Monday, 28 May, 2018

Jordan: Guatemala's decision to move embassy to Jerusalem fuels violence

The Israeli flag flutters in front of the Old City of Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock The Israeli flag flutters in front of the Old City of Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock
Sammy Stanley | 16 May, 2018, 21:44

Guatemala will inaugurate its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday - with its President Jimmy Morales attending - hot on the heels of the U.S., while the government in Asuncion said Paraguay's embassy would switch to Jerusalem at the end of this month.

Guatemala opened an embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, two days after the United States inaugurated its new site in the contested city in a move that infuriated Palestinians and drew worldwide condemnation. "You were the second country to recognise Israel", Netanyahu said at the ceremony, referring to its founding in 1948.

Morales said his country, the United States and Israel "share friendship, courage and loyalty" at the opening.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed it in a move not recognised internationally.

Israel has always claimed Jerusalem as its capital yet most countries opted to place their embassies in coastal Tel Aviv because of the holy city's contested status.

Sony to cease Vita physical game production
Note that the announcement specifically calls out America and Europe as halting production of physical Vita games. During the handheld consoles first week of sales, Sony shifted 500,000 units in Japan and the U.S. combined.

The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday triggered deadly clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces in Gaza and the West Bank.

The embassy move was accompanied by mass protests and clashes along the Gaza border that saw Israeli forces kill some 60 Palestinians.

The heavy death toll on Monday, along with hundreds of wounded, made it by far the bloodiest day of cross-border violence since a devastating 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

The Arab League and the French government called the embassy relocations illegal and a contravention of United Nations Security Council resolutions involving Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.

Meanwhile, Turkey told the Israeli Consul General in Istanbul to leave the country temporarily, state media said on Wednesday.

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