Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

UN To Meet On Deadly Protests Over US Embassy In Jerusalem

UN To Meet On Deadly Protests Over US Embassy In Jerusalem

The global community is condemning the eruption of violence along the Gaza-Israel border on Monday, where Palestinians held mass protests against the official opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The BBC reports that Palestinians hurled stones and incendiary devices, while the Israeli military used tear gas and live fire from snipers.

Palestinian protests will not subside after the U.S. relocated its embassy to Jerusalem, and Israeli forces will continue "massacring" the protesters, professors Marjorie Cohn and James Petras told RT.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said: "Dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed and hundreds injured from Israeli fire today, during ongoing mass protests near the Gaza fence".

He also said the administration of US President Donald Trump bore "responsibility for the blood of Palestinian martyrs".

Kushner and his wife, White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, opened the interim embassy at 9 a.m. ET.

The violence erupted as the USA opened an embassy in Jerusalem.

Protests are expected to resume today.

How he views this move: I supports the move on merit, the only concern I have is that Trump failed to speak up on the two state solution.

Beyond the disputed nature of Jerusalem, the date of the embassy move was also key.

"Israeli regime massacres countless Palestinians in cold blood as they protest in the world's largest open-air prison", Zarif tweeted.

They see the United States move as backing Israeli control over the whole of the city, which Israel regards as its indivisible capital.

"We believe that Hamas is responsible for what's going on", Shah replied. He wrote, "A great day for Israel!" "Had any other country done this It is hard to imagine Washington remaining quiet", Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a Washington, D.C. -based coalition of organizations that oppose Israel's policies toward Palestinians, told Newsweek.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is "profoundly alarmed by the sharp escalation of violence" along the Gaza-Israel border on Monday, a statement from his spokesperson said.

Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and relocate the Embassy from Tel Aviv is contentious for Palestinians, who hope to claim part of the city as their future capital.

"Thank you, President Trump, and thank you all, for making the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever", he added.

Palestinians were not protesting the embassy move alone.

South Africa also recalled its ambassador to Israel on Monday.

The move will take place on the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding, while the following day Palestinians will mark the Nakba, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

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