Gaza violence, embassy opening in Israel divide South Florida

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa  Reuters                   A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during the protest

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Reuters A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during the protest

"Given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sis Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice", a statement from the foreign ministry in Johannesburg said.

Meanwhile, in Gaza, at least fifty-five Palestinians have been martyred and over 2700 injured in clashes with Israeli troops in the wake of opening of United States embassy in Jerusalem. The Gazan health ministry provided the overall death and injury toll.

"Protesting?" Whatever your position, the goal is not protest.

In Jerusalem Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner spoke at the opening of the new USA embassy.

"The United States remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement".

Mr Netanyahu said: "President Trump, by recognising history, you have made history".

The tone contrasted with images of the bloody Gaza protests occurring less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Jerusalem embassy inauguration ceremony. A great day for the state of Israel.

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting to address the violent clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli forces along the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Riyad Mansour said Monday.

Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus alleged "we have seen three different squads, fully equipped terrorist squads with weapons, trying to plant IEDs at the (border) fence in three different locations".

It said soldiers were responding with "riot dispersal means and fire".

The Palestinian Authority's leader condemned a "massacre".

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In April, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said that the US: "Does believe the Israeli's have the right to defend themselves and we're fully supportive of that".

On Dec. 6, Trump, fulfilling a campaign promise, announced the official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his plan to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the city that hosts sites sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims. "The worldwide community must do its part as soon as possible and take swift action to put an end to Israel's increasing aggression", he said.

For weeks, the State Department has been working to bolster security at U.S. diplomatic posts around the Muslim world in advance of the USA embassy move in Jerusalem, anticipating possible violence.

Saeb Erekat, Palestine Liberation Organisation secretary-general, called it a "hostile act against worldwide law".

Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit earlier in the day reportedly criticized the countries that participated in the celebration of the move. Police and the Israeli military deployed massively.

It also dropped leaflets warning Gazans to stay away from the fence, including one with a photo of the Champs-Elysees boulevard in Paris and the caption: "Gaza 2025?"

Washington's regional allies have publicly expressed dismay about the embassy move, but they share a determination with Washington to thwart what they view as Iran's expansionism in the region.

May 14 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel. Palestinian protests are also planned for Tuesday.

Commenting on the issue, the majority of regional states and a number of Western countries said that the USA move contradicted worldwide resolutions and did not fall within the framework of previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.

Most countries say the status of Jerusalem should be determined in a final peace settlement, and say moving their embassies now would prejudge any such deal. But the move infuriated Palestinians, who seek the eastern part of the city that Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war as their future capital.

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