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Protesters in Halifax call on Canada to condemn killing of Palestinians

Protesters in Halifax call on Canada to condemn killing of Palestinians

Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border yesterday when the high-profile opening of the us embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the Trump administration raised tension to boiling point after weeks of demonstrations.

The talks opened at United Nations headquarters in NY with a moment of silence for the 60 Palestinians who died on Monday, the majority killed by Israeli fire, in the bloodiest day in Gaza since 2014.

It was a break with the U.N.'s decade-long stance that Jerusalem's final status must be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, who seek eastern Jerusalem as a future capital of their own.

Gaza was calmer on Tuesday, which for Palestinians marks what they refer to as "Nakba Day" - marking what they call the "catastrophe" of their expulsion when Israel was created 70 years ago.

He said that Pakistan also renews its call for establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous state of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Jerusalem as its capital.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that Monday's killing of more than 50 people on the Gaza border shows the need for a political solution to the conflict.

Kuwaiti ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi said the draft would be circulated "most probably tomorrow".

In Port Elizabeth, Professor Janet Cherry of Nelson Mandela University said only an worldwide response which has the power to isolate and put pressure on the Israeli regime would succeed in curbing Israeli aggression.

Merkel also expressed concern at the violence in Gaza, but said "Germany understands Israel's security needs".

"Rather, the violence comes from those who reject the existence of the state of Israel in any location", Haley said. "In fact the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained".

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The protests were directed at a crippling blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007.

One of the leaders of the march‚ and former Muslim Judicial Council president‚ Sheik Ebrahim Gabriels said they "respected and honoured" the South African government's withdrawal of its ambassador from Israel and asked that the Israeli embassy in Pretoria be closed.

"While we do not question the right of Israel to defend its borders, the use of live fire and the resulting loss of life is deeply troubling".

"These war crimes need to be dealt with by the Security Council and the worldwide appropriate legal system to bring those criminals to justice, because the Palestinian people should not be the exception to the rule", he further noted.

The Taoiseach said removing the Israeli Ambassador would be met with Ireland's Ambassador being expelled from the Middle East, effectively shutting down communications between the two countries.

Both May and Merkel's governments have called for an independent inquiry into this week's events in Gaza, but the United States has worked to block such proposals in the UN Security Council.

On Monday alone, almost 60 people were killed in the deadliest day of violence since a 2014 war. Israel's ambassador, meanwhile, called for condemning Hamas.

"Only then will justice be served", Danny Danon told reporters.

"How many Palestinians have to die before you take action?"