Live Blog: Massacre in Gaza as US and Israel celebrate embassy move to Jerusalem – By MONDOWEISS


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Today is unfolding as a horrifying and tragic day in Palestine. The Israeli military has opened fire on Gaza protesters as the U.S. and Israeli governments prepare to mark the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Today has been the deadliest day in Gaza since the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

According to the Gaza Ministry of Health (as of 16:30 GMT):

  • 52 killed, including 5 minors and 1 paramedic
  • 2,410 injured – including 200 minors, 11 journalists
  • 28 in critical condition and 116 in serious condition
  • 1,204 shot by Israeli soldiers using live Israeli ammunition.

Since the beginning of the Great March of Return on March 30, 101 Palestinians have been killed, over 3,000 protesters have been shot with live ammunition, and almost 13,000 injured.

We will be updating this post with updates throughout the day and have embedded our Twitter feed below that will most likely include the most up-to-date news.

Live video of the U.S. Embassy dedication ceremony in Jerusalem

Updated: 18:15 GMT

MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin noticed the White House omitted a paragraph from their official transcript of Jared Kushner’s speech today where he condemned protesters in Gaza. The section the White House did not include is in bold below:

“President Trump was very clear that his decision and today’s celebration do not reflect a departure from our strong commitment to lasting peace. A peace that overcomes the conflicts of the past in order to give our children a brighter and more boundless future.

As we have seen from the protest of the last month and even today those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution. The United States is prepared to support a peace agreement in every way that we can. We believe that it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give so that all people can live in peace safe from danger, free from fear and able to pursue their dreams.

The United States recognizing the sensitivity surrounding Jerusalem, a city that means so much to so many. Jerusalem is a city unique in the history of civilization. No other place on earth can claim significance to three major religions.

Each day Jews pray at the Western Hall. Muslims bow in prayer at Al Asqa mosque, and Christians worship at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. That is why President Trump has called many times, including right now, on all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s Holy sites.”

Updated 17:55 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech this afternoon with strong religious overtones commemorating the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

“In Jerusalem, King David established our capital three thousand years ago,” Netanyahu said before citing biblical landmark events that took place in the ancient city. He added that relocating the embassy is a foundation for reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians, despite communication between Palestinian negotiators and the Trump administration abruptly halting last December when the moving the embassy was first announced,

“I want to thank Jared, Jason and David for your tireless efforts to advance peace, and for your tireless efforts to advance the truth. The truth and peace are interconnected. A peace that is built on lies will crash on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality. You can only build peace on truth, and the truth is that Jerusalem has been and will always be the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state.”

Netanyahu concluded his remarks by reciting the shehecheyanu, a Jewish prayer said when marking new or exceptional events.

Updated 17:40 GMT

President Donald Trump delivered a video message this afternoon celebrating the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, “the true capital of Israel.” Trump said the embassy opening today comes “many, many years ahead of schedule,” noting, “The United States remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement and we continue to support the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites including at the Temple Mount also known as Haram al-Sharif.”

Updated 16:55 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke to reporters in Ramallah today, announcing three days of mourning across the occupied Palestinian territory where schools will close and shops will shutter. In his speech, he described the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem as a “settlement” and said he would soon begin implementing decisions passed by the Palestinian legislature in a meeting earlier this month.

This morning in Washington DC, the Palestinian Ambassador Husam Zomlot released a statement calling the U.S.’s decision to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem an endorsement of “full-fledged apartheid,”

“Today will go down in history as the day the U.S. encouraged Israel to cross the line towards what numerous U.S. and international leaders have been warning from: A full-fledged apartheid. The reality has evolved into a system of privileging one group and continuing to deny the human and national rights, all granted by international law, of over 12 million Palestinians.”

Updated 16:28 GMT

This is a stunning statement from Gilad Erdan, the Israeli Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs.

Updated 16:20 GMT

Yossi Gurvitz: Here are the questions any journalist talking to the Israeli military should ask

Updated 16:10 GMT

The Jewish Insider reports Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump received a blessing last night from the Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchok Yosef who called black people “monkeys” and used racial slurs when referring to Ethiopian Jews.

Updated 15:17 GMT

James North: As Israel massacres more Gazans, ‘NY Times’ continues its distorted coverage — with one honorable exception

Updated 15:07 GMT

Jonathan Cook: Israel repurposes Nakba myths to justify massacre in Gaza

Updated 14:35 GMT

This morning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a Congressional delegation led by Joe Wilson (R-SC) and a Senatorial delegation led by Lindsey Graham (R-SC).  Florida Gov. Rick Scott was also in attendance.

Updated 14:30 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the delegation from the White House last night in Jerusalem. President Donald Trump is not attending the embassy opening. The team sent by the administration is headed by his daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, Deputy Secretary John Sullivan, special envoy Jason Greenblatt and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Netanyahu dedicated about a third of his speech to welcome the White House officials by applauding President Trump for pulling out the Iran agreement:

“And to achieve peace, we have to do one other thing: We must confront the enemies of peace, and I thank President Trump for his decision to confront Iran rather than to appease it. Pulling out of the nuclear deal means that the world’s greater sponsor of terrorism, greatest sponsor of terrorism, is no longer on a glide-path to attaining an arsenal of nuclear weapons. This is good for Israel, this is good for the region, it’s good for the world.

Now, I have something to say to part of the world: With all due respect to those sitting in European capitals, we here in the capitals of the Middle East—in Jerusalem, in Riyadh and elsewhere—we’ve seen the disastrous consequences of the Iran deal. And so when President Trump decides to pull out of this deal, to walk away from it, we know that when he walks away from a bad deal, he’s doing a good thing for our region, for the United States and for the world.”

Netanyahu also spoke of the close personal relationship between his family and Jared Kushner’s:

“I’ve known Jared for 105 years, and there’s a special bond between our families, but I think the fact that you and Ivanka are here is a special, personal testament, but also a national and international statement. It is one that touches our hearts, and we are all delighted by your presence at any time, at any day, but especially on this day. Thank you.”

In addition to firing on Gaza protesters, Israel has also started bombing Gaza as well:

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  1. CigarGod

    May 14, 2018, 9:16 am

    NPR in Wyoming just now taken off the air as reporter from Israel/Palestine was giving a halfway reasonable report of violence…tho she didn’t mention details of proximity to fence, headshots, etc.

    10 minutes later a Zionist MP woman came on with the normal blame on Palestinians and refused reporters repeated request for comment on IDF attacks.

    • Maghlawatan

      May 14, 2018, 9:41 am

      Jon S says it is all the fault of Khamas. If someone gets shot in the head do not blame the soldier.

      • jon s

        May 14, 2018, 1:07 pm

        A horrific number of casualties.
        An “achievement” for Hamas.

      • eljay

        May 14, 2018, 2:04 pm

        || jon s: Absolutely.
        A horrific number of casualties.
        An “achievement” for Hamas. ||

        jon s is channeling catalan today. I suppose that means catalan will be providing the soccer scores.

    • CigarGod

      May 14, 2018, 10:02 am

      Finally, reporter cut off Iz MP due to station break.
      Then same MP came back on and gave her screed uninterrupted…and without answering the question of course…or being asked to again.

      – Put me back on the air or I’ll yank your credentials and you’ll be banned from The Land of Iz.-

    • Marnie

      May 14, 2018, 11:45 am

      WTF is happening in amerikkka???

  2. John O

    May 14, 2018, 9:26 am

    Sharpville, Soweto, Gaza.

  3. Maghlawatan

    May 14, 2018, 9:39 am

    Ivanka Trump praying for peace.
    It would be better to pray for brain transplants for Israelis.
    Anyway the new embassy will be greeted every morning by one of the most beautiful sounds in Jerusalem . And it isn’t the Israeli “gh”

  4. Maghlawatan

    May 14, 2018, 9:46 am

    On a day like today it is important to remember the fantasy of Theodor Herzl. A liberal union of Jews and Arabs. Where no Jew was paranoid.

    Also remember the line from Cat Stevens. “You will still be here tomorrow but your Dreams may not. ”
    Israel is still here. It is hell.

  5. Maximus Decimus Meridius

    May 14, 2018, 9:51 am

    Let me guess. Western governments will ‘express concern’ and ‘urge both sides to exercise restraint’.

    And the killing will go and nobody will lift a finger to stop it.

    “Moderate” Zionists will – at best – clutch their pearls and say this just underscores the need for a proper ‘peace deal’.

    They do not realise – or choose not to realise – that this is not an aberration. It is the very essence of Zionism in action, right before their eyes.

    • Maghlawatan

      May 14, 2018, 11:17 am

      A lefty Israeli :

      “it’s consistent with the Hamas strategy designed to ensure that their own people remain as miserable as possible, and suffer large numbers of casualties, preferably women and children. ”

      Imagine what Beitar Jerusalem fans are thinking

    • Maghlawatan

      May 14, 2018, 11:50 am

      I think that is why Israel is doomed. It’s not a country at equilibrium. It doesn’t observe international law. It doesn’t observe treaties. It always gets a free pass. There are no limits on its behaviour. The international system provides advantages in return for compliance. Israel says “fuck you”. If Israel was a person it would be a violent junkie.
      The advantages it has are US support and nukes but both of these are time limited. Something it doesn’t expect will destroy it. And it will be like the boy who cried wolf when it asks other countries to help it.

  6. Qualtrough

    May 14, 2018, 10:18 am

    Your tax dollars at work.

  7. Spring Renouncer

    May 14, 2018, 10:42 am

    It is fitting in a terrible and grisly sense that they celebrate their independence with a massacre of civilians: this state built on mass murder requires periodic butchery to persist. Global silence in the wake of this new atrocity truly disgusts me, though it is not surprising. And where is the ‘solidarity’ from the developing world, the formerly colonized? There is none. Ours is truly an era of impunity, of near universal global collaboration in oppression. This is, naturally, what happens when the ideology of profit triumphs over all else. I am particularly disheartened – but again not even a bit surprised – by how my parents’ homeland, India – ‘the world’s largest democracy’ – has sold out completely on Palestine.

    Gandhi and Nehru took principled stances against Zionism way before Israel existed, correctly grouping its supremacist urges with the nascent Hindu and Muslim nationalist movements on the Indian Subcontinent and with European Facism and Imperialism. While both the West and the Stalin’s Soviet Union and it’s satellites bought into Zionism before, during and after Israel’s independence, India, other non-agligned countries – many of them also former colonies – and some communist states continued to stand up for the Palestinians for decades, at least formally. Now it is just stupidity and naked greed that are passed as ‘foreign policy’ in India and beyond. Adding to the tragic irony of the situation is the fact that the current massacres in Gaza so closely respemble the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre (1919), when British troops with automatic rifles opened fire on protesting unarmed Indian civilians, murdering hundreds of them and sparking the movements for independence on the Subcontinent.

    • Marnie

      May 14, 2018, 11:48 am

      Ivanka and Jerkoff will never get the blood off their hands.

      • Citizen

        May 14, 2018, 12:08 pm

        I bet they sleep well at night.

  8. Spring Renouncer

    May 14, 2018, 11:07 am

    Does anyone know if there will be a demonstration in NYC today? There must be – right now – in Union Square, in front of the Israeli Consulate, the United Nations or Trump Tower etc.!! If not, I will just make a sign and camp out outside the U.N.

  9. Kay24

    May 14, 2018, 12:38 pm

    This is a bloody and brutal murder of civilians. Trump lit that keg of gunpowder, but does not care a damn for the lives of innocent civilians, and the children. While his son and daughter, sit smugly, and smirk, among their beloved zionists, and Jared pleases the king of the zionists, miles away, powerless people are being brutally killed, and injured, and are easy targets for Israel’s killers. Perhaps they used US made weapons given by previous Presidents.

    Where is world outrage? Expect the usual hand wringing by the UN, and it seems Israel’s buddy the Saudi Arabians, have given silent consent, to Jerusalem, especially the East, which was supposedly for the Palestinians, given by sword dance Trump. This is unfair, but then what Trump and Netanyahu does is usually based on lies, deceit, and being unfair.

  10. Ossinev

    May 14, 2018, 12:58 pm

    I think that the Fourth Reich has emerged:

    Now that the ZioZombies effectively have the green light from their puppet US and compliant EU as well as the turncoat Arab States to indiscriminantely slaughter innocent men women and children they will no doubt intensify their “self defence” measures in the Occupied West Bank and perhaps bring forward their plans for a mass rounding up and corralling of the Untermenschen natives. The settlers being even more moral than the IDF if that is possible will probably lead the action.

    Lovely people,lovely country – if you are a fan of Fascism. Great potential tourist marketing opportunities there to attract far right Fascist groups who will feel right at home.

    Hopefully more and more civilised Westerners will stay away from this s…hole country and more and more civilised Westerners will shun and boycott Israeli Zionists and their products which make their way to the West.

    Tick tick

  11. Sibiriak

    May 14, 2018, 1:44 pm

    The Guardian:

    Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to the killing of Palestinians in Gaza today, said:

    We condemn unreservedly the Israeli government for their brutal, lethal and utterly unjustified actions on the Gaza border, and our thoughts are with all those Palestinians in Gaza whose loved ones have been killed or injured as a result.

    These actions are made all the worse because they come not as the result of a disproportionate over-reaction to one day’s protests, but as the culmination of six weeks of an apparently systemic and deliberate policy of killing and maiming unarmed protestors and bystanders who pose no threat to the forces at the Gaza border, many of them shot in the back, many of them shot hundreds of metres from the border, and many of them children.

  12. Ossinev

    May 14, 2018, 1:50 pm

    Speaking of tourism. The immediate overwhelming and recurring image of Zioland to most foreign visitors who are lucky enough to emerge from the Orwellian filtration machine at Ben Gurion ) and potential visitors is not the bikini paradise of Tel Aviv or the Gay Pride paradise of Telaviv but the magnificent Golden Dome of the Al Aqsa Mosque = a Muslim yes Muslim pilgrimage site.

    With the right wing Ziolunatics in Zioland and the US now running the Ziocircus emboldened by their success with the US Embassy move surely it is only a question of time before they set their sights on removing this Anti – Semitic carbuncle from their eternal city.

  13. Abierno

    May 14, 2018, 2:05 pm

    The juxtaposition of the smiling presidents without portfolio, Jared and Ivanka, with the tragic deaths of unarmed Palestinian/Gazans, the thousands wounded and the refusal of Netanyahu and Erdan to allow in medical teams and supplies to support the beleaguered hospitals which are understaffed, overwhelmed and without critically needed medical equipment and supplies is being widely reported across Europe, South America, Russia and Asia, to say nothing of the Middle East. This is a diplomatic blunder greater than unilaterally stepping away from the JCPOA agreement. Unrecoverable and with dire long term consequences for the US.

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