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♪ brent: this is "dw news," live from berlin. after a stunning loss of life in a single day in gaza, the u.n. security council holds an emergency session. as palestinians bury their dead, the international community is condemning the excessive use of force by israeli troops. but the united states is defending israel. meanwhile, protests have moved to the west bank, where palestinians have been marking what they call the catastrophe -- the displacement of their people when israel was founded seven decades ago. also coming up, tens of
thousands of people have been killed in mexico's drug wars, but who supplied the weapons? six former employees of a german company no on trial. plus, football's world champions germany pick a provisional squad to defend their title. it includes star goalkeeper manuel, even know he has not played for months. some star players were surprise losers. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff. it's good to have you with us. after one of the deadliest days in their conflict with israel, palestinians in gaza spent this tuesday burying their dead. almost 60 people killed by israeli troops on monday. there were more protests in the west bank today and worldwide condemnation of israel.
the u.n. security council held an emergency session today. the palestinian ambassador to the u.n. had this to say. >> we condemn in the most emphatic terms the odorous massacre committed by israel and -- in the gaza strip. we call for a halt to aggression against our people immediately. and we call for a transparent, independent, international inquiry to be conducted. brent: u.s. ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, defended israel's response to the protest in gaza. >> no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than israel has. in fact, the records of several countries here today suggests they would be much less restrained. those who suggest that the gaza violence has anything to do with the location of the american embassy are sorely mistaken. rather, the violence comes from
those who reject the existence of the state of israel in any location. brent: that was nikki haley. in the meantime, the situation on the ground in the palestinian territories remains tense. authorities in gaza say two protesters were shot dead today by israeli forces. there was also violence in the west bank town of bethlehem where israeli shoulders fired tear gas to disperse small groups of protesters. they were marking the day they call the catastrophe, the day 70 years ago when palestinians were displaced by the founding of israel. dw's correspondent maya shwayder is in jerusalem tonight where protesters had been outside prime minister netanyahu's residence, showing their anger at yesterday's violence on the border. good evening to you, maya. tell us more about what is going on there right now. maya: brent, so what you are seeing behind me is the end of this protest, which started up
the street at prime minister benjamin netanyahu's residence, and marched down to where we are right now, which is in front of the old u.s. consulate, which is still, in fact, functional. what you will notice about these protesters is that they are mostly very young. this is what the israeli left looks like right now. they are young voters who feel very disenfranchised and very unheard. if you are a left-wing person in israel right now you're having a very bad week, or really a bad couple of years. netanyahu's base of support is very solid and he has no incentive to compromise in anything he's doing right now. brent: you speak to the demographic divisions in israeli society. what about public opinion about reaction to the violence on the gaza border yesterday? maya: it is a deepening division in israeli society, particularly you see it in these protesters who say they are absolutely horrified by what they have seen. one of them was actually holding a sign saying the eight-month-old little baby girl
who died in gaza yesterday, the sign said, b.b., her blood is on your hands. israeli public opinion is very much on netanyahu's side, but there is a very vocal minority who is trying to work to build bridges with the palestinians and to stop this sort of violence. a lot of these people at this protest are those sorts of people. however, as we have said, there's really no incentive to netanyahu to listen to these people, to compromise with them, to reach out to them in any way or include the israeli left in his policies right now because he is having a very good week. the public opinion in israel is very much, in general, on his side. we have seen cars driving by these protesters, a lot of people making very rude gestures out of their windows at the protesters and driving by the u.s. consulate shouting things like, donald trump, thank you very much. brent: yeah, the national community has roundly condemned the israeli government for its use of deadly force.
the israeli ambassador to the u.n. spoke earlier. let's take a listen to what he had to say. >> when it comes to the mob rushing to defense, too many in the international community never miss an opportunity to legitimize the palestinian voice of violence. but when it comes to the safety of the israeli public, too often, the world is silent. brent: so, maya, what has the government said today? maya: the government and particularly netanyahu today spent much of the day defending what israel did in gaza and promoting their story, which is that hamas is the one that killed all these people. hamas is the one that sent those thousands and thousands of palestinians to the border, who were then fired on by the israeli troops. and also promoting the line of, hey, israel has tried other methods, they've tried
nonviolent tactics, talking about how they dropped fliers into gaza telling people not to go to the border, saying that hamas was using them as human shields. this has been the israeli line, saying this is not our fault, we tried everything, and hamas pushed these people forward. brent: our correspondent maya shwayder on the story for us tonight in jerusalem. maya, thank you. what is life like in gaza? people there have been living under a blockade by israel and egypt for nearly 12 years. hemmed in by land, sea and air, they describe life in the territory as like being in prison. before the latest violence, the w's tania kramer spoke to young palestinians in gaza about their hopes and fears for the future. tania: on his way to training in the east of the gaza strip.
spore allows him to turn off the bitter reality around him. he studies eastern literature in gaza city. language is is key to the world and the countries he has yet to visit. >> you want to look to the future. finish school, find a job, find a place to live, get married. but i won't. there is no hope. there is no hope in gaza. the only thing is to finish and a travel. tania: at 23, he has only traveled abroad once to neighboring egypt. he thinks it is too dangerous. >> a solution is that there's a be some ease from the israeli side from the gaza strip, meaning they open the border crossings and let people travel, to provide them employment and if they're are able to work and
pay attention to something else. tania: gaza's tight borders are an inescapable reality for most people here. for more than 12 years, israel and egypt have seized off the hamas-controlled territory. nearby at the islamic university, they are looking for new stories about everyday life for their video blog. the twins have made a name for themselves on social media. >> our vision is to put content on the internet that shows gaza city as a normal city, not a place of war where people are just terrorists and troublemakers. gaza is not like this, and we are not. tania: these architecture students -- they say they support the protests because they have put gaza back on the agenda and raised the issue of right of return for palestinian refugees.
their own grandparents fled to gaza in 1948. >> when it comes to the return marches, from the moment they started i absolutely did not expected them to be this big. i was or surprised with how people got involved in them. even people who would not be into such activities. tania: the protests along the border between gaza and israel have been ongoing for seven weeks. israel says hamas is orchestrating the demonstrations, but he and his friends say young people have their own reasons for protesting. they fear they do not have much left to lose. >> most of the youth would leave if the border crossings were to open. there is no future here, so your life is a broad. if you stay here it means that your youth expires. i lost 13 years of my life like that. >> the economic circumstances and the crossing points. these are the aspects that need to change the most.
i wish i would see them change. everyone wishes the same. sarah: they want -- tania: they want things to get better and have the prospect of a normal low -- life. two elusive goals that they have dreamed about for years. brent: tonight north korea is threatening to call off a summit with the u.s. scheduled for next month because of military drills that the u.s. and south korea are carrying out together. that's according to north korea's official news agency. hopes were high after a summit between north korea and president kim jong-un and his southern counterpart, moon jae-in, last month. the two leaders promised to pursue denuclearization of the korean peninsula and and the nuclear war -- and end the war. here are some of the other stories now that are making headlines around the world. at least 16 people have died after a bridge collapsed in india.
and authorities fear more maybe be trapped. it happened during busy evening traffic. rescuers were able to save several people. in iraq, a coalition led by a shiite cleric appears to have won parliamentary elections with nearly all votes counted. he earlier led militias against the u.s. and was accused of perpetrating atrocities against sunnis. buddy roemer on a non-secretary and platform promising improved government services. the renowned american writer tom wolfe has died at the age of 88. he is regarded as one of the most influential authors of his era. his career spanned five decades. wolfe helped create the style which is known as new journalism, which used fiction techniques to tell nonfiction stories. he died in a new york hospital of an infection.
yeah, bonfire of the vanities, just one of his greats. hello to his here now with our business bonfire. helena: i cannot be sure we use the same narrative techniques, but i will try. six former employees of a german carmaker -- gun maker have gone on trial. indeed, guns, tanks and ammunition made in germany are popular, making it the world's fourth biggest arms exporter. last year they sold 40% of the weapons to eu and nato countries. here you can see the remaining 60% went to other countries around the world. every single german arms export needs a government license for nations outside the eu and nato come under particular scrutiny. so they have to meet human rights standards. they must not in danger regional
political stability, and they should not clash either with germany or the european union's political interests. but the question is -- those on trial in germany are accused of supplying rifles used in crimes including the suspected massacre of 43 mexican students in 2014. if found guilty they could face up to five years in prison. reporter: in 2014, a bus full of mexican students was attacked by mexican police. six of the students were killed and 43 others disappeared without a trace. since, investigators have determined the attackers used german handguns. that is proof the german weapon maker's guns landed in certain mexican states illegally. the german government gave the green light to sell to the mexican government under the condition that certain states would not receive any of the weapons. critics however say that all parties involved knew that
control over the distribution would be lost once the weapons entered the country. exports to countries with dubious human rights records have proved profitable in the past. revenue took a hit after an export ban to the middle east in 2014. in 2016, the company decided to only sell its products to save and stable democracies. eight years after an anti-arms trade 00 -- prosecutors are bringing the case to trial. some 50 protesters demonstrated against weapons exports. it is the biggest trial in german history concerning the export of small arms. helena: the wto says the eu has been illegally providing subsidies to european plane maker airbus. the move could promote -- provoke retaliatory measures. it is the latest twist that
dates back over a decade's. reporter: at the center of the dispute are the world's two largest playmakers. european aviation giant airbus and its u.s. rival boeing. the wto ruling oppose the claim by the u.s. that the european union has been illegally subsidizing two kinds of aircraft made by airbus. the a380 super jumob, and a350 twin aisle jet. that, says the trade body, has led to lost sales for boeing. the decision and it was the u.s. to seize the eu. a u.s. trade representative had this to say in response. to this report confirms once and for all that the eu had long and -- ignore wto rules and even worse, eu aircraft subsidies have cost american company's tens of billions of dollars in
lost revenue. the eu says it will take swift action to ensure it is in line with wto rules, the pointed out the vast majority of u.s. claims were rejected. but the story doesn't end there. the eu has brought its own case against the united states, accusing it of illegally subsidizing boeing. the outcome of that case will not be known until later this year. the tit-for-tat battle to dominate the skies comes at a time of already soaring trade tensions between the u.s. and european union, most recently concerning the threat of u.s. tariffs on eu steel imports. the upcoming ruling on alleged u.s. subsidization of boeing is likely to lead to further turbulence. helena: in new york standing by for us is our financial correspondent jens korte. jens, we have another facet in the global trade dispute. what can we expect from washington? jens: at this point it seems
pretty likely that the u.s. will impose massive tariffs, may be already at the start of 2019. when i say massive, expectations are we are talking billions of dollars, maybe up to $9 billion. those tariffs will probably not be imposed on planes, but any product out of europe that the u.s. pleases. we will have to wait and see if airbus is going to comply with the wto rules quickly and maybe could avoid some of those tariffs. at least at this point, that is the likely scenario. by the way, there is also a case pending at the wto regarding boeing. that they also received subsidies from the u.s. side. what this case is probably going to take years to be decided. helena: and of course we also have the chinese trade delegation on a return visit to the u.s. what do we know so far?
jens: well, we do not have that many details yet on the chinese delegates being here in the united states. and also, the general tone out of washington, the narrative is not necessarily consistent. on one side, we had the u.s. ambassador on china saying that the two sides are still far apart when it comes to the trade talk. on the other side, larry kudlow, one of the economic advisers to the u.s. president, in interviews talking about a bromance between the u.s. and chinese president and this good relationship the two are having could eventually lead to a successful trade talk. but it is really wide open if those two biggest economies on the planet will find some common ground. helena: jens korte for us in new york. thank you.
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mohammad javad zarif is in brussels tonight for talks with top eu officials on the future of that iran nuclear deal. zarif has already held what he called a constructive meeting with the eu's top diplomat, federica mogherini. afterwards he met before and ministers of germany, britain and france. tehran is urging europe to resist pressure from washington. that is after the u.s. moved to with draw from the back cast doubt over the deal's future. america's withdrawal has also raised tensions with traditional allies. the german chancellor angela merkel weighed in on that today. >> we have now and seen a rift in german-american and european american relations. we, britain, germany and france were of the opinion that the agreement on iran's nuclear program certainly has weaknesses, but is an agreement that we should adhere to. the american president saw things differently. brent: we have lots to unpack there. let's take this over to our correspondent georg matthes on the story in brussels.
so, we have the german chancellor and others saying again and again, we want to keep the deal alive. are they going to able to do it, and do we know how? georg: clearly there is no magic option here. eu ministers are fully aware of that and that is why boris johnson has said they are now looking at a whole package of options they want to explore. some of them, for instance, involve the idea of providing credits to medium and small-sized enterprises in europe to continue to make deals and trade with iran so that european part of the promise could be fulfilled. they will always be careful here not to provoke the u.s. too much. it is a thin line they are treading, because one thing is clear, the europeans do not want to risk any counter-sanctions or to kick-off a trade war with the
u.s. here. brent: that leads to the next question. how exposed are the europeans right now? we know that after the iran nuclear deal was reached in 2015, we saw a lot of european, a lot of german companies rushing in to invest in iran. georg: yeah. well, here are two numbers that will give you basically the answer, and that is the trade between germany and iran totaled 3 billion euros. trade with the u.s. and germany totals 112 billion euros. if you want, that already gives you the answer. yes, europeans are keen to keep trade with iran going, they have a vested business interest and they have not just a matter of pride because they helped to bring the deal about, but they also believe in the deal. so there is also a diplomatic agency here. they really want to keep this deal for the sake of it, to provide security for europe. but at the same time, they are fully aware that there is a lot at risk, and that is why boris johnson said we have to be
realistic about the electrified rail on the issue here. brent: yeah, and the fact that we are even talking about these realistic sanctions being slapped on europe by the u.s., i mean, it tells us that we have a deterioration in transatlantic relations. have we seen things this bad before? i mean, are we looking at a real divergence where there is no coming back from? georg: the head of the european commission jean-claude juncker said, put it in a nutshell basically and said transatlantic relations are in a crisis. we had a crisis before, if you think back at the time of the iraq war. but it was always a diplomatic row. this time it is more than that because it is not just the fact that trump has rejected advice from key allies, but he is questioning the entire architecture. he is questioning a u.n.-approved deal, he's uestioning the multilateralism that has brought this deal about. brent: our correspondent georg matthes on the story for us
tonight in brussels. georg, thank you. germany coach joachim low announced his preliminary squad for the world cup in russia today. there was news about star players on and off the bench. reporter: manuel neuer's face welcomes visitors to the german football museum on tuesday. he was named in germany's provisional team for the upcoming world cup, despite injury concerns. but the goalkeeper should not book his ticket to russia just yet. >> no one can participate in this tournament without match fitness. reporter: with plenty of players at his disposal, low gives some insight into his decision-making process. marco reus was the only player selected. mario gotze, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 final, was left out. >> mario is a quality player.
he has proven that to us. but this season he was not at his best. that is why i'm very sorry for him. reporter: the biggest surprise of the day was striker nils petersen, who has never played for the senior national team. reporter: nils played with a team that doesn't usually create a lot of chances. but he scored 15 goals. when he steps onto the pitch, he makes his presence known. my gut feeling tells me that he will step up to the challenge. reporter: mesut ozil's inclusion was not a surprise. yet, he made headlines after meeting with turkish president recep tayyip erdogan. the encounter, which his teammate also attended, will probably not affect the player's future in the team, though, with low keen to ease any tension.
>> i have some understanding for them, because i know that people with an immigrant background often have two hearts beating inside their chests, and that is not always easy. reporter: three faces will be wiped off this wall when the final squad is announced on june 4. one of them will be a keeper. perhaps even manuel neuer. brent: i will be back to take you through the day. right after this. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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