Jordan urges European Union to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine

Jordan urges European Union to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine

Kerry Wise
May 18, 2018

In a statement Thursday, the regional body said it condemns the use of force by the Israel Defence Force firing on largely unarmed Palestinians protesting along the Gaza-Israel border.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said this week the relocation of the USA embassy to Jerusalem and its recognition as the capital of Israel does not change the judicial status of the city and does not abolish the rights of Palestinians to their land.

A bitter row over the deaths has erupted between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong backer of the Palestinian cause.

"We are facing a state of blatant aggression against global law and legitimacy which was embodied by the USA embassy's transfer in the occupying state to Jerusalem", Mr Abul Gheit said.

B'nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn said Israel has every right to use live fire to defend its borders "in light of the fact that Israeli troops twice came under gunfire themselves from Hamas operatives". The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, participated in the meeting of the Council of the Arab League in its extraordinary session, held at the level of Foreign Ministers in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt, today to look into the developments in the State of Palestine. Others also condemned the USA, but none of the members said they would recall their ambassadors.

Israel's envoy to Canada, Nimrod Barkan, said the IDF fact-finding investigation is independent and impartial.

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Another Hamas official did not confirm the number, but said those participating were demonstrating peacefully.

"Hamas' stated aims of the destruction of Israel and the murder of Israelis lay bare its goals in fueling these violence protests", they wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. Palestinian security sources confirmed the target was a Hamas base, saying there were no reports of injuries.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the USA embassy relocation runs counter to United Nations resolutions.

In the single bloodiest day of the seven weeks on 14 May, the Israeli military killed 59 Palestinians, including 43 protesters during demonstrations, of whom seven were children and one a person with disability.

Police said the suspect presented an expired entry permit to try to enter Israel, heightening their suspicions and leading them to carry out a search on his person, during which a knife was found.

Palestinian protesters responded by hurling rocks and other debris at Israeli security forces while burning tires along the border fence line.