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Amid Gaza’s deadliest day of violence since the start of the 2014 Gaza war, America stubbornly opened its Jerusalem Embassy much to the delight of the Israelis. However, Palestinian protesters revolted, burning tires and throwing stones at the Israeli forces. In an attempt to disperse the protesters, Israeli forces fired live rounds and used tear gas.
The clashes erupted when thousands of protestors gathered near the fence at the border and dozens of Palestinians were martyred in a day of immense violence at the border between Israel and Gaza. Israeli troops killed 55 people in Gaza and nearly 3,000 have been injured, according to Palestinian officials.
The Palestinian Government has termed the killing of innocent protestors, a massacre. Though protestors burned tires, they never had any weaponry to kill the Israeli troops. But, Israeli forces reacted badly with lethal weapons and fired at the peaceful protestors.
Diplomatic efforts of Muslim nation were not able to pressurize US to review its decision to set up the embassy in disputed territory. As expected, the move brought bloodshed and chaos in the already highly unstable region and it remains a recipe for future disaster in the Middle East
In response to the Palestinian accusations, David Keyes, spokesperson for the Israeli Prime Minister said that “it was an attempt to defend Israel and we are doing what any state would do, which is to defend itself from an onslaught.” They held Hammas responsible for these attacks, a group which is on a mission to destroy Israel. Israelis negated the Palestinian narrative and counter-accused them of throwing mortars, bombs and placing IED’s.
The Opening of the US Embassy Coincided with the 70th Anniversary of Nakba
May 15 [Today] is the 70th anniversary of Nakba, [or Catastrophe] when more than 700,000 Palestinians had to flee from their homes during the war following the creation of Israel in 1948. The protestors are demanding the right to peacefully return to their land after forceful exit in the 1948 war, which displaced the Palestinians from their homes and was subjected to extreme brutality and carnage.
The ‘Great March of Return’ was organized by the Palestinians to mark the occasion. On June 05, 1967, the Arab-Israel war, which lasted only 6-days, saw the expansion in the territorial claims of Israel. Israel took control of the Eastern Jerusalem and Palestinians were expelled, fled or were killed.
When the war reached its conclusion, Israel further expelled about 430,000 Palestinians from their homes. The opening of US embassy in Israel has further sparked anger and frustration among the Palestinians struggling to get their voices heard in the international community.
The Palestinian Government has termed the killing of innocent protestors, a massacre. Though protestors burned tyres, they never had any weaponry to kill the Israeli troops. But, Israeli forces reacted badly with lethal weapons and fired at the peaceful protestors.
Palestinian have always maintained that Jerusalem is not Israel’s territory. They are outraged over the US decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The US is backing Israel’s decision to declare Jerusalem as its capital. Palestinians would never accept this unfair decision because they consider eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
The juxtaposition is striking – Jubilation on one side with happy faces celebrating their dream backed by the superpower, alongside a bloody massacre and dead bodies biting the dust on the border. Gunshots were audible at the opening ceremony of the Jerusalem US embassy, which was easily ignored under the impression of ‘might is right’.
The International Community Condemned the Move
The international community responded to the horrific scenes. Turkey has decided to recall its ambassadors to the US and Israel in protest to the genocide, as termed by its President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said that the move “is inflaming already a very tense situation and the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Further to this, South Africa also recalled its ambassador in protest after the violence against the innocent Palestinians. French President Emmanuel Macron “condemned the violence of the Israeli armed forces against protesters.”Kuwait called for the security meeting at the UN Security Council.
Israel further expelled about 430,000 Palestinians from their homes. The opening of US embassy in Israel has further sparked anger and frustration among the Palestinians struggling to get their voices heard in the international community.
Pakistan expressed grave concerns and condemned the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and last but not the least, European Foreign Ministers declared US decision to move the embassy from Tal Aviv to the disputed Jerusalem territory as unwise, which will further escalate the tensions.
A Recipe for future Disaster
Trump’s biased decision to move the embassy to Israel is unilateral. He full-filled his election pledge and pleased his friends in Israel. The spineless Muslim nations could only pass resolution in the ineffective Muslim world and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The Muslim world’s unanimous decision to declare Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital at the OIC in Istanbul had no value.
Moreover, diplomatic efforts of Muslim nation were not able to pressurize US to review its decision to set up the embassy in disputed territory. As expected, the move brought bloodshed and chaos in the already highly unstable region and it remains a recipe for future disaster in the Middle East