Pales­tini­ans thank Canada

Pleased Trudeau’s gov­ern­ment does not sup­port U.S. em­bassy move to Jerusalem

StarMetro Calgary - - CANADA - Mike Blanch­field

OT­TAWA—Pales­tinian diplo­mats say they wel­come the Trudeau gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion not to at­tend the con­tro­ver­sial open­ing of the new Amer­i­can em­bassy in Jerusalem on Mon­day.

But a spokesman for For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land says Canada wasn’t in­vited.

Canada, along with its ma­jor al­lies, does not sup­port the U.S. em­bassy move to Jerusalem, say­ing that’s a de­ci­sion for a fu­ture peace agree­ment be­tween the Pales­tini­ans and Is­raelis.

Mon­day’s in­au­gu­ra­tion of the new U.S. em­bassy sparked the blood­i­est day in four years at the Is­rael-Gaza bor­der as Is­raeli forces killed more than 59 Pales­tini­ans.

The car­nage un­folded sev­eral dozen kilo­me­tres away from where the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion was fol­low­ing through on its de­ci­sion to move the U.S.

em­bassy to Jerusalem.

Is­rael blames Ha­mas, but the Pales­tinian del­e­ga­tion in Ot­tawa called the U.S. em­bassy move “uni­lat­eral and il­le­gal” and Is­rael’s mil­i­tary re­sponse to the protests an “im­moral act.”

MO­HAMMED ABED/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Mon­day’s in­au­gu­ra­tion of the new U.S. em­bassy sparked the blood­i­est day in four years at the Is­rael-Gaza bor­der.

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