Israel’s Energy Minister Slams EU

“This is the height of nerve and hypocrisy. The same European Union is now sucking up to Iran and will

“This is the height of nerve and hypocrisy. The same European Union is now sucking up to Iran and will help the country in the face of U.S. sanctions,’’ were the words of Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz on Wednesday.

Steinitz slammed the European Union over the bloc’s criticism of police treatment of Israeli-Arab protesters, saying: “they can go to a thousand thousand hells.

On Wednesday the EU called for a “swift investigation” into allegations that a police officer broke the leg of an Israeli-Arab social activist while the activist was detained in the northern Israeli city of Haifa.

The activist, Jafar Farah, was detained as police responded to a Israeli-Arabs demonstrating in support of Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip.

“I sent to Hell the European Union, which does not really represent the European countries.

“It is an organisation that no one leads but lives for itself.

“The EU is less friendly than the European countries that form it,’’ Steinitz added.

US Uses Veto Power To Block UN Call For Independent Investigation Of Gaza Deaths

While the Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were in Jerusalem celebrating the opening

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While the Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were in Jerusalem celebrating the opening of the U.S. Embassy there, on May 14th, 2018, it also became the “bloodiest day of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since Israel’s invasion of Gaza in 2014,” the Independent reported.

President Trump’s decision to open the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem was widely condemned by the international community as divisive. Now, the U.S. has made another seemingly divisive move–it has blocked a United Nations (UN) Security Council statement that called for an independent investigation into the deaths of at least 58 Palestinians along the Israeli-Gaza border. The Security Council wanted an independent and transparent investigation, but the U.S. its veto power as it has done 42 other times against UN resolutions concerning Israel.

“The statement, drafted by Kuwait ahead of a meeting on Tuesday, expressed ‘outrage and sorrow’ at the deaths of at least 58 people during demonstrations over the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem.

It also demanded all countries comply with a decades-old Security Council resolution calling on them not to station diplomatic missions in the contested holy city,” CNBC reported.

In all, more than 1,200 people were harmed when Israeli troops fired live ammunition and tear gas at demonstrators. Among the dead, said Palestinian medics, was a 14-year-old boy. Israel defends its actions by declaring its troops were defending its border and that nearly 40,000 Palestinians been involved in “violent riots” along the border. The WHite House backed these claims by Israel.

“The Hamas terrorist organization declares it intends to destroy Israel and sends thousands to breach the border fence in order to achieve this goal,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter. “We will continue to act with determination to protect our sovereignty and citizens.”

Late last year, Trump broke with decades of U.S. foreign policy and declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel. This angered Arab and Muslim communities worldwide.

The battle over the territory has been long and bloody. “Some 5 million Palestinian refugees remain eligible for services under the UN Relief Works Agency and qualify as ‘persons… who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.’ Some 1.5 million live in 58 recognized Palestine refugee camps across the Levant region, including in the Gaza Strip,” the Daily Beast reported.

People living in the Gaza Strip reportedly live in horrible conditions. ‘Gaza’s 1.8 million residents live in the small 225 square-mile enclave, making it one of the most densely-populated territories on earth. Thirty-nine percent of the population lives below the poverty line, more than half lack access to reliable electricity, and unemployment stands at 42 percent, according to the UN,” CNBC reported.investigation

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Israel Has Right To Determine It’s Capital – Embassy

The Embassy of Israel in Nigeria yesterday celebrated the opening of the Embassy of the United States of America in

The Embassy of Israel in Nigeria yesterday celebrated the opening of the Embassy of the United States of America in Jerusalem on Monday, 14 May 2018 saying that as a sovereign country, it has the right to determine its own capital.”

The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem was inaugurated exactly 70 years after former U.S President Truman became the first world leader to recognize the State of Israel.

From this week forward, the American Ambassador to Israel will be based in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, the religious and cultural home of the Jewish people.

“As U.S. President Trump stated, “Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government. It is the home of the Israeli legislature and the Israeli Supreme Court and Israel’s prime minister and president.”

“Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital,” statement signed by the Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel in Nigeria, Nadav D Goren said.

The Embassy said the leadership role the United States took in moving their Embassy to Jerusalem demonstrates the strong alliance between the two nations which share a relationship built on progress, peace and freedom.

” It is encouraging to note that now that the U.S has led the way, other countries are following suit: Guatemala, Paraguay and Honduras are all expected to relocate their embassies to Jerusalem in the near future,” Goren said in his first statement concerning the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

The embassy said the historic juncture of the US is celebrated around Israel and beyond adding that the State of Israel remains fully committed to protecting the holy sites in Jerusalem and ensuring freedom of religion for all faiths.

“Israel will continue striving for a lasting peace in the region,” the statement added.

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Erdogan Slams World’s ‘Silence’ On ‘Israel’s Tyranny’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a join news conference with Bulgarian Prime Minister, European Union President and European

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a join news conference with Bulgarian Prime Minister, European Union President and European Commission in Varna on March 26, 2018.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at the international “silence” over the killing by Israeli fire of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border.

“If the silence on Israel’s tyranny continues, the world will rapidly be dragged into a chaos where banditry prevails,” Erdogan said at a dinner in Ankara.

The fresh violence in Gaza on Monday, when Israel’s army killed 60 Palestinians during protests, came as the United States formally moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

A fervent advocate of Palestinian cause, Erdogan on Tuesday accused Israel of “state terror” and “genocide” over the killings.

The Turkish leader will on Friday host a summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.

On Wednesday, Erdogan also said the Gaza bloodshed showed “the United Nations has collapsed”.

Turkey has withdrawn its ambassador in Tel Aviv for consultations and told Israel’s ambassador to Ankara to leave, also for an unspecified period of time.

That drew retaliation from Israel, which ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave for an unspecified period of time.

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Israel Targets Hamas Position After Gaza Gunfire

An Israeli soldier stands next to Merkava Mark IV tanks in a deployment area near the Syrian border in the

An Israeli soldier stands next to Merkava Mark IV tanks in a deployment area near the Syrian border in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights.  MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

 

An Israeli tank fired at a Hamas position in northern Gaza on Wednesday, the army said, after militants in the Palestinian enclave shot at soldiers.

The exchange of fire east of Jabalia came after weeks of mass protests and clashes on the Gaza border, which peaked on Monday when some 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces. Protests since then have dwindled.

In response to the gunfire, Israeli troops “targeted a military post belonging to the Hamas terror organisation with tank fire,” the army said in a statement, noting no soldiers were wounded.

A Palestinian security source in Gaza confirmed the target was a Hamas observation point, saying the Israeli attack resulted in no injuries.

Palestinians have held demonstrations on the border since March 30 for what they call the right of return. Monday’s protests were also against the move of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

During the war surrounding Israel’s creation in 1948, more than 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes.

The protests have peaked on Fridays, with the numbers of demonstrators ranging from thousands to tens of thousands.

Small groups have approached the border fence, throwing stones, burning tyres and hurling Molotov cocktails. Some have tried to break through the fence.

Israel has faced international criticism over its use of live fire but insists its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass infiltrations from the Palestinian enclave, which is run by the Islamist movement Hamas.

Earlier on Wednesday, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman called Hamas leadership “a bunch of cannibals that treat their children as ammunition.”

Speaking at an army base near the Gaza border, Lieberman said the goal of Hamas was “to remove the siege (over Gaza) but not to build their economy or create coexistence,” he said, referring to the Israeli blockade of the strip.

He argued their aims were rather “to smuggle arms, continue building their military force and create another upgraded Hezbollah model,” referring to the armed Lebanese group.

Israel and militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008.

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Guatemala Opens Israel Embassy In Jerusalem After U.S.

(L to R) Sara Netanyahu and her husband Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin applaud as Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and his

Guatemala Opens Israel Embassy In Jerusalem After U.S.
(L to R) Sara Netanyahu and her husband Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin applaud as Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and his wife Hilda Patricia Marroquin cut the ribbon during the inauguration ceremony of the Guatemalan embassy in Jerusalem on May 16, 2018, also attended by Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel Polanco. RONEN ZVULUN / POOL / AFP

 

Guatemala inaugurated its Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, becoming the first country to follow in the footsteps of the United States’ deeply controversial move that was accompanied by deadly violence on the Gaza border.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales were among officials who attended a ceremony inaugurating the new embassy at an office park in the disputed city, which is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The US and Guatemalan moves break with decades of international consensus. US ambassador to Israel David Friedman also attended Wednesday’s ceremony.

So far the only other nation with immediate plans to open an Israel embassy in Jerusalem is Paraguay, expected to do so before the end of the month.

Netanyahu profusely praised Guatemala for making the move and noted it came only two days after the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem.

The Israeli premier spoke of Guatemala’s early recognition of the state of Israel after its creation in 1948 and said he would visit the country of 16 million on his next visit to Latin America.

“I look forward to assessing with you the practical ways… that we can advance this friendship and this alliance,” Netanyahu said.

“But today, I just want to say how delighted we are to have you.”

Morales called it a “transcendental moment for future generations” who will “remember that friendly countries took courageous decisions in favour of Israel and we do this because you have a special place in our hearts.”

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The US embassy move on Monday was accompanied by mass protests and clashes along the Gaza border that saw Israeli forces kill some 60 Palestinians.

Israel has faced international criticism over its use of live fire against demonstrators.

It says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass infiltrations from the Palestinian enclave, which is run by Islamist movement Hamas.

On Monday, tens of thousands had gathered near the border while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians approached the fence and sought to break through, with Israeli snipers positioned on the other side.

Most of those killed were shot by Israeli snipers, the Gazan health ministry said, in the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 Gaza war.

Israel’s army said “it appears that at least 24” of those killed were militants, mainly from Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

It said explosive devices and firebombs were used, while Israeli soldiers were also shot at.

But there were numerous calls for an independent investigation into the deaths, with Britain, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium among those supporting such action.

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.

Morales’s decision to move Guatemala’s embassy has been seen as partly influenced by his evangelical religious beliefs.

Evangelicals want to see Jews rebuild their temple in Jerusalem, which according to their beliefs would facilitate the second coming of Christ.

The move is also seen by some as a gesture to elicit US support at a time when Morales stands accused by Guatemalan prosecutors of accepting illegal campaign contributions.

Former Guatemalan foreign minister Gabriel Orellana has said Morales’s embassy move has the effect of banishing his country “to the fringes of the United Nations”.

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

Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the international community.

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Turkey Urges Islamic World To Review Israel Ties

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan                               

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan                                                                  ADEM ALTAN / AFP

 

Turkey on Tuesday urged Islamic countries to review their ties with Israel and said it would call an extraordinary summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border.

Ankara has reacted with fury to the killing Monday of 59 Palestinians in clashes and protests, on the same day as the United States formally moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in defiance of international outrage.

“Islamic countries should without fail review their relations with Israel,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told his ruling party in parliament.

“The Islamic world should move as one, with one voice, against this massacre,” he added.

Yildirim said that Turkey had called an “extraordinary summit” of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the body.

It was not immediately clear what format the meeting would take or who might attend.

A Turkish foreign ministry official, who asked not to be named, said there was to be “a summit in Istanbul on Friday”.

Yildirim said that after the summit at 3:00 pm (1200 GMT) a giant rally would be held at the vast Yenikapi meeting area in Istanbul under the slogan of “Stop the Oppression” to express solidarity with the Palestinians.

“This has nothing to do with party politics. This is to show solidarity, brotherhood and togetherness,” he said.

“The Islamic world should move as one, with one voice, against this massacre,” added Yildirim.

Erdogan regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and last year hosted an OIC summit in Istanbul to denounce US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The summit declared East Jerusalem — which the international community regards as annexed by Israel — “as the capital of the State of Palestine” and urged the world to follow suit.

However Turkey also maintains full trade and diplomatic links with the Jewish state after a 2016 reconciliation deal ended a dispute over the deadly storming of a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos.

Ankara on Monday said it was recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Israel for consultations in the wake of the events.

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China Urges Israel To Show Restraint After Gaza Deaths

Chinese President Xi Jinping   China on Tuesday called for restraint, “especially” from Israel, after 59 Palestinians were killed by

Chinese President Xi Jinping

 

China on Tuesday called for restraint, “especially” from Israel, after 59 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem.

“China is seriously concerned about a large number of casualties caused by the violent conflict in the Gaza border,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing.

“We oppose violence against civilians. We call on both sides, especially Israel, to maintain restraint and avoid further tension and escalation of the situation,” Lu said.

The spokesman reiterated Beijing’s support for a two-state solution, with the establishment of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

“China has always believed that the final status of Jerusalem should be finally settled through peace talks between Palestine and Israel in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations,” Lu said.

Fresh protests were expected on Tuesday as Palestinians mark the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation.

It comes a day after the United States transferred its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem in a move that infuriated the Palestinians and was widely condemned.

Most of the 59 Gazans who died Monday were shot by Israeli snipers, Gaza’s health ministry said.

At least 2,400 others were wounded in the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war.

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13 Delta Pilgrims Abscond In Israel

No fewer than 13 pilgrims of the 156 who travelled to Israel on pilgrimage last year absconded, the Delta Commissioner

No fewer than 13 pilgrims of the 156 who travelled to Israel on pilgrimage last year absconded, the Delta Commissioner of the Bureau for Special Duties, Mr. Ernest Ogwezzy has said.

Ogwezzy who spoke in Asaba on Monday said that the pilgrims to the Holy Land, made up of 146 people and 10 officials, were sponsored by the state government.

He assured that the government has put in stringent measures to check future occurrence.

He said: “The state government frowns at pilgrims absconding. We will not tolerate it. It is supposed to be for religious obligation. We have put stringent machinery in motion to ensure that pilgrims sponsored by the state government come back.”

South Africa Recalls Ambassador To Israel Over Gaza Deaths

Tear gas is fired at protestors during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel,

South Africa Recalls Ambassador To Israel Over Gaza Deaths
Tear gas is fired at protestors during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, following the controversial move to Jerusalem of the United States embassy.  THOMAS COEX / AFP

 

South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel on Monday after at least 52 Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces during protests over the US embassy opening in Jerusalem.

“Given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice,” South Africa’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The victims were taking part in a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem,” it said, condemning “violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces”.

“This latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property,” it added.

The violence erupted over the formal opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

More than 2,400 Palestinians were wounded and the dead included eight children under the age of 16, according to the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations.

It was the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 Gaza war.

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