Fallout continues in the Middle East after violence along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. On Tuesday, Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador in retaliation for Israel's defense of its southern border.
An initiative founded by descendants of the Nazi Wehrmacht, SS and German police force to remember the Holocaust, the March of Life organization this week held its first event in Jerusalem, a three-day conference in Jerusalem to commemorate the Holocaust, co-organized with Helping Hand Coalition.
Israel welcomed the second international embassy to Jerusalem this week as Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales inaugurated his country's official diplomatic mission on Wednesday.
The transfer of the embassy seal to an existing consulate building in Jerusalem is mostly symbolic, however. Little on the ground actually changes for most employees and for citizens in need of embassy services.
Though many are blaming the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem for igniting the mass protest of 40,000 Palestinians at the border of Gaza, riots had been taking place for six weeks now and rose to a crescendo only on Monday, coinciding with the embassy opening.
As officials marked the historic transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overflowed with gratitude to America and her president for recognizing an important truth.
With much news coverage, road closures, heightened security and fanfare, the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem on Monday. No less important, albeit far less ostentatious, two more embassy transfers are due to follow shortly: Guatemala on Wednesday and Paraguay by the end of the month.
The demonstrations and protests coincide with Israel’s Independence Day (May 14) based on the Gregorian calendar and the Palestinian “Nakba Day”, (Day of catastrophe, disaster), alongside the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem today.
While Israel is prepared to celebrate the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, Palestinians began a two-day mass protest at various locations including the Gaza border where tensions have been brewing for weeks.
Kicking off what is expected to be a historic and tense week, Israelis celebrated on Sunday the nation’s 51st Jerusalem Day, the annual commemoration of the city’s unification under Israeli rule after the Six-Day War in 1967.