May 21, 2018

Israeli Forces Use Tear Gas On Palestinian Protesters

17 May 2018, 08:54 | Taylor George



The US and Guatemalan moves break with decades of global consensus. It is 70 years to the day since Israel declared its independence.

An extraordinary session of the Arab League Council took place on Wednesday to review means of confronting the USA decision to move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed it in a move not recognized internationally.

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.

"The branding of the riots as "peaceful protests" could not be further from the truth", an Israeli military spokesman said. The demonstrations were initially meant to end on May 15, but Hamas officials have said they want them to continue.

Organizers say the wave of border protests is meant in large part to break a decade-old blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt and pressure Israel to ease its restrictions.

Palestinian authorities released "martyrdom" photos of 10 members of the Hamas terrorist group's internal security apparatus, according to BILD reporter Bjorn Stritzel.

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Israel, in turn, summoned a top Turkish diplomat to be reprimanded for the humiliation of Israel's ambassador, Eitan Naeh, as he was kicked out of the country.

Tens of thousands have protested along Gaza's border with Israel since March 30 calling for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to their homes now inside Israel.

The Prime Minister said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has voiced its concerns with the Israeli Ambassador on behalf of the Government.

Guatemala was one of only a few nations that backed Trump's decision in December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and is only the second country to move its embassy to the holy city.

"He went on to explain that 'this is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine.' It is, Hammad said, like 'they were saying to the Zionist enemy: 'We desire death like you desire life'". "So, Israel or any other nation-if they're a sovereign nation-should be allowed to defend themselves".

The transfer of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem had already incensed Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. He said that the world will face severe consequences if it does not stop Israel's brutality. The Guatemalan Congress recently passed a law marking May 14 as "Israel-Guatemala Friendship Day".

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