Palestinians thank Canada
Pleased Trudeau’s government does not support U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem
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.”
Monday’s inauguration of the new U.S. embassy sparked the bloodiest day in four years at the Israel-Gaza border.