50, said his family was from Jaffa, now within Israel, but he had never been there.

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