On March 30, about 30,000 Palestinians demonstrated along border of the Gaza Strip to commemorate a 1976 Arab-Israeli general strike and to demand entry into Israel. Members of the Israeli Defense Forces fired live ammunition at the protestors as they marched on the border, leaving 18 Palestinians dead and many more wounded. More protests are planned along the border in April. These developments raise a number of pressing questions. What factors are spurring these protests? What is driving the Israeli government response? How should the United States respond? Will the violence along the border continue to escalate? We will consider these and other questions in this week's MENA Salon.
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The MENA Salon is a weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.