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A Syracuse University expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict says the militant group Hamas is trying to manipulate public opinion by aggravating the situation in Gaza and linking it to the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.  At least 60 Palestinian civilians died and more than 2,7oo were injured Monday after weeks of protests reached a flashpoint, prompting Israel to use lethal force.  Associate Political Science professor Miriam Elman says it’s a long-time strategy of Hamas to provoke a harsh response from Israel that leads to casualties.

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Dozens of Syracuse-area Muslims were joined by a handful of Jewish and Christian friends in front of the federal building today to decry President Trump’s unilateral decision to recognize the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  President of the Islamic Society of Central New York Mohamed Khater says the Holy City is sacred to all three monotheistic religions, and Trump’s move does nothing to help the peace process.

"He's aggravating all the Muslims and the Christians in the Arab world and the area, saying, 'why is the president doing this?'"