Shapiro: Media Acting as 'Propaganda Wing' for Hamas With Protest Coverage

16 May, 2018, 06:24 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Jacinda Ardern condemns 'devastating one-sided loss of life' in Jerusalem

A White House delegation and Israeli officials are set to attend an inauguration ceremony for the United States embassy later on Monday and there have been clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces along the Gaza border. A military spokesman said Tuesday that 14 of those killed a day earlier were involved in attacks. It remained unclear Tuesday where and how the child died.

The United States on Monday blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that would have called for an independent probe of deadly violence on the Israel-Gaza border, which erupted as the new USA embassy in Jerusalem was opened, diplomats said.

The demonstrations and general strikes had been planned to protest against the U.S. embassy's relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which many consider contravenes worldwide consensus to not recognize the city as Israel's capital until its status is established during negotiations.

The opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday also meant the symbolic recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital‚ a move which has been condemned internationally as provocative and a threat to peace in the region.

Israel has faced worldwide condemnation over the deaths, from the UN, UK, France, Russia and others. "The plain reality that Israel's capital is Jerusalem", he said.

It also called on Hamas to prevent violence by protesters.

Malaysia has condemned the Israeli violence against the Palestinians and called upon the United Nations to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.

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Now other countries like Guatemala and Paraguay are planning to follow the USA example and move their embassies too.

The party has also called on Israel's ambassador in South Africa to leave.

Turkey lowered its flags to half-mast to mark three days of mourning and said it was willing to take in wounded Palestinians.

Israel says any such return would mean the end of the country as a Jewish state.

He said the government condemned "in the strongest terms possible, the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border".

The UN Security Council is meeting to discuss the violence, although it is not clear what might come out of the session.

More than 2 million people are crammed into the narrow Gaza Strip, which is blockaded by Egypt and Israel and suffering a humanitarian crisis. Typically, the Rafah crossing is closed for most of the year.

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"The Israeli ambassador was told that our envoy to Israel was called back for consultations, and was informed that it would be appropriate for him to go back to his country for some time", a Turkish Foreign Ministry source said.

The White House defended Israel on Monday, calling the Gaza protests a "gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt" and said responsibility for the deaths "rests squarely with Hamas". Thousands joined funeral processions Tuesday, though many of those killed Monday had been buried the same day, in line with Muslim traditions of speedy burials.

At least 55 Palestinians were killed and 2,771 were injured on Monday as Israeli troops fired on demonstrators along the Gaza-Israel boundary protesting the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, making it the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war.

The border marches are seen as Hamas' last hope of ending the blockade that has made it increasingly hard for the group to govern.

"Israeli regime massacres countless Palestinians in cold blood as they protest in the world's largest open-air prison", Zarif tweeted. Of the wounded, 130 were in serious or critical condition. The sides have largely observed a cease-fire since the 2014 war - their third in a decade.

Ramadan's date is dictated by the lunar calendar and was initially scheduled to begin Tuesday evening, meaning it would coincide with the annual remembrance of the Nakba, the Arabic-language term for "catastrophe" that refers to the mass displacement of Palestinians in the wake of the 1948 founding of Israel and the war with its neighboring Arab states that immediately ensued. The Israeli military said its aircraft had struck 11 "terror targets" in a Hamas military compound Monday and that tanks targeted two Hamas posts.

Israeli snipers fired live ammunition at protesters and used tear gas dispersed from drones.

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