Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Palestinians thank Canada for not supporting United States embassy move to Jerusalem

Palestinians thank Canada for not supporting United States embassy move to Jerusalem

Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against the USA embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, an event marking the mass displacement of Palestinians following the 1948 creation of Israel and Arab-Israeli war that ensued, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 14, 2018.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel showed understanding for Israel's security interests in a call with Mr Netanyahu, but stressed that the violence should not be a means to achieving political goals, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

If Palestinian leaders want to know who is responsible for the deaths Monday, they should glance in the mirror.

According to the Times of Israel, European foreign ministries on Monday slammed the USA 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".

He said that Pakistan also renews its call for establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous state of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Jerusalem as its capital. At least 60 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured, Gaza officials said.

The protest kicked off with a rally near Grant Park, on Michigan Avenue near Congress, with participants chanting "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!" and "Hey Netanyahu, what do you say?" The demonstrations went peacefully, although one man was arrested in Ankara for throwing eggs and stones at the residence of the Israeli ambassador.

"This can't be a community that supports violence and occupation", she said.

After ambassadors joined in a rare moment of silence for those killed, Haley said Israel was facing Hamas extremists who incited people who lobbed flaming objects toward the Israeli side of the border fence and urged protest marchers to breach it.

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"No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has", the US ambassador added.

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting today on the violence, with Kuwait preparing a draft resolution to protect Palestinian civilians and the United States defending ally Israel's use of "restraint".

Palestinians, who view the eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, were demonstrating against the opening of the new U.S. Embassy.

"They don't understand the difference, and Israel is losing points in the global community because of what is happening in Gaza".

Mladenov also said Hamas "must not use the protests as cover to attempt to place bombs at the fence and create provocations" by hiding its operatives among the protesters.

China called on Israel to exercise restraint.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley defended Israel, however.

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