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

15 May 2018

The march was sparked by a Facebook post months ago by Artema, who suggested thousands of unarmed Palestinians walk toward the border fence.

"With this last step [the embassy move] the United States has lost its role has mediator in the Middle East peace process", Erdogan said in London Monday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Hamas' conduct was confrontational and seeking to provoke Israeli defence forces.

Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 107 Palestinians in the coastal enclave and wounded about 12,000 people.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, however, described Trump's decision as the "slap of the century".

Clouds of black smoke from burning tires rose into the air.

A protestor is detained by Israeli security forces during a demonstration against the opening of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem, in Jerusalem May 14, 2018.

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The move of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, coupled with the killings of dozens of Palestinian protesters on Monday, makes the odds of a US-brokered peace even more remote, analysts said. "Occupation must end", he said.

The decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was viewed as a de facto acceptance of Israel's claim to Jerusalem, half of which had been viewed as the future capital of a Palestinian state if a two state solution is negotiated.

The embassy inauguration, presided over by dignitaries including President Donald Trumps daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law and Mideast adviser Jared Kushner, drew condemnation from across the Arab world, and was shunned by US allies in western Europe.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the opening of the US embassy as "a day that will be engraved in our national memory for generations".

Agil still has family in the West Bank he says day in day out see a police like state and poverty.

Palestinians have been infuriated by U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as they consider the eastern part of the city their capital.

The dead included eight children under the age of 16, according to the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations.

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Palestinians were not protesting the embassy move alone. No Israeli casualties have been reported.

"Israel has the right to defend itself and secure its (border) fence against violent intrusions, but the principle of proportionality applies". Some protesters threw rocks and other things across the border.

Some flew flaming kites to try to torch bushes on the other side of the frontier and distract Israeli marksmen.

"But ultimately it's hard to argue that this has made things more safe", Mr Bridges said.

Many businesses and schools in Gaza were closed.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the United States of "ignoring worldwide regulations and global agreements".

However, Monday's protests - and more planned for Tuesday - are the culmination, as they mark the anniversary of Israel's creation in 1948 and what Palestinians term the Nakba or Catastrophe, referring to the hundreds of thousands of their people who subsequently fled their homes or were displaced in the war that followed.

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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday strongly rejected and condemned the illegal decision by the US Administration to open its embassy in Jerusalem.

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