NBC Reporter Asks White House If Israel Can Just 'Kill at Will'

NBC Reporter Asks White House If Israel Can Just 'Kill at Will'

The violence comes as the US opens its new Israel embassy in the contested city of Jerusalem.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in a written statement, described the USA move to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem as "illegal".

"As we have stated on previous occasions, South Africa reiterates its view that the Israeli Defence Force must withdraw from the Gaza Strip and bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories".

The United Nations, the European Union and Arab leaders rejected the US decision last December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "Because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it", Kushner, Trump's chief Mideast adviser, told attendees.

"This is a great day".

Trump's decision this year to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel reversed decades of U.S. policy and drew criticism from Europe and Washington's main Arab partners in the middle east.

For weeks, the State Department has been working to bolster security at USA diplomatic posts around the Muslim world in advance of the U.S. embassy move in Jerusalem, anticipating possible violence. They gathered to protest Gaza's unrelenting humanitarian crisis and the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The move infuriated Palestinians, who seek eastern Jerusalem as a future capital of their own.

Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 107 Palestinians in the coastal enclave and wounded about 12,000 people.

Erdogan has always been an opponent of the existence of the state of Israel and has condemned the embassy move as a "very, very unfortunate" decision that "will increase tensions and ignite an even greater fire between communities".

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Palestinian authorities, confirmed the deaths, which came as tens of thousands of Palestinians protested against the move by the US.

NBC's Peter Alexander asked White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah Monday about the violence Monday at the Gaza strip in response to the moving of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel.

He described the move as "a long overdue step" to advance the Middle East peace process.

The Trump administration expressed its support for Israel's show of force against the Palestinians. May 15 is Nakba Day, the Day of Catastrophe, when Palestinians commemorate their ouster.

The U.S. has been considered an honest broker that could help advance a negotiated settlement.

India stayed away from the celebrations organised by the Israeli foreign ministry on Sunday to mark Monday's opening of the United States embassy in the contested city of Jerusalem. It was the expulsion or fleeing of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

The officials said there have been recent requests last week by the State Department for additional US Marines for additional protection at several embassies.

George Grow wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Write to us in the Comments Section.

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