Donald Trump's new embassy opens - and dozens are killed


Summary: Despite controversy along the Israeli-Gaza border, the USA opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

"We are in Jerusalem, and we are here to stay!" he said at the opening of the embassy.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said "we expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life", while British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman urged "calm and restraint".

The statement also called on Islamic nations and governments "to remain vigilant in the face of plots hatched by the Zionist regime (of Israel) and its allies".

The ceremony of the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem may 14, 2018 was marred by violent clashes between protesting Palestinians and Israeli army.

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Speaking at the daily press briefing, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said that Hamas bears responsibility for the deaths because it planned the protests where Palestinians were shot. They orchestrated those riots and they are not peaceful demonstrations. As the ceremony took place and officials clinked their glasses, some 55 Palestinians were killed and thousands of others were injured while protesting the move.

The comments were telling, just a week after Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, a move that critics said weakened global trust in the United States.

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along the Gaza Strip's eastern border Monday, which coincided with the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment in 1948 - an event Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba" or "the Catastrophe".

The United Nations General Assembly rejected by a huge majority the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Meanwhile, National Party leader Simon Bridges says a case can be made for the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

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He said U.S. President Donald Trump was attempting to distract attention from domestic problems by moving the embassy, "trying to hide the fire inside by setting fires outside".

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu defended the brutalities committed by his military saying that it was acting in self-defence against Gaza's Islamist rulers, Hamas, who he said wanted to destroy Israel.

Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon on President Trump's decision to move the us embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. "This is like calling Trump's lies 'factual inaccuracies.' Please tell me an intern is running your twitter feed".

"It certainly doesn't sit within the framework of a two-state solution".

"East Jerusalem is occupied land". Tell us more about the Palestinian reaction to this.

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Mansour spoke just hours after the ceremony to inaugurate the relocated US embassy concluded.