Palestinians thank Canada for not supporting United States embassy move to Jerusalem

16 May, 2018, 08:03 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Meanwhile, the USA continues to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons to Israel, even as USA laws governing arms exports prohibit US-made weapons from being misused on civilians, and US-backed militaries from violating human rights.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for three days of mourning and a general strike.

Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against the USA embassy move to Jerusalem at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018. Tuesday also marked the anniversary of the formation of the Jewish state. He also stated that the US embassy was a "new settlement" in Jerusalem, as reported by Israeli daily Haaretz.

Some of them and others, including China, called for an independent probe into the events at the Gaza border.

"We approve every round fired before it is fired".

Ankara has reacted with fury to the killings, which came on the same day as the United States formally moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Hamas said 10 of those killed in Monday's clashes were members of the organisation, though Israel claims that 24 militants were among the fatalities. "We know where the bullet lands and where it is aimed", said the commander, who spoke on condition that he not be named, in accordance with Israeli regulations.

The diplomatic pressures on Israel, which has been harshly criticized for its use of live ammunition against the protesters, also grew on other fronts as officials around the world denounced the Gaza killings and called for inquiries.

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Israeli forces killed at least 62 Palestinians protesting along the border fence on Monday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza.

"If you are unable to treat them, why are you letting them go to the protests", she said of her brother and the others who were wounded by Israeli snipers in the unsafe area near the border fence.

Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador, and Israel expelled the Turkish consul-general in Jerusalem.

Palestinians have been protesting for the past six weeks as part of the "March of Return", a demonstration calling for the right of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to return to areas that are today part of Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must listen to Israel's friends, even if what they say is unsavoury to his ears and doesn't suit the prevalent euphoria caused by the moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. The move has been roundly condemned by Palestinian leadership and other world leaders, as East Jerusalem - under Israeli occupation since 1967 - has been recognized as the capital of a future Palestinian state by the worldwide community. The protest was organised by Belgian peace organisations in association with the Palestinian community. "They have become part of the problem not part of the solution, a big part of the problem".

Netanyahu blamed Hamas for the Gaza violence.

"The US has selected one of the most sensitive, one of the most hard issues, to step in and put forward a position that it knows will be significantly damaging to its efforts", said Khalil Shikaki, a Palestinian pollster and head of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.

Kuwait's ambassador to the United Nations, Mansour al-Otaibi, said he planned Wednesday to propose a U.N. Security Council resolution on "protection of the Palestinian civilians".



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