Israeli forces kill 55 in Gaza clashes as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa  Reuters                   A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during the protest

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Reuters A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during the protest

Palestinian demonstrators take cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against us embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018.

The United States officially opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem al-Quds on Monday, despite warnings from around the world that the measure risks triggering a fresh wave of violence in the Middle East.

Does the Administration have a plan for where this goes next: I think they have been working on a peace plan, but the circumstances are nearly impossible to do that.

At least 41 people killed in Gaza and almost 2,000 wounded during demonstrations that are part of a weeks-long protest calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees to the areas they were forcibly expelled from in 1948.

Hussar Zomlot, the top Palestinian representative to the United States told the Washington Post that Trump has given Israel "license to kill". Kushner, the President's son-in-law and senior adviser, has been tasked with overseeing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Protests are expected to resume today.

"Jerusalem is a Palestinian territory, and according to global law, Jerusalem should be under worldwide law until both parties agree to divide it into (two) capitals or what", said Jamal Hamed, president of the Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians.

Palestinian areas in East Jerusalem and the West Bank remain tense after the slaughter in Gaza and after the embassy move.

"While presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to move the American embassy, once in office this president delivered".

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Alexander quoted a statement from France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian calling on Israeli authorities "to exercise discernment and restraint in the use of force that must be strictly proportionate".

"At the time when the United States announced they'd be moving their representation to Jerusalem we stated strongly that we did not think that would take us closer to peace, and it hasn't", Ms Ardern said.

"We believe that Hamas is responsible for what's going on", Shah replied.

No, Mr. President, it was not a "great day" for Israel or the Mideast.

Trump's December decision, to declare Jerusalem the Israeli capital and move the embassy there from its longtime home in Tel Aviv, upended decades of American foreign policy that sought to maintain a neutral position on the contentious status of Jerusalem.

After Trump's announcement in December, India had voted with the majority in favour of the United Nations General Assembly resolution rejecting the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"Israel makes us safer, and the least we can do is recognize their capital", he told Fox News host Harris Faulkner.

And UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the move "would jeopardize" the chance for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Both Israelis and Palestinians consider Jerusalem the holiest site of their respective religions.

Protests are set to continue on Tuesday as Palestinians mark the 70th anniversary of what they call the "Nakba" ("catastrophe") - when 750,000 Palestinians fled or were forced off their land when Israel was created in 1948.

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