Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Guatemala Opens Jerusalem Embassy, Two Days After US

Guatemala Opens Jerusalem Embassy, Two Days After US

Last week, the Israeli government said the ongoing border protests constituted a "state of war" in which worldwide humanitarian law did not apply. In Geneva, the United Nations human rights office said Israel has repeatedly violated global norms by using deadly live fire to repel protesters.

Bardawil did not elaborate on the nature of their membership in the group and his claim could not be independently verified.

At least 61 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured on Monday in the deadliest day in the besieged territory since 2014 war.

The statement said that Ireland was also "very disturbed" by reports of injuries suffered by health workers. Remarking on the embassy opening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "it is a great day for peace" and thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for keeping the promise he made while campaigning.

The Israeli military said it was responding to violence from the protesters to defend Israel's border.

Organizers say the wave of border protests is meant in large part to break a decade-old blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt and pressure Israel to ease its restrictions. Palestinian officials say the vast majority of the casualties have been unarmed protesters.

An Israeli reporter also notes that during the interview the Hamas official claimed that half of all those killed in the several week of border clashes were Hamas members.

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While Palestinians have been demanding their right to return to the areas they were expelled from in 1948 since March, about 104 of them have been reportedly killed by Israeli forces. Some have tried to break through the fence.

Israeli snipers, perched behind sand berms, opened fire from the other side of the fence, killing 59 Palestinians and wounding hundreds.

Two hours before market close, Tel Aviv Stock Exchange's TA-35 and TA-125 indexes are both up about half a percent, even as shockwaves from the previous day's events in Gaza and Jerusalem continue to emanate around the world.

The Israeli army has defended its actions.

Speaking to Fox News during the clashes, writer and speaker Ben Shapiro pointed out that Hamas was whipping up its own people to attack the border fence, knowing that gullible media would side with them over Israel. In either case, his statement is consistent with what has been reported for earlier border clashes that nearly all of those killed were terror group members. "This was no peaceful protest", Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus wrote on Twitter. In his United Nations remarks, the Palestinian ambassador said "Israel occupation forces" were to blame for the "massacre" at the border.

"These individuals that were killed, regardless of their affiliation or membership, were engaged in a demonstration in which they did not pose an immediate threat to life and were gunned down, and that's what's relevant", Shakir said.

Other worldwide powers have been anxious the United States move would inflame Palestinian unrest in the occupied West Bank, which Israel captured along with East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war.

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