WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMC) - Dozens of Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured while protesting against the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
As Israelis cheered the opening of the new embassy, Israeli forces cracked down on Palestinian protesters at the border.
The clashes happened as Israel's leader praised President Donald Trump for moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed capital.
The Jewish people have been waiting centuries for the move.
"This city and entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people," Trump said. "The United States will always be a great friend of Israel."
Palestinians and their supporters blame Israel for the violence and said the U.S. is now siding with Israel over this disputed city.
This move has been widely criticized by many U.S. allies, whose ambassadors chose to skip the ceremony on Monday.
WMC Action News 5 reached out to several Mid-South lawmakers for their response to the embassy's opening.
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) released this statement:
U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) released this statement:
U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) released this statement:
U.S Congressman David Kustoff (R-Tennessee) released this statement: