Israel's Blockade Underpins The Violence In Gaza

Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against the US embassy move

Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against the US embassy move

At least 43 Palestinians were killed and 2,200 were injured as Israeli troops fired on demonstrators along the Gaza-Israel boundary protesting the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem, Palestinian officials said, making it the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war.

Trump, in a tweet, called it "A great day for Israel".

At least 60 Palestinians have been killed and 2,000 injured after the Israeli Defence Force (IFD) opened fire on protestors at the Gaza border yesterday.

The bloodshed drew calls for restraint from some countries, including France and Britain, and stronger criticism from others, with Turkey calling it "a massacre".

The blockade has also been marked with violent conflict between Israel and Gaza's ruling party Hamas, which is considered a terrorist group by the U.S. The White House has blamed the radical Palestinian group Hamas, which governs Gaza, for the deadliest day of violence in almost four years, and the United Nations has condemned the violence.

He was represented at the embassy ceremony by his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, US envoy to the Middle East.

He's also concerned about the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem.

"I think that the reluctance always before - because as has been pointed out, several previous presidents committed to move the embassy to Jerusalem - I think the hesitation has been, that it would end any prospect of an agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis", Gates told "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for his support on Twitter hours ahead of the opening ceremony.

The EFF said the South African government should take the lead in the boycott of Israel.

Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as a future capital.

At the Gaza hospital where the body of eight-month-old Laila Al-Ghandour was being prepared for burial, her grandmother said the child was at one of the tented protest encampments that have been set up a few hundred yards inside the border.

The United States said the responsibility for the killings lied "squarely with Hamas". Human Rights Watch denounced a "bloodbath". He also said the global community must step in to prevent war in the region.

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

The ceremony took place at what until now had been a United States consulate building in Jerusalem.

"Such a religious bigot", Romney said, "should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem".

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Police and the Israeli military deployed massively.

Meanwhile, Israel carried out air strikes on buildings it said were Hamas arms factories in Gaza.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the worldwide community. Netanyahu declared, "We are in Jerusalem and we are here to stay".

The move will take place on the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding, while the following day Palestinians will mark the Nakba, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

It was the deadliest day in Gaza since the 2014 war.

"Canada's longstanding position is that the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only as part of a general settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute".

"The AU affirms solidarity with the Palestinian people in their legitimate quest for an independent and sovereign State with East Jerusalem as its capital", the statement further said.

Worldwide consensus has been that the city's status must be negotiated between the two sides, but Trump broke with that to global outrage.

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"The Palestinian people are looking to the United Nations and the Security Council to activate what this organization has taken upon itself in order to achieve the maintenance of global peace and security", said Kuwaiti Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi.

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