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AL chief slams 'immoral' USA embassy move to Jerusalem

15 May 2018
AL chief slams 'immoral' USA embassy move to Jerusalem

It was the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since the Gaza conflict in 2014.

European leaders seem surprised and are looking for a way to keep the deal going while avoiding US sanctions.

The Palestinians haven't "launched a single rocket or fired a gun", he said. As Jared shared today "While many Presidents before him have backed down from their pledge... this President delivered".

Mansour said he expects the Palestinian leadership later Monday to decide on whether to refer to the recent events as war crimes, as the Palestinian National Council has recommended.

He thanked Mr Trump for "having the courage" to keep his promise to move the embassy.

Days after Trump's announcement, the United Nations voted 128 to 9 to condemn him - just the most recent in the U.N.'s long history of singling out Israel for criticism.

The EFF said the South African government should take the lead in the boycott of Israel.

Many foreign diplomats have been invited to the ceremony, although some have decided not to attend in protest against the relocation.

More than 50 Palestinians were killed and 2400 wounded by Israeli soldiers during protests against the U.S. opening its new embassy in Jerusalem, moving it from Te Aviv.

More than 2,400 people were injured, according to the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza, including 1,200 from live ammunition. It said soldiers were responding with "riot dispersal means and fire". The IDF is determined to fulfill its mission to protect Israeli sovereignty and Israeli civilians...

"The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas", Shah said at a press briefing.

The clashes, which left hundreds of Palestinians wounded, erupted before a White House delegation and Israeli officials opened the embassy at an inauguration ceremony in Jerusalem and continued throughout the day.

Mr Erdogan, who is in London on a three-day visit for talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May, said the embassy move could "ignite an even greater fire between communities".

"Police arrested 14 suspects".

Trump said the United States "remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement (between Israel and the Palestinians) and we continue to support the status quo at Jerusalem's holy sites".

"The Security Council must stand behind its resolutions and ensure they have meaning; otherwise, we risk undermining the credibility of the worldwide system", wrote Bolivia, China, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, France, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Peru and Sweden in the letter seen by Reuters.

A bipartisan coalition of over 39 members of Congress sent a letter to the body in protest of the resolution.

"You will recall at the time the United States announced they would be moving their representation to Jerusalem we stated at that time strongly that we did not believe that would take us closer to peace and it hasn't", Ardern said.

For weeks, the State Department has been working to bolster security at U.S. diplomatic posts around the Muslim world in advance of the USA embassy move in Jerusalem, anticipating possible violence.

It may be recalled, he added, that both houses of our Parliament have earlier voiced their position on the USA decision.

More than 40 Palestinians have been killed in the latest violence.

First lady Melania Trump had surgery for a benign kidney condition on Monday, the White House said in a statement.

Also, several thousand people protested in the Turkish city of Istanbul against the Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip, local media reported on Monday.

But the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the SA Zionist Federation were unhappy and said in a statement on Monday that the government's decision to withdraw the ambassador smacked of gross double-standards against Israel. The new embassy is located in the city's Arnona neighborhood, in the facility that had heretofore served as the U.S. Consulate.

Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit blasted as "shameful" countries that were celebrating the embassy opening.

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

At the same time, Trump is winning worldwide support for his efforts to strike a deal with nuclear-armed North Korea.