Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces during Gaza protests

Ides of May

Ides of May

Mr. Trump has promised to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, assigning the task to top advisers led by Jared Kushner, his son-in-law. "This is nothing more, or less than a recognition of reality".

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said his country will have to pay "a price" for the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

He added that "the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will come at a price and it is worth paying it".

Alluding to the Passover Hagada text in which Jewish people wish that next year they could celebrate in Jerusalem, the ambassador remarks that "this year, in Jerusalem".

He was the 53rd Palestinian killed since protests began on March 30 calling for Palestinians to be able to return to the homes they fled in 1948, which are now inside Israel.

The US decision to move the embassy and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital raised concern in many capitals, and outrage in some, that Washington is pre-judging the result of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Human rights organizations say the army's use of force is disproportionate to the threat posed by the Palestinians.

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Economists at ANZ said some Chinese exporters might be accelerating electronics shipments amid the tariff threats. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at China's Ministry of Transport in Beijing, China April 27, 2018.

A second senior administration official emphasized that the violence along Israel's border by Gaza is chiefly being perpetuated by Hamas terrorists seeking to further inflame regional tensions. Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005.

In a briefing with reporters on Friday, a USA official speaking on condition of anonymity said Washington is expecting a crowd of 800 people including "a healthy number from Congress".

Speaking to +972 Magazine before the first day of protest in March, one of the "Great Return March" organizers, Hasan al-Kurd, explained that the plan was to set up camps between between 700-1000 meters from Israel's border fence, outside the Israeli army's unilaterally imposed buffer zone.

Rioters near the border fence with Israel reportedly threw grenades, pipe bombs, and rocks at soldiers. The crowd erupted in cheers as protesters attached hooks and ropes to the barbed-wire fence and hauled sections of it away. Kites that were ablaze in flames were flown toward the Israeli side of the fence, causing fires. Israel has identified other fatalities as members of terrorist groups.

Demonstrations are also expected in Jerusalem and the West Bank, where Palestinians have not for the most part joined in the Gaza campaign.

The Israeli military has faced global and domestic criticism over its use of live fire, with the United Nations and European Union calling for an independent investigation rejected by Israel.

Israel says Hamas uses the marches as cover for terrorist attacks. They also dismissed the idea that the absence of Mr Trump and Nikki Haley, US representative at the United Nations, from the event is for security reasons, attributing it instead to scheduling. Sinwar has vowed in the past that protesters would "breach the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa", referring to the major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.

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