More than 50 Palestinians died on Monday amid protests at the Gaza-Israel border. The Israeli Defense Force opened fire on the fenced barrier, killing 52. Additionally, more than 1,000 people are recovering from injuries suffered during the protest.
The IDF stated that they view the protest as a terrorist act. The organization is accusing Hamas, a Palestinian fundamentalist group, of organizing terrorist attacks within large masses of people. Also, the IDF claims protesters threw rocks and explosive devices at the barrier.
These protests are nothing new in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians began the movement on March 30. Monday’s gathering was for a different reason, however.
Embassy Move Fuels Protests Among Palestinians
The estimated 40,000 citizens gathered to march against the opening of a new United States Embassy. The U.S. Embassy, previously stationed in Tel Aviv, is now open in Jerusalem. This move is controversial, though, because Palestinians consider Jerusalem their country’s capital.
President Trump announced the change back in December. The commander in chief decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, therefore moving the embassy.
That decision, however, marked a change in U.S. foreign policy. Never before had a U.S. president recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. The reason for this has to do with the conflict between Israel and Palestine over the city.
Thus, ever since the announcement, pundits have debated the impact of the embassy move. If Monday is any indication, peace could be a long way away.
The deaths make Monday the deadliest day in the strip since the 2014 Gaza War.
Despite many casting blame on President Trump for the events, the U.S. leader still hasn’t responded. While Trump is not directly at fault, the violence connects to his decision to move the embassy.
Trump did tweet in regards to the embassy opening, saying it is a great day for Israel.
President Trump did not attend the opening festivities for the embassy. He did, however, record a video message to open the ceremony. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were in attendance representing the U.S.