Massacre in Palestine: Echoes of 1948 as US Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

Published May 15th, 2018 - 11:02 GMT

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The United States on Monday inaugurated its embassy in Jerusalem, recognizing the city as Israel's capital. Jerusalem has deep historic, religious and emotional ties for both Palestinians and Israelis. Both claim it as a capital.

Fifty-five Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during violent clashes Monday on the Gaza-Israel border coinciding with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

Tens of thousands took part in protests throughout the Gaza Strip, with some confronting Israeli soldiers along the border in the bloodiest day in the conflict since a 2014 war. And more than 2,400 were wounded.
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US ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
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Image 1 of 14:  1 / 14US ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

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Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu (L), Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (C-R), US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (3rd R), US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (R) and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
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Image 2 of 14:  2 / 14Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu (L), Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (C-R), US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (3rd R), US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (R) and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

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Tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. JACK GUEZ / AFP
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Image 3 of 14:  3 / 14Tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. JACK GUEZ / AFP

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Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP
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Image 4 of 14:  4 / 14Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

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Contrasting Image showing while Ivanka Trump is celebrating the U.S. Embassy opening, dozens were killed, including children and women, in Gaza border during the 'Day Of Rage' protest in Gaza. (Twitter)
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Image 5 of 14:  5 / 14Contrasting Image showing while Ivanka Trump is celebrating the U.S. Embassy opening, dozens were killed, including children and women, in Gaza border during the 'Day Of Rage' protest in Gaza. (Twitter)

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Fadi Abu Salah, 29 years old was killed on Monday during protests against US Embassy moving to Jerusalem by Israeli gunfire. (Twitter)
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Image 6 of 14:  6 / 14Fadi Abu Salah, 29 years old was killed on Monday during protests against US Embassy moving to Jerusalem by Israeli gunfire. (Twitter)

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Palestinians carry a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. Thomas COEX / AFP
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Image 7 of 14:  7 / 14Palestinians carry a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. Thomas COEX / AFP

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A Palestinian woman waves her national flag during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
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Image 8 of 14:  8 / 14A Palestinian woman waves her national flag during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

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A woman poses for a picture next to an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent.
Menahem KAHANA / AFP
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Image 9 of 14:  9 / 14A woman poses for a picture next to an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. Menahem KAHANA / AFP

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Arab demonstrators protest in front the new United States embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The banner reads in Arabic ' Jerusalem is Arab, Palestinian, Moslem, Christian'. AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP
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Image 10 of 14:  10 / 14Arab demonstrators protest in front the new United States embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The banner reads in Arabic " Jerusalem is Arab, Palestinian, Moslem, Christian". AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP

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Photos taken at the same time, the left ones show the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while the ones on the right show the Israeli violence against Palestinians during the protests near Gaza border. (Twitter)
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Image 11 of 14:  11 / 14Photos taken at the same time, the left ones show the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while the ones on the right show the Israeli violence against Palestinians during the protests near Gaza border. (Twitter)

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The Israeli and United States flags are projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City, to mark the opening of the new US embassy on May 14, 2018. (AFP/ File Photo)
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Image 12 of 14:  12 / 14The Israeli and United States flags are projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City, to mark the opening of the new US embassy on May 14, 2018. (AFP/ File Photo)

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People wave Palestinian flags as they protest in front of the US embassy in Berlin on May 14, 2018. Britta Pedersen / dpa / AFP
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Image 13 of 14:  13 / 14People wave Palestinian flags as they protest in front of the US embassy in Berlin on May 14, 2018. Britta Pedersen / dpa / AFP

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Protesters march as they wave a giant Palestinian flag and also Palestinian flags at the Istikilal avenue in Istanbul on May 14, 2018 during a demonstration against US President's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. OZAN KOSE / AFP
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Image 14 of 14:  14 / 14Protesters march as they wave a giant Palestinian flag and also Palestinian flags at the Istikilal avenue in Istanbul on May 14, 2018 during a demonstration against US President's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. OZAN KOSE / AFP

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US ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Image 1 of 14US ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

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Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu (L), Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (C-R), US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (3rd R), US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (R) and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Image 2 of 14Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu (L), Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (C-R), US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (3rd R), US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (R) and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

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Tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. JACK GUEZ / AFP

Image 3 of 14Tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. JACK GUEZ / AFP

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Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

Image 4 of 14Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

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Contrasting Image showing while Ivanka Trump is celebrating the U.S. Embassy opening, dozens were killed, including children and women, in Gaza border during the 'Day Of Rage' protest in Gaza. (Twitter)

Image 5 of 14Contrasting Image showing while Ivanka Trump is celebrating the U.S. Embassy opening, dozens were killed, including children and women, in Gaza border during the 'Day Of Rage' protest in Gaza. (Twitter)

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Fadi Abu Salah, 29 years old was killed on Monday during protests against US Embassy moving to Jerusalem by Israeli gunfire. (Twitter)

Image 6 of 14Fadi Abu Salah, 29 years old was killed on Monday during protests against US Embassy moving to Jerusalem by Israeli gunfire. (Twitter)

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Palestinians carry a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. Thomas COEX / AFP

Image 7 of 14Palestinians carry a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. Thomas COEX / AFP

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A Palestinian woman waves her national flag during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Image 8 of 14A Palestinian woman waves her national flag during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

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A woman poses for a picture next to an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent.
Menahem KAHANA / AFP

Image 9 of 14A woman poses for a picture next to an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. Menahem KAHANA / AFP

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Arab demonstrators protest in front the new United States embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The banner reads in Arabic ' Jerusalem is Arab, Palestinian, Moslem, Christian'. AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP

Image 10 of 14Arab demonstrators protest in front the new United States embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The banner reads in Arabic " Jerusalem is Arab, Palestinian, Moslem, Christian". AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP

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Photos taken at the same time, the left ones show the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while the ones on the right show the Israeli violence against Palestinians during the protests near Gaza border. (Twitter)

Image 11 of 14Photos taken at the same time, the left ones show the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while the ones on the right show the Israeli violence against Palestinians during the protests near Gaza border. (Twitter)

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The Israeli and United States flags are projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City, to mark the opening of the new US embassy on May 14, 2018. (AFP/ File Photo)

Image 12 of 14The Israeli and United States flags are projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City, to mark the opening of the new US embassy on May 14, 2018. (AFP/ File Photo)

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People wave Palestinian flags as they protest in front of the US embassy in Berlin on May 14, 2018. Britta Pedersen / dpa / AFP

Image 13 of 14People wave Palestinian flags as they protest in front of the US embassy in Berlin on May 14, 2018. Britta Pedersen / dpa / AFP

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Protesters march as they wave a giant Palestinian flag and also Palestinian flags at the Istikilal avenue in Istanbul on May 14, 2018 during a demonstration against US President's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Image 14 of 14Protesters march as they wave a giant Palestinian flag and also Palestinian flags at the Istikilal avenue in Istanbul on May 14, 2018 during a demonstration against US President's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. OZAN KOSE / AFP

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The protests ended for the day before sunset but fresh demonstrations are expected today, May 15th, which is also the memoral of the nakba. The Nakba or 'catastrpohe' commemorates the moment thousands of Palestinians were forcibly ejected from their homes by Israeli forces, in 1948. 

 

 

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