Palestinians thank Canada for not supporting USA embassy move to Jerusalem
- Author: Rogelio Becker May 16, 2018,
May 16, 2018, 8:04
Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for three days of mourning and a general strike. Meanwhile, the USA continues to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons to Israel, even as USA laws governing arms exports prohibit US-made weapons from being misused on civilians, and US-backed militaries from violating human rights.
As the council met Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley laid blame for Monday's violence on the Hamas extremists who rule Gaza and insisted it had nothing to do with the opening of a U.S. embassy in contested Jerusalem, a move that infuriated Palestinians.
United States officials insist the administration remains committed to restarting the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Those who sent the flower of Palestinian youth towards their certain death as they sat in the safety of their Hamas command posts can not escape the blame for the death of 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire, with another 2,771 reported wounded.
May's spokesman said she was "deeply troubled" by Israel's use of live fire and "the scale of the violence" while Macron condemned "the violence of the Israeli armed forces against protesters". They were met with clouds of tear gas, but when that failed to disperse them, Israeli snipers opened fire. The U.N. Security Council began its session Tuesday with a moment of silence for the dead, and the U.N.'s special Mideast envoy said there was "no justification for the killing".
The Turkish decision marked one of the strongest diplomatic responses after Monday's deadly confrontations along the border fence separating Israel and Gaza, which has been under Israeli blockade for more than a decade. Her mother and father cradled her body, wrapped in a white funeral shroud, before her father walked to the graveyard to bury her. Relatives said Laila was sitting in her mother's lap when the infant inhaled the tear gas. Gunshots were fired in the air.
But US ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council in NY that the relocation of the embassy had nothing to do with the violence and that Israel had the right to defend itself.
Violence also took place at 18 different sites in Judea and Samaria, where at least 1,300 Palestinian Authority rioters also ignored the warnings by the IDF, hurling rocks, firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and burning tires at Israeli forces.
60 people have died following Monday's clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops. Two more Palestinians were shot dead in scattered border protests Tuesday, bring the total since late March to more than 100, the Health Ministry said. The U.N.'s secretary-general said he was "profoundly alarmed" by the number of Palestinians killed. "I suggest he not preach morality to us". "It is imperative that everyone shows the utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life".
The Israeli Defense Forces stated Tuesday that 24 of the reported 60 Palestinians killed during violent protests along the border fence were known terrorists, according to The Times of Israel.
Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, told a Security Council meeting that Israel had shown restraint during the Palestinian protests.
But the protests in Gaza were about more than the embassy move.
Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Gaza City for the funeral of 8 month old Layla Al Ghandour.
"Rather, the violence comes from those who reject the existence of the state of Israel in any location", Haley said.