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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.”

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 08:56

Palestinian Leader: Trump’s Jerusalem Order Violates Int’l Law & 'Destroys' Chance for Peace

It places the U.S. squarely on the side of lawlessness and illegality by becoming complicit in Israeli occupation.

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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Mr. President, you are an ass!

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.

Dec 09 07:18

City of discord: How Trump’s decision on Jerusalem throws 70yrs of caution to the wind

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(*Donald) Washington’s decision marks the first time since the UN-brokered partition of Palestine in 1947 that a president of the US, a member of the Middle East Quartet – a well-known foursome of world powers mediating in the peace process between Palestine and Israel – has departed from the established policy that the issue of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital should be kept off the table.>>>

Dec 09 06:38

Iranians Rally Against Trump's Jerusalem Move, Burn US Flags

Hundreds of Iranians took part in rallies across the country on Friday to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision this week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, state TV reported.

Leaders of Iran, where opposition to Israel and support for the Palestinian cause has been central to foreign policy since the 1979 Islamic revolution, have denounced Trump’s move, including his plan to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

State TV aired footage of marchers chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”>>>

(*I don't like the implications . Every time our government provokes the burning of our flag abroad , the corporate media floods the tv news landscape with images , and vicious dialog to promote bigotry towards the disrespectful . In this case Iran . )

Dec 08 14:22

Trump apes Balfour: giving away what isn't his to give

Stuart Littlewood stresses that Jerusalem is not Trump's to give away in 2017 any more than Palestine was Balfour's to promise the Zionists in 1917, noting that “We see where Balfour's running sore has led one hundred years later.” >>

Dec 08 10:28

Hamas spokesman : «We call King Mohammed VI to convene an extraordinary meeting of Al-Quds Committee»

Several countries have responded to Donald Trump’s controversial decision, denouncing the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Yabiladi spoke to Hazem Kassem, spokesman for the Palestinian organization Hamas. The activist called Arab leaders to put pressure on the US administration, while insisting that an extraordinary session of Al-Quds Committee should be held. Interview.

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Dec 08 10:06

"Irresponsible, Unwarranted": Saudis Condemn Trump's Jerusalem Recognition, Warn Of "Serious Consequences"

Saudi Arabia has issued a formal condemnation of President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and announcement of plans to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to 'the holy city' claimed by both Palestinians and Israelis. The Saudi statement was posted to its D.C. embassy website and circulated via diplomatic channels and the kingdom's social media accounts Wednesday evening.

The kingdom's condemnation invokes "serious consequences of such an irresponsible and unwarranted step" while expressing its "denunciation and deep regret that the administration has taken this step" while calling on the White House to "reverse this action" which constitutes "a drastic regression in the efforts to move the peace process forward."

Dec 08 09:53

Trump's Decision on Israel Will Torpedo US Influence in Muslim World

The expected announcement by President Trump that the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move the US embassy there could mark a critical stage in the reduction of US influence in the world. Seldom, if ever, has such an important US policy initiative been so universally criticised or condemned by almost every country in the world.

President Trump has previously provoked anger in important countries allied to the US since the Second World War such as the UK, Japan, Australia and Germany, but they have tried to continue their past relationship and ignore or play down Mr Trump’s explosive tweets and departure from international treaties. But this time round expressions of extreme disagreement are more than usually mixed with scorn and bemusement at a move which may help Mr Trump in US domestic politics but will seriously damage US political primacy in the region. Even steadfast US allies do not want to become collateral damage.

Dec 08 09:48

Putin To Visit Turkey And Egypt Amid Anger Over Trump's Jerusalem Move

Russian President Vladimir Putin, already scheduled to visit Egypt on December 11, will travel to Turkey on the same day for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Putin and Erdogan plan to discuss bilateral issues, including joint energy projects, as well as the conflict in Syria and the broader situation in the Middle East, the Kremlin said.

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Trump just pivoted the Middle East towards Russia!

Dec 08 09:47

Egypt rejects U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem - Foreign Ministry

Egypt rejected the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

It added that Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital did not change the city’s legal status.

Dec 08 09:05

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

Another claim that Israel likes to make is that Palestine never really existed to start with.

"How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to." Golda Maier, March 8, 1969.

"There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed." Golda Maier Israeli Prime Minister June 15, 1969

Oh?

The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. -- Exodus 15:14

Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken : for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent. -- Isaiah 14:29

Howl , O gate; cry , O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved : for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times. -- Isaiah 14:31

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I am reposting this again as I am being flooded with angry emails insisting that there never was a Palestine. Check out the historical maps at the bottom of this page.

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Dec 08 08:56

Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Sistani condemns U.S. decision on al-Quds

''This decision is condemned and decried, it hurt the feelings of hundreds of millions of Arabs and Muslims,'' said a statement from Sistani's office.

''But it won't change the reality that al-Quds is an occupied land which should return to the sovereignty of its Palestinian owners no matter how long it takes,'' it said, calling on the ''Umma'', or Islamic nation, ''to combine its efforts that purpose.''

Dec 08 08:53

Hundreds protest in Cairo, Alexandria against Trump's Jerusalem declaration

Hundreds of Egyptians demonstrated on Friday in the capital Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria against US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Hundreds protested at Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque following weekly Friday prayers, raising signs and chanting slogans supporting the Palestinians and their right to establish an independent state and affirming Jerusalem's Arab and Islamic identity, Egypt's state-run news agency MENA reported.

In Alexandria, dozens protested at the Al-Qaed Ibrahim mosque in the central part of the coastal city, burning an Israeli flag and chanting "Jerusalem is Arab".

Dec 08 08:43

OFFICIAL: Moscow Opposes Jerusalem 'Recognition '

Today Russia has called on all parties to restrain themselves in order to prevent further dangerous consequences.

This is stated in the official statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

It is stated that the new US position risks complicating the situation in Palestinian-Israeli relations.

The day before, US president Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced the transfer of the diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv to this city.

Dec 08 08:24

First deaths take place in clashes following Jerusalem decision

Mahmoud al-Masri and an unnamed Palestinian were killed in clashes along Israeli-Gaza border amidst a show of rage over the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Israeli army confirmed it had shot two people along the border, accusing them of being "main instigators" of "violent riots." The Palestinian health ministry confirmed Masri had died in southern Gaza town of Khan Yunis.

The unnamed victim was killed along the northern Gaza border.

Thousands took to the streets in Gaza and marched Friday to denounce President Donald Trump's proclamation. Three Palestinians were wounded by live ammunition and 12 were hit by rubber-coated steel pellets, according to Red Crescent paramedics and health officials.

Dec 08 08:20

Lebanese Parliament affirms support for Palestinian resistance against Jerusalem decision: Berri

Dec 08 08:09

Jordanians call for annulment of peace treaty with Israel as King Abdullah meets Palestinian leader

Jordan’s foreign minister Ayman Safadi on Thursday said America's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would "frustrate" peace efforts and provoke Muslims and Christians across the Arab world.

"Jordan rejects [the] decision and all its implications and will continue to work for an independent Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital," Mr Safadi declared.

Dec 08 08:06

Israel uses Palestinian land to illegally dump toxic waste

Israel has turned the occupied West Bank into a dumping ground for its waste in violation of international law.

“Israel’s environmental policy in the West Bank, including situating polluting waste treatment facilities there, is part and parcel of the policy of dispossession and annexation it has practiced in the West Bank for the past 50 years,” a new report by human rights group B’Tselem says.

“Israel is exploiting the West Bank for its own benefit, ignoring the needs of the Palestinians almost entirely, and harming both them and their environment.”

Dec 08 08:04

Winning real victories for Palestinian rights

Palestinian rights activists can learn from a municipal divestment campaign in Portland, Oregon.

Portland’s city council voted in April to end all investments in corporations, including Caterpillar, the company targeted by our group of campaigners.

This falls short of a real win for Palestinian rights – and it’s why the campaign needs to continue to win a clear-cut victory.

The campaign began after the city of Portland established a socially responsible investment policy for its $1.7 billion investment portfolio, funded largely by property and business taxes.

The policy established a screen of criteria that includes human rights concerns, environmental violations, unfair labor practices, extreme tax avoidance, and abuse of monopoly power.

Dec 08 08:04

Top Palestinian official says Pence is ‘unwelcome’

A senior Palestinian official said Thursday that the Palestinians will not meet with Vice President Pence during his visit to the region later this month.

Pence is “unwelcome in Palestine” after the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to secretary general Jibril Rajoub.

Dec 08 08:01

PALESTINE-SYRIA WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 8, 2017: JERUSALEM STANDOFF

On December 7, the Palestinian al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades fired several rockets at the Israeli settlements of Hof Ashkelon and Sha’ar HaNegev north of the Gaza Strip. The group said in a statement that this was only the first response to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and said that more actions will follow. The Israeli Defense Forces said that a battle tank and a warplane had targeted two posts in Gaza in response to the shelling.

According to local sources, Israeli warplanes are highly active over Gaza as the situation escalates.

Dec 08 08:00

Jerusalem embassy move has zero upside for America

Why is it a problem that the Trump administration is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital with plans to relocate the American Embassy there? After all, Israeli’s entire government is located in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is where the American government conducts its relations with Israel. It is the stated capital of Israel, one of America’s closest allies.

The answer is that the status of Jerusalem is deeply contested. Both Israel and Palestinians claim it as the capital of their respective states. Both sides have agreed to negotiate the city’s status, but thus far have not come up with any solutions, even on the most basic question of whether or where to locate the boundary between the areas each claims for itself: Israel claims the entire city as its capital while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem.

Dec 08 07:59

Sudanese parliament calls to recognise State of Palestine with Jerusalem as capital

Sudanese parliament has called on the Arab and Islamic countries to recognise the State of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital amid calls by some lawmaker to expel the U.S. chargé d’affaires.

Dec 07 16:51

Watch: Jerusalem, “The Flower of Cities”

A beautiful song by Lebanese singer Fairuz encapsulating the beautiful city of Jerusalem, occupied by the Israelis, an occupation that has just been endorsed by Donald Trump.

Jerusalem is an Arab, Muslim-Christian city and will remain thus, whatever Trump and his like say.

Everything comes to an end, and one day the Israeli occupation will also collapse, despite the disaster sweeping the Arab world thanks to the Muslim Brotherhood and its offspring – Islamic State group, Al-Qaeda and their countless offishoots and clones.

The song is in Arabic but you should enjoy it even if you do not understand Arabic.

Dec 07 10:17

Siren app says rockets fired into Israel near Gaza strip, IDF says red alert enabled in Hof Ashkelon

Later, the IDF confirmed that at least two missiles were launched from the Gaza Strip “towards the State of Israel,” but did not reach it.

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So now Israel will bomb Gaza into dust.

Dec 07 10:16

Jerusalem status: World condemns Trump's announcement

Traditional US allies are among a growing chorus condemning President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Saudi Arabia called it "unjustified and irresponsible", while France and the UK said they did not support the decision.

But Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed it as "historic" and said he was sure more countries would follow suit.

President Trump's move reversed decades of US policy on one of the thorniest issues between Israel and Palestinians.

Hundreds of Israeli troops have been deployed to the West Bank amid a day of protests and strikes by Palestinians. The Islamist group Hamas has called for a new intifada, or uprising.

Dec 07 09:58

Siren app says rockets fired into Israel near Gaza strip, IDF says red alert enabled in Hof Ashkelon

An Israeli siren smartphone app warned rockets were fired at southern Israel near the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said on Twitter that a “red alert” was activated in the area bordering Gaza.

According to initial reports, “a red alert has been activated” in the regions of Hof Ashkelon and Sha'ar HaNegev, the IDF tweeted. It added that the details of a potential incident are still “under review.”

Later, the IDF confirmed that at least two missiles were launched from the Gaza Strip “towards the State of Israel,” but did not reach it.

Dec 07 09:38

Palestinians Clash With Israeli Soldiers Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision

At least 19 Palestinians were wounded on Thursday in the West Bank, East Jerualem and Gaza during clashes with Israeli soldiers following U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, according to the Red Crescent.

Seven Palestinians were wounded at demonstrations checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Four were said to have been wounded by live fire and two by rubber bullets. Eight were wounded by rubber bullets in Tul Karm, three in Bethlehem. Four Palestinians were wounded by rubber bullets in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. Confrontations were also reported in Nablus and Jenin. A military spokeswoman said soldiers had used "riot-dispersal gear" against hundreds of rock-throwers. Dozens of demonstrators were treated for inhalation of tear gas. 

Dec 07 09:28

Abbas: US Can No Longer Mediate Israel-Palestinian Talks

With the US so heavily committed to supporting Israel, and protecting them from any UN resolutions, it’s always been difficult for the Palestinian leadership to trust the US to be an impartial moderator for peace efforts. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Wednesday’s move by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has effectively ended that entirely.

Abbas says there is no way at this point that the Palestinians can trust the US to be a mediator, saying Trump’s move encourages Israel to continue the occupation and expansion of settlements, undermining the two-state solution.

Trump has suggested that the recognition of the capital is going to help the peace process, though the Secretaries of State and Defense are both warning the move risks provoking regional violence, and White House officials say that the recognition threatens the peace process in the near-term

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What President Trump has done, effectively, in this act, is he has thoroughly destroyed the peace process; characterized American foreign policy, when it comes to the Palestenian people, as completely undeserving of any trust or credibility; destroyed any possibility of a two-state solution; and made new regional wars nearly inevitble.

These were precisely the outcomes Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu wanted, because fear of such internal violence and wars against its neighbors, have always been Netanyahu's major way to "glue" the Israeli people together, and let him do, basically, whatever he wants with Israel's government and military.

Remember the animated movie "Wreck-It Ralph"?!? Well, it appears that, when it comes to any Israeli/Palestinian peace and rapprochement, we have a "Wreck-It Donald" in the White House, a turn of events over which I am both profoundly unhappy, and deeply concerned.

Dec 07 09:24

IMAGE OF THE MOMENT ~~ WHAT PALESTINIANS THINK OF TRUMP’S LATEST DECISION

Dec 07 09:24

‘THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED’

Dec 07 09:15

Trump's 'Criminal' Jerusalem Move Could Backfire

By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the US embassy there, President Trump is catering to the US right-wing while risking a new revolt against his Middle East agenda, says journalist and scholar Rami Khouri

Dec 07 09:07

EU pledges push for Palestinian capital in Jerusalem

The European Union’s top diplomat said Thursday the organization would push for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine where the latter could also claim Jerusalem as its capital.

“The European Union has a clear and united position. We believe the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states and with Jerusalem as the capital of both,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told a news conference.

Mogherini's statement comes as President Trump on Wednesday said the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced plans to move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

His decision drew widespread criticism from European leaders.

Dec 07 09:06

Egypt minster calls for opening Arab embassies in Palestine’s Jerusalem

“America has proven it is not neutral in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and has revealed its complete bias in favour of the Israelis. We must stop looking at the US as a neutral party to resolve the conflict. It would be more honourable for the US, if it has any honour left, to sit on the Israeli side of the table in any future negotiations.”

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