Lavrov slams statements about kids killed in Gaza being terrorists as outrageous

PE protesters join rage against Israel

PE protesters join rage against Israel

None of this takes away from the obvious fact that Jerusalem is, in reality the capital of Israel - home to its parliament, Supreme Court, government ministries and the residences of its president and prime minister.

The US and Guatemalan moves break with decades of worldwide consensus. We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives.

Paraguay is scheduled to open a Jerusalem embassy on May 21 with its president, Horacio Cartes, due to be in attendance.

Most countries say the status of Jerusalem - a sacred city to Jews, Muslims and Christians - should be determined in a final peace settlement and that moving their embassies now would prejudge any such deal. South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel, Turkey temporarily expelled Israel's ambassador, Israel asked the Turkish consul general in Jerusalem to leave, and the Palestinian envoy to Washington was recalled to Ramallah. "You were the second country to recognize Israel", Netanyahu said at the ceremony, referring to its founding in 1948. Levine said. "I'm also an American citizen and the US has been the primary economic and political backer of Israel".

The meeting came as the office of the prosecutor of the world's permanent war crimes court on Wednesday expressed "grave concern" about escalating violence in Gaza, and said alleged crimes could be investigated. The use of live fire against largely unarmed crowds by Israel was slammed by human rights groups as well as many Western nations, including the United Kingdom, which described it as "shocking and appalling".

Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians on Monday when tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered near the border, while smaller numbers approached the fence and sought to break through.

More than 2,700 people were injured, many of whom were shot in the legs, in events described by Palestinian leaders as a "massacre" but which the Israelis said was a "measured" response to threatened terrorism by the militant Palestinian group Hamas. Israel has repeatedly claimed that Hamas uses weekly border protests as cover to stage terror attacks.


But Mark Regev, the Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom, said live fire was used in a "measured" and "surgical" way.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Union have previously called for an independent probe, with 116 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since a campaign of protests on the Gaza-Israel border was launched on March 30.

Evangelicals want to see Jews rebuild their temple in Jerusalem, which according to their beliefs would facilitate the second coming of Jesus. "We remember our friends and Guatemala is our friend, then and now".

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat made reference to those allegations in a scathing attack on Wednesday.

"We will work with our ally Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions South Africa [BDS-SA] and other fraternal organisations to intensify mass actions in solidarity with the Palestinian people in protest against this most recent Israeli criminal violence".

Palestinian leaders said that by relocating the embassy, the United States had created incitement and instability in the region and abrogated its role as a peace mediator.

Tell that to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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