Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Palestinians bury dead after Israeli soldiers kill 58

Palestinians bury dead after Israeli soldiers kill 58

Haley's comments came a day after at least 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during protests at the fence between Israel and Gaza.

"(Canada) should stand with the global community and wider expert opinion that the US move is unnecessary, counterproductive, and toxic", said Momani.

More than 2,700 people were injured, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said, about half of them from live ammunition.

Ankara has reacted with fury to the killing of at least 61 Palestinians in Gaza on the same day as the USA formally moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in defiance of worldwide outrage.

As well as calling for restraint from Israel, the United Kingdom government said peaceful protests in Gaza were "exploited by extremists".

Ninety percent of the student body cast their votes to adhere to the global BDS movement, a non-violent Palestinian initiative to pressure Israel to end the occupation and recognize Palestinian refugees' right to return to the lands they were expelled from in 1948, when Israel was created.

However, many leaders in the global media have argued that the threat posed by the protesters did not require the use of live fire and that if it needed to be employed, it should have been used more discriminately.

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

In a phone call on Tuesday with Netanyahu, Merkel said Germany too has concerns about Iran's ballistic missile programme and its destabilising role in the region. Ireland and Belgium both summoned their Israeli ambassadors over the deadly response to the demonstrations and the U. N. Security Council convened an emergency session.

During his half-hour long speech, ambassador Riyad Mansour accused Israel of "armed aggression" against the Palestinian people, and accused the USA of "trampling" worldwide law in Monday's decision.

Israeli newspapers on Tuesday contrasted the upbeat inauguration ceremony for the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem with pictures of the violence on the border but characterized the Israeli reponse to the demonstrations in terms of self-defense. Haley reaffirmed that position on Tuesday.

No joint statement or action was reached during Tuesday's meeting, with the USA vetoing a draft statement prepared by Kuwait calling for an independent probe into the violence.

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Another key finding: Israeli Jews' love for the US president.

Theresa May has urged an independent inquiry into violence on the border between Israel and Gaza which left a reported 58 Palestinians dead.

The draft statement, seen by CNN, included language expressing "outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest". He didn't immediately give details of his proposal.

Commentators drew attention to the stark contrast between the images from Jerusalem - of a high-level United States delegation, alongside Mr Netanyahu and his wife, celebrating the new U.S. embassy opening - and the violent images emerging from Gaza.

South Africa withdrew its ambassador to Israel following the relocation exercise saying the USA had refused to postpone the move as requested by the African State.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said his military was acting in self-defence against Gaza's Islamist rulers, Hamas, who he said wanted to destroy Israel.

The Israeli military said Hamas tried to carry out bombing and shooting attacks under the cover of the protests and released video of protesters ripping away parts of the barbed-wire border fence. After condemnation of most of the world‚ Donald Trump and his administration continued to open the embassy in Jerusalem. "That's the difference between Israel's culture of life and Hamas's culture of death in Gaza". The group has ties to both Iran and Saudi Arabia, but is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the USA and the European Union.

"How many Palestinians have to die before you take action?" Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour asked.

Praising Israeli "restraint" in the ongoing border violence, Haley noted "no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has".

Make no mistake, she said, "Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday".

Associated Press writer Josh Lederman contributed from Washington.

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