15 May 2018

North Africa: Trump 'Diplomacy' Vs 55 Palestinian Dead and 2,700 Injured in Gaza Protests

Photo: Aurelie Baumel/Médecins Sans Frontières
The emergency room in Al-Aqsa Hospital during the protests on Monday.
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While celebrations were taking place in Jerusalem as the US officially opened its slim-line embassy in that city in fulfilment of a Donald Trump campaign promise, thousands of demonstrators along the Gaza frontier were making it clear that for their part, any settlement in the long-standing Palestinian-Israeli face-off was anything but assured. At least 55 Palestinians were killed, with 2,700 injured in the Gaza mayhem.

Two balancing forces and deep emotions. In Yiddish (and Hebrew), "naches" is that deep feeling of satisfaction and warmth, especially from among a family, and in response to a delightful success. In this case, it was the palpable good feeling flowing from the commemoration of the Israeli state's declaration of independence that coincided with the formal movement of the American Embassy (at least the ambassador's office and a smallish group of support staff) from Tel Aviv to what heretofore had been an annex of the US Consulate General in Jerusalem.

For Palestinians, however, the world "Nakhba" has come to symbolise a catastrophe that befell the...

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