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US President’s daughter Ivanka Trump (left 5) Israel Prime Minister’s wife Sara Netanyahu (left 2), Donald Trump’s son-in-law and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (left 4) and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left 3) attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May, 2018 [Israel Press Office/Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinian Authority today recalled its envoys to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria after their ambassadors attended a reception to mark the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

A statement from the PA’s foreign ministry said the EU nations’ ambassadors had attended the Israeli sponsored event on Sunday, a day before the US opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem.

The ministry “sees this participation as a grave breach of international law and United Nations resolutions which confirm that Jerusalem has been occupied since 1967 and ban countries from moving their embassies there,” the statement said.

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“The recalls are to consult with our ambassadors to these states about their positions and their commitment to the EU’s positions.”

Israel said all 86 countries with diplomatic missions in the country were invited to the event, and 33 accepted.

European foreign ministries on Monday slammed the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying it violates international law, is unwise and is likely to exacerbate tensions.

Since Monday, Israeli occupation forces have killed 65 Palestinians who were protesting against the embassy move in the besieged Gaza Strip and injured thousands more in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

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