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Dec 13 12:03

Trump's Jerusalem move: 'A blunder with consequences'

President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is a blunder driven by domestic US politics, but with international strategic consequences, Middle East analysts and former US diplomats say.

The US president, shortly after coming into office nearly a year ago, had raised some hopes of a renewed Middle East peace process by holding a series of meetings with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Washington, Bethlehem and New York.

But last week, Trump announced that the US is formally recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and will begin the process of moving the US embassy to the city from Tel Aviv, raising doubts from the Palestinians, as well as Middle East analysts about the US' role as a broker of a potential peace deal.

Dec 13 11:49

Egypt will remain at forefront in defending historic and legal Palestinian rights: Egypt's FM Shoukry tells Muslim leaders

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said before an urgent meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Wednesday that Egypt will be at the forefront in confronting any attempts to circumvent the realisation of historic and legal Palestinians rights.

Shoukry said that the stability of the region and the world will be affected by any ill-conceived moves on Jerusalem, reaffirming Cairo’s rejection of last week's decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise the city as the capital of Israel.

Dec 13 09:20

TRUMP STANDS ALONE IN HIS RECOGNITION OF JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL

The State Department has long refused to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on their government documents and they are still refusing to do so even after President Trump’s Jerusalem announcement on Wednesday.

Dec 13 09:04

Jordan's King Rejects Change in Status of Jerusalem, Its Holy Sites

Jordan's King Abdullah rejected any attempt to change the status of Jerusalem or its holy sites, stressing that peace would not come to the region without a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dec 13 08:53

Malaysia party calls for boycott of Israel products

A political party in Malaysia launched a boycott campaign against Israeli products and enterprises today in protest against the US’ decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“I call on the businessmen and the people to boycott Israeli products and enterprises,” Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah, president of the Malaysian People’s Economy Party (PEKIRA), said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur.

“We will not use Israeli products from now onward,” he added.

Dec 13 08:44

Israel minister threatens Arab MKs: ‘There will be a time when you won’t be here’

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman launched a new attack on Palestinian Members of Knesset yesterday, in response to a debate initiated by Joint List parliamentarians charging the government with a “policy based on war crimes”.

“Every day in the Middle East some 400 people are murdered in Arab countries, with close to 1,000 people wounded,” Lieberman said during the debate. “In Yemen 160 people are being murdered every day. Who cares? Look at how many terror attacks there are every day. Is someone talking about war crimes? Those who are sitting here are war criminals, the entire Joint List are war criminals.”

The minister’s remarks came just a day after he had attacked the Palestinian residents of the Wadi Ara area of the country, saying they “do not belong to the State of Israel”.

Dec 13 08:24

M'sia condemns US move to proclaim Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Malaysia condemned and rejected the United States’ move to proclaim Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) as the capital city of Israel, while calling for it to ultimately become the capital of Palestine.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the move undermines all efforts towards finding a comprehensive, just and durable solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Dec 13 08:07

Gabbay to Netanyahu: 'Time for elections'

Zionist Union Chairman Avi Gabbay appealed directly to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his party's meeting Monday, saying, "Dear prime minister, truth must be told: it's time for elections. It's time for you to make a decision the entire coalition realizes you should make."

"We've seen no actions taken for the benefit of the public in this session, but merely laws whose purpose is keeping together a loose coalition," Gabbay added.

"This is not the way a government should be managed, this is not the way a country should be managed and everyone knows it's only going to get worse. Compromises are carried out at our expense, so when it starts smelling like elections, simply call for elections and don't spring something new on the public every week," Gabbay criticized.

Dec 13 08:06

Iranian Jewish MP Blasts Trump Decision on Jerusalem

The representative of Iranian Jewish minority at the Iranian Parliament says US President Donald Trump has opened a new chapter in the book of obscenity by recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of the Israeli regime.

Dec 13 08:04

Netanyahu: Iran eyes sending 80,000 Shiite fighters to ME

In press briefing before concluding European trip, PM Netanyahu says Iran seeks to shore up Syrian entrenchment, intends to use 80,000 Shiite fighters to 'spark religious wars anew'; in prior statement to 28 EU foreign ministers, Netanyahu chides them to 'stop pampering Palestinians', says Palestinians need 'reality check.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Iran gets the blame for what rump and Netanyahu just did.

Dec 13 08:02

Islamic Summit Recognizes East Jerusalem As Palestinian Capital

A summit of Islamic nations has recognized a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported as the meeting closed in Istanbul on Wednesday.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held an extraordinary summit to coordinate a response to US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the US embassy to the city.

Sources said more than two dozen leaders attend

Dec 13 08:01

Palestinian Delegation Leaves Int'l Meeting in Tunis before Speech by USAID Delegate

The delegation from the Palestinian Agency for International Cooperation (PICA) withdrew on Wednesday from the conference hall in Tunis which hosted the meeting of the international cooperation agencies before a speech by the director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), a Foreign Ministry statement said.

PICA Director Imad Zuhairi said the withdrawal came as message of condemnation and rejection of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, WAFA reported.

Dec 13 08:00

Trump 'Almost Rewarded' Israel for Terrorist Acts: Erdogan at OIC Summit

Relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognizing the city as its capital was deemed a punishment for Palestinians Wednesday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Ergodan at a Middle Eastern summit.

Erdogan's comments about President Donald Trump's announcement last week that the United States will move the embassy from Tel Aviv were made at the opening session of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit meeting in Istanbul, a hastily arranged meeting that was called after Trump's move.

Ergodan called Israel an "occupying and terrorist state" and asked "all just countries" to instead recognize Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. He added that Muslim countries will never abandon Palestine's hopes for sovereignty and independence.

Dec 13 07:58

OIC declares East Jerusalem capital of Palestine, urges US to withdraw from peace process

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) declared East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine "under occupation" and urged the U.S. to withdraw from the peace process and back down from its Jerusalem decision in a statement issued following an extraordinary summit in Istanbul on Wednesday.

The OIC also called on other countries to recognize East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

Dec 13 07:56

'Iran ready to unconditionally coop. in defending al-Quds'

Iran's President Rouhani speaking at OIC summit on al-Quds on Wed. called on Muslim countries to set aside their differences for a unified defense of al-Quds and the Palestinian cause.

Dec 13 07:56

African Union official: US cannot give Jerusalem to Israel

Senior Human Rights Expert at the African Union’s Department of Political Affairs, Salah Hammad, said yesterday that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and the United States cannot give it to Israel or any other party.

“The African Union’s position on the US decision is clear,” Hammad said in remarks to the Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of a solidarity campaign organised with the Palestinian cause in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He pointed out that the US decision does not serve the Palestinian cause and does not lead to peace on the ground and stressed that the African Union’s position of solidarity with the Palestinian people is “clear and strong, and stems from the common African values ??that prevent a state from dominating another”.

Dec 13 07:02

The President Who Stole Christmas

President Trump stole our Christmas. And he did it standing in front of Christmas trees.

In what was an unusually polished speech (for him), President Trump announced the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and has plans to relocate the U.S. embassy to there from Tel Aviv. We sat on our couch watching, our hearts pounding and our fists clenching, wondering whether it was ignorance, lunacy or plain hubris that drove him to make this announcement.

How can one man decide to take our historical capital away and give it to another country? How can he do that without acknowledging the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who live in Jerusalem? Who live in the city of their birth without access to services, without basic human rights, who live unacknowledged? What happens to them?

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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 16:05

IDF Officials Arrested Over Alleged $28 Million Scam

Almost two dozen senior Israel Defense Force service members, Defense Ministry officials and technology company employees were put in handcuffs on Tuesday for allegedly stealing $28 million, or 100 million new Israeli shekels, from the government, the Times of Israel reported.
The scheme to steal taxpayer funds allegedly involved the suspects billing Israel's Defense Ministry for telecom projects that never happened or were only partially complete.

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 08:22

Do You Hold Dual Citizenship? You Can Serve in Congress–but not the Israeli Knesset!

A few days ago I posted an article entitled Zionists Form Group to Promote Kurdish Statehood, about the latest efforts underway to carve up the Middle East. In the course of researching that article I made a rather interesting discovery: that Israel has a law prohibiting holders of dual citizenship from serving in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

Needless to say, we need such a law here in the US, but of course anyone who suggests this gets accused of anti-Semitism.

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 09:49

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.

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