Monday, May 14th, the U.S. officially relocated its embassy from Tel
Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israelis and the U.S. officials celebrated the move in Jerusalem, a deadly riot
broke out only 50 miles away, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of
who claim the eastern part of Jerusalem, see the new U.S. Embassy in the city
as a potential threat to lose their stake in the “holy city”.
Israel and the U.S. agreed on this date to officially announce the move as the
State of Israel was founded 70 years ago on this date.
started protesting against the decision regarding the new location for the U.S.
Embassy six weeks ago, but this Monday marks the deadliest day in Gaza since
to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least 55 Palestinians were killed and over
1,000 were wounded; five minors were among the death casualty.
Palestinian officials are calling the incident on Monday, a “horrific massacre”
by Israel and planning to take Israel to the International Criminal Court.
Israeli officials are accusing Hamas, a Palestinian fundamentalist
organization, for the violence at the Gaza border. The Israel Defense Forces
(IDF) stated that Hamas should be held accountable for inciting thousands of
Palestinians to start a series of violent riots.
Bet, the Israel Security Agency, said in a statement, “It appears Hamas is
encouraging and sending protesters to the border fence in order to carry out
violent acts and damage security infrastructure.” Shin Bet added that Hamas
warns its own members to stay away from the border while encouraging
Palestinian civilians to charge at the border.
killings of Palestinian protesters are drawing massive criticism from the
international community. Egypt, one of Israel’s closest allies, condemned the
acts of Israeli troops and Turkey is calling the killings a “genocide”.
country has the obligation to protect its borders,” said Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement defending Israeli troop’s military action on
Monday. Netanyahu added, “The Hamas terrorist organization declares its
intentions to destroy Israel and sends thousands to break through the border
fence for that purpose. We will continue to act with determination to defend
our sovereignty and our citizens.”
the European Union and United Nations urged Israel to display restraint in the
use of force while asking Hamas to keep protests peaceful.