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Violence at the Gaza Border
May 15, 2018 at 10:08 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • This past Monday, the United States officially moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
  • On the day of the controversial embassy move, tens of thousands of Palestinians assembled in protest, with reports of some attempting to cross the Gaza border fence.
  • The Israeli army claims that these Palestinian protesters were throwing firebombs and explosive devices at the security fence and at Israeli troops.
  • The Israeli Defense Forces opened fire on the protesters, killing nearly 60 protesters and injuring thousands.
  • This was the bloodiest day for Palestinians since 2014. The U.S. White House and Israel blame Gaza's ruling Hamas group for the violent protests and argue that Israel has a right to defend its border.

Food For Thought

What roles did the United States, Palestine, Hamas and Israel play in the tragic events? What is the best path forward now?

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