Israeli Forces Kill and Wound Palestinians at Gaza Border Protests

A worker is seen inside the new U.S. embassy compound during preparations for its opening ceremony in Jerusalem

A worker is seen inside the new U.S. embassy compound during preparations for its opening ceremony in Jerusalem

The embassy move follows US President Donald Trump's decision last December to break with decades of US policy and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Israeli military dropped leaflets and fired tear gas into Gaza early on Monday, warning Palestinians to stay away from the border with Israel.

"As we are speaking now the Syrian army is attacking the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, they're killing hundreds, maybe thousands of Palestinians". Peace talks aimed a finding a two-state solution to the conflict have been frozen since 2014.

The Trump administration has almost completed a long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan but is undecided on how and when to roll it out, given Palestinians' outrage over the embassy move and their contention that Washington can no longer be an honest broker. He suggested Trump's Mideast team is unqualified, saying "the world needs real leaders, and those (White House officials) are real estate dealers, not leaders". The U.S. consular compound in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona will become the temporary embassy, with Friedman and a small staff moving to the site.

The official US delegation is headed by deputy secretary of state John Sullivan, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and several other congress members but all eyes would be on the first daughter who is there to represent her father. The opening of the US Embassy there later tonight will bring together the Israeli and US leadership in a way we haven't seen before.

"It's been the capital of our state for the past 70 years. It will remain our capital for all time", Netanyahu stressed. He argued that moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem is long overdue.

Saeb Erekat, Palestine Liberation Organisation secretary-general, called it a "hostile act against worldwide law". Additionally, Police officers will stand in "human wall" between the neighborhood of Arnona, where the new embassy is located, and the Palestinian Sur Baher.

In an editorial, the Dubai-based Gulf News said: "This is a day when the United States and the administration of President Donald Trump should hang its head in shame". "The choice is in your hands".

Asked if Israel had offered any concessions in return for gaining the long-held goal of USA recognition of Jerusalem, Friedman said there was "no give and take with Israel with regard to this decision".

Israeli security forces attempt to suppress the Nakba Day protest at the Qalandiya checkpoint separating Ramallah from Jerusalem, May 14, 2018.

The annual event is an Israeli celebration of the "reunification" of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War.

Israel immediately annexed east Jerusalem - home to the city's most sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites - in a move that has not received global recognition.

"Guatemala was also the first country in the world to establish an embassy in Jerusalem in 1956 - the first country in the world".

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.

Palestinians protested and there were clashes that quickly escalated into the second Palestinian uprising, known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada.

Israeli troops have killed 45 Palestinians since the protests began on March 30, according to Palestinian health officials, while no Israeli casualties have been reported.

In a show of anger fueled by the embassy move, protesters set tires on fire, sending plumes of black smoke into the air, and hurled firebombs and stones toward Israeli troops across the border. But the United Nations regards East Jerusalem as occupied, and the city's status as disputed until resolved by negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

As tensions escalate at the Gaza border where a major procession led by ruling Hamas is expected later today, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its ruling Fatah party has urged Palestinians in the West Bank to take part in widespread protests against the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem.

In the decades since 1967, worldwide consensus has been that the city's status must be negotiated between the two sides, but Trump broke with that to global outrage.

"It will not be an easy road", but peace can be achieved if we "dream big", he says.

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