Israel boosts Gaza border force as U.S. prepares to open Jerusalem embassy

Gas pipes on fire at the Kerem Shalom goods crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip
Gas pipes on fire at the Kerem Shalom goods crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip

14 May, 2018

The new USA embassy in Jerusalem is set to open on Monday, coinciding with Israel's Independence Day. "We look forward to celebrating Israel's 70th anniversary and the bright future ahead", she wrote, adding that they would also pray for peace as well as "the boundless potential of the future of the U.S. -Israel alliance". "The administration is firmly committed to pursuing a lasting and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians that promises a brighter future for both".

As their bus drove past the compound, the journalists took photos of workers planting flowers in the area and paired Israeli and American flags fluttering from electricity poles.

Meanwhile, the right of Palestinian refugees to return their former lands - now in Israel - is recognised in global law.

But earlier today, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania announced they object to the statement and made it impossible to reach the consensus needed to publish it.

The U.S. would do better to unfreeze funding to UNRWA and support the just cause of Palestine and Palestinian refugees rather than cruelly targeting the most vulnerable segment of the Palestinian people and deprive the refugees of the right to a dignified life, she said.

The embassy is being relocated from Tel Aviv after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that overturned decades of us foreign policy. More than half the visitors to FOZ are Israelis.

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Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and claimed the whole city as its capital, but Palestinians believe that the capital of an independent state of theirs belongs in East Jerusalem.

"There continues to be real anger among Palestinians" over Trump's decision, the CBC's Derek Stoffel said from Jerusalem.

In Gaza, a strip of land Israel has blockaded for a decade, tens of thousands of people are anticipated to gather for protests along the perimeter fence. "What does he have to do with Jerusalem, ?" says another young man, on his way to Damascus Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City.

He stated that security measures are also in place for the rest of the week surrounding Nakba day and the upcoming first Friday of Ramadan during which thousands of Muslim and Palestinian worshipers are expected to ascend the Temple Mount. Forty-two Palestinians have been killed and over 1,800 have been wounded by Israeli fire since weekly protests began on March 30.

Needless to say, the Palestinian Authority had its own "strongly worded message" for the block.

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