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African Union reacts to relocation of US embassy to Jerusalem

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and US President's daughter Ivanka Trump unveil an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem MENAHEM KAHANA AFP Getty Images
Lisa Bryan | 16 May, 2018, 13:49

A majority of United Nations members criticised Israel's response to protests in Gaza which coincided with the opening of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

Netanyahu had previously taken to Twitter to call Erdogan a "Hamas supporter" and said the Turkish leader should not try to "preach morality" to Israel.

Israeli ambassador Danny Danon told the council: "You must tell Hamas that violence is not the answer". "And I will note that the double standard is all too common in this chamber", said U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Gaza. "Then all I saw was smoke everywhere and people screaming", Wafa al-Udaini, a resident of Gaza who participated in Monday's protests by the fence, told ABC News via text message.

"By confirming the transfer of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the United States destroys the peace process between Israel and Palestine and pushes the conflict of both peoples towards a bloody confrontation", the South American leader tweeted hours after the US government opened its new diplomatic headquarters in Israel.

The opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem on Monday also meant the symbolic recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital‚ a move which has been condemned internationally as provocative and a threat to peace in the region.

At least 2,400 others were wounded in the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war. "These demonstrations are nothing new", Nauert said.

But the Palestinian delegation in Ottawa called the US embassy move "unilateral and illegal" and Israel's military response to the protests an "immoral act" that relied on "excessive force".

She says that Europe needs to concentrate on finding allies, expanding its strategy, to find a solution.


"Israel has the right to defend itself".

The protesters in South Africa want government to also expel Israel's ambassador.

The United Nations resolutions are based on the following principles: A Palestinian State and an Israeli State based on the 1967 lines; Jerusalem as the capital of both States; an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories; and the return of Palestinian refugees.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has urged Islamic countries to review their ties with Israel and said Ankara was calling an extraordinary summit of the world's main pan-Islamic body, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Istanbul on Friday.

"We call for the intensification of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions [BDS Movement] against the apartheid Israeli regime".

Palestinians envision East Jerusalem as the capital of a state they hope to establish in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Mladenov also said Hamas "must not use the protests as cover to attempt to place bombs at the fence and create provocations" by hiding its operatives among the protesters. We will see this reality.

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