Ivanka Trump in al-Quds to Open US Embassy amid Tension

US President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, has arrived in al-Quds to open the new US embassy in "Israel", a controversial move that is guaranteed to stir violence in the occupied Palestinian lands, Press TV reported.

Ivanka Trump landed in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International airport on Sunday, where she was welcomed by US ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Speaking to reporters, the US president’s daughter said she had “great joy” in going back to al-Quds, which Trump recognized as Israel’s new capital last September amid international uproar.

  “We look forward to celebrating "Israel’s" 70th anniversary and the bright future ahead,” Ivanka wrote online, as she prepared to attend the opening ceremony on Monday, exactly seven decades after the Tel Aviv regime forced out Palestinians from their land and declared existence.

“We will pray for the boundless potential of the future of the US-Israel alliance, and we will pray for peace,” Trump’s daughter said.

European cold shoulders

Ivanka was slated to attend a gala dinner later on with her husband, Jared Kushner, who has been tasked by Trump to negotiate an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Only 32 countries have accepted an invitation to attend the dinner. Interestingly, only four of those are European countries, namely Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria and Romania.

Palestinian protests

Trump’s decision to move the US diplomatic mission to the ancient city has been met with outrage among Palestinians, who deem al-Quds as the future capital of a Palestinian state.

Only in Gaza, a coastal strip of land that has been under Israeli siege for a decade, thousands of people have pledged to partake in protests along border with Israel.

Protests in Gaza started on March 30 and have been regularly held over the past seven Fridays under the title of the “Great March of Return.”

Israel has shown a violent reaction to peaceful protests by Palestinians in Gaza Strip, killing close to 50 of them and injuring thousands over the past seven weeks.

The Gaza rallies will culminate on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which marks the creation of "Israel" on May 15, 1948.

Wary of inevitable clashes, the Israeli military has said it would double the number of forces around Gaza and in the West Bank before the opening ceremony.

Earlier on Sunday, thousands of protesters in Jordan, Turkey and Indonesia staged rallies to condemn the US decision.

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