Minnesotans React To US Embassy Opening In Jerusalem

Israeli forces kill 18, injure over 1000 as Palestinians protest opening of US Embassy

On Monday, the USA officially opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, fuelling deadly protests across the border.

They claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state and see the U.S. move as backing Israeli control over the whole of the city - which Israel regards as its indivisible capital.

Canada is committed the goal of a "comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel", Freeland said at the time.

After ambassadors joined in a moment of silence for the more than 50 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the bloodiest day in Gaza since a 2014 war, divisions among council members quickly re-emerged. "As a result, Israel has not only hardened its oppression on Palestinians, [but] it has expanded its occupation in the West Bank, through forceful removals of Palestinians from their lands".

In a post to his Facebook page, Conservative MP Peter Kent described the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a "historic moment" and called out the Trudeau government for not sending Canada's ambassador to Israel to the opening ceremony.

"We curse the massacre carried out by Israeli security forces, encouraged by this step, on the Palestinians participating in peaceful demonstrations", its statement said.

Palestinians hurled stones and incendiary devices, while the Israeli military used tear gas and live fire from snipers.

Israel has defended its actions, saying troops were defending its border.

Shapiro said Hamas has been clear about its intentions, and that the group has said it wants to send thousands of people to storm the border. "We will continue to act with determination to protect our sovereignty and citizens". "The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas", said White House spokesman Raj Shah.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was "profoundly alarmed and concerned by the sharp escalation of violence" and the number of dead. "The United States stands with Israel because we know it is the right thing to do".

France's President Emmanuel Macron condemned violence by the Israeli military.

United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that Israel's use of force was "not acceptable".

The signatories to the letter said they were writing "to express our profound concern about the lack of implementation" of the resolution.

"Our greatest hope is for peace", he said despite the Palestinian anger the move has provoked.

From withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and more recently the Iran nuclear deal to moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem, the U.S. and Europe no longer see eye-to-eye on key issues almost as often as they did under previous administrations.

Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Congressman Boyle says peace negotiations between the two neighboring states are vital.

"The expulsion of the Israeli mission must form part of the first move towards an worldwide isolation of Israel by the whole world".

Most countries consider East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after capturing it in the 1967 Middle East War, to be occupied territory, including the Old City, home to sites considered holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians alike.

Along the Gaza border, crowds built throughout the day in the Palestinian enclave less than 100 km away from Jerusalem and sealed off from Israel by a blockade.

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