Israel anxious scrapped Argentina match to herald more boycotts


Israel has lost swathes of farmland and forests on its side of the border to blazes set by coal, or fuel-laden Palestinian kites.

The worldwide community has accused Israel of an excessive use of force during the protests, which left more than 115 Palestinians dead since the end of March.

A press vest did not protect an AFP photographer from Israeli bullets fired during protests in Gaza.

Officials in Tehran used the occasion to blast the Jewish State's ongoing conflict with Hamas and other terror organizations in Gaza; most of which are backed by Iranian money, weapons, and military support.

Israeli firefighters extinguish a fire in a wheat field caused from kites flown by Palestinians, near the border with the Gaza Strip, May 30, 2018.

Sheppard went further, saying if anything Israel's actions "were driving Palestinians into the hands of terrorists".

The Friday rallies came after months of mass protests in Gaza which proved Israel's inability to stop the Palestinians despite widespread use of deadly force against unarmed protesters.

Palestinians were already angered by US President Donald Trump's transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, which sparked protests in Gaza in which dozens of Palestinians were killed.

"We will work next week to get the maximum number of votes", a diplomat from a country that supported the measure told Agence France Presse on Friday.

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Israel's deadly tactics in confronting the protests have drawn worldwide condemnation. The marchers have also pressed demands for a "right of return" for descendants of Palestinian refugees to ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

Thousands of Palestinians held marches on the Gaza border, culminating two months of weekly Friday protests aimed at breaking an Israeli and Egyptian blockade. They had tagged this Friday's demonstrations as the "Friday of Jerusalem" to commemorate the 1967 war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem, with the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Critics say it amount to collective punishment of the territory's two million residents.

Palestinian Ministry of Health Spokesperson Dr Ashraf al-Qudra said that Baba was wounded by Israeli fire.

Israel has accused Hamas of trying to carry out attacks and damage the fence under the guise of the protests, and that it only targets instigators.

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for the Muslim masses to take to the streets and protest the "tyrants" in honor of Quds Day.

Israel has hosted the Eurovision contest twice before in Jerusalem, a city that most countries do not recognize as Israel's capital.

Whitford responded to Mason by saying she would defend her right to criticise Israel, and called on the Scottish Government to back the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Thousands of protesters assembled on the streets of Tehran to hear their leaders trash Israel, the U.S., and their allies across the globe, with many chanting "Death to America" while burning the United States flag.