The international community has responded to the mass protests and ‘unprecedented’ violence that took place on Israel’s border with Gaza yesterday.
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Australia has now joined the United States in blaming Hamas for the deaths in Gaza. In a radio interview on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that Hamas’ “conduct is confrontational” and that the terrorist organization was “pushing people to the border.”
“In that conflict zone,” Turnbull said, “you’re basically pushing people into circumstances where they are very likely to be shot at.” That being said, however, Turnbull has made it clear that he has no intentions to join the US in moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem.
President Recep Erdoğan said in a televised speech broadcast that Israel is a ‘terrorist state’ guilty of committing genocide and promised to continue supporting the Palestinian cause.
A statement released yesterday by Turkey’s foreign ministry said that “the United States is just as responsible for this slaughter as the government of Israel.” Describing the riots in Gaza as “peaceful protests,” Ankara claimed that Washington’s decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem “prompted” Israeli forces to shoot at Palestinians.
Turkey has since recalled its ambassadors from both Israel and the US. South Africa has also recalled its ambassadors to Israel in light of the Palestinian deaths.
As reported earlier by JOL, though it had warned Hamas against urging Gaza’s to breach the security barrier, Egypt joined Turkey in condemning Israel for ‘slaughter.’
French President Emmanuel Macron released a statement on Twitter on Monday evening condemning the violence and civilian deaths and reiterating his disapproval of the US Embassy move to Jerusalem. He intends to speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today.
The UN Security Council has called for an investigation into the deaths that resulted from the clashes between the protesters and Israeli security forces. Secretary-General António Guterres said he is “concerned in light of the news coming from Gaza and the high death toll.” The US, however, has blocked the request to conduct the probe.