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Florida Gov. will attend embassy opening in Jerusalem

14 Mai 2018

Although US President Donald Trump isn't due to attend the ceremony, he has sent his son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka. The ceremony falls on the 70 anniversary of Israel.

A Palestinian protester burns tires during clashes with Israeli troops in Gaza, on May 14, 2018.

The United States moves its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Monday after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent.

The Trump administration has almost completed a long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan but is still undecided on how and when to roll it out, given Palestinian anger at Trump's embassy move.

The decision was met with global outrage and prompted violent protests.

Al-Zawahiri is also heard condemning Muslim countries for recognizing Israel's existence by signing United Nations resolutions regarding the matter.

The annual event is an Israeli celebration of the "reunification" of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War.

Trump's unilateral decision delighted Israelis and enraged Palestinians, who want to make the eastern, mainly Palestinian, part of the city the capital of their future state and say that Trump's decision ignores their demands.

The US president's supporters believe that an official recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital could be a building block towards a peace agreement. "A day that will be engraved in our national memory for generations". Palestinian protests are also planned for Tuesday.

Later Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that it is "not enough to merely condemn" the atrocities against Palestine.

Today, 80 percent of Gaza's 1.8 million population are the children and grandchildren of refugees who left their homes with the erroneous belief that their fleeing was a temporary escape to save their families.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said more than 1,600 had suffered injuries, and that numerous dead had not yet been identified. "They just aren't forgotten". "It's when others follow, and others are following in President Trump's footsteps", he said, telling the crowd that Guatemala and Paraguay would both move their embassies later this week.

Already two weeks after Trump announced the decision, 220 people in the Gaza Strip were injured in protests against the USA president's move as the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist organization Hamas announced the beginning of the third "intifada" against the controversial decision.

Although refugees' right of return is enshrined in UN Resolution 194, it is an issue Israel has been unwilling to yield on.

Before noon local time on Monday, 22 Palestinians were injured by Israeli fire, two of them critically, the Palestinian Red Crescent said. "We will keep going so the other half can live with dignity".

For "those of us who are emotionally, intellectually, politically connected to Israel, of course this is something we have been waiting for for 70 years", he told the invited guests.

Florida Gov. will attend embassy opening in Jerusalem