The United Nations Security Council will begin talks on Monday on a Kuwait-drafted resolution that condemns Israeli force against Palestinian civilians and calls for an "international protection mission" to be deployed to the occupied territories.
The draft resolution, seen by Reuters on Friday, asks U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report within 30 days of its adoption on "ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population."
The United States, an Israeli ally, is likely to veto the move if it is put to a vote by Kuwait, the diplomats said. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, Britain, France, Russia or China to be adopted.
Turkey to provide $1 million in aid to embattled Gaza
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) will provide $1 million in emergency aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip during the month of Ramadan, according to TIKA officials.Bulent Korkmaz, TIKA’s Palestine program coordinator, told Anadolu Agency on Friday that recent Israeli atrocities against unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza had prompted outrage in Turkey, leading Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to order an immediate aid disbursement.The aid will include the distribution of food packages throughout Ramadan to 12,000 Gazan families and hot fast-breaking (iftar) meals to 1,000 families each day, Korkmaz said.He added that the aid would also include the provision of medicine and medical equipment worth $200,000 to hospitals in Gaza.According to Palestine’s official statistics agency, the poverty rate in Gaza reached 53 percent in 2017, with at least 250,000 people -- of the strip’s roughly two-million-strong population -- facing unemployment.An ongoing Israeli blockade, imposed since 2006, is believed to be the primary reason for the economic stagnation.Ramadan this year comes amid heightened tensions in the Palestinian territories.On Monday, scores of Palestinian demonstrators were martyred -- and thousands more injured -- by Israeli troops near the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel.
The U.S. mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It was unclear when the resolution could be put to a vote.
The push for a resolution comes after the bloodiest day for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza war. Dozens of Palestinians were killed on Monday in gunfire and tear gas from Israeli troops on the Gaza-Israel border, the Palestinian Health Ministry said as the United States opened its new embassy in contested Jerusalem.
Israel has said it is acting in self-defense to protect its borders and communities. Both Israel and the United States said Hamas, which rules Gaza, instigated the violence, an allegation denied by the militant group opposed to Israel's existence.
Defending Jerusalem is defending Mecca, Medina: İbrahim Karagül
Yeni Şafak and TVNET Editor-In-Chief İbrahim Karagül explained why Turkey was so persistent in its undertaking to defend the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem prior to a historic rally being held in solidarity with Palestine in Istanbul’s Yenikapı district.“The reason why we are defending Jerusalem to this extent is the same reason we were defending Anatolia. There were Turkish troops fighting in the Gaza wars. They were defending Jerusalem, they were defending Mecca and Medina. Why? Defending Jerusalem is to defend Mecca and Medina,” Karagül said.“The same thing that is happening in Jerusalem today will happen tomorrow in Mecca and Medina, and we will be in shock as to how we came to this point,” he added.Turkey hosts historic rally in solidarity with PalestineThe rally was called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in response to Israeli violence that martyred at least 62 Palestinians, the youngest just 8 months old, on Monday along Gaza's eastern border.Demonstrators were protesting against the U.S. moving its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The embassy move follows U.S. President Donald Trump's decision last December to break with decades of U.S. policy and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.We will not allow the status of Jerusalem to change: Turkish FMSecret Saudi-UAE-US-Israel dealKaragül stated that the Saudi administration and the UAE paved the way for the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem.“The events in Jerusalem today are the result of a secret deal that Saudi Arabia and the UAE made with the U.S. and Israel. It will go down in history as one of the most treacherous agreements ever made. A new invasion map is being drawn.”Karagül also commented on Turkey’s status as a rising regional power.Islamic diplomats in Istanbul ahead of Palestine summit“Our problem is not external attacks. The Ottoman Empire was a great political power. Once it collapsed, a regional power did not emerge for a century. They attacked us [Turkey], and will continue to do so. Why? Because they will attack you if you say American and British hegemony in the region has come to an end,” Karagül said.“They are telling us to surrender. We cannot stomach such a thing,” he added.The rally will be attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and global leaders, who are in the city for an emergency Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, as well as Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli.
Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon dismissed the draft Security Council resolution as a "shameful" proposal "to support Hamas' war crimes against Israel and the residents of Gaza who are being sent to die for the sake of preserving Hamas' rule."
During a Security Council meeting on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blamed Hamas for "inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy."
On Monday, the United States blocked a Kuwait-drafted council statement that would have expressed "outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians" and called for an independent and transparent investigation, diplomats said.
Turkey hosts historic rally in solidarity with Palestine
Turkey is hosting a historic rally in solidarity with Palestine on Friday in Istanbul. The rally will be attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and global leaders, who are in the city for an emergency Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, as well as Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli.Thousands have gathered at Istanbul’s Yenikapı Square, one of the biggest in the city with its capacity to host a million people.The rally, which is being held under the slogan of “stop the oppression,” was called by Erdoğan in response to Israeli violence that martyred at least 62 Palestinians, the youngest just 8 months old, on Monday along Gaza's eastern border.Video: Erdoğan: We will not allow Jerusalem to be taken hostage by Israel!Demonstrators were protesting against the U.S. moving its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The embassy move follows U.S. President Donald Trump's decision last December to break with decades of U.S. policy and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Monday’s protests were part of weeks-long rallies that began on March 30 in which more than 100 Palestinian protesters have been martyred by cross-border Israeli army gunfire.The rally falls on the same day as an emergency Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, also being held in Istanbul which will discuss joint action against Israel.Galeri: Thousands gather in Istanbul to condemn Israeli oppression, support JerusalemArab states ‘unconcerned’ with Palestine: Ex-Tunisia FMIslamic diplomats in Istanbul ahead of Palestine summitUN: Gaza killings by Israel amount to 'war crime'Israel keeps Gaza residents 'caged in a toxic slum': UN's ZeidWe will not allow the status of Jerusalem to change: Turkish FM
Arab states ‘unconcerned’ with Palestine: Ex-Tunisia FM
Some Arab countries appear “unconcerned” with the Palestinian cause and want to distance themselves from it, Rafik Abdessalem, a former foreign minister and a leading member of Tunisia’s Nahda movement, said Thursday.Abdessalem told Anadolu Agency that Israel was an “occupying power”, stressing that Nahda had always shared the same views with the Arab world on the Palestine issue.Describing the recent relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as "unjust", he pointed out that his movement had taken a strong stance against the move.Abdessalem also voiced his appreciation for Turkey’s position on the many challenges facing the Muslim world, especially in terms of the Palestinian cause.Turkey, he said, had a growing economy and was increasing its investments in Tunisia and other North African countries.Unfortunately, however, Abdessalem said, “some Arab countries” -- which he declined to identify -- “appear unconcerned with the issue of Palestine”.He went on to assert that Tunisia’s 2011 revolution had paved the way for “free and transparent” democratic elections.Video: Ramadan mired with grief, poverty for Palestinians living under Israeli oppression“Islamic-leaning and secular parties have not had any ideological conflicts since 2014, when the new constitution was adopted,” he said.Abdessalem also described former President Habib Bourguiba's marginalization of the military from Tunisian politics as a “great achievement”."Political life in many Arab countries remains under military control,” he said. “Mistakes by religious parties and interference by the Zionist project have put Egypt in this situation.”He added: “Attempts to sabotage the Arab revolutions have devastated Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Syria”.Egypt opens Gaza border for RamadanTurkish agency provides iftar to 1,000 families in GazaIslamic diplomats in Istanbul ahead of Palestine summit
Turkish agency provides iftar to 1,000 families in Gaza
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has distributed hot fast-breaking (iftar) meals to 1,000 families in the blockaded Gaza Strip, TIKA officials said Friday.The agency will continue to provide iftar meals in Gaza throughout the Ramadan fasting month, officials said.The aid was distributed to the owners of homes built by TIKA earlier and to needy residents of the village of Hajar al-Dik in the southeastern Gaza Strip.TIKA has built 320 homes for Gazans who suffered from Israel’s 2014 military onslaught, which left more than 2,300 Palestinians -- mostly civilians -- dead.Last year, the completed homes were formally handed over to Gaza’s Ministry of Public Works and Settlement.According to Palestine’s official statistics agency, the poverty rate in Gaza reached 53 percent in 2017, with at least 250,000 people -- of the strip’s roughly two-million-strong population -- facing unemployment.An ongoing Israeli blockade, imposed since 2006, is believed to be the primary reason for the economic stagnation.Ramadan this year comes amid heightened tensions in the Palestinian territories.On Monday, scores of Palestinian demonstrators were martyred -- and thousands more injured -- by Israeli troops near the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel.