Anti-Israel committee urges global rejection of transferring U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

Source: Xinhua| 2018-05-07 20:58:45|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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GAZA, May 7 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian committee organizing the anti-Israel mass rallies in the Gaza Strip, known as the "the Great March of Return," Monday called for global rejection of the U.S. move to transfer its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem.

"May 14 must be a decisive day in the face of the occupation...Palestinian, Arab and Islamic anger must be escalated," Islamic Jihad official, Khaled al-Batsh, read the committee's statement in Gaza during a press conference.

The committee, comprising Palestinian political factions, right groups, youth and public organizations, also called for the participation in the march of return on Friday.

About 47 Palestinians have been shot dead and 7,000 others injured by Israeli soldiers since mass anti-Israel rallies, which are held in five areas along Gaza-Israel borders, started on March 30.

The rallies, which always witness high turnout on Fridays, are expected to peak on May 15, when the Palestinians mark the forcible transfer of two thirds of the Palestinian people and the ethnic cleansing of 418 Palestinian villages.

Israel rejects the protests and vows to respond to any border infiltration attempts that may threaten its sovereignty as well as its residents.

Israel also accuses Hamas movement, which rules Gaza since its forcible takeover of power in 2007, of organizing the rallies.

The marches will continue until achieving its goals of freedom and breaking the blockade Israel has been imposing on Gaza since 2007, according to the statement.

Israeli media reports said two days ago, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman sent invitations for the opening ceremony of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he might attend the ceremony.

The ties between Palestine and the United States have been witnessing rising tensions since last October, and reached a prime when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem on Dec. 6, 2017.

The status of the city is not settled as the Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem, occupied by Israeli in 1967, the capital of their future state, while Israel declared the integrity of Jerusalem as its capital, a claim not recognized by the international community.

Jerusalem is one of the ultimate questions of the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, which has been stalled since April 2014 following nine months of U.S.-sponsored talks without progress.