Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Stand for Gaza: Pro-Palestine & Pro-Israel Protesters Face off in London

Stand for Gaza: Pro-Palestine & Pro-Israel Protesters Face off in London

A Palestinian protester was killed and 49 were wounded by Israeli army fire during demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border, the Gaza Health Ministry has said. On Friday, Palestinian protesters started fires on the Palestinian side of the crossing, damaging gas pipelines leading to the enclave, the IDF said.

Conricus said the construction of this tunnel underneath the Erez Crossing, which Palestinians use to travel in and out of the Strip, along with its attempt in January to dig a tunnel under the Kerem Shalom Crossing, which is used to bring commercial goods and humanitarian aid into Gaza, was proof of the Hamas terrorist group's "cynicism".

An Islamist terror group which seeks to destroy Israel, Hamas violently took control of Gaza from Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah in 2007, two years after Israel withdrew its military and civilian presence from the Strip.

The ministry said that the positions of Hungary, Romani and the Czech Republic contradict the European Union policy and their action against such a statement is "a clear breach of worldwide law, United Nations resolutions, the Geneva Conventions and the human rights principles", adding that it encourages the "Israeli occupation authorities to continue violating global law".

"Some petrol stations have storage for maybe a day or two, so the crisis will begin by Monday or Tuesday should the crossing remained closed", he said.

The ministry identified the protester killed on Friday as a 40-year-old man who was shot in the chest east of the southern town of Khan Younis. Hamas seeks an Islamic state in the entire historic Palestine, including what is now Israel, but has said it is ready for a long-term truce.

Ultimately, some 700,000 Palestinians fled their homes - or were forcibly expelled by invading Jewish forces - while hundreds of Palestinian villages and cities were razed to the ground. It was the final event in a seven-week schedule of protests at the borderevery Friday, leading to Nakba Day.

The march was initially set to end on 15 May, the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe), in which more than 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced by Israeli forces.

Trump's decision caused outrage in the Arab and Muslim world and sparked the weekly protests along the Israel-Gaza border.

Egypt opens the crossing from time to time, mainly to allow people in special categories, including medical patients and Gaza residents studying overseas, to leave the territory or return to it.

Separately Egypt opened its border crossing with Gaza, the only one not with Israel, for four days Saturday. A separate people crossing in northern Gaza remains open.

Despite such risks, Gaza's Hamas leader, Yehiyeh Sinwar, has said he expects tens of thousands to participate in Monday's protest. Forty protesters were killed and more than 1,700 wounded by Israeli troops since late March. Israel says this is vital to prevent Hamas - which has fought three rounds of conflict against Israel since seizing Gaza, firing thousands of rockets into Israel and digging dozens of attack tunnels under the border - from importing weaponry.

In an Instagram post with a picture of herself touching the Western Wall during her visit last May, she wrote, "With great joy, I am returning to Jerusalem".

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