More Protests Along Palestinian Border

16 May, 2018, 14:57 | Author: Kathy Ellis
  • Gaza conflict

During these protests, dozens of Palestinians have been killed and thousands others wounded as Israeli forces continue to suppress the demonstrations.

The surge in fatalities led South Africa to recall its ambassador in Israel "with immediate effect until further notice" while condemning the deaths "in the strongest terms possible".

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of "massacres", while Amnesty International called the violence an "abhorrent violation" of human rights.

While French envoy Francois Delattre said that "the situation in the Middle East is close to a ideal storm", his British counterpart Karen Pierce called for an independent investigation into Monday's violence.

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Alistair Burt, UK Minister for the Middle East, has said the U.S. needs to show greater understanding of the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in a rare criticism of Britain's closest ally. Amidror said he believes Israel "briefed the Americans, and others, and the Americans are more open to understand Israel's need to defend itself than the Europeans; we know it, and we have to live with it".

According to the Times of Israel, European foreign ministries on Monday slammed the United States decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, saying "it violates worldwide law, is unwise and is likely to exacerbate tensions, shortly before the embassy's dedication ceremony began in Jerusalem". Some also strongly criticised USA policy and said Trump's visit to Britain in July should be cancelled. While South Africa and Turkey recalled their ambassadors to Israel because of the US decision that has been widely criticised by its Western allies, some African countries sent representatives to witness the official opening of the embassy in disputed Jerusalem. The government declared three days of mourning.

The United Nations resolutions are based on the following principles: A Palestinian State and an Israeli State based on the 1967 lines; Jerusalem as the capital of both States; an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories; and the return of Palestinian refugees.

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