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Arrests, clashes as Palestinians continue to protest

The “Day of Rage” protests have continued across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip over the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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At least two Palestinians were killed and nearly 800 others were injured during protests on Friday, while two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli air strikes on Gaza Strip as the unrest against the US decision continued for the fourth day. Israel said it retaliated Hamas rockets attacks towards its territory.

On Saturday, at least three Palestinians were arrested when Israeli forces attempted to disperse a crowd of at least 100 peaceful protesters in East Jerusalem’s Salah Eddin Street.

Among those arrested were Palestinian Legislative Council member Jihad Abu Zneid.

Israeli forces fired stun grenades, tear gas and charged through the crowd on horses, pushing and beating journalists and demonstrators at the scene.

Israeli forces closed down most shops on Salah Eddin, and confiscated Palestinian flags from protesters.

A 30-year-old Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire during protests in Gaza on Friday, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported, citing the Palestinian health ministry.

A 54-year-old man in Gaza later died from his wounds, WAFA said.

Mostly peaceful
The Red Crescent said on Friday that so far, they had attended to at least 767 injuries in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

In and around the Old City of Jerusalem, protests began after noon prayers on Friday as part of the “Day of Rage” protests.

Speaking in front of Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem, Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett said on Friday the protests have been mostly peaceful.

“Occupied East Jerusalem has been relatively peaceful in the past two days since this announcement from Trump,” he said.

“Emotions are very high here, and it doesn’t take much to kick things off,” he added.

“The protests have largely been noisy and loud and occasionally Palestinian flags and banners [would be] unfurled at which Israeli security forces would move in and separate out some of those who they wanted to target.”

Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators in the occupied West Bank cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, with at least one case of live ammunition being reported, Palestinian medical services said.

Friday marked the third day of protests across the occupied territories.

Palestinian universities, schools, and educational institutions had also declared a strike after a directive from the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

‘Dangerous escalation’
Trump, ignoring warnings from the international community, announced on Wednesday that the US was formally recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy.

The decision has been condemned by world leaders who have described it as a “dangerous escalation” and the final nail in the coffin of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, while Israel says the city, which is under Israeli occupation, cannot be divided.

Trump’s “announcement has the potential to send us backwards to even darker times than the ones we are already living in”, said Federica Mogherini, high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs.

Speaking on Friday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the relocation of the US embassy would probably not take place for at least two years.

“This is not something that is going to happen this year or probably not next year, but the president does want us to move in a very concrete, very steadfast way,” Tillerson said after talks in Paris with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator, has said Palestinians will not talk to the US until Trump reverses his decision.

Speaking to Al Jazeera on Friday, Erekat said the Palestinian leadership was considering all options in response to Trump’s announcement.

In a speech in Gaza City on Thursday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has said the US decision is a “war declaration against Palestinians”, and called for a new Intifada, or uprising.

Haniya said US President Donald Trump’s recognition “killed” the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

“This decision has killed the peace process, has killed the Oslo [accord], has killed the settlement process,” he said.

“The US decision is an aggression, a declaration of war on us, on the best Muslim and Christian shrines in the heart of Palestine, Jerusalem. We should work on launching an Intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy,” Haniya said.

On Friday evening, at least 25 Palestinians, including six children, were wounded in Israeli air strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Friday night’s air raid by Israel followed the alleged launching of rockets from inside the Gaza Strip.

There were reports that an infant died from wounds inflicted by the strikes, but the health ministry has not confirmed the death.

Israel’s 54-year-old nuclear reactor a safety risk

nuclear reactor

The Dimona reactor, which began its life in 1963, is one of Israel’s most closely guarded secret installations.

A study made public last year found more than 1500 fissures within the reactor core.

Israel is estimated to have more than 100 nuclear warheads, the plutonium for which comes from its Dimona reactor.

On Sunday, the Nobel Peace Prize will be handed to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons at a ceremony in Oslo.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports from West Jerusalem.

New 2018 Ford Super Duty pickup

Ford announced Tuesday that its new 2018 Ford Super Duty would lay claim to the best available horsepower and torque figures—for now.

New 2018 Ford Super Duty pickup

When equipped with an optional 6.7-liter turbo diesel V-8 engine, the 2018 Ford Super Duty makes 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque. That’s up incrementally over the last best-in-class figures of 445 hp (from GM’s heavy-duty pickups) and 930 lb-ft (from Ram’s heavy-duty pickup).
The victory for Ford may be short lived; truck makers routinely push boost from their engines, or calibrate power delivery for the same marketing claims.

In reality, Ford’s optional turbo diesel is largely the same engine from last year—a 6.7-liter Power Stroke unit that was new in 2017. Although the overall power output is slightly increased this year, it’s unclear if the mechanically identical engine last year will get a no-cost boost up to the new numbers for buyers last year.

The difference this year may be academic, anyhow. Peak torque output is limited in first and second gear (that much twist could turn the transmission into a metal pretzel) and the horsepower is a calculated measurement.

However, truck guys live and die on best-in-class claims, and the Ford Super Duty range can claim at least two—for now.