President Rivlin calls for restraint in the wake of Israel-Turkey row

President Rivlin calls for restraint in the wake of Israel-Turkey row

Guatemala inaugurated its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, becoming the first country to follow in the footsteps of the US's deeply controversial move that was accompanied by deadly violence on the Gaza border.

"Fathi Hammad, a Hamas official, once said explaining his organization's tactics: 'For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land".

Omar Shakir, the local director for Human Rights Watch, said that if they were unarmed, the identity of the slain protesters and their affiliation to a militant group has little to do with Israel's right under global law to use lethal force at a demonstration.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki suggested on Thursday that Arab countries should recall their ambassadors to the United States in response to Washington moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.

The day is aimed to demonstrate complete solidarity with the Palestinians in wake of Israeli troops killing dozens of Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the U.S. embassy opening in Jerusalem on Monday - the conflict's bloodiest day in years.

As top USA officials including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, attended the embassy's opening ceremony and President Trump addressed those gathered in a video message, Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters clashed in rioting that left dozens dead and several hundred more wounded.

Bardawil did not say whether the 50 were fighters from Hamas's armed wing, or whether they were just regular members.

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

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News coverage of Monday's riots seemed to show one side of the story: an uprising to protest the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. "And as the Secretary of State said, Israel has the right to defend itself", White House spokesman Raj Shah said during a press briefing on Monday.

As the U.S. embassy was opened, U.S. President Donald Trump, in a video message, proclaimed Jerusalem as "the capital of Israel".

The U.S. says it has the right to decide where to put its embassy, and Haley said Tuesday the decision simply recognized "reality".

Palestinians have been protesting for the past six weeks as part of the "March of Return", a demonstration calling for the right of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to return to areas that are today part of Israel.

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

Haley walked out of the meeting when the Palestinian envoy began speaking, a symbolic gesture.

He said that while the protests may not have been peaceful, the use of live ammunition was an inappropriate response.

At least 58 Palestinians were killed yesterday, spurring the U.N.to propose investigating the IDF to determine if their actions violated global law - a proposal Haley slammed as preposterous. It was unclear if the protesters he was referring to were militants or civilian supporters of the Islamic group, which rules Gaza and opposes Israel's existence.

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