Jewish organizations cheer the embassy move

Aaron Brown
May 18, 2018

Earlier Wednesday, Hamas official Salah Bardawil said a TV interview, referring to the violence Monday and Tuesday, that in "the last rounds of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas".

The European Union objected to the embassy move, but the four European countries broke with EU policy to attend the celebration.

The Trump administration's close ties with Israel mean that the Palestinians shouldn't hold out for condemnation of IDF brutality or American support.

"The Hamas leadership is a group of cannibals who treat their children as armament", he said during a visit to a military base in southern Israel.

Immediately following the embassy ceremony on Monday, attended by a 250-strong delegation from the USA and some 500 other guests including diplomats from a few dozen countries, Abbas dubbed the compound "a settlement outpost", using language that is nearly exclusively reserved by Arabs for Jewish home-building in Israel, which they consider to be illegal.

Monday's demonstrations coincided with protests against the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. While some Palestinian protesters did try to breach the fence separating Gaza from Israel during Monday's protest, human rights monitors on the ground are adamant that Israel's use of live ammunition was not justified.

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Condemning Israel's "racist aggression on Palestine", the EFF lashed out at governments that associate with the country. Because Jerusalem is claimed by both Israel and Palestine , the occasion sparked fatal protests in the Gaza strip .

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Several of the officers came forward and presented Dakota with small tokens such as a T-shirt and a police patch. Eventually a SWAT team entered the apartment and located the suspect, ending the standoff at 9.15pm.

The ministry added: "The Israeli government must stop such use of excessive force against unarmed civilians, including children, and respect the basic human rights of Palestinians as well as global law." .

Speaking Tuesday, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus conceded that the military had failed to reduce the number of deaths during the protests and that some people had been accidentally killed by Israeli snipers.

Israeli soldiers have used tear gas and bullets to push back waves of demonstrators and have been widely accused of using disproportionate force.

Guatemala inaugurated its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, becoming the first country to follow in the footsteps of the US's deeply controversial move that was accompanied by deadly violence on the Gaza border. On Monday, 60 were killed in a far greater turnout on the day that the United States relocated its Israel embassy to Jerusalem. Israel and the United States have claimed that the protests are engineered by Hamas, the militant Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip.

In one of the few references at the celebration to the Gaza protests, Kushner called the Palestinians protesting in Gaza "part of the problem and not part of the solution". The State Department said Tuesday the draft "was too one-sided" and unacceptable to the USA because it did not mention Hamas' incitement of violence along the Gaza border. "Israel can only be stopped with the help of such a boycott on a state basis", Demirhan emphasized. "All the world would hope that it would be done so in a peaceful manner, but when you have a terrorist organization in front of you, that is historically and continuing to use violence, that makes it very tough".

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