Calls for investigation, but no consensus at UN Gaza meeting

May 18, 2018, 14:28
Calls for investigation, but no consensus at UN Gaza meeting

The US embassy move has been universally condemned.

60 Palestinians, triggering a wave of worldwide condemnation.

"The issue is that even if we use the harshest rhetoric against Israel, its occupational actions and the killing of civilians will not stop while we use Israel's military technologies, comply with the agreements on development of its military-industrial complex, as well as continue clinching mutual arms deals and turn a blind eye to the activities of companies that invest in territories under occupation, which violates a United Nations resolution". As with previous conflicts there, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government may face investigations and censure from global legal bodies. It has served as Israel's capital since the founding of the state.

"The only alternative would have been, in that case, to mow them down one and all", he said.

Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Regarding the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem, Hang said the consistent stance of Vietnam is to support the fight for justice of Palestinian people.

Turkey on May 15 asked the diplomat to leave the country "for some time" following indiscriminate violence and killings by Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border.

Speaking in an interview to state-broadcaster TRT Haber, Cavusoglu also said that an independent commission needs to prepare a report on the violence in Gaza and that Israel needs to stand in the face of law.

Israel, with United States backing, says Hamas is behind the protests, deliberately provoking violence for propaganda aims.

There has been little Israeli domestic dissent at the lethal tactics around Gaza, where in the past decade Israel has fought three wars against Hamas. "The marches will continue until our people achieve their goals", Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

In an interview with Baladna TV, a private Palestinian news outlet that broadcasts via Facebook, senior Hamas official Salah Bardawil said 50 out of the almost 60 protesters killed Monday were Hamas members, with the others being "from the people". The fact that Robert Jeffress, a Dallas pastor who has denigrated Jews, Mormons and Muslims, and the Rev. John Hagee, a megachurch televangelist who has claimed Hitler was descended from "half-breed Jews" and was part of God's plan to return Jews to Israel, had prominent roles in the ceremony should embarrass all who participated.

Leading the charge was Turkey, which on Tuesday expelled Israel's ambassador and consul.

Israel hit a Hamas base in an air raid Thursday in response to gunfire from the Gaza Strip, but weeks of deadly mass protests and clashes along the border may be reaching an end as Ramazan begins.

Meanwhile, Paraguay has also announced relocating its embassy to Jerusalem, whereas Romania, the Czech Republic and Honduras are considering doing the same.

Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state in the two-state solution, which would be established in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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