Calls for Australia to follow U.S. lead on Jerusalem Embassy rebuffed


"How can these people do these things in my name?"

"I don't think it hurts the peace plan", Shah said.

The comments sparked a widespread debate about whether Israel or the vociferously anti-Israel Hamas, which claimed the victims as their own martyrs, was to blame for the deaths.

"I'm sorry that for 70 years, the promise of a creation of a State of Palestine has not yet been fulfilled".

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council executive director Colin Rubenstein said, "All governments of good will, including Australia's, should be asking themselves what is genuinely achieved by clinging to an outdated and unjust refusal to acknowledge the basic reality that Jerusalem has long been Israel's capital and always will be".

The bloodshed continued to draw world attention as violence abated late Wednesday, on the eve of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Organisers say the Gaza protests are civilian actions, noting the absence of Israeli casualties, compared to 107 Palestinian dead and thousands of wounded.

Some 59 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,500 injured when Israeli troops opened fire at protesters approaching the border fence on Monday. They said marches would continue through early June.

An Israeli reporter also notes that during the interview the Hamas official claimed that half of all those killed in the several week of border clashes were Hamas members.

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While the United States has come out in defence of its ally Israel, many other countries have condemned the "disproportionate use of force".

"This time we want people to go further". Israel responded to its envoy's expulsion on Tuesday by expelling Turkey's Jerusalem consul.

Warren and Markey both signed a letter - signed by 13 US senators - urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to do more to "alleviate the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip".

Palestinian authorities on Wednesday urged United Nations to condemn the killings of the protesters at the Gaza border was war crimes. The State Department said Tuesday the draft "was too one-sided" and unacceptable to the USA because it did not mention Hamas' incitement of violence along the Gaza border.

Patientswith gunshot wounds filled wards and hallways in Gaza's under-equipped and overwhelmed hospitals, with dozens still waiting in line for surgery a day after the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war.

Despite the Gaza violence and Palestinian outrage over the embassy move from Tel Aviv, Shah insisted there was no reason to believe there would be any damage to the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

"This development presents another opportunity to reaffirm Jamaica's position and our belief that the best solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis rests in a negotiated political settlement based on a just and comprehensive agreement that guarantees the security of the State of Israel and provides for a Palestinian State, within internationally recognised borders", it said.

"If they're going to shoot innocent protesters down there's got to be consequences", Levine said.