Iran blasts Israeli massacre of Palestinian protesters

Aaron Brown
May 16, 2018

The protest also marks the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call their "nakba", or catastrophe, a reference to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands who fled or were expelled from what is now Israel during the 1948 war.

Meanwhile, France, the United Kingdom and Germany - all of whom characterized Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a mistake - have been decidedly more critical in their responses.

More than 90 people have been killed by Israeli soldiers since the latest wave of protests began in March, according to a CNN count based on the Palestinian Ministry of Health figures.

Numerous dead and wounded in Gaza were hit by sniper-fire, the health ministry said.

Thousands of Gaza residents headed toward the border with Israel yesterday for a potentially bloody showdown as Israel prepared for the festive inauguration of a new US Embassy in contested Jerusalem.

Some funerals were held on Monday, while others were taking place Tuesday.

She said she asked if the U.S. could reconsider to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

"I am happy that my son is a martyr", he said, though he was crying uncontrollably.

Because Jerusalem is claimed by both Israel and Palestine, the occasion sparked fatal protests in the Gaza strip.

Saying Israel was denying rights of expression and assembly, Lynk issued a statement on Tuesday calling for "true accountability for those in military and political command who have ordered or allowed this force to be once again employed at the Gaza fence".

Palestinians were demonstrating on Monday as they have been for six weeks as part of a protest, orchestrated by Hamas, called the "Great March of Return". But critics said the Israeli military, which reported no serious casualties, used excessive force in response to militants confronting the army or pushing people to charge at Israel's security fence.

But French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the "violence of the Israeli armed forces against the protesters" while European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said "we expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life".

Condemning Israel's "racist aggression on Palestine", the EFF lashed out at governments that associate with the country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of "state terror" and "genocide".

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Turkey urged Islamic countries to review their ties with Israel and said it would call an extraordinary summit of the world´s main pan-Islamic body.

Ireland's Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli ambassador to express "shock and dismay".

A Palestinian man holding his national flag walks in the smoke billowing from burning tires during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip east of Khan Yunis on May 14, 2018.

South Africa chose to withdraw its ambassador to Israel, Sisa Ngombane, with immediate effect on Monday.

The White House closely aligned itself with the Israeli position, saying Monday that "Hamas is responsible" for the mounting Palestinian death toll and dismissed reports suggesting otherwise as a "propaganda attempt".

It said 918 protesters were wounded by live ammunition and shots were fired at journalists and medical personnel, with one paramedic killed and two injured.

Sisulu also said she wants to reach out to the South African Jewish community and sit down with them to explain why it is unacceptable. After condemnation of most of the world‚ Donald Trump and his administration continued to open the embassy in Jerusalem.

"That is what Canada and the global community are pushing for".

The status of Jerusalem goes to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"The establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is the only way for lasting peace and stability", he said.

Worldwide consensus has been that the city's status must be negotiated between the two sides, but Trump broke with that to global outrage.

Trump has argued that by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of America's close ally, he had "taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table" and formalised realities on the ground.

Abbas called the new embassy "a USA settlement in East Jerusalem".

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