New Zealand statement on Gaza deaths 'regrettable' - Israel Embassy

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2018

He also stressed the need to abide by UN Security Council Resolution No. 478 of 1980, which clearly calls on countries that have established diplomatic missions in Jerusalem to withdraw these missions from the Holy City, while stressing the importance of complying with all global resolutions that call for not to establish or transfer embassies and diplomatic missions to Jerusalem, or recognition of the city as the capital of Israel.

Arab foreign ministers are to hold an extraordinary meeting on Thursday in Cairo to discuss the border violence.

Turkey has also called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Friday to discuss the Palestinian death toll.

"We are facing a state of blatant aggression against worldwide law and legitimacy which was embodied by the U.S. embassy's transfer in the occupying state to Jerusalem", said Abul Gheit.

Since the mass Gaza rallies began on March 30, more than 100 Palestinian protesters have been killed by cross-border Israeli army gunfire. In light of the violence Ankara has recalled its ambassadors to Washington and Tel Aviv for consultations, having accused Israel of "state terror" and "genocide"; South Africa has also withdrawn its ambassador to Israel.

Israel has come under mounting worldwide pressure over the deadly violence.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Israel's liaison agency with the Palestinians, chose to ease movement restrictions set during the heightened tensions of recent days, allowing easier passage into Israel of West Bank Palestinians with permits. "This was an organized mob of terrorists organized by Hamas", said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon.

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"Today, we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem". "Canada calls for an immediate independent investigation to thoroughly examine the facts on the ground - including any incitement, violence, and the excessive use of force".

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the loss of lives in the recent Israel- Palestine clashes in Gaza.

Israel accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the demonstrations as cover for violence.

But human rights groups say the identity of slain protesters, including a possible affiliation to a militant group, is irrelevant if they were unarmed and did not pose an immediate threat to the lives of soldiers when they were shot.

Except, of course, Israeli soldiers fired carefully.

"The Egyptians reportedly showed Hamas leaders a video that revealed Hamas members paying off civilians if they agreed to approach the border fence despite Israeli warnings that there would be deadly consequences".

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