10,000 protestors at Gaza fence: fire, aerial explosives and violence

Anna Ahronheim, Tovah Lazaroff – June 8, 2018

Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured Friday afternoon as 10,000 rioters gathered in five locations along Gaza’s border with Israel, burning tires, throwing stones and launching incendiary kites as well as for the first time launched kites and balloons with explosive devices attached to them.

The fatalities were identified by Palestinian news agency Wafa as 29 year-old Yousef al-Fasih who was shot by live fire east of Gaza City, 15-year-old Haitham al-Jamal and Ziad Jadallah Bureim who were both shot east of Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip, and 26 year old Imad Nabil Abu Darabi, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

According to Wafa another 600 Palestinians were wounded in the demonstrations, 92 of them from live fire injuries, including seven critically, as well as 26 children and 14 women. Among those wounded was a Agence France Press photographer Mohammed Abed al-Baba who was shot in the leg by Israeli fire in northern Gaza. According to AFP al-Baba, who has been working for the news agency for 18 years was some 200 meters from the fence east of Jabalia in the northern Strip and wearing a press vest and helmet when he was shot.

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On The Brink: Israel Warns That The “Threshold Of War” Will Be Crossed If Hamas Doesn’t Stop Firing Rockets

– May 29, 2018

Over the past 24 hours, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have fired approximately 70 rockets and mortars into Israel, and the IDF has responded by conducting at least 60 airstrikes in Gaza.  Even as I write this article, there are reports that the fighting has continued all through the night.  If the hostilities continue, we could very well see a full blown war erupt, and such a war could ultimately draw in the Palestinians in the West Bank, Hezbollah and more of Israel’s neighbors as well.  To say that things are tense in the region would be a major understatement.  On Tuesday, it was reported that there was a full moon over Jerusalem that was “almost red”, and some are taking that as an ominous sign.  This is also the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and that certainly adds an extra dimension to the events that are unfolding right in front of our eyes.  This is the worst violence that we have seen between the Israelis and Hamas since 2014, and many are extremely concerned about what we may see next.

Randomly firing rockets and mortar shells toward civilian population centers is a great act of cowardice, and these recent attacks by the Palestinians are being condemned all over the world.

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Paraguay opens its Israel embassy in Jerusalem

DW – May 21, 2018

Paraguay opened its new Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, following in the footsteps of the United States and Guatemala.

Last week, the US relocated its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, infuriating the Palestinians. The US move was followed by Guatemala two days later.

Romania, the Czech Republic and Honduras have said they are also considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem.

The status of Jerusalem remains one of the biggest stumbling blocks in solving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, who with broad international backing want Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their future capital.

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Clashes erupt in Gaza as US Embassy in Jerusalem opens

DW – May 14, 2018

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 US moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem reached its climax.

Gaza’s health ministry said 52 Palestinians were shot and killed by the Israeli army — including a 14-year-old, leading the Palestinian government to accuse Israel of committing a “terrible massacre” in Gaza.

As 35,000 people demonstrated against it, the ceremony to inaugurate the US Embassy in Jerusalem got underway, starting with the US national anthem.

US Ambassador David Friedman welcomed the crowd. “Today we open the US embassy in Jerusalem, Israel,” he said to applause.

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Turkey Calls Meeting of Islamic Body After Palestinians Killed in Gaza

Newsmax – May 14, 2018

Turkey has called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the government spokesman said on Monday, after Israeli forces killed of dozens of protesters in Gaza.

Ankara wants the meeting of the 57-member-state body to be held on Friday, spokesman Bekir Bozdag said.

On the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since the Gaza conflict in 2014, Israeli troops shot dead 55 Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

Turkey has been one of the most vocal critics of the U.S. move and the violence in Gaza, with the government declaring three days of mourning for those killed.

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Israel bombs Gaza tunnel, closes key crossing after attack

ARON HELLER and FARES AKRAM

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Saturday it was shutting down its main cargo crossing into Gaza after s protesters caused extensive damage to it, and that it had also destroyed an attack tunnel militants dug near its main pedestrian crossing.

The twin developments come ahead of a potentially charged week along the Israel-Gaza border as weekly protests being staged there are expected to culminate with a potential breach of the border and a surge in casualties.

Once again, thousands of Palestinians protested Friday in various locations along the frontier. Later, a group of Palestinians burned a fuel complex and conveyor belt on their side of the Kerem Shalom crossing, causing more than $9 million in damages and disrupting the import of diesel fuel and building materials, the military said. It said the attack rendered the main fuel and gas lines unusable and caused further damage to electrical infrastructure and other vital equipment.

The military said the Kerem Shalom crossing will be closed until further notice and not before the damage is repaired.

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Palestinians announce embassy move date to be ‘day of rage’

Adam Rasgon – May 9, 2018

Senior PLO official Ahmad Majdalani said Tuesday that May 14, the day the US is expected to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, will be “a day of rage.”

Many Palestinians and Palestinian officials have expressed anger and frustration with the American administration since US President Donald Trump initiated the relocation of the US Embassy in Israel in December.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership has long hoped east Jerusalem will become the capital of a future Palestinian state and demanded that the city’s final status be determined in negotiations with Israel. Israel considers both the eastern and western halves of Jerusalem to be its capital.

“The fourteenth of this month will be a huge, popular day of rage everywhere,” Majdalani said, according to the Voice of Palestine, the official Palestinian Authority radio station. “Our people will express their rejection of relocating the embassy to occupied Jerusalem.”

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Israel fears ‘explosion of violence’ as US prepares to open embassy in Jerusalem

– May 5, 2018

Police in Israel have started patrols and security sweeps of a southern Jerusalem neighbourhood, anxiously preparing for a US embassy inauguration that Israelis and Palestinians fear may launch a week of violence.

The move on 14 May will mark the start of a potentially volatile week when Israel will celebrate its 70th anniversary and Palestinians mark the “catastrophe”, or Nakba, of their displacement on the 15th.

Nakba day has previously seen violence as the Israeli army responds to demonstrations in the occupied territories. This year, tensions are far higher than usual. Six weeks of protests along the Gaza border, during which Israeli soldiers have shot dead nearly 40 people and wounded hundreds, will culminate that week.

There are fears that those attending the rallies may attempt to breach the perimeter, a move that could lead to mass casualties as Israeli snipers are operating under rules of engagement that permit live fire.

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Clashes erupt in Gaza as US Embassy in Jerusalem opens

DW – May 14, 2018

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 US moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem reached its climax.

Gaza’s health ministry said 52 Palestinians were shot and killed by the Israeli army — including a 14-year-old, leading the Palestinian government to accuse Israel of committing a “terrible massacre” in Gaza.

As 35,000 people demonstrated against it, the ceremony to inaugurate the US Embassy in Jerusalem got underway, starting with the US national anthem.

US Ambassador David Friedman welcomed the crowd. “Today we open the US embassy in Jerusalem, Israel,” he said to applause.

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Netanyahu Says at Least Six States Considering Moving Embassies to Jerusalem

Newsmax – April 19, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that “at least half a dozen” countries were considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem following the U.S. decision to do so.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced in December that the United States recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, infuriating even Washington’s Arab allies and dismaying Palestinians who want the eastern part of the city as their capital.

The U.S. Embassy is due to relocate to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv on May 14, the date on which Israel declared its independence in 1948.”

In order to promote peace … move your embassies here,” Netanyahu told foreign diplomats at a reception in Jerusalem celebrating the 70th anniversary of that declaration.

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