"Israel's in a tough situation".
Gaza was calmer on Tuesday, which for Palestinians marks what they refer to as "Nakba Day" - marking what they call the "catastrophe" of their expulsion when Israel was created 70 years ago. The movement's grassroots organizers have vehemently disputed the claim.
Many protesters waved Palestinian flags or carried signs calling for an end to "the Israeli occupation", sometimes eliciting a honk from passing drivers.
According to the chairperson, such move, compromises the search for a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The opening of the embassy follows U.S. President Donald Trump's December 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital which contravened the age-long peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.
The opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday also meant the symbolic recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital‚ a move which has been condemned internationally as provocative and a threat to peace in the region. Our moving our embassy didn't make it the capital, nor if it wasn't there, didn't make it not the capital. "They light Molotov cocktails attached to kites on fire and attempt to fly them into Israel to cause as much destruction as possible".
Tuesday's meeting came amid growing diplomatic fallout from the violence and the USA embassy move. The juxtaposition of violence on the Gaza border and festivities attended by a Trump administration delegation - captured on split screens in TV broadcasts around the world - briefly drew attention to the plight of Gaza and its 2 million people.
The crackdown on protesters resulted in Turkey's withdrawal of its ambassadors from Israel and the US, followed by South Africa which also withdrew its ambassador from Israel.
Israel lays the blame squarely with Hamas, accusing Gaza's Islamist rulers of war crimes.
The UN Security Council has held an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning (NZ time) following violent clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces at the Gaza border. "A people searching for a life of dignity, human rights and freedom'". The Washington Post reports that "organizers urged demonstrators to burst through the fence, telling them Israeli soldiers were fleeing their positions, even as they were reinforcing them".
Confronted with the fact that Israelis point to the use of swastikas to discredit the protests as anti-Semitic and violently anti-Israel, the man remained firm. Sweeping Israeli restrictions on the movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza, exacerbated by Egypt's sealed border on the south, have crippled the economy, fed a humanitarian crisis and snuffed out young people's hope for a brighter future.