Massacre in Palestine: Echoes of 1948 as US Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

Published May 15th, 2018 - 10:02 GMT

The United States on Monday inaugurated its embassy in Jerusalem, recognizing the city as Israel's capital. Jerusalem has deep historic, religious and emotional ties for both Palestinians and Israelis. Both claim it as a capital.

Fifty-five Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during violent clashes Monday on the Gaza-Israel border coinciding with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

Tens of thousands took part in protests throughout the Gaza Strip, with some confronting Israeli soldiers along the border in the bloodiest day in the conflict since a 2014 war. And more than 2,400 were wounded.

The protests ended for the day before sunset but fresh demonstrations are expected today, May 15th, which is also the memoral of the nakba. The Nakba or 'catastrpohe' commemorates the moment thousands of Palestinians were forcibly ejected from their homes by Israeli forces, in 1948. 

 

 

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US ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu (L), Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (C-R), US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (3rd R), US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (R) and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu (L), Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (C-R), US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (3rd R), US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (R) and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. JACK GUEZ / AFP

Tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. JACK GUEZ / AFP

Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP

Contrasting Image showing while Ivanka Trump is celebrating the U.S. Embassy opening, dozens were killed, including children and women, in Gaza border during the 'Day Of Rage' protest in Gaza. (Twitter)

Contrasting Image showing while Ivanka Trump is celebrating the U.S. Embassy opening, dozens were killed, including children and women, in Gaza border during the 'Day Of Rage' protest in Gaza. (Twitter)

Fadi Abu Salah, 29 years old was killed on Monday during protests against US Embassy moving to Jerusalem by Israeli gunfire. (Twitter)

Fadi Abu Salah, 29 years old was killed on Monday during protests against US Embassy moving to Jerusalem by Israeli gunfire. (Twitter)

Palestinians carry a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. Thomas COEX / AFP

Palestinians carry a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. Thomas COEX / AFP

A Palestinian woman waves her national flag during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

A Palestinian woman waves her national flag during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

A woman poses for a picture next to an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent.
Menahem KAHANA / AFP

A woman poses for a picture next to an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. Menahem KAHANA / AFP

Arab demonstrators protest in front the new United States embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The banner reads in Arabic " Jerusalem is Arab, Palestinian, Moslem, Christian". AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP

Arab demonstrators protest in front the new United States embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The banner reads in Arabic " Jerusalem is Arab, Palestinian, Moslem, Christian". AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP

Photos taken at the same time, the left ones show the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while the ones on the right show the Israeli violence against Palestinians during the protests near Gaza border. (Twitter)

Photos taken at the same time, the left ones show the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while the ones on the right show the Israeli violence against Palestinians during the protests near Gaza border. (Twitter)

The Israeli and United States flags are projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City, to mark the opening of the new US embassy on May 14, 2018. (AFP/ File Photo)

The Israeli and United States flags are projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City, to mark the opening of the new US embassy on May 14, 2018. (AFP/ File Photo)

People wave Palestinian flags as they protest in front of the US embassy in Berlin on May 14, 2018. Britta Pedersen / dpa / AFP

People wave Palestinian flags as they protest in front of the US embassy in Berlin on May 14, 2018. Britta Pedersen / dpa / AFP

Protesters march as they wave a giant Palestinian flag and also Palestinian flags at the Istikilal avenue in Istanbul on May 14, 2018 during a demonstration against US President's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Protesters march as they wave a giant Palestinian flag and also Palestinian flags at the Istikilal avenue in Istanbul on May 14, 2018 during a demonstration against US President's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. OZAN KOSE / AFP

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu (L), Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (C-R), US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (3rd R), US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (R) and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
Tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. JACK GUEZ / AFP
Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP
Contrasting Image showing while Ivanka Trump is celebrating the U.S. Embassy opening, dozens were killed, including children and women, in Gaza border during the 'Day Of Rage' protest in Gaza. (Twitter)
Fadi Abu Salah, 29 years old was killed on Monday during protests against US Embassy moving to Jerusalem by Israeli gunfire. (Twitter)
Palestinians carry a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. Thomas COEX / AFP
A Palestinian woman waves her national flag during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
A woman poses for a picture next to an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent.
Menahem KAHANA / AFP
Arab demonstrators protest in front the new United States embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The banner reads in Arabic " Jerusalem is Arab, Palestinian, Moslem, Christian". AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP
Photos taken at the same time, the left ones show the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while the ones on the right show the Israeli violence against Palestinians during the protests near Gaza border. (Twitter)
The Israeli and United States flags are projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City, to mark the opening of the new US embassy on May 14, 2018. (AFP/ File Photo)
People wave Palestinian flags as they protest in front of the US embassy in Berlin on May 14, 2018. Britta Pedersen / dpa / AFP
Protesters march as they wave a giant Palestinian flag and also Palestinian flags at the Istikilal avenue in Istanbul on May 14, 2018 during a demonstration against US President's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. OZAN KOSE / AFP
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu (L), Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (C-R), US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (3rd R), US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (R) and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu (L), Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (C-R), US President's daughter Ivanka Trump (3rd R), US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (R) and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP
Tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. JACK GUEZ / AFP
Tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. JACK GUEZ / AFP
Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP
Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP
Contrasting Image showing while Ivanka Trump is celebrating the U.S. Embassy opening, dozens were killed, including children and women, in Gaza border during the 'Day Of Rage' protest in Gaza. (Twitter)
Contrasting Image showing while Ivanka Trump is celebrating the U.S. Embassy opening, dozens were killed, including children and women, in Gaza border during the 'Day Of Rage' protest in Gaza. (Twitter)
Fadi Abu Salah, 29 years old was killed on Monday during protests against US Embassy moving to Jerusalem by Israeli gunfire. (Twitter)
Fadi Abu Salah, 29 years old was killed on Monday during protests against US Embassy moving to Jerusalem by Israeli gunfire. (Twitter)
Palestinians carry a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. Thomas COEX / AFP
Palestinians carry a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. Thomas COEX / AFP
A Palestinian woman waves her national flag during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
A Palestinian woman waves her national flag during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
A woman poses for a picture next to an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent.
Menahem KAHANA / AFP
A woman poses for a picture next to an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. Menahem KAHANA / AFP
Arab demonstrators protest in front the new United States embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The banner reads in Arabic " Jerusalem is Arab, Palestinian, Moslem, Christian". AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP
Arab demonstrators protest in front the new United States embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The banner reads in Arabic " Jerusalem is Arab, Palestinian, Moslem, Christian". AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP
Photos taken at the same time, the left ones show the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while the ones on the right show the Israeli violence against Palestinians during the protests near Gaza border. (Twitter)
Photos taken at the same time, the left ones show the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while the ones on the right show the Israeli violence against Palestinians during the protests near Gaza border. (Twitter)
The Israeli and United States flags are projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City, to mark the opening of the new US embassy on May 14, 2018. (AFP/ File Photo)
The Israeli and United States flags are projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City, to mark the opening of the new US embassy on May 14, 2018. (AFP/ File Photo)
People wave Palestinian flags as they protest in front of the US embassy in Berlin on May 14, 2018. Britta Pedersen / dpa / AFP
People wave Palestinian flags as they protest in front of the US embassy in Berlin on May 14, 2018. Britta Pedersen / dpa / AFP
Protesters march as they wave a giant Palestinian flag and also Palestinian flags at the Istikilal avenue in Istanbul on May 14, 2018 during a demonstration against US President's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. OZAN KOSE / AFP
Protesters march as they wave a giant Palestinian flag and also Palestinian flags at the Istikilal avenue in Istanbul on May 14, 2018 during a demonstration against US President's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. OZAN KOSE / AFP