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Dec 11 09:49

TRUMP'S JERUSALEM DECLARATION SPARKS TALK OF 3RD TEMPLE

While Muslims jeer, Israelis cheer President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, prompting Jewish religious activists to suggest building the Third Temple is closer to reality than ever before.

“What he did … was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,” said Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality.

He added, “This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple.”

Fried sees Trump’s role similar to the one played by Cyrus, the Persian king who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple.

“There have been amazing advances towards bringing the Temple this year. It was clear that Trump was part of that process, guided by Hashem (God),” Fried declared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was very fearful of this movement gaining ground, after President Trump's announcement that the US recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

What really concerns me, should this start to happen, is the fate of the Al Aqsa Mosque, which has existed on this site for centuries, as described in an article from Darmouth University:

The current Al-Aqsa Mosque is built upon the spot the Rashidun and Umayyads believed Muhammad ascended, whereas other scholars believe Muhammad ascended upon the Foundation Stone, now housed inside the Dome of the Rock. Regardless, the importance of the Night Journey in Islamic tradition and its setting within the Temple Mount compound has made Jerusalem the third holiest city in Islam, following Mecca and Medina.

Should any attempt be made to displace one stone in its construction, all hell will break loose in the region.

President Trump's announcement may well have emboldened Netanyahu toward such an act. He is hubristic enough to want to send the IDF to gain control of this shrine, and bring it down with a controlled demolition; whether he's insane enough to do this... may be another matter entirely.

Dec 11 09:37

EU rejects recognising of al-Quds as Israeli capital

Mogherini has joined many EU leaders in expressing disapproval of the U.S. decision to recognize al-Quds as Israel's capital. She said during a joint media address Monday that "the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem (al-Quds) as the capital of both."

Netanyahu insisted that what U.S. President Donald Trump did was "put facts squarely on the table. Peace is based on reality."

He said the reality of seeing al-Quds as Israel's capital "doesn't obviate peace, it makes peace possible."

Dec 11 09:13

Rioting Protesters Breach US Embassy Gates In Beirut, Repelled By Tear Gas And Water Cannon

Protesters waving Palestinian flags threw projectiles, smoke grenades, set fires in the street, and even breached a section of the gate to the US Embassy before being turned away by security forces who used tear gas and a water cannon to disperse the crowd. Several protesters were detained, according to witnesses.

Dec 11 09:11

Thousands of Moroccans Join Rally Against US Stunt on Jerusalem

Protests over the US move were also held in Lebanon earlier in the day, with protesters breaking through the cordons securing US embassy in Beirut.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Morocco's capital of Rabat on Sunday in protest against US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The participants carried flags of Palestine and Morocco and chanted slogans decrying the decision of US President Donald Trump to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, claimed by Israel and Palestine as their capital.

Dec 11 08:53

IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ GRAFFITI FROM JESUS’ BIRTHPLACE …. UNWELCOMING TRUMP

Mary and Joseph couldn’t cross into Bethlehem today …..

Dec 11 08:53

IT’S NOT JUST THE STATUS OF JERUSALEM THAT’S AT STAKE

It’s ALL of Palestine, Gaza in particular as can be seen in the following

Dec 11 08:32

Netanyahu: Palestinians must face reality over Jerusalem

Palestinians must "get to grips with" the reality that Jerusalem is Israel's capital in order to move towards peace, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.

Dec 11 08:31

EU rebuffs Netanyahu call on Jerusalem

The EU's diplomatic chief Monday bluntly rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that Europe would follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital, saying there would be no change to its stance on the holy city.

Dec 11 08:28

Erdo?an says US is a ‘partner in bloodshed’ with Jerusalem decision

The U.S. has become a “partner in bloodshed” with its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said.

“With its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has become a partner in the bloodshed,” Erdo?an said at an event marking World Human Rights Day in Ankara on Dec. 11.

“The statement by U.S. President Donald Trump does not bind us, nor does it bind Jerusalem or the Muslim world,” he added.

Dec 11 08:24

Thousands of Protesters Rally in Berlin Over Trump Jerusalem Move (VIDEO)

A demonstration took place in the Neukolln district of Berlin on Sunday, the Bild newspaper reported, adding that protesters burnt Israeli flags during the rally.

Local media estimated that some 2,500 people staged a demonstration in Berlin protesting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Dec 11 08:23

'We won't put up with it anymore' USA hits back at UN 'Israel bashing' over Jerusalem

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem to recognise it as Israel’s capital will “fastball” the Middle East process.

But, she warned the UN and the international community's “bashing” of Israel will hinder the process.

She said: “We think this is actually going to help us fastball the peace process going forward.

“There have been repeated attempts to hit Israel, for no reason whatsoever.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this girl on drugs, or just totally clueless?

Dec 11 08:21

Nasrallah calls for third Palestinian intifada

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Monday that the best response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem was to call for another intifada.

Dec 11 08:14

Thousands of Moroccans Join Rally Against US Stunt on Jerusalem (VIDEO)

Thousands of people took to the streets in Morocco's capital of Rabat on Sunday in protest against US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The participants carried flags of Palestine and Morocco and chanted slogans decrying the decision of US President Donald Trump to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, claimed by Israel and Palestine as their capital.

Dec 11 08:14

Erdogan Calls Israel 'Terrorist State' That 'Kills Children', Bibi Strikes Back

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have traded accusations in the wake of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the country's embassy to the disputed territory from Tel Aviv.

"Palestine is an innocent victim […] As for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated during his speech in the central city of Sivas on Sunday.

The Turkish president vowed to use all possible means to fight Israel, claiming that "we will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a state that kills children," holding a picture a 14-year-old Palestinian boy from Hebron, as he described, allegedly dragged away by Israeli soldiers.

Dec 11 08:11

No, Nikki Haley, the UN is Not ‘Hostile to Israel’

Haley made the statement during a special U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

It is certainly true that the U.N. has been critical of Israeli actions on multiple occasions.

In December last year, for instance, the Security Council reiterated its belief that Israeli settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are a “flagrant violation” of international law and have “no legal validity.”

Resolution 2334 takes its basis from the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prevents an occupying power from transferring its civilian population onto occupied land.

It is not “outrageously hostile” against Israel to condemn its breaches of international humanitarian law.

On that resolution, the U.S. was the sole member state to abstain, but not because it did not condemn the settlements, which it said was its “long-standing position.”

Dec 11 08:10

Algeria denounces US recognition of Al Quds as capital of Israel

"Algeria has noted with very great concern the American administration's decision to recognize Al Quds as the capital of Israel," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a communiqué.

"Algeria has strongly denounced this serious decision as it is a blatant violation of the related resolutions of the Security Council and the international law, and would undermine the peace process, which has been at the standstill for a long time," said the Ministry's communiqué.

Dec 11 08:09

Get out of Yemen and break up with Israel to restore ties with Iran, Rouhani tells Saudi Arabia

Iran could have better relations with Saudi Arabia, but Riyadh must first stop its military intervention in Yemen and distance itself from Israel, Iran’s president told lawmakers. The two nations are regional powerhouses deadlocked in a conflict.

The confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia is multi-layered, rooted in religious, economic and political differences between the two. But, according to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, relations between the two may improve, if the Saudis take a certain course of action.

Dec 11 08:08

‘Jerusalem is Palestine’ – Celtic FC fans

Despite the fines levied on the Scottish club last year by UEFA for political statements, Celtic FC fans are at it again.

During a match at Edinburgh’s Easter Road stadium, Celtic football clubs’ supporters showed their displeasure with Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, by raising a pair of banners before kick-off. The banners read:

Jerusalem is Palestine. F*** Trump.

Dec 11 08:07

Is Mecca next after Jerusalem?

The archaeological study mentioned in the Haaretz report, "Before Islam: When Saudi Arabia was a Jewish Kingdom," did its best to convince the world that "the discovery of the oldest-known pre-Islamic Arabic writing in Saudi Arabia, from circa 470 CE, evidently caused some consternation, given its Christian and Jewish context."

"The framework drawn by the archaeological study was something of an embarrassment to some that the French-Saudi expedition was done so quietly," the report continued, in an obvious move to discredit Muslim sensitivities and even the accuracy of Islamic history.

So, can we question the possibility that Israel wants to hegemonize the Islamic world by arguing the superiority of Jews in all corners of the Muslim world? Starting from even Mecca or Medina? Since that question is more meaningful in the midst of the ongoing Jerusalem chaos, the only alternative for the Muslim world is to be aware of the real intention of the Jewish state.

Dec 11 08:03

Thousands protest US move on Jerusalem in Istanbul

Thousands of people flocked Sunday to Istanbul's Yenikap? Square, protesting the U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Palestinian ambassador to Ankara Faed Mustafa was among the protestors. Speaking at the rally, Mustafa said, "Peace can never prevail without independence of Palestine, and Palestine cannot be an independent state without Jerusalem as its capital."

He went on to say Jerusalem was not the capital of Israel. "It is sacred land on the earth. Israel occupied it forcibly.

Dec 11 08:02

Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital ‘null and void,’ Erdo?an says

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Sunday condemned the Israeli invasion of Palestine, accusing the country of expanding its borders through state-terror and occupation since 1947, and stressed that the U.S.-decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital was "null and void."

Speaking at a Justice and Development Party (AK Party) event in northeastern Turkey's Sivas, Erdo?an used a map of Palestine to point out Israeli encroachment from 1947 to 1967 and how its borders were gradually expanded to occupy Palestinian territories.

"Between 1947 and 1967 Palestine began to shrink. After 1967 Israel was much larger than any time before," the president pointed to the map, which also showed how the Palestinian territories were gradually disappearing.

Dec 11 05:06

Trump Risks Uniting the Entire Arab World Against the US

President Trump and the Israeli government will have foreseen and discounted a Palestinian “day of rage” and protests among Muslims everywhere in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to move its embassy there. They assume that this will all blow over because US allies such as the rulers of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt will be satisfied with pro-forma protests, and the Palestinians are too weak to do anything except demonstrate ineffectively.

The US and Israel could be miscalculating:>>>
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The immediate consequence of Trump’s action is that the US becomes weaker because it has carried out another initiative of which the rest of the world disapproves. A superpower at the height of its strength might get away with such a demarche, but not a politically divided US, its influence already ebbing>>>

Dec 11 04:18

Jerusalem, the Capital of Apartheid

By acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Trump has demonstrated a genuinely deep historical insight. Even if Israel itself had claimed any other city as its capital – be it Tel-Aviv, where Israel’s declaration of independence took place in 1948; or Hebron, where once Abraham bought a graveyard, and where nowadays a few hundred Jewish settlers terrorize hundreds of thousands of Palestinians; or even Vilnius, once known as “Lithuania’s Jerusalem” for its prosperous Jewish community (Israelis now parrot that “every people has a right to choose its own capital”, so why not?) – the leader of the free world would have been correct in pointing at Jerusalem as the true and genuine capital of the Israeli Apartheid.

Since the fall of the South African Apartheid in 1994, no capital – in fact, no other city on the globe – has been divided into 60% first-class full citizens and 40% second-class “residents”>>>

Dec 11 04:10

Abbas to Boycott Pence as Protests Over Jerusalem Continue

Mahmoud Abbas will not meet with US Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the West Bank this month, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday, as Palestinian protests continued in the aftermath of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
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Abbas’s diplomatic adviser, Majdi Khaldi, said that Abbas won’t meet Pence “because the US has crossed red lines” on Jerusalem.

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Dec 11 03:58

Egyptian Christians Reject Meeting With Pence in Protest of Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Egypt’s Coptic Church has rejected a meeting requested by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his visit in the region later this month in protest against Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, MENA state news agency reported on Saturday.

The Church “excused itself from hosting Mike Pence” when he visits Egypt, citing Trump’s decision.>>>

Dec 10 12:48

From Barak to Trump: Arrogance, ignorance and phony “peace” plans

Uri Avnery examines the headline-grabbing, arrogant and ignorant authors of the latest phony “peace plans” offered by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and US President Donald Trump and his Jewish entourage.>>

Dec 10 10:07

Florida rally cheers when Republican predicts Trump’s Jerusalem embassy decision may usher in Armageddon

A conservative politician at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida suggested that the president’s controversial decision to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may usher in the biblical end times.

Republican state Senator Doug Broxson represents the Florida Panhandle in the legislature and gave an introductory speech welcoming President Trump to Florida.

“Now, I don’t know about you, but when I heard about Jerusalem — where the King of Kings [applause] where our soon coming King is coming back to Jerusalem, it is because President Trump declared Jerusalem to be capital of Israel,” Sen. Broxson predicted.

That was the only jaw-dropping line of the speech.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had a Jean-Luc Picard double facepalm, at velocity, upon reading this.

He certainly played to his base, on this; unfortunately, what he, and his brother and sister Republicans, are most likely to reap from this is World War III, created, in large part by Israel's hubristic treatment of all their Muslim neighbors, and the Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Dec 10 09:54

Israeli soldiers filmed harassing schoolchildren in occupied Hebron (VIDEO)

Footage shot in Hebron in occupied Palestinian territory shows Israeli soldiers routinely harassing teachers and schoolchildren on a number of occasions. Rights activists say it is part of a state policy aimed at forcing Palestinians to leave the city.
The incidents shown in the video were recorded in October and November by activists attached to B’Tselem, an Israel-based human rights group, near the Ziad Hamuda Jaber Elementary School for Boys, where some 300 pupils are educated. The facility is located in the Wadi al-Nasarah neighborhood of Hebron. Around 50 meters from the neighborhood is a road leading to the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba – the first that was established in Hebron after the city was occupied by Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is thoroughly predictable behavior from a wretchedly aparthied, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons.

That thumpa-thumpa sound you are hearing from that part of the world, is from some of the early founders of Israel, turning over in their graves at this horrific IDF behavour against innocent Palestnian school children.

Dec 10 09:51

Israel airstrikes, Gaza rockets amid tensions over Jerusalem

Two Palestinians were killed Saturday in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, as tensions rose in the region after US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Dec 10 09:50

Erdogan steps up attacks on 'state of occupation' Israel

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday described Israel as a "state of occupation" which used "terror" against the Palestinians, as he stepped up his criticism of the US recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.

Erdogan has been bitterly opposed to the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem and has called a summit of Islamic countries on December 13 in Istanbul.

"Israel is a state of occupation," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul, referring to Israel's continued occupation of the West Bank and settlement building.

"And now they are making use of terror and are bombing young people and children," he said.

Dec 10 09:50

Egyptian Muslim leader rejects meeting with U.S. Pence over Jerusalem: statement

One of Egypt’s top Muslim leaders, the Imam of Al Azhar mosque, rejected a meeting requested by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in protest against a U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Al Azhar said in a statement on Friday.

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb had rejected a request from the United States for Pence to meet him on Dec. 20 at Al Azhar saying President Donald Trump must reverse his decision on Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't blame the guy for rejecting a meeting with Pence. Pence may wind up with a trip to the Middle East, and other than Israeli leaders, may well have no one who wants to meet with him.

And the true repercussions against the US for President Trump's announcement about Jerusalem being Israel's capital have not even started.

Dec 10 09:47

Ambassador: 'Trump's Decision on Jerusalem Will Affect Entire World'

US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will open the door to a new Middle Eastern crisis, Basem Al-Aga, Palestinian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), told Sputnik. The ambassador warned about the implications of the move for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the world in general.

The transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem will mean the recognition of Israel's occupation and the erasure of all efforts to achieve peace in the region, Basem Al-Aga, Palestinian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), told Sputnik Arabic.

"This is what the great power, which should protect international law, is doing," al-Aga said, adding that the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital by the Trump administration "will deal a blow to international law and the resolutions already adopted on this issue."

Dec 10 09:46

Tillerson: 'Status of J'lem not final'

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday the "status of Jerusalem was not final" and that it will be some time before the US is able to move its embassy to from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, pursuant to President Donald Trump's speech earlier this week recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announcing the planned embassy move.

Any final decision on the status of Jerusalem will depend on negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, Tillerson said, appearing to add nuance to President Trump's decision.

"With respect to the rest of Jerusalem the president ... did not indicate any final status for Jerusalem," Tillerson said, speaking at a news conference in Paris alongside French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, Mr. Tillerson, is pure and utter grade-A bovine excrement; no words you can possibly utter can undo the lethal damage to any possibility of a two state solution your boss created with his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week.

Look for a regional, if not a world war, to evolve from his statement Wednesday, and it will be a war in which the US government is bound, lock-step, in defense of Israel.

Dec 10 09:44

Egypt’s Coptic Church chief cancels meeting with US vice president over Quds

The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, has called off a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence scheduled to be held in the capital Cairo later this month in protest at Washington's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital.

US President Donald Trump's decision "did not take into account the feelings of millions of Arab people," Egypt's Coptic Church said in a statement on Saturday.

"The Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church declines to receive American Vice President Mike Pence," the statement added.

Dec 10 09:43

Tear gas and rubber bullets fired into crowds as thousands of Palestinian protesters clash with riot police over Trump's Jerusalem announcement after Israeli warplanes batter Gaza with missiles

There have been violent protests around the world tonight as furious Muslims rage against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Dozens of protesters were wounded by rubber bullets or live fire in clashes in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem.

Tens of thousands also protested in Muslim-majority and Arab countries, including Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia.

In Tel Aviv, meanwhile, thousands of Israelis protesters against the alleged corruption of the country's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
In the Gaza Strip, mourners vented their anger at the funerals of two people killed during clashes at the border fence on Friday and the two Hamas terrorists killed early today.

Unrest spread into Israel tonight when a bus was stoned as it passed by Arab towns in the northern Wadi Ara district, injuring the driver.

Dec 10 09:41

US and Israel ‘Isolated’ at UN Security Council Meeting on Jerusalem

In an emergency meeting convened by the United Nations Security Council on the crisis prompted by President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the U.S. stood isolated as other members unanimously condemned the decision.

The meeting was called by Bolivia, Uruguay, Italy, Senegal, Egypt, France and the United Kingdom on Friday.

Bolivian Ambassador Sacha Llorenti offered the strongest words of condemnation. Llorenti is known for his outspoken support of the Palestinian people, having debated the issue at the U.N. wearing a Keffiyah: a black-and-white scarf that has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance.

Dec 10 09:34

Trump Team Didn’t Just Collude with Israel, Kushner was Acting as Foreign Agent for Tel Aviv

Mehdi Hassan from The Intercept writes:
“… Why aren’t more members of Congress or the media discussing the Trump transition team’s pretty brazen collusion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine both U.S. government policy and international law? Shouldn’t that be treated as a major scandal? Thanks to Mueller’s ongoing investigation, we now know that prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, members of his inner circle went to bat on behalf of Israel, and specifically on behalf of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, behind the scenes and in opposition to official U.S. foreign policy. That’s the kind of collusion with a foreign state that has gotten a lot of attention with respect to the Kremlin – but colluding with Israel seems to be of far less interest, strangely.”

Dec 10 09:18

Protests at US Embassy in Lebanon turn violent

Demonstrations near the U.S. Embassy Sunday turned violent as protesters took to the streets to denounce U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Dec 10 09:14

Anti-Bibi revolt in the works in Likud?

One of the most senior members of Israel’s ruling party says he and four of his colleagues are discussing the possibility of teaming up to replace Netanyahu as their leader. At the moment, however, they lack the courage to take action.

Dec 10 09:14

Tens of thousands protest corruption in Tel Aviv for second week

Following last week's 'March of Shame', more than 10,000 people turn up to protest government corruption, investigations into affairs of PM Netanyahu; simultaneous protests held in other cities; Likud: 'Instead of uniting behind Jerusalem with rest of country, left cannot help itself, prefers divisiveness.'

Dec 10 09:11

Donald Trump told to drop ‘illegal’ Jerusalem plan as Arab countries consider sanctions

Foreign Ministers from Arab countries have branded the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem as a "dangerous violation of international law”.

The Arab League said: “The decision has no legal effect… it deepens tension, ignites anger and threatens to plunge region into more violence and chaos.”

The Foreign Minister of Lebanon Gebran Bassil called for the nations to consider economic sanctions against the US.

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Dec 10 09:04

PALESTINE TO RECOGNIZE TEXAS AS A PART OF MEXICO

In response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the Palestinian National Authority has announced that it will recognize Texas as a state of Mexico since it was violently annexed by the United States in the 1840s.

Dec 10 09:03

FOREIGN BODIES WITHIN OUR BORDERS

Anti-Zionist Fragments is a loud cry that echoes the deep pain felt by the collective soul of a Palestinian people who for almost seventy years have been subject to a barbaric ethnic cleansing that denies them their heritage, history, and human rights. It is a cry that begs recognition of the Palestinian people who as members of the human family are entitled to an inherent dignity with the equal and inalienable rights that form the foundation for freedom, justice, and peace in the world; a cry that for too long has been ignored by hypocritical, double standard political and religious leaders; and an agonized cry that should be heard by all of us and touch the hearts of real human beings.

Dec 10 09:03

TIME TO FINALLY ERASE ALL TRACES OF PALESTINE

“Now’s the time to put one hundred kilos of explosives in the Mosque of Omar [the Dome of the Rock], and that’s it, once and for all we’ll be done with it.”
The army’s chief rabbi, Shlomo Goren, later Israel’s chief rabbi, immediately after Temple Mount was captured by Israeli paratroopers on June 7, 1967.

Dec 10 08:52

Trump's Move is a 'Breach of International Law': Arab League

The head of the Arab League, Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, released a written statement after the group's emergency meeting, saying that Trump's move is "against international law and raises questions over American efforts to support peace" between Palestine and Israel.

The secretary-general said the "best practical reaction" to Trump's decision is to recognize the state of Palestine with its capital East Jerusalem.

The United States' recognition of Jerusalem as the "invaders' capital" will not change the status of Jerusalem, Aboul-Gheit said during the meeting attended by 18 member states.

Dec 10 08:51

Thousands of Indonesians again protest Trump's Jerusalem move

Thousands protested outside the U.S. Embassy in the Indonesian capital on Sunday against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, many waving banners saying “Palestine is in our hearts”.

Dec 10 08:50

‘Bibi to prison’: Thousands demand Netanyahu resignation over corruption in Israel

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over corruption charges.

The so-called ‘March of Shame’ attracted more than 10,000 people on Saturday, Ynet News reported. The protestors on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard chanted "Shame, shame, shame," "Bibi Netanyahu to Maasiyahu Prison," and "We will not give in until you give up."

Dec 10 08:48

'Day of Rage' in Jordan Over Trump's Jerusalem Embassy Move

The largest opposition group in Jordan, the Muslim Brotherhood, has called for wide protests across the Kingdom in response to the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The main rally will be held following Friday prayer at Al Husseini Mosque, downtown Amman, while activists plan to take to the streets of various towns across the Kingdom, according to statements and local reports.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision, officially announced on Wednesday, triggered protests and condemnation across the world, especially in Palestine.

Dec 10 08:48

THOUSANDS MARCH IN TEL AVIV TO PROTEST AGAINST NETANYAHU, CORRUPTION, AGAIN

Thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office.

Police estimated the number of demonstrators at about 10,000 and they followed last Saturday’s demonstration, which was by far the largest of the recent weekly anti-corruption protests when an estimated 20,000 people participated.

The protests have been sparked by corruption allegations against Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing. The four-term leader is suspected of involvement in two cases.

The first involves receiving gifts from wealthy businessmen and the second involves negotiating a deal with a newspaper owner for better coverage in return for curbs on a rival daily.

If charged, he would come under heavy pressure to resign or could call an election to test whether he still had a mandate to govern.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu does not care about his alleged "mandate to govern"; all he cares about is military power, and is obsessed with "legacy", whatever that means to him.

IF there is a "snap election" in Israel, expect it to be more crooked than is a dog's hind leg, in order to keep him in power.

Massive election-rigging is not a totally American process.

Dec 10 08:47

Protesters in San Francisco condemn Trump’s move on Al-Quds

US protesters have rallied in San Francisco, California, to express their anger at President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital, amid similar protests in other parts of the world.

Dec 10 08:47

CONFIRMED: US will have no future role in Peace Process – Palestinian Foreign Minister

Palestine’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has confirmed that his country will no longer seek to discuss the long stalled Israel-Palestine peace process with representatives of the United States.

According to al-Maliki, the US will have “no role” in the peace process stemming from Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem/al-Quds as the Israeli capital.

Dec 10 08:46

Tunisia holds Congress accountable for US decision on Jerusalem

The Tunisian parliament yesterday voted by an absolute majority to condemn US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and held the US Congress responsible.

A majority of 121 lawmakers voted in favour of the decision, two MPs objected and two abstained.

The voting took place during an emergency session held yesterday following Trump’s announcement.

Dec 10 08:46

Tunisian labour union says Jerusalem decision a 'declaration of war', calls for protests

Tunisia’s powerful labour union UGTT said U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and decision to move the U.S. embassy to the city was a declaration of war, a statement said on Wednesday.

“We call...for mass protests,” the labour union said in a statement.

Dec 10 07:48

In Jerusalem, 3 Religions Collide and Violence Is Never Far Away

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The issue of the US embassy being moved to Jerusalem or even US recognition of Jerusalem has been raised at election time in America for decades.

It served as a diversion or smokescreen concealing the establishment and expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Though Israeli governments regularly raised the issue as one of their grievances, it never seemed to be a major concern.

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Dec 10 07:24

Israeli police use tear gas in clashes with Palestinians in Bethlehem

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Clashes in Bethlehem continue for a fifth day, with protests often turning violent and resulting in injuries.

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(*Christmas Time In Bethlehem ! )

Dec 10 07:02

'They Aren't Wanted Here': Israeli Defense Minister Calls for Boycott of Arabs

According to the Israeli defense minister, residents of the Jewish state's area populated mostly by Arabs "have no connection with this country."

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has stated that the Arabs residing in the Wadi Ara region "do not belong" to the Jewish state and called for a boycott.

"They should understand that they are not wanted here, they are not part of us," the minister told the Army Radio.

Commenting on Saturday's protests in the region over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital, Lieberman said that Wadi Ara residents "have no connection with this country," adding that the riots are "intolerable."

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Dec 10 06:04

Trump Forfeits US Mideast Mediator Role, Russia Should Step In

President Donald Trump’s announcement this week that the US is henceforth recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will have many harmful repercussions for the entire Middle East.

But out of the ashes of US policy, something better can arise. Russia should step in to give badly needed leadership.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was among many world leaders who warned that Trump’s intervention will likely derail peace prospects, not just for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but for the region as a whole.

Palestinians, Arabs and Muslim nations are infuriated by what they see as Trump’s betrayal of a righteous cause for Palestinian statehood, with East Jerusalem being the future capital of that state.

By declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, Trump is effectively pre-empting any negotiated settlement to a conflict which has raged for 70 years.

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Dec 10 06:03

“Hate Crime” a facade to limit criticism of Zionism

Hate crime laws do the opposite of what they claim. Instead of thwarting racism they protect it. Hate crime is code for don’t criticize Zionism. From dealing with Zionists over the decades I have come to the conclusion that on the whole these people permeate a pathological psychological projection. Everything they are accusing others of they are guilty of themselves.

Dec 09 09:42

Massive Pro-Palestinian protest held in Paris ahead of Netanyahu’s visit

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators have gathered in the centre of Paris to protest against the upcoming visit of Benjamin Netanyahu to the French capital. The Israeli Prime Minister is due to meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday.

People carrying Palestinian flags gathered in Place de la République in the capital on Saturday, as seen from photos and videos on social media. Some protestors were holding signs reading “Boycott Israel” and “Free Palestine.” Others held banners saying that US President Donald Trump and Netanyahu “follow Nazi steps”.

Dec 09 09:42

Egypt's top cleric cancels meeting with US vice president

The Grand Imam of Egypt's al-Azhar Mosque, the country's highest Islamic authority, has canceled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence in the wake of an announcement by US President Donald Trump that Washington will recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital.

Al-Azhar said in a statement on Friday that Ahmed al-Tayeb had changed his previous decision to meet with Pence, who would travel to Egypt and Israel in late December.

The grand imam announced "his categorical rejection of a formal request from US Vice President Mike Pence to meet with him on December 20," the al-Azhar statement said.

Dec 09 09:41

Iranians hold nationwide protests against US al-Quds decision

Large groups of Iranians have taken to the streets across the country to protest against US recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.”

Protesters in the capital city of Tehran and other cities across the country staged anti-Israeli rallies after Friday prayers.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday defied global warnings and said the US formally recognizes Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel, and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the occupied city, breaking with decades of American policy.

In Tehran, tens of thousands of protesters condemned Trump’s decision, chanting slogans against Israel and the US and expressing support for the Palestinian nation.

Dec 09 09:40

US al-Quds move aimed at legalizing Palestine's occupation: Iran diplomat

A senior Iranian diplomat says a decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” is aimed at legitimizing the Israeli regime's occupation of Palestine.

"Occupation of the Palestinian land lies at the root of all crises in our region and any action to deny the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including with regard to the holy city of al-Quds and particularly al-Aqsa Mosque, will only result in more bloodshed and rage," Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said in an address to a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York on Friday.

He added that bids aimed at legitimizing the Israeli occupation in the Middle East region by rejecting the historical realities would "gravely" undermine peace.

Dec 09 09:38

Trump’s decision on Jerusalem al-Quds is ‘a rash, unwise move’: Analyst

US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital is “a rash, unwise move,” but that is “the fulfillment of a decades-long policy on both sides of the American political spectrum,” according to American writer and political analyst Daniel Patrick Welch.

In a speech at the White House on Wednesday, Trump officially declared Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital, saying his administration would also begin a process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city, which is expected to take years.

Welch told Press TV on Friday that there aren’t two sides in the United States and there never have been “when it comes to Israel.”

Dec 09 09:34

Turkish protesters: 'Jerusalem is ours and will remain so'

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters march in Istanbul against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Dec 09 09:15

Senior Iran Cleric Urges Palestinians to Rise Against Israel

A senior Iranian cleric called during Friday prayers for Palestinians to “rage” against Israel after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.

After the prayers Iranians took to the streets of Tehran and other cities to protest against Trump’s decision, calling for “death” to Israel and the United States and burning their flags.

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, an ultra-conservative and a key leader of the main weekly Muslim prayers, said Trump had drawn a line on years of peace efforts by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“He proved that the cure for the issue of Palestine is only, only, an intifada (uprising),” Khatami, who was appointed by Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei, said in his sermon at Mosalla, Tehran’s largest mosque.

Dec 09 09:10

Thousands protest in Britain against Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

Thousands of people took the streets of Britain yesterday in protest against the decision by Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Demonstrations were held in at least 10 cities, including London, Manchester and Birmingham.

Organised by the Palestinian Forum of Britain and other major civil society groups, those taking part defied the bitterly cold weather to show their solidarity with Palestine. In London, protesters gathered in front of the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square.

“The recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of an oppressive entity is a violation of every legal norm,” insisted the chair of the Forum, Hafez Al-Karmi. “If international laws and conventions are neither respected nor followed, we should not be surprised if there is chaos in the world.” We are prepared to stand together against the terrorists of Daesh, he asked, so who will stand and fight the terror adopted by Trump and Netanyahu today?

Dec 09 09:09

Syrian MP: "Just a matter of time until we liberate Palestine"

A Syrian MP has announced on his twitter that Palestine will be liberated.

Fares Shehabi, a Member of the Syrian Parliament representing Aleppo made the announcement on his Twitter account yesterday.

"That’s how much they are afraid of us.. !" his Tweet began, referring to the above photo of a teenage boy blindfolded and detained by the Israeli security forces.

His tweet ends with "It is just a matter of time before we liberate all of Palestine..".

Dec 09 09:09

Huge protests in Istanbul in support of Palestinians and Jerusalem

Most of the demonstrations started from mosques immediately after the midday Jumu'ah prayer (Friday prayer) and headed for Istanbul’s major squares

Dec 09 09:08

Egyptian churches insist Jerusalem is a Palestinian Arab city

The leading Protestant Christian in Egypt insisted on Friday that Jerusalem is a Palestinian Arab city, Anadolu has reported. “It is inevitable that it will return to Palestinian sovereignty,” added Reverend Dr Andrea Zaki, the President of the Protestant Community of Egypt and General Director of the Coptic Evangelical Organisation for Social Services.

Rev. Zaki called for the nations and states which care about peace to work towards maintaining the Arab identity of Jerusalem because it is the place of the three monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. “The American decision has hurt the feelings of millions of Arabs, Muslims and Christians,” he pointed out. “This decision will never change the fact that Jerusalem is occupied.”

According to the senior theologian, he has been in constant contact with international church organisations in an effort to mobilise support for the Palestinians “at this decisive moment” and “to reiterate that Jerusalem is an Arab city.”

Dec 09 09:07

Iraqi Militias Vow to 'Defend Jerusalem' After Trump Announcement

An Iran-backed Iraqi militia leader has been filmed on the Israeli border, declaring his “total readiness to stand with the [...] Palestinian cause against the brutal Israeli occupation.”

Dec 09 09:05

People Protest in Paris Against Netanyahu's Upcoming Visit to France

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit Paris and meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday amid a global uproar after US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Dec 09 08:55

Debunking Trump’s claims about “reality” in Jerusalem

In his speech on Wednesday, Trump described his endorsement of Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as “nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality.”

Trump added that Jerusalem is “the home of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli supreme court” as well as “the location of the official residence of the prime minister and the president. It is the headquarters of many government ministries.”

In the debate I pointed out that this “reality” was the direct consequence of Israel’s military rule and occupation which prevents millions of Palestinian Muslims and Christians from free access to the city.

I posed the question of why Israel, alone, has been able to develop national institutions in the city.

For decades, Israel has been forcibly closing Palestinian institutions in occupied East Jerusalem, including, most famously in 2001 the Orient House.

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Dec 09 08:54

Palestinians killed as world protests over Jerusalem

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during protests in the Gaza Strip on Friday and a baby was fighting for his life after he was injured by Israeli bombing on the territory. Two fighters were announced to have been killed by Israeli bombing early Saturday.

Mahmoud al-Masri, 30, and Maher Atallah, 54, died of their injuries during protests along Gaza’s boundary with Israel after a “Day of Rage” was declared to protest Wednesday’s announcement by US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Another 153 protesters in the territory were injured, three of them seriously, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

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