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India citizens urge US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem

Indian citizens and community leaders have written a letter urging the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In a public address released yesterday and signed by “concerned Indian citizens, especially from leaders of the Indian Christian community”, the signatories appeal the decision, citing the relevance of Jerusalem to all three Abrahamic faiths. The letter reiterates the stance of the international community against the declaration and reflects on how the decision will impact the Palestinian population. “[The decision should be revoked] considering that this kind of irresponsible decision and disparate and impulsive action would accelerate tension in Palestine and would worsen the life and livelihood situation of the marginalised, especially the aged, otherwise abled, women […]

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4 killed, 1,632 wounded by Israel in 4 days

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Israeli occupation forces killed four Palestinians and wounded 1,632 others during protests which launched following US President Donald Trump’s announcement that his administration will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week. Based on the statistics published yesterday by the health ministry, there have been 1,327 injuries in the West Bank and Jerusalem, including 28 by live ammunition, 305 by rubber-coated metal bullets and 962 cases of suffocation as a result of tear gas inhalation. The ministry also noted that 15 Palestinians were subject to beatings, falls, burns or were run over, while 17 were directly wounded by gas canisters, noting that hospitals treated 70 wounds, 15 of which were in occupied Jerusalem. During […]


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Israel is afraid of our memories

I think we as Palestinians should not be disappointed by any Arab government’s reaction, including ours, anymore since all of them are drowning in normalisation. They are doomed with taking orders by relying on external support. And when I say they I mean every single political faction of the Palestinian leadership. The long, ongoing, 20-year peace talks have made the situation worse in every way. Trump’s announcement is just a true act of American foreign policy that has been the same since the State of İsrael was created. Our leaders should understand that it’s time to cut all connections and agreements with İsrael and stop relying on American solutions to the occupation while İsrael is stealing more land and changing […]


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US plans to fight in Somalia for two more years

The US Pentagon has inked plans to the White House to fight in Somalia for two more years, the New York Times reported yesterday. According to the blueprint, the US will conduct an internal review on Somalia within 24 months to decide whether to continue fighting in the country. The news comes off the back of an escalation in counter-terrorism drone strikes in Somalia under President Donald Trump. The timeframe has been seen as “problematic” by some. “A tonne can happen in 24 months, particularly in the world of counter-terrorism and when we’re talking about a volatile situation on the ground like we have in Somalia with government formation issues and famine issues,” Luke Hartig, a senior director for counter-terrorism, […]


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China, Japan tech firms cancel visits to Israel

Several Chinese and Japanese companies have cancelled delegations to Israel following US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as its capital, according to Haaretz. A number of Israeli start-up firms were informed on Saturday that Shen Haiyin, CEO and founder of the Chinese company Singulato, which is currently developing a miniature electric car, had cancelled his visit just six hours before his flight. A delegation from Tencet, China’s largest internet company, also cancelled their scheduled visit following Trump’s declaration. The Chinese embassy has issued an official travel warning against visits to Israel valid until 10 January, amid fears regarding security, and how the conflict will impact its security programmes. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang warned last week that the […]


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Draft bill protects Israel soldiers from accountability

Deputy Defence Minister Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan is drafting a new bill that would grant Israeli soldiers immunity from legal accountability for their actions in the field while dealing with operations carried out by Palestinians. The draft bill has been called the Elor Azaria Law, referring to Sergeant Azaria who was charged and convicted of murder after shooting and killing wounded Palestinian Abdel Fattah Al-Sharif as he lay unarmed and motionless on the ground. Jewish Home Member of the Knesset Eliyahu Ben Dahan intends to present the draft bill to the Knesset in the coming weeks. “The law is intended to establish that members of the security forces will receive immunity for actions they carried out or actions that they refrained […]


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Gaza protests against Bahrain delegation in Jerusalem

Bahraini clerics arrived in Israel yesterday in what officials have described as a personal trip, however many believe the timing of the tour shows that it is an effort to improve relations between the Bahraini government and Israel.
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Israel authorises PM to declare wars

The Israeli Ministerial Legislative Committee yesterday approved a bill authorising the prime minister to declare war or launch military operations, Israeli media reported. Ynet News said the new bill allows the “government to allow the prime minister to declare war or undertake a military operation with approval only from the Cabinet – even without all its members present – without having to receive approval from the entire coalition.” The bill came as a recommendation of a special committee assigned by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aimed at “developing ways of taking decisions by the cabinet in regard of national security issues”. Read: Palestinian child struck by army vehicle in West Bank Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who initiated the bill, said […]


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Yousef: Trump’s decision harms West’s interests

Head of the Popular International Committee to Support Gaza, Essam Yousef, said that the Arab governments need to take practical steps to respond to Washington’s decision to move the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem and to recognise the city as the Israeli capital. In a press statement last Wednesday, Yousef stressed the need for true and effective responses from the Arab countries to the American step, as it targets the dignity of the nation and a symbol of its pride and identity, i.e. Jerusalem. “The time has come, after the nation’s soul and spirit has been targeted. This means that the issue today is clearly an existential issue for the nation. The matter goes beyond the rights and constants of […]


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Jordan parliament to review peace treaty with Israel

The Jordanian parliament voted unanimously yesterday to review the Wadi Araba peace treaty and all agreements signed between Jordan and Israel. Fourteen Jordanian lawmakers signed a memorandum calling for the launch of measures to abolish the Wadi Araba peace treaty signed in 1994. The deputies said that Israel “has violated the treaty by being complicit with the United States to move the US embassy to the occupied city of Jerusalem and to recognise the city as Israel’s capital”. The parliament authorised its legal committee to examine all agreements signed with Israel, including the peace treaty, and to document all violations committed by Israel during the past years. Read: Jordan calls for protests over Trump’s Jerusalem decision According to the memo […]