The United States officially relocates its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

(Ivanka Trump unveils an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.)

The United States has officially relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in a deeply controversial move that angered Palestinians and drew widespread regional condemnation.

The ceremony on Monday took place amid road closures and heavy police presence in anticipation of Palestinian protests, as well as deadly demonstrations in Gaza calling for the refugees’ right to return to the homes they were forcibly expelled from 70 years ago.

US President Donald Trump – who in December 2017 declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move long sought by Israel –  addressed the ceremony via a recorded video message.

Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem, and we’re opening it many, many years ahead of schedule,” Trump said.

He added that the US ” remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement”.

Source – Al Jazeera

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