MESOP NEWS TODAYS TOP OF THE AGENDA : THE GAZA MASSACRE

Gaza Protests to Resume Following Monday Bloodshed

Protests by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza that swelled on Monday are expected to continue today, Nakba Day, marking the Palestinian exodus that accompanied Israeli independence.

The demonstrations, in which at least sixty people were killed by Israeli forces, erupted as thirty-five thousand protesters gathered near the Israel-Gaza border (CNN) ahead of the U.S. embassy opening in Jerusalem. The UN Security Council will meet today at Kuwait’s request (KUNA) to discuss the escalated violence. At least three Palestinians were reported injured in West Bank demonstrations early Tuesday, while new protests are expected in Gaza (Haaretz) following funerals for those killed on Monday.

ANALYSIS

“Even if you completely dismiss the Palestinian right of return—which I find harder to do now that Israel’s leadership has all but abandoned the possibility of a Palestinian state—it hardly excuses the Israeli military’s disproportionate violence,” Michelle Goldberg writes for the New York Times.

“[There was] no discernible upside and considerable downside [to moving the embassy]: the United States played a big card for nothing, weakened its claim to be honest broker, [and] helped to fuel violence,” says CFR President Richard N. Haass.

“Both Jewish nationalism and Palestinian nationalism came to be defined by the idea of return,” Nathan Thrall writes for Time.