The Israeli Army on Monday killed 60 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 in Gaza, who were protesting the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and the upcoming anniversary of the date the state of Israel was established on land once held by Palestinians.
The army fired live ammunition, released tear gas, and launched firebombs at protestors standing at several points along along the fence shared with Israel, Aljazeera reported.
The demonstration was part of a weeks-long movement calling for the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the areas they were expelled from in 1948 when the state of Israel was created.
In November 1947, the United Nations partitioned Palestine into one Jewish State and one Palestinian State. The Arab world made it clear that it would destroy Israel.
On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, proclaimed the establishment of the new Jewish republic, which led to a violent campaign during which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their villages.
Recent protests come ahead of the annual commemorations of the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” when the state of Israel was established.
Donald Trump announced during his campaign for president that he would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“This is a great day for Israel,” Trump declared as the fighting erupted. Inside the building, dignitaries, including Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and daughter Ivanka Trump, senior White House adviser, celebrated the relocated embassy’s opening.
The White House blamed the violence on Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement.
Hamas denied that it instigated the violence.