Monday was also the 70th commemoration of the creation of Israel‚ a happy day for most Israelis‚ and which coincided with the opening of a new USA embassy in the city of Jerusalem‚ a holy place for the Jewish‚ Muslim and Christian faiths.
Organized by the Missouri chapter of American Muslims for Palestine, the protest drew about 100 activists, academics and religious leaders who gathered to reflect on the ongoing struggle of Palestinians to regain statehood. "Then all I saw was smoke everywhere and people screaming", Wafa al-Udaini, a resident of Gaza who participated in Monday's protests by the fence, told ABC News via text message.
British Ambassador Karen Pierce questioned why Israel used so much live fire, and she expressed shock at the high death toll.
"We want peace. We want a two-state solution, but where is the land that a state will be established for Palestinians?"
The Gaza Strip awoke Tuesday to a grim agenda: Funerals for protesters killed along the fence bordering Israel, including one for an 8-month-old baby girl overcome by tear gas; and still-frenzied work treating the thousands of people wounded, in hospitals so overrun with patients that tents were set up in their courtyards. "The status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement between Israel and Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states".
Many ambassadors accused Israel of using armed force indiscriminately against civilians, and said this runs counter to global law.
"Given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack‚ the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice‚" the Dirco statement said.
But it was unarmed civilian protesters, not militants, who Israeli soldiers targeted on Monday, killing at least 58 people and injuring 2,771 others, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Hours after Kushner's speech, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah also claimed that the Palestinian deaths on Monday were "an unfortunate propaganda attempt" by Hamas.
A handful of USA lawmakers nonetheless condemned the violence, including Sen.
Mrs May did not mention the deadly incident during her conversation with Mr Erdogan, instead focusing on trade, defence and Syria.
"You must tell Hamas that violence is not the answer", he said.
Council members were also divided over whether the installation of a US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday - the fulfillment of a campaign promise of President Donald Trump - helped fuel the violence.
He added: "I think they (Israel) are on the brink of making a decision about the Turkish ambassador in Jerusalem".
As part of the demonstrations, Jewish groups built an embassy of freedom in the streets of D.C.
Moji Sidiqi, secretary for the Missouri chapter of American Muslims for Palestine, said that by aligning itself with Israel, "the USA took a stance with the oppressor".