Ambassador recall is 'outrageous and displays gross double-standards'

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

At least 58 people have been killed, including a a Palestinian baby, as a result of Israeli violence at the Gaza border.

Coveney also asked for "restraint from Israel in the hours and days ahead", the foreign ministry said.

A spokesperson for the Minister said: 'Our mission in Ramallah reports that emergency responders in Gaza and the Strips health services are overwhelmed with the level of casualties.

"As well as the death and mass injury, Ireland is also very disturbed by the injuries suffered by health workers as reported by the WHO (World Health Organization)", the statement said.

Israeli troops opened fire at dozens of protesters on Monday, who had gathered in opposition to the controversial relocation of the United States embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

The Republic of Ireland's minister for foreign affairs has met the Israeli ambassador after summoning him to express "outrage" at the deaths and injuries in Gaza.

The minister was of the view that the violence in the Gaza Strip would stand in the way of rebuilding Palestinian institutions and infrastructure.

Israel has said the Hamas terror group was planning to use the border protests to breach the fence and carry out attacks in Israeli territory.

Russian Federation and China on Tuesday also raised concerns over the deadly violence.

He says Israeli state officials do not need visas to enter South Africa.

"China has always believed that the final status of Jerusalem should be finally settled through peace talks between Palestine and Israel in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations", Lu said. Sinn Féin calls on the Irish government to take a lead internationally on this. The Palestinians supported us, the formerly oppressed people of South Africa, during our struggle against oppression. The SACP further condemns the provocation of United States President Donald Trump administration's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

"It is driving the worldwide scene to a kind of security chaos", he added.

This was the message at a small picket held outside the Port Elizabeth City Hall on Tuesday in support of The Great Return March, which is a series of rallies by Palestinian people culminating on Tuesday on the anniversary of the Nakba.

The US decision to transfer its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while welcomed by Israel, infuriated the Palestinians and was widely criticized by the global community.