Locals: peace further away as U.S. embassy moves to Jerusalem

JERUSALEM ISRAEL- MAY 8 2018 A road sign indicating the direction of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Sergey Orlov  TASS

Israeli troops opened fire on Monday as thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along Gaza's border with the Jewish state, protesting the inauguration the USA embassy and calling for Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to homes that are now in Israel.

Netanyahu made no mention of the violence in Gaza other than to salute "our fearless solders who are protecting the borders of Israel, as we speak today". They orchestrated those riots and they are not peaceful demonstrations.

In a statement, African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said the "disproportionate use of force by the Israeli army" resulted in the killing of over 50 Palestinian demonstrators, while many more were wounded.

The Israeli Defense Force said the countermeasures had killed three "terrorists", and Lt. Colonel Jonathan Conricus expressed doubt over the casualty figures presented by Palestinian authorities.

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson called the deaths murder, adding "this is the second deadly massacre of protesters perpetrated by the Israeli armed forces this year and is the deadliest onslaught in Gaza since 2014".

Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, both advisers to the president, attended the opening ceremonies.

Trump's announcement in December that he would move the embassy to Jerusalem drew criticism from Palestinians and USA allies including France, Germany and Saudi Arabia, who cast the move as "dangerous" and "catastrophic".

Protests are expected to resume today.

The new United States embassy opened in Jerusalem while in Gaza, roughly 50 miles away, there were deadly clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians.

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But just 10 miles away in Ramallah in the West Bank, "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor met Palestinians who are angry, believing that the move destroyed their dreams of making Jerusalem their capital.

Erdogan and other Turkish officials have repeatedly condemned the United States decision to move the embassy, warning it risked inflaming tensions.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Trump in his address that "by recognising history you have made history".

But critics of the move, including some European officials, say the US decision will only serve to exacerbate tensions and make it more hard for the U.S.to offer itself as a neutral party.

Israel, meanwhile, called on the council to condemn Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the coastal strip and led the protests. He wrote, "A great day for Israel!"

VideoThe United States officially opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, fulfilling a pledge by President Donald Trump who has recognized the holy city as the Israeli capital.

The UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People does not recognize Israel's claim that the entire city of Jerusalem is its capital.

The US President was limited to a congratulation of Israel, saying today the "big day" for the country.

The embassy celebration was widely considered a snub by the Palestinians. Trump's top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reiterated that goal in a statement calling for "lasting and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians". "At first we had outpost settlements with the help of America and now we have an American outpost settlement in East Jerusalem", he said.

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