Turkey Calls for UN Action on Jerusalem, Gaza Amid Diplomatic Row With Israel

Mevlut Cavusoglu tells state-broadcaster TRT Haber that wants the United Nations General Assembly to pass a motion regarding Jerusalem and calls for independent commission to prepare report on Gaza violence

Protesters hold Turkish and Palestinian flags outside Israel's consulate in Istanbul after 60 Palestinians were killed in Gaza, May 16, 2018.

Turkey wants the United Nations General Assembly to pass a motion regarding Jerusalem, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, as the discomfort over Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israeli forces grows.

Speaking in an interview to state-broadcaster TRT Haber, Cavusoglu also said that an independent comission needs to prepare a report on the violence in Gaza and that Israel needs to stand in the face of law.

Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

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The news comes in the midst of a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Israel over the killing by Israeli troops of Palestinians after they massed by the tens of thousands on the Gaza border with Israel to protest the dedication of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. On Wednesday, the Israeli ambassador to Turkey, Eitan Naeh, whom Turkey was expelling over the Gaza killings, was filmed being required to undergo a thorough security screening at Istanbul International Airport.

The security check featured in the Turkish media. A number of veteran diplomats told Haaretz that it is not unusual for diplomats to undergo security checks despite their immunity, but inviting the media to cover it was a deliberate humiliation.

In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the only remaining Turkish diplomat in Israel, Umut Deniz, to protest what it called Turkey's deliberate humiliation of the Israeli ambassador and invited the Israeli media to film Deniz's arrival