Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Thousands in Indonesia protest United States embassy move to Jerusalem

Ides of May Gaza protester wounded in border demonstration
Lisa Bryan | 12 May, 2018, 20:56

Palestinian commentators have noted that the timing of the move feels like salt in a wound, as the ceremony will take place on the anniversary of Israel's founding - a day they call the "Naqba", or "disaster", because hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee their homes.

Trump announced in December that the U.S. would move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the city as the capital of Israel.

One Palestinian was killed, hundreds were injured in another day of Return March protests at the Gaza border with Israel, reported the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on the front page of their Saturday edition. Even as hospitals have been overwhelmed by casualties, Israel has denied permission for grievously wounded Palestinians to seek treatment outside Gaza, a callous form of collective punishment that has resulted in deaths and amputations among those hit by fire from the IDF.

Pro-Israel protesters with Israeli flags held a counter-protest near the Israeli embassy, located in South Kensington. "Palestine will always be at the centre of Indonesia's diplomacy", he said at the opening of a meeting of Islamic scholars.

The protests are due to culminate early next Tuesday, when Palestinians will commemorate the Nakba.

While al-Ayyam said 973 were injured on the Gaza border on Friday, al-Quds put the number at more than 700 in both Gaza and the West Bank. The border crossing was previously vandalized a week ago, with the protestors destroying and setting infrastructure on fire and damaging the pipelines.

From the camps, smaller groups moved closer to the fence.


In an area east of Gaza City, protesters burned tires, releasing large plumes of black smoke, and threw stones. Some flew kites with burning rags attached.

Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and volleys of tear gas.

"People will be coming back to work as the embassy branch of the Jerusalem embassy, and I think we're all very happy and excited to be participating in such a historic event", Friedman said.

The Hamas-led demonstrations, fueled by despair in Gaza, are part of a campaign to break the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007.

Egypt opens the crossing from time to time, mainly to allow people in special categories, including medical patients and Gaza residents studying overseas, to leave the territory or return to it.

Hundreds of guests will attend the opening event, including the USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman; the daughter and son-in-law of the president, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin; and Jason Greenblatt, the United States special representative for global negotiations.

Meanwhile in the West Bank, Israel's military said an assailant rammed his vehicle into a soldier, causing light injuries.

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