Kenya attends USA embassy move gala as Israel faces outcry over Gaza

Sean Reid
May 16, 2018

On Monday, global media, quoting the Gaza Health Ministry, said at least 58 people were shot dead by Israeli forces and about 1,113 injured during demonstrations against the embassy relocation as Palestinians prepared to mark 70 years since the Nakba, or catastrophe - the day on which the state of Israel was established on May 15, 1948. It serves no one.

"I call on all to join me in condemning in the strongest possible terms the actions that have led to the loss of many lives in Gaza", he said.

Protesters burnt tyres, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the sky, threw stones and some of them brandished knives at Israeli soldiers, including snipers perched on earthworks.

Amidror, in a conference call put together by the Israel Project, was referring to the decision of both those states to recall their ambassadors following Monday's bloody events in the Gaza Strip.

"The only ones who don't want peace are Israel, and they continue to take Palestinian land and we have continued to come out here to protest more of those land grabs and the Trump administration actually moving the Embassy adds insult to injury, especially when they are talking of peace", said Sharif Zakout with the Arab Resource and Organizing Center.

Like nearly all other nations, and especially most of its Western allies, Britain disagrees with US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv. On Friday, some demonstrators entered and attacked the Garden of Peace, the main crossing channel for food and fuel to the Palestinians.

Pierce was echoed by Bolivia's envoy Sasha Llorenty who said that "the unilateral decision by the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem does nothing but inflame spirits".

Tens of thousands of people in Gaza have been protesting for over six weeks.

The cycle of violence in Gaza needs to end, said Mladenov.

South African ambassador Sisa Ngombane was recalled after International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu made contact with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about possibly delaying America's move.

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