Several countries have condemned or voiced concern over Israel’s violence against Palestinian protesters on the day the US relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
At least 58 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed on Monday and hundreds more injured by Israeli army forces deployed along the area bordering Gaza, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday:
“This is genocide no matter where it comes from, either Israel or the United States.”
#UPDATE Turkish President Erdogan accused Israel of "state terror" after thousands marched through central Istanbul to denounce the bloodshed in Gaza https://t.co/aceUFdeCcq pic.twitter.com/r82z6zRy2p
— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 14, 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the violence in Gaza, the French presidency said on Monday, adding that he will talk to all involved parties in the region over the next few days.
French President @EmmanuelMacron condemns the violence exerted by the Israeli armed forces against Palestinian demonstrators in #Gaza and disapproves of the American decision to transfer the US embassy to #Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/vHZX0V8A84
— Ludovic Pouille (@ludovic_pouille) May 14, 2018
The European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement that “dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed from Israeli fire today”, without condemning the violence.
“Israel must respect the right to peaceful protest and the principle of proportionality in the use of force,” Mogherini added.
The British Prime Minister office also expressed concern over the violence in Gaza in a statement, reading:
“We are concerned by the reports of violence and loss of life in Gaza.”
British govt's minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, issues statement after numerous Palestinians were killed and injured in Gaza and the West Bank https://t.co/uGhjxydvEY
— Brian Whitaker (@Brian_Whit) May 15, 2018
Germany said it was “shocked and deeply concerned” by the reports concerning the protests in Gaza, in which dozens of people were killed or injured.
The German foreign ministry said:
“Israel has the right to defend itself and to secure the fence against violent incursion. However, the principle of proportionality applies. That includes only using live ammunition when other, less forceful methods of deterrence do not work and in cases of concrete threats.”
Berlin underlined that people in Gaza Strip has a right to carry out peaceful protests, but also warned against inflammatory moves.
“The right to peaceful protest must also apply in Gaza.”
Germany's foreign ministry joined European and UN condemnations and calls for restraint, as Israeli live ammunition killed 50+ Palestinian protesters in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/AOwE0OxpKQ
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 14, 2018
Qatar decried Monday’s violence as a “massacre”, condemning the Israeli army’s “systematic murder” of Palestinians near the blockaded Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel.
Lulwah al Khater, a spokesperson for Qatar’s Foreign Ministry, said her country was “calling on all regional and international powers to pressure Israel to stop the killing”.
#Qatar expresses its condemnation of the brutal massacre by Israeli occupation against unarmed Palestinians during their peaceful & protest against the US unilateral decision to move its embassy to #Jerusalem. https://t.co/0unQp2I2Kl pic.twitter.com/dy5DoEyXUd
— Alexandra De Corato (@Geopol_Analisi) May 14, 2018
Kuwait has requested a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to discuss continuing violence along the Gaza-Israel border, diplomats said on Monday.
“We condemned what has happened,” the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United Nations, Mansour al Otaibi, told journalists.
Kuwait called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over the violence in Gaza.
At least 52 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli fire on the same day the U.S. opened its embassy in Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/mQNxaZtaO1
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 14, 2018
Sergey Lavrov, the head of Russian diplomacy, said in a joint news conference in Moscow that Russia has evaluated the US decision negatively several times. He added:
“One cannot in such a way, unilaterally, revise the agreements, fixed in decisions made by the international community.”
Russia, UN: violence can detonate over Gaza, US embassy's Jerusalem move https://t.co/PXHc3WYngS
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) May 11, 2018
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemned Israel’s use of deadly force against peaceful protesters, describing the move as a “serious escalation” that could lead to dangerous consequences.
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) May 14, 2018
In Iran, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described Israeli violence against unarmed Palestinian protesters as “shameful”.
Zarif described the Gaza city, which remains the target of a decade-long Israeli and Egyptian embargo, as the “biggest open-air prison in the world”.
Zarif on the Opening of US Embassy: A ’Day of Great Shame’https://t.co/7btaYU9oW2#القدس_عاصمه_فلسطين_الابديه #فلسطين #القدس #مسيرة_العودة_الكبرىIran #Zarif #Gaza #Nakba70 #GreatReturnMarch #Palestine #AlQuds #Israel
— Alahednews English (@AlahednewsEn) May 15, 2018
In Lebanon, lawmakers denounced Monday’s relocation of the US embassy while also slamming Israel’s “brutal and barbaric” response to the Gaza protests.
South Africa said it was withdrawing its ambassador to Israel until further notice following what it called the “indiscriminate and grave” attack on Monday.
In a statement, the South African government condemned the killing of protesters in Gaza.
BREAKING: South Africa withdraws its ambassador to Israel. "Given the indiscriminate and gravity of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice." https://t.co/aVfDTfCQWT
— The IMEU (@theIMEU) May 14, 2018
Pakistan also expressed grave concern on Monday on the rising tensions.
In a statement, the Pakistani government said that despite calls by the international community to comply with UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the two-state solution, US is moving its Embassy to the Holy City of Jerusalem.
“The Government and people of Pakistan stand firmly with the Palestinian people,” the statement said.
Moroccans are ready to march in solidarity with #Palestine on #NakbaDay! ✊✊Mass rallies will take place across Morocco on Sunday to commemorate the expulsion of over 750,000 #Palestinians. What will YOU be doing on Nakba day? https://t.co/BXLszlb1Wp #MarchOfReturn #Gaza
— CJPME (@CJPME) May 10, 2018
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI condemned the relocating of US embassy in Israel in a statement, according to the country’s state news agency MAP.
MAP reported that the king was “following with concern the implementation of the US administration’s decision to recognize Al Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel and move its embassy there.”
Bahrain’s foreign ministry strongly condemned the Israeli violence.
In a statement the ministry said that it “warns against the grave dangers and negative repercussions of this serious provocation in the occupied Palestinian territories, stressing its total rejection of the use of force in the face of peaceful marches that call for the rights of the Palestinian people.”
The ministry reiterated its “firm position and support to the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people”, the statement added.
(Pictures taken at the same time this afternoon) pic.twitter.com/0ySzaGjQC9
— Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) May 14, 2018
US President Donald Trump sparked international outcry last December when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vowed to relocate Washington’s embassy to the city.
(TRT, PC, Social Media)