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Trump Visiting Israel as More Palestinians Prisoners Join Hunger Strike

HeadlineMay 22, 2017

President Trump is visiting Israel today as part of his first trip abroad as president. During the two-day trip, he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials. It’s Tillerson’s first trip ever to Israel. In a controversial move, Trump is also slated to become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

Trump’s visit comes after widespread protests broke out Friday across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, after a Jewish settler killed a young Palestinian Thursday. More than 100 protesters were injured as Israeli security forces shot live bullets and tear gas at the thousands of demonstrators. The protests were also in support of the ongoing hunger strikes by Palestinians in Israeli jails. This morning, as Trump arrived in Israel, 200 more prisoners reportedly joined the strike.

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