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Arab newspapers decry Israeli 'massacre'

Here is how the major Arab newspapers covered the March of Return protests in the Gaza Strip and the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem on 14 May. 

Al-Quds Al-Araby

Al-Quds Al-Araby, published in London, titled its front page: "In the Nakba anniversary: 55 martyrs and thousands of casualties... The US is moving its embassy to Jerusalem and blames the Palestinians."

It said that the world "condemns the Israelis' massacre in Gaza... and calls for a united Arab and Muslim stance."


The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar's front page read: "Definitely, we will return". It was illustrated with a Palestinian protester carrying his country's flag and masked with a Kufiya.

The paper added that the Palestinians did not actually return to their towns and villages, but that "50 souls of those who martyred returned."

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed

"Palestine: the Nakba rage", cried Al-Araby Al-Jadeed from its front page. 

The newspaper described the Israeli army's killing of protesters in the Gaza Strip as a "massacre."

"Yesterday was like the end of days. On the 70th anniversary of the Nakba and the establishment of Israel, Israel committed a massacre in the Gaza Strip."

Asharq al-Awsat

Asharq al-Awsat, a Saudi newspaper published in London, ran with the headline: "Embassy in Jerusalem.... and a massacre in Gaza". Pictures of Netanyahu with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at the opening ceremony of the US embassy were contrasted with those of Palestinian protesters in Gaza.