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Jerusalem Embassy Move

US merges diplomatic office for Palestinians into Jerusalem embassy

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that the US office in Jerusalem dealing with Palestinians is being merged into the controversial new US embassy in the city. Pompeo said the US Consulate General, a separate office which formerly handled dealings with Palestinians, would be replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the embassy. The move, which was quickly condemned by the Palestine Liberation Organisation, could effectively leave the US as the only major power without a…

‘If the Muslim world stands against cruelty in Gaza, Israel’s recklessness will not last’

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on the Muslim world to back Palestinians against what he said was Israel’s cruelty in Gaza, and castigated both the United States and the United Nations over the deaths of dozens of protesters. Erdogan first addressed thousands in Istanbul at a rally he personally called and barely an hour later chaired an emergency summit of Islamic heads of state he had summoned at a few days notice. The Turkish president has been a vocal critic of Washington’s decision to move its embassy…

Palestinians withdraw envoy to US over Jerusalem embassy move

RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas withdrew his top representative to the United States Tuesday, the foreign ministry announced, a day after the US moved its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Husam Zomlot, the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Washington, would return to the Palestinian territories Wednesday, the statement said. It did not say how long Zomlot, the most senior Palestinian official in Washington, would be withdrawn for. The Palestinians reacted furiously to President…

Nakba: trauma of the Palestinian exodus 70 years ago

Palestinians commemorate every May 15 the Nakba, Arabic for "catastrophe", the 1948 creation of Israel and war surrounding it that forced thousands from their homes to which they still demand the right to return. More than 760,000 Palestinians either fled or were forced off land claimed by the new state as Israeli forces razed more than 400 towns and villages, the exodus creating huge numbers of refugees spread across the region. Here is some background. Exodus Demands for a Jewish homeland after the Nazi's World…

Israel kills over 55 Palestinians in Gaza as US Embassy opens in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Israeli troops killed over 55 Palestinians taking part in mass protests on the Gaza border as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Monday. The U.S. move fulfilled a pledge by President Donald Trump, who has recognized the holy city as the Israeli capital, but it has fired Palestinian anger and drawn criticism from many foreign governments as a set back to peace efforts. At the embassy inauguration ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for “having the…

Trump to address Jerusalem embassy opening by video: official

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will address around 800 US and Israeli dignitaries at the ceremonial opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem by video on Monday, a senior official said. It was not immediately clear from the senior administration official's comment, on a background call to reporters, whether Trump would speak via a live video-link or a pre-recorded address. The official said staff at the mission in Tel Aviv had just marked its last day as an embassy, and that the ambassador's team would turn up…