Violence in Gaza continues

The violence that flared with protests over the moving of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem continues in Gaza.

Reuters: Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza border as Gaza buries dead

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian near the Gaza-Israel border on Tuesday after thousands of Palestinians turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, local health officials said.

Sixty Palestinians were killed on Monday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, including an eight-month-old baby that died from tear gas that her family said she inhaled at a protest camp near the border. More than 2,200 Palestinians were also injured by gunfire or tear gas, local medics said.

Monday’s bloodshed took place as the United States opened its new embassy in contested Jerusalem. For the past six weeks, Palestinians have been holding Gaza border demonstrations for the return of Palestinian refugees to areas that are now part of Israel.

Israel rejects any right of return, fearing that it would deprive the state of its Jewish majority.

Too bad about democracy.

Palestinian medical officials say 106 Gazans have now been killed since the start of the protests and nearly 11,000 people wounded, about 3,500 of them hit by live fire. Israeli officials dispute those numbers. No Israeli casualties have been reported.

Palestinian leaders have called Monday’s events a massacre, and the Israeli tactic of using live fire against the protesters has drawn worldwide concern and condemnation.

BBC – Gaza violence: Israelis and Palestinians in fierce exchanges at UN

There have been angry exchanges between Israeli and Palestinian envoys at the UN, as the diplomatic fallout over deadly violence in Gaza gathered pace.

Some 58 Palestinians were killed when Israeli troops fired on protesters on Monday, with funerals held on Tuesday.

The Palestinian envoy spoke of a “crime against humanity”, while Israel accused the rulers of Gaza, Hamas, of taking their own people hostage.

BBC: May urges ‘greater restraint’ by Israel after Gaza violence

Theresa May has urged an independent inquiry into violence on the border between Israel and Gaza which left a reported 58 Palestinians dead.

The prime minister said the use of live rounds by Israeli forces was “deeply troubling” and urged greater restraint.

While Palestinians had a legitimate right to protest, she said, she was concerned about extremist infiltration and the role Hamas had played.

Both Hamas and Israel have been responsible for the flare up in violence – as has Donald Trump in his provocative moving of the US embassy.

Earlier, Labour’s Emily Thornberry condemned a “horrific massacre”.

Here in New Zealand: NZ condemns Israel’s actions along Gaza border

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on behalf of the government, raised concerns directly to the ambassador in New Zealand.

The violence showed that the decision by the US to open the new embassy was counter to efforts to find a peaceful resolution in the region, she said.

“At the time when the United States announced they’d be moving their representation to Jerusalem we stated strongly that we did not think that would take us closer to peace, and it hasn’t,” Ms Ardern said.

New Zealand also voted on a United Nations resolution emphasising the view that there should be a two-state solution, she said.

“This is a hotly contested issue within that peace process and as we’ve seen the results of the protest along the border of Gaza have been devastating.”

Ms Ardern was asked for her view on comments made by Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riyadh Mansour, who said the Israeli action violated international law.

“It is the right of any nation to defend their border but this is a devastating, one-sided loss of life; we would condemn the violence that has occurred,” Ms Ardern said.

“And I think it’s plain to see the effects of this decision and the ramifications are wide reaching.”

That’s a fairly diplomatic response that acknowledges the complexities and the spread of blame for violence.

However the Greens have a more one-sided view:

And:

It’s a bloody mess with both Israel and Hamas in part responsible for the escalation.

Jerusalem Post – NO HOLDS BARRED: JERUSALEM ON FIRE WITH GRATITUDE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP

President Donald Trump has electrified the State of Israel with the embassy move. You have to see the excitement on the streets, especially Jerusalem, to understand the depth of gratitude. Flags are flying from every street light. Massive signs around the capital show the American and Israeli flags intertwined with giant thank yous to President Trump.

In a single week President Trump has not only established America’s embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, but also rid America of the shame of the Iran nuclear deal, which completely overlooked all of Iran’s sins. In doing so, he has created the potential for reining in the rogue regime in Tehran, curbing the ascendance of radical Islamists and advancing a foreign policy that recognizes evil and holds belligerent government accountable. Simultaneously, Trump has emerged as a great champion of the Jewish people and a protector of Israel.

A cynic could wonder whether the escalations against Iran and the Palestinians has been a deliberate plan by Israel, with Trump a willing partner.

It’s hard to see this turning out well. The violence in Gaza suggests it is more likely to get worse.

It’s worth looking back at a speech by Trump at Fort Dodge, Iowa: ““I would bomb the shit out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers.”

It looks like Trump has been sucked into the Middle East mire.

 

 

 

36 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  May 16, 2018

    Good statement by the PM. Big ups for balls n balance. 👍🏼

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 16, 2018

    A cynic could wonder whether the escalations against Israel and the US has been a deliberate plan by Hamas, with Iran a willing partner.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-funding-hamas-efforts-to-foment-border-violence-shin-bet-says/

    • Probably all of the above. The situation has certainly not been improved with an escalation.

      • Gezza

         /  May 16, 2018

        It’s not just an escalation: it’s a provocation. The timing, the Embassy straddling stolen East Jerusalem, the Biblical rhetoric, the rise of the Jewish extreme religious right. The Israeli government has been emboldened to accelerate their crushing of the Palestinians and seizure of their land. Murdering them in droves is now part of the plan, because they can get away with it. It is THEY who are exploiting the hopelessness of the young generation of Palestinians who have decided they have nothing left to get the world to stop the Zionists from starving beating humiliating and pushing them further out of their own land but to sacrifice their lives.

        • Gezza

           /  May 16, 2018

          The simple fact is, Bibi & the other Zionists, through Kushner and Ivanka, and a bigoted President, at long last have finally got control of the White House, and Congress, and given the Israelis the go ahead to do whatever the hell they like.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  May 16, 2018

            No. Actually they just moved their embassy to Jerusalem rather than have their Ambassador and staff drive there from Tel Aviv every day.

  3. Corky

     /  May 16, 2018

    Seems the PM can’t get her facts straight as to whether the NZ Israeli Ambassador has been called in for a growling over Israels defence of its borders, or not.

  4. lurcher1948

     /  May 16, 2018

    HAPPY 70 years ISRAEL,at least you protect your borders unlike the EU who didnt

    • Corky

       /  May 16, 2018

      Lurchy, just when I think you are conflicted, you produce an insight of clarity.

  5. George

     /  May 16, 2018

    Hint to the ‘protesters’
    Dont attack Israel and you’ll grow to be old.
    Attack the border (NOT a peaceful act) and die
    Not as if these ‘protesters’ haven’t been trying this since 1948

  6. Patzcuaro

     /  May 16, 2018
    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 16, 2018

      Emmerson is the epitome of comic book Lefty ideology.

      • Gezza

         /  May 16, 2018

        And Emmerson nails it again, as usual.

    • Corky

       /  May 16, 2018

      What peace process? There never was one. Palestine saw to that.

    • NOEL

       /  May 16, 2018

      You will have to wait a bit to post the plaque. May be six years before the new embassy is completed. In the mean time you can tack it in the air of a Symbolic Embassy.

  7. artcroft

     /  May 16, 2018

    The Palestinians should just accept they lost the war, their land and their right to dignity. It shouldn’t be up to the Jews to drive them into the sea. The Palestinains should walk there themselves. (Sarc)

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 16, 2018

      Or possibly ask Singapore how to build a successful nation without any land at all.

      No, ridiculous idea. Much better to throw rocks at soldiers and get shot.

      • Gezza

         /  May 16, 2018

        Is your left ear still blocked?

      • artcroft

         /  May 16, 2018

        At least you seem to agreed that if an aggressor is stronger than yourself then they have rights to your property.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  May 16, 2018

          It’s a bad idea to attack armed soldiers with rocks. Then you are the aggressor and you are definitely not stronger. Trying to assert property rights three generations after a loss will always be fraught. Do you think the Ottoman Empire should reassert its? If not, why not?

          • artcroft

             /  May 16, 2018

            Because no one is asserting rights for ottoman empire. Nor are the British pressing for the return of India. What’s your next point?

          • Blazer

             /  May 16, 2018

            maybe you can explain how a European conflict between Austria and Serbia involved Gt Britain and her ..allies.

  8. lurcher1948

     /  May 16, 2018

    Watching BBC on sky today, the palestinians are more wary today to die for their cause at ISRAELS border, good pictures of pits filled with big rocks for the slingshots and the usual pictures of the wounded being carried away WITH NO BLOOD IN VIEW. The palestinians are strange, they sit on their bums for 70 years surrounded by wreck and rubble crying”woe is us”ISRAEL got off their bums and built a great country, whereby the Palestinians sat on their bums and lived off handouts from the world
    A baby6monthes old died at the riots, what female takes a baby INTO a riot an animal.
    “When the palestinians care more for their children than the need to kill ISRAELIS peace might come”

  9. Zedd

     /  May 16, 2018

    it sounds like Netanyahooo is fully driving the Zionist agenda, with Mr Ts support; Israel claims all the land from the river to the sea.. as supposedly ‘given by God’ :/

    • Zedd

       /  May 16, 2018

      BUT; which river ? NOT the Jordan………

  10. David

     /  May 16, 2018

    I listened to a guy on the radio this morning saying they wanted to breach the fence get into Israel and “tear the hearts out of a jew”, charming chap and puts the protection of Israels border into perspective.
    I remember the Hamas video of a guy being stretchered out and they dropped him whereupon he miraculously got up and started running. Anyway Israel has confirmed it shot 12 soldiers of Hamas and 5 from some Jihadi group amongst others and in my mind they have every right to protect their border from 35000 rioting loons screaming blue murder over a couple of Americans working out of a different building in a country that has a million odd Muslims happily living there and sitting in their parliament. How many Jews are floating around the muddle east let alone any christians.

    • Blazer

       /  May 16, 2018

      ‘ get into Israel and “tear the hearts out of a jew”, charming chap and puts the protection of Israels border into perspective.’

      he should have just disregarded the slaughter of women and children and said…’I’m very cross with the Jews at this point in time’!*sarc*

  11. lurcher1948

     /  May 16, 2018

    On the other side of the border in ISRAEL,the populations view of the rioting palestinians
    https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Gaza-border-residents-speak-to-the-Post-about-the-tension-in-air-556538

  12. Gezza

     /  May 16, 2018

    • Gezza

       /  May 16, 2018

      How Palestinian youth would solve the conflict with Israel

      Young Palestinians share their opinions on the solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, 70 years after the Nakba.

      https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/palestinian-youth-solve-conflict-israel-180513082211016.html

    • Gezza

       /  May 16, 2018

    • Blazer

       /  May 16, 2018

      informative video.
      ‘Ethnic cleansing’ mentioned…oh the irony.
      Some posters here wil lfind the truth unpalatable.
      Those that insist there is no such nation as Palestine
      .Funnily enough those same people quote the U.N as sanctioning the creation of the state of Israel,yet decry the U.N, when as it has done this week in condemning the Israeli slaughter of Palestinians.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  May 17, 2018

      Good video showing the Palestinian view of the history. There are many many debatable points – including who started conflicts and how the “Nakba” originated.
      It would be impossible to determine exactly who has the “right” of the story now, but I’m sure there is some truth in both versions.
      The right of return is simply untenable if Israel is to survive as a nation so it will not happen. Until that point is accepted the Palestinians will continue to suffer. Right or wrong doesn’t matter – that is simply reality.