Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

SA praised for solidarity, recalling ambassador from Israel

SA praised for solidarity, recalling ambassador from Israel

Yaakov Amidror, Israel's former national security adviser and a senior fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, said people around the world condemning the violence need to understand that the Gaza demonstrations are not like protests in Europe.

Over 100 people have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests began March 30, drawing global accusations that Israel is using excessive force.

He said Hamas is "playing a deadly game" and "exploiting" their own people as human shields.

Earlier, Labour's Emily Thornberry condemned a "horrific massacre". In a sign of an easing, Egypt extended the opening of its border crossing with Gaza, initially set to continue for four days, by two more days, until Thursday.

Deadly protests across the Israel-Gaza border that left dozens of Palestinians dead and more than 2,000 injured marred the day. Numerous protesters were violent and threw rocks and incendiary devices across the border.

Eitan Naeh was summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry and told to "return to his country for a period of time", said a foreign ministry official who asked not to be named. "I suggest that he not preach morality to us".

Hamas is the de facto governing authority in Gaza (the Palestinian Authority is in charge of the West Bank) since winning democratic elections in 2006.

In Brussels, Prime Minister Charles Michel called the Israeli actions "unacceptable violence" and said there was a "clear lack of proportionality".

In response, Mr Burt said the move "was not supported by the UK", was "not conducive to peace in the region" and its timing was "extremely difficult".

Al Jazeera's Malcom Webb, reporting from Johannesburg, said the plight of Palestinians resonated with many South Africans who endured racism under apartheid. The USA and the United Kingdom are among those who have not recognised it. Many came to demonstrate peacefully, but some protesters appeared to be more aggressive than in previous weeks.

What happened at the Gaza border?

Tensions boiled over between Palestinian protestors and Israeli troops Monday, when Israeli forces killed 58 Palestinians protestors and injured 2400.

The OSCE expressed concern about the situation, RIA Novosti-Ukraine
The reporter was not detained, but his laptop and tablet PC were confiscated, and he was summoned to SBU next week. On Tuesday morning RIA Novosti reported that its office was targeted by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

Palestinians hurled stones and incendiary devices and approached the border fence.

But Netanyahu said other countries would have done the same to prevent its borders being breached. Gaza's Hamas-run Interior Ministry said 10 were members of the group.

Israel blames Hamas for the poor conditions in the strip.

Why is the embassy move so controversial?

DANNY DANON: The excuse of the embassy is just the latest in the series of Palestinian excuses for violence against Israel. "The move of the embassy sends a message to an already emboldened and increasingly authoritarian Netanyahu that you can double down on occupation and have legitimacy at the same time, that we've got your back".

The relocation breaks with decades of U.S. policy and has incensed Palestinians and other nations, who say it violates global law.

Monday's demonstrations, which coincided with the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, were marked by a level of bloodshed not seen in Gaza since a 2014 war with Israel.

"Canada's longstanding position is that the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only as part of a general settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute", Austen said.

What is the Gaza Strip?

Tensions are still running high and more violence is expected today on the final day of the Palestinian protest campaign. If a deal remains possible at all for an independent Palestinian state, this divide on sovereignty over Arab sections of Jerusalem suggests a possible openness among the Israeli public to sharing sovereignty over the city. It withdrew its forces and settlers in 2005 but the United Nations still considers the territory occupied because Israel retains control over the territory's air space, coastal waters and shared border.

Politically, Gaza is controlled by Hamas, which Israel and other powers regard as a terrorist group. "They are operating in accordance with the rules of engagement", the army said.

The Gaza Strip is impoverished and the United Nations has warned it is on the verge of total collapse. They want to enter Israeli territory to harm the citizens of Israel, kidnap soldiers or attack residential areas.

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