Florida Gov. will attend embassy opening in Jerusalem

Arab terrorist cuts barbed wire during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip

"Tragically, the USA administration has chosen to side with Israel's exclusivist claims over a city that has for centuries been sacred to all faiths", the general delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation to the United States said.

In December, Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying he was simply acknowledging reality, while omitting any mention of Palestinian claims to the city.

On 6 December, 2017, Trump declared Jerusalem, both East and West, as the capital of Israel, and began to transfer its embassy there, which ignited anger in the Palestinian territories, while eliciting as well Arab, Islamic, and global condemnation.

"We look forward to celebrating Israel's 70th anniversary and the bright future ahead", Ivanka wrote on Instagram ahead of the opening, which will take place on Monday, exactly seven decades since the country declared independence.

Additionally, police officers will stand in a "human wall" between the neighbourhood of Arnona, where the new embassy is located, and the Palestinian Sur Baher, the police said.

Friday's demonstration in Sweimeh coincides with ongoing Palestinian rallies along the Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel that have been ongoing since March 30.

Gaza is run by Hamas, which Israel and the West designate a terrorist organization.

After stating that he was not only committed to strong U.S. -Israel relations, then-candidate Donald Trump took his stance a step further and promised that moving the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel's capital, would be a presidential priority.


Both the embassy move and the protests have symbolic timing.

Israel has portrayed the movement as a "terrorist" ploy by Hamas and as a security threat to its civilians, pointing out attempts to damage and breach the fence. Hamas has indicated that large numbers of protesters could break through the border on Monday - a scenario that could prompt Israel to respond with deadly force.

But Netanyahu insisted the embassy move is "the right thing to do" and ordered other countries to follow suit.

Israeli army warplanes on Saturday struck targets in the blockaded Gaza Strip, the army announced.

The transfer will be carried out by upgrading the current US Consulate General in Jerusalem to embassy status. More than 1800 have been wounded.

A high-ranking delegation of Gaza's Hamas rulers headed to Egypt on Sunday, amid diplomatic efforts aimed at containing the mass rally.

A reception on Sunday will include members of a delegation led by President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

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