Hamas to Blame for Deadly Gaza Violence: White House

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Israel faces mounting regional and global pressure over the deaths of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border, with South Africa, Turkey, Belgium and Ireland withdrawing their ambassadors from Tel Aviv and the UN Commission on Human Rights calling for an independent inquiry.

Near the boundary fence, 51-year-old Nasser Ghurab and 18-year-old Bilal Hussein were killed by Israeli forces, said Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Israel's leader also accused the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza of deliberately putting civilians in the line of fire for political gain. She walked out of the room when the Palestinian delegation spoke. And they came to denounce the US embassy switch.

"Hamas violence does not justify Israel firing on unarmed protesters", Sanders said. "Now is the moment to give recognition to the Palestinians so that we have hope, because that is also what has died this week".

On Monday, first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner commemorated the official relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem ― a controversial decision her father, U.S. President Donald Trump, made in December. "They light Molotov cocktails attached to kites on fire and attempt to fly them into Israel to cause as much destruction as possible".

Mr Howlin said the Government should be seeking to act alongside the European Union but if that isn't possible then we "have to consider what we do independently".


However, I suspect Turkey's move is related to the fact that its current head, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, wants to build Ottoman Empire v 2.0. Palestinians had gathered in their tens of thousands to denounce the move by the U.S. to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israel lays the blame squarely with Hamas, accusing Gaza's Islamist rulers of war crimes.

Council members were also divided over whether the installation of a US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday - the fulfillment of a campaign promise of President Donald Trump - helped fuel the violence. The move has been roundly condemned by Palestinian leadership and other world leaders, as East Jerusalem - under Israeli occupation since 1967 - has been recognized as the capital of a future Palestinian state by the global community.

The Israeli human rights organization B'tselem has called on the Israeli military to disobey commands to use live ammunition on protesters who do not pose a threat to Israelis, saying they have an obligation under the law to disobey illegal orders. They're powerless in Palestine, they're hopeless.

The killings sparked widespread outrage from the global community and human rights organisations, while South Africa and a myriad local organisations also condemned the actions by Israel. Israel's ambassador, Danny Danon, says Palestinians are just using that as an excuse to riot. Yesterday's actions kicked off 40 days of nonviolent direct action, teach-ins, and more.

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