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Dec 13 02:14

Trump Nominee Has History of Suing Colleges Over Israel Boycotts

Kenneth Marcus says schools that allow BDS protests should lose federal funding. How is this not a violation of the First Amendment?

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will likely make the wrong decision on Kenneth Marcus.

Marcus is Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education.>>>

Dec 13 01:54

Israel Retaliates With Airstrikes as Hamas Announces Third Intifada

Hamas has announced the beginning of the third “intifada” following Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It didn’t take long for Israel to respond.

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Dec 12 18:10

The Only Peace Process is Palestinian Freedom

Dec 12 13:41

Israel decreases Gaza fishing area to six nautical miles

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemned the Israeli authorities’ decision to decrease the fishing area to 6 nautical miles off the area from the Gaza Valley to Rafah City in the south. According to the Israeli decision, the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip are banned from sailing and fishing freely and denied them access to the areas where fish breed.

Dec 12 13:37

MIDDLE EAST IS ON VERGE OF NEW WAR FOLLOWING TRUMP’S RECOGNITION OF JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL

On November 28, SouthFront released a video analysis entitled “Would Anyone Profit From a New War in the Middle East?”. The video said that despite tensions in the region the possibility of a new war in in the near future was relatively low because no regional player was interested in it.

The only side, which could be interested in the conflict, was the United States. Such a war will contribute to interests of the US military industrial complex and lead to a growth of oil prices. High oil prices will impact positively the US shale oil production sector.

However, it was hard to expect developments, which took place last week. On December 6, US President Donald Trump officially recognized the city of Jerusalem as Israel’s true capital and declared an intent to move the US embassy there. The decision faced a condemnation from the regional powers and the international community and sparked a new round of violence between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Dec 12 12:08

Bread, Butter and Brotherhood

Khan-Harris’ commission was to portray my work as a directionless anti-Semitic rant. Here, according to Khan-Harris, is an example of my worthless philosophical speculation:

“I suggest that instead of looking at the world through the rigid lens of the Right/Left dichotomy, or a particular ideological perspective, it is more instructive to impose an alternative (meta-ideological) method that juxtaposes “the human” i.e. the human condition, with the political spectrum as a whole. Instead of imposing any particular ideology, be it Right, Left, Capitalism, Fascism and so on, I examine the complementarity between a political system and the human condition.” (Gilad Atzmon, Being in Time – A Post Political Manifesto).

Dec 12 11:57

What Trump has done: The entire US-Middle East political framework just collapsed

Now that President of the United States, Donald Trump, has fully adopted the Israeli rightwing political discourse on Palestine, the Palestinian National Authority is in a very tough spot.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognise occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said in Washington last Wednesday. The embattled president has done what many had asked him not to do. But the truth is, US foreign policy has been bankrupt for years. It was never fair, nor did it ever intend to be so.

Trump merely pulled the plug, not only on the so-called peace process, two-state solution, ‘land-for-peace formula’ but also all the other tired cliches that have been long dead and decomposing.

But Trump’s announcement has also laid to rest the illusion that the US was ever keen on achieving a just and lasting peace between Israel and its neighbours.

Dec 12 09:54

Photos of Bella Hadid at ‘Free Palestine’ protest in London go viral

Palestinian-American supermodel Bella Hadid is making it clear she stands against President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Just days after the celebrity expressed her solidarity with the people of Palestine in an Instagram post, she joined a London protest against the decision on Friday.

According to People Magazine, Hadid took part in the demonstration after she attended a Tag Heuer event held in the British capital.

Dec 12 09:05

Trump's al-Quds bid creates new tension in Middle East: Iran's Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has denounced the recent "incorrect and illegal" decision by his American counterpart to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital,” saying the move would create new tension in the Middle East.

Rouhani made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Tehran on Tuesday ahead of his departure for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which is scheduled to be convened on Wednesday following US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital" and his country's intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

"If Muslims maintain their unity and integrity, it will be a big victory for Muslims and the region," Rouhani said.

He added that Quds belongs to all Muslims and would be the "capital of the Palestinian state."

Dec 12 08:56

POLL SHOWS NETANYAHU AS LEAST POPULAR MIDDLE EAST LEADER

Netanyahu’s lack of popularity is likely a reflection of general regional opposition to Israel, though his right-wing government and what many in the Arab world see as the prime minister’s hard line refusal to enter into peace talks with the Palestinians have made him particularly reviled.

Netanyahu’s office declined to comment but the prime minister himself has often played up his successes in expanding Israel’s diplomatic portfolio and cache in the world.

Dec 12 08:55

ON LINE WAR AGAINST BDS …..

Fighting online BDS in wake of Jerusalem declaration

Dec 12 08:55

TRUMP’S DECISION WILL ONLY LEAD TO MORE DEATHS

And of course, most of the dead will be Palestinians. Most Israelis don’t know any and hence can’t think of them as anything but a stereotype, as one of those human-shaped targets in IDF gun ranges.

Dec 12 08:05

Bibi’s Bible stories: How Netanyahu invokes holy scripture to justify Israel's interests

Israel’s prime minister is a big fan of the Bible – especially when the 2,700-year-old holy book can be used to demystify Israeli policy. Benjamin Netanyahu’s Bible citation while defending Trump’s Jerusalem move is the most recent example of this phenomenon.

During their meeting in Sochi in August, Russian President Vladimir Putin presented Netanyahu with a copy of the first-ever Bible printed with commentary by Rashi, a renowned medieval French rabbi and scholar. It was a fitting gift, considering that the Israeli prime minister is known for his fondness of citing the Bible as if it were a UN Security Council resolution.

Dec 12 08:01

Arab leaders plan major response to Trump's Jerusalem move

Arabs and Muslims are responding with both actions and reactions to the decision of the Donald Trump administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While public protests have engulfed countries as close as Jordan and as far away as Morocco and Indonesia, political leaders are searching for actions they can take to respond to the unexpected large public protests and demands for action.

A hurriedly organized summit of the three Arab entities who signed agreements with Israel (Egypt, Palestine and Jordan) was held in Cairo on Dec. 11. Jordan, which holds the chair of the Arab summits, is also calling for an emergency Arab summit. The three leaders might also call on US Vice President Mike Pence not to come to the region. Pence is scheduled to visit the region Dec. 18-20. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Coptic Church Pope Tawadros II and Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb have all said that they will boycott the visiting US vice president.

Dec 12 08:00

The Hidden Hands Behind US Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, all-but-abandoning America's commitment to a two-state solution, has its roots with the religious politics of Jared Kushner, Trump's Middle East adviser and son-in-law. Kushner, a favorite of both Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and pro-Netanyahu American casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, has tapped for his Middle East "envoy" team two rabidly pro-Israeli expansion ideologues, US ambassador to Israel David Friedman and "Special Representative for International Negotiations" Jason Greenblatt. Friedman was an attorney with the law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, which represented the Trump Organization. Greenblatt was the chief legal officer for the Trump Organization.

Dec 12 07:50

“Resistance Forces in Region Ready to Defend Al-Aqsa Mosque”

In a phone conversation with the commanders of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which are the armed wing of Hamas Movement, and also Islamic Jihad Brigades in Gaza, the Iranian General stressed that the other resistance forces in the region are ready to defend al-Aqsa mosque.

The remarks by General Soleimani came as a new phase of Palestine’s armed resistance against the Israeli regime seems to be starting.

The tensions in Palestine escalated after US President Donald Trump, in a move that was globally condemned, recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel and said the US embassy will also be relocated from Tel Aviv to the disputed city.

Dec 12 07:50

Tunisians declare boycott of U.S. ships after Trump’s Jerusalem move

A Tunisian labor union on Sunday evening announced its decision to boycott U.S. ships docking at a seaport in the country’s southern region of Sfax following Trump’s recognition, on Wednesday, of Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Spokesman of the Popular Conference for the Palestinians Abroad, Ziad al-Aloul, said on Facebook that the regional executive office of Tunisia’s Trade Unions decided to boycott all American ships docking at Sfax commercial harbor.

As part of the boycott move, workers at the seaport will not empty the shipments onboard boats tied up at Sfax seaport after they had set sail from the U.S.

Dec 12 07:50

The Latest: Putin says Jerusalem move may end peace process

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the U.S. administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, warning that it could destabilize the region and derail the Middle East peace process.

Speaking Monday after a hectic day that took him from a Russian base in Syria to Cairo to Ankara, Putin said the Trump administration's move "doesn't help the Mideast settlement and, just the opposite, destabilizes the already difficult situation in the region."

The Russian leader added that it may "finish prospects for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process."

Dec 12 07:25

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but met a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.

Dec 12 07:23

'Intifada' in Sweden: Firebombs Hurled at Jewish Sites Amid Anti-Semitic Upsurge

Unrest over Donald Trump's decision to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has spread to Sweden, triggering the rise of militant anti-Semitism. Hardly had immigrants in Malmö proclaimed their own intifada pledging to "shoot Jews" when firebombing synagogues and Jewish chapels in Sweden's largest cities ensued.

Dec 12 07:15

Efforts underway to change US Embassy street names in Amman, Cairo

Efforts are underway in Jordan and Egypt to persuade authorities to change the names of the streets in both countries where American embassies are located, in response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Dec 12 06:58

Trump’s Jerusalem move will speed up Israel’s destruction, unite Muslims – Iran's defense minister

Last week’s decision by the US president to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is bound to backfire, hastening the demise of the Jewish state and banding Muslims together, Iran's defense minister has said. And should conflict break out in the region, Washington will have to bear responsibility, General Amir Hatami said.
“(Trump‘s) move will hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime [Israel] and will double unity among Muslims,” Brigadier General Hatami told a meeting of senior military officials Monday, as cited by various Iranian media outlets.

Washington’s “anti-security decision,” which has drawn widespread condemnation from Muslim nations and the international community, is ratcheting up tensions in the region, he said. Denouncing the move as “provocative and unwise,” Hatami said the declaration could possibly mean the Middle East descending into bloodshed.

Dec 12 06:36

Skeptical Netanyahu to EU on Palestinian state: Would it be Costa Rica or Yemen?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cast doubt on the viability of a Palestinian state on Monday in a meeting with EU foreign ministers. Asked straight out whether he still supports a two-state solution, he responded by asking them whether such a state would be “Costa Rica or Yemen.”

Dec 11 12:30

Palestinians expel Bahraini delegation from Al-Aqsa

Al-Aqsa guards expelled yesterday a Bahraini delegation from the mosque’s holy site, local sources reported.

The sources added that the move came as the Bahraini delegation was reported to have visited the Jewish state to “normalise and strengthen ties with Israel” and to deliver “message of peace and brotherhood to Israel.”

The Bahraini delegation, which arrived in Israel today in a four-day visit for talks with Israeli officials, was sent upon orders from the Bahraini King, Hamad in Isa Al Khalifa.

The 24-official delegation includes Bahraini religious figures as well as activists from the “This is Bahrain” party.

The visit, which was the first by a Gulf country, came days after the US President Donald Trump officially recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s new capital.

Dec 11 10:23

Indonesians burn US flags in 4th day of al-Quds protests

Several hundred protesters from an Islamic youth group rallied outside the embassy Monday, burning flags and images of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. It was a big drop from a weekend protest that attracted several thousand people.

Similar protests have been held in other cities around Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has strongly condemned Trump's move, which he described as a violation of U.N. resolutions.

Indonesia has long been a strong supporter of Palestinians.

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.

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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 08:08

‘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 08:03

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 11 03:49

White House: Unfortunate That Palestinians Declined Meeting With Pence

"It’s unfortunate that the Palestinian Authority is walking away again from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region, but the administration remains undeterred in its efforts to help achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians and our peace team remains hard at work putting together a plan"

(*It's even more unfortunate that The US has proved to be a lousy broker for peace , on the Palestinian side )

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 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 09:47

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 09:44

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 09:18

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 09:11

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 08:48

'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 08:47

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 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 09 13:22

Jerusalem’s fate – Grant F Smith

Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem signals Washington now deems this to be Israel’s capital.

How this is in America’s interest is difficult to fathom.

The law of unintended consequences is surely in play.

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.”

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