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Abbas says embassy move a ‘new occupation,’ vows to snub US

After the US Embassy move, PA President Mahmoud Abbas vows the Palestinians will not engage in peace talks mediated by the United States.

He says the Palestinians will not enter US-led negotiations “in any way, shape or form.”

Abbas convenes an emergency meeting in Ramallah after the embassy move, which he brands “a new occupation,” and an “assault on our sovereignty, an assault on our established rights,” according to a translation from Al-Jazeera.

He also condemns the Israeli response to violence on the Gaza border, which saw 52 Palestinian protesters shot dead earlier on Monday during clashes.

“We call on the international community, and especially the Arab and Muslim states, to act and act swiftly” against the “massacres being perpetrated against our peaceful people,” Abbas is quoted as saying.

The PA leader calls for a three-day general strike to mourn the Palestinians killed in Gaza, Channel 10 reports.

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