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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.