Thousands of Palestinians rallied in several West Bank and Gaza cities, and others clashed with Israeli soldiers at contact points.
Medics said dozens of Palestinians were treated for either tear gas inhalation, minor injuries from rubber-coated metal bullets fired by Israeli soldiers or beatings at various locations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The largest rally this year was held in Ramallah, the de facto capital of the
Palestinian Authority President
"We were able to defeat attempts to deny our existence and our rights and attempts to delegitimize us," he said the night before in a televised speech.
"World governments, including the U.S., now recognize our legitimate right to establish our independent state on our land occupied in 1967," he said in reference to the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, which Israel occupied in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
Abbas said he was hopeful efforts by Secretary of State
Kerry is expected to visit the Middle East on Tuesday, his fourth trip since he assumed office, with an attempt to bring the Palestinians and Israelis back to the negotiating table.