Kenya attends United States embassy move gala as Israel faces outcry over Gaza

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Consequently, the country was invited to a January 3 USA reception for United Nations member-states that did not vote in the resolution.

Gigaba was speaking after meeting with activists from the lobby group, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa on Tuesday afternoon.

The talks opened at United Nations headquarters in NY with a moment of silence for the 60 Palestinians who died Monday, the majority killed by Israeli fire, in the bloodiest day in Gaza since 2014. Therefore, she maintained, the decision to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem put in serious jeopardy the two-state solution.

"They don't like the situation where so many Palestinians might be killed, and they have very good relations with us", he said.

"These are not people fighting for their rights".

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Monday was the deadliest day there in years, with dozens of Palestinian protestors killed, including 8 children.

"They had clear instructions to bring a weapon - a knife or a gun - and force their way across the border, not use them unless there was need to capture Israeli soldiers and residents", Baror said. On Friday, some demonstrators entered and attacked the Garden of Peace, the main crossing channel for food and fuel to the Palestinians. While South Africa and Turkey recalled their ambassadors to Israel because of the US decision that has been widely criticised by its Western allies, some African countries sent representatives to witness the official opening of the embassy in disputed Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales were among officials attending an inauguration ceremony at the new embassy at an office park in the disputed city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The government of Pakistan strongly condemned the merciless killings and injuries to innocent unarmed Palestinian civilian protesters by the occupying authorities.

The chairperson reiterated the solidarity of the AU with the Palestinian people in their legitimate quest for an independent and sovereign State with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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