Two million Palestinians have sunk into poverty as Israel and Egypt, citing security needs, clamped down on Gaza's borders while Hamas diverted millions of dollars into building its terrorist infrastructure in the Strip.
A protester uses a racket to hit back a tear gas canister across a barbed-wire fence during clashes with Israeli forces. Some of them threw rocks and burned tires.
Organizers linked the protests to the annual "Quds Day" events in Iran, which like the Hamas terror group that rules the Gaza Strip, preaches Israel's destruction and was incensed by the USA recognition in December of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
Israel Defense Forces had issued warnings on leaflets throughout Gaza and on Twitter, warning civilians to stay away from the fence.
The Israeli military anticipated that many more so-called "terror kites" and "terror balloons" would be flown into Israel from Gaza at the weekend as part of large-scale "March of Return" protests organized and supported by the Hamas terror group, which rules the coastal enclave. The overwhelming majority of the dead and wounded had been unarmed, according to Gaza health officials. From there, smaller groups walked closer to the fence.
Palestinian protesters run for cover as smoke billows from burning tyres.
At the protest in Khan Yunis, Sabrine al-Najjar - the mother of volunteer medic Razan al-Najjar, who was killed last week by Israeli fire - put on her daughter's health worker vest, with the bullet hole in it, to denounce Razan's death.
Messi is widely quoted as telling Argentina sports channel TyC Sports: "As a UNICEF ambassador, I can not play against people who kill innocent Palestinian children". The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in east Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam, is built on the spot where tradition says the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.
Iran held its annual day of protest against Israel on Friday at a time of mounting pressure from the United States and its regional allies. Rallies, seminars, protest demonstrations and various other activities were arranged to condemn Israeli state terrorism against the people of Palestine.
Rajoub's gambit was another facet of the Palestinian Authority's escalating efforts to isolate and delegitimize Israel in bodies like the UN Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court-politicizing organizations that could theoretically serve a noble objective if they weren't so consumed with anti-Israel animus.
The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar on Wednesday over Argentina's abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warm-up match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country's leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism. -APP Protesters pledged to continue raising voice for rights of oppressed Palestinians.