Trump’s insistence in moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem has led to at least 1,000 Palestinian demonstrators being wounded along the border fence with Gaza, with at least 37 Palestinians dead as protesters attempt to breach the border. Adding insult to injury, the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem was scheduled for the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel. Tens of thousands of Palestinians took part in the Gaza protests which are in opposition to the embassy move. Many Israelis see the relocation of the embassy as simply acknowledging that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. May 15 is observed by Palestinians as the anniversary of what they call the nakba, or catastrophe, marking the expulsion or flight from the newly formed Jewish state of hundreds of thousands of Arabs in 1948. The embassy opening was set to begin at 4 p.m., with Steven Mnuchin, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and a few Republican lawmakers in attendance. The mass protests in Gaza, were expected to peak on Tuesday with an effort by thousands of people to rush the border fence. More bloodshed is expected.
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