Kuwait convened an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in the Gaza Strip. On the eve of the clash, caused by the transfer of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, killed more than 60 people. The international community remains powerless over the tragedy of the Palestinian people and is limited to demonstrative but ineffective measures.
The US continues to stir the Middle East. First attacks on Syria under the pretext of a fey chemical attack in the Duma, then exit from a nuclear deal that encourages Israeli bombing in Hama, Aleppo and Damascus. And the long-awaited transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which means the final recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The most inopportune moment was chosen. Since the end of March, protests have not subsided in the Palestinian enclave – the Gaza Strip. But even worse, the opening of the new US embassy coincided with the anniversary of the Nakba (“Holocaust”) – the day of the exodus of more than 700,000 Palestinian Arabs in 1948 from the territories of the then created state of Israel.
Yesterday’s demonstrations in Gaza, suppressed by the Israeli police when the Palestinians attempted to cross the enclave’s borders, have become the most bloody since 2014. The British Daily Mail described the use of violence as a “blood bath”. Israeli security forces shot about 60 people, about 2000 were injured.
Despite the calls of the world community to create a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with the right to East Jerusalem, the White House, in which sits the most pro-Israeli administration in the history of the United States, is blocking any statements and decisions condemning Tel Aviv. On May 14, US Ambassador Nikki Haley vetoed a UN Security Council resolution requiring an independent investigation into the incident in the Gaza Strip.
Is the international community able to stop the violence in Gaza, not to mention the practical promotion of the establishment of a Palestinian state? This requires effective measures, including political and diplomatic pressure on Israel. An effective example of such pressure can be considered the consent of the Israeli authorities in July 2017 to remove metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount, which limited access to the Muslim sanctuary located there – the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Israel is committing state terror. Israel is a terrorist state. What Israel has done is genocide. I condemn this humanitarian drama, genocide, no matter from which side it came – Israel or America
– said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to the UK.
South Africa also recalled the ambassador from Israel, and Ireland called the Foreign Ministry’s ambassador to express “shock and alarm” in connection with the death of 60 Palestinians. Also, the Israeli ambassador was summoned for explanations in the Belgian Foreign Ministry.
The emergency meeting was held by the League of Arab States (LAS), which called “shameful” the celebration of the transfer of the US Embassy. At the meeting, the LAS members had to discuss “ways to counteract the illegal decision of the United States”, which, very likely, will not go beyond accusations of violating international law.
Unfortunately, there are practically no real instruments of pressure on Israel today among the LAS members, except for the statements and the recall of the ambassadors. It is absolutely clear that any emergency meetings, appeals to the UN do not lead to anything. First of all, because recognizing de facto Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the US spits on the whole system of international law, violating tens of resolutions of the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council.
Similar LAS, but the same unimportant statements came from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iran and several European countries.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the events in Gaza “carnage under the open sky.”
Israeli regime massacres countless Palestinians in cold blood as they protest in world’s largest open air prison. Meanwhile, Trump celebrates move of U.S. illegal embassy and his Arab collaborators move to divert attention. A day of great shame.
– Zarif Posted on Twitter.
The United States at the international level and Israel at the regional level hinder the legal and actual establishment of Palestine. Washington is blocking all resolutions condemning the brutal and disproportionate actions of the Israeli police and army, and Tel Aviv is expanding settlements in the West Bank and cutting Gaza off the outside world.
The union of Israel with individual Arab countries, such as Sunni Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in their struggle against Shiite Iran prevents the Islamic world from forming a consolidated pressure on Tel Aviv. Egypt is concerned about its territorial security, which, according to its authorities, is threatened by Hamas-based militants based in the border sector of Gaza. Jordan, where the majority of the population is Palestinian refugees, also takes a cautious stance. Jordan and Egypt are the only LAS countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel. Although their absence does not prevent the Sunni monarchies from interacting with Tel Aviv in all areas, starting with the sale of oil and gas, ending with the purchase of weapons.
Statements by representatives of the United States and Israel do not foreshadow any indulgence on their part. White House spokesman Raj Shah said that “the tragic deaths are wholly and entirely on Hamas.” And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas of intending to “destroy Israel”, and explains the struggle with protesters with the protection of national sovereignty. The Israeli authorities, as reported by The Times of Israel, have already threatened Hamas by the fact that if the protests continue, then “the murders will resume”.
Nobody will go further than loud statements at summits and criticism of the resolutions of the UN General Assembly and the European Union. The situation, perhaps, could be changed by the introduction of sanctions, but they are usually liked to be imposed against the DPRK, Iran and Russia, and not countries that really violate international law every day and every hour.