Tutu on Israel atrocities: 'We need to recognise our common humanity'

Palestinian protesters carry an injured man who was shot by Israeli troops during a deadly protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel. Adel Hana  AP

Jerusalem embassy: Why Trump's move was not about peace

Monday was also the 70th commemoration of the creation of Israel‚ a happy day for most Israelis‚ and which coincided with the opening of a new U.S. embassy in the city of Jerusalem‚ a holy place for the Jewish‚ Muslim and Christian faiths.

In a response statement, Netanyahu said that "Erdoğan is among Hamas's biggest supporters and there is no doubt that he well understands terrorism and slaughter. 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.

While addressing a UNSC meeting Riyad Mansour said that the U.S. was responsible for the Palestinian deaths.

The US on Monday blocked a Kuwait-drafted UN Security Council statement that would have expressed "outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians" and called for an independent investigation, UN diplomats said.

Global condemnations poured in after the death toll reached 60.

Belgian MEP Maria Arena says it's not the right time to call for that recognition.

At Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva, over 100 people, mostly Arab students but also including 20-or-so Jews, held a spontaneous demonstration.

Israel has blamed Hamas for the deadly violence, saying the terror group encouraged and led the protests, which included attacks on Israeli troops and attempts to breach the border fence.

"They had clear instructions to bring a weapon - a knife or a gun - and force their way across the border, not use them unless there was need to capture Israeli soldiers and residents", Baror said.


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

"The Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States made a decision to move our embassy", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council.

But not until they accept that the Israel they loathe is in the neighborhood to stay.

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

Meanwhile, the Israeli government has asked the Turkish consul general in Jerusalem to temporarily leave the country.

It may be recalled that both houses of the Parliament have already voiced their position on the U.S. decision.

It was not immediately clear what might come out of the session given deep divisions between most of the world and the US, Israel's close ally.

Hundreds of protesters carrying Palestinian flags and wearing keffiyehs took to the streets of the Loop Tuesday evening, one day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed at least 59 Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border as the USA embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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