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World Hundreds of Palestinians protest amid heightened tensions over embassy opening

04:40  13 may  2018
04:40  13 may  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

Dozens of Palestinians hurt in protest on Gaza-Israel border

  Dozens of Palestinians hurt in protest on Gaza-Israel border Thousands of Palestinians staged a sixth weekly protest Friday near Gaza's border with Israel, some burning tires and throwing stones as Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and volleys of tear gas, injuring dozens of Palestinian. In a new aerial twist, small Israeli drones faced off against Gaza kites with burning rags attached to them, according to witnesses. In recent weeks, Gaza protesters had sent some of these kites across the border as part of a new tactic of setting dry wheat fields on the Israeli side on fire.

The opening comes amid heightened tensions across the region. Israeli forces have stepped up attacks on Iranian targets in neighboring Syria over the past week, after At least 50 Palestinians have been killed in the protests and hundreds injured by live fire, according to Gaza health officials.

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A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during a protest in support of the Palestinian cause, on May 12, 2018 in Rome to mark the 70 years since the Palestinian 'Nakba' of 1948. - The demonstration is also in solidarity with the 'Great Return March' protests in Gaza and to protest against the impending move of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)© FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during a protest in support of the Palestinian cause, on May 12, 2018 in Rome to mark the 70 years since the Palestinian 'Nakba' of 1948. - The demonstration is also in solidarity with the 'Great Return March' protests in Gaza and to protest against the impending move of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

There are heightened tensions in Israel this weekend, just days before the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli forces on Saturday blew up what they said was a Hamas terror tunnel at the Gaza border. Palestinian protesters have been fighting with Israeli troops at the border since March.

As Ivanka and Jared join embassy party in Jerusalem, Gaza braces for violence

  As Ivanka and Jared join embassy party in Jerusalem, Gaza braces for violence The Israeli military is bracing for attempts to breach the fence during demonstrations.Demonstrations are planned across the Palestinian territories to protest the U.S. decision to shift its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital, seen as a major blow to the Palestinian cause.

How are the Palestinian protests connected to the embassy ? Palestinians look at smoke billowing Palestinians believe Jerusalem — a holy city for Christians, Jews and Muslims — should be the It is a reference to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who fled were or forced

Protesting the embassy move, Palestinians marched through the streets of Gaza There are heightened tensions in Israel this weekend, just days before the opening of the new On Saturday, hundreds of Palestinians , who have been protesting the embassy move, marched through the

The site of the new U.S. embassy is being readied, and signs are up across Jerusalem thanking President Trump for moving the embassy, thus recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. On Saturday, hundreds of Palestinians, who have been protesting the embassy move, marched through the streets of Gaza, carrying the body of a protester shot by Israeli troops Friday.

He was among an estimated 15,000 demonstrators, some burning tires and hurling rocks at Israeli forces. Palestinians have also started attaching fire-bombs to kites and flying them into Israel.

Along the Gaza border on Friday, CBS News found Israelis flying kites in a counter-demonstration.

"They kill their own. I mean – they kill their own," said Leah Goldin, whose son Hadar was killed four years in a war with Hamas. His body was never returned. She's angry and thinks Hamas is using Palestinians' suffering for publicity. "This is awful – to use children's games – kites – and to turn them into bombs," Goldin said. "To burn what? The fields?"As a result of one of those fire-kites, a crop that has been destroyed, which was a field of wheat and while the damage is relatively limited, ultimately it is symbolic. After all, this is a fight over land – and who it belongs to.

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Racing across the fields, we found firefighters on specially-fitted motorcycles. Captain Liron Soll explained they go where fire engines cannot.

"All big fires start from small one – if you are in the right place in the right time – you can close it with a glass of water. So, we are the glass of water," Soll said. Israelis told CBS News the burned fields on this side of the conflict cannot compare with the level of suffering or images coming from Gaza. Anger is boiling, Hamas is calling on its supporters to storm the security fence -- and Israel's military is strengthening its defenses.

Gaza’s Miseries Have Palestinian Authors .
Why is nothing expected of Palestinians, and everything forgiven, while everything is expected of Israelis, and nothing forgiven? That’s a question to which one can easily guess the answer. In the meantime, it’s worth considering the harm Western indulgence has done to Palestinian aspirations.No decent Palestinian society can emerge from the culture of victimhood, violence and fatalism symbolized by these protests.

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