Egypt’s Copts on ‘forbidden’ path to Jerusalem, despite vague pilgrimage ban

Saturday, 7 April 2018

The ban on pilgrimage to Jerusalem is associated to the late Pope Shenouda III who objected to the 1979 Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel and refused to accompany Sadat on his visit to Israel. “I will never go to Jerusalem except hand-in-hand with my Muslim brothers after the end of the Israeli occupation,” said Shenouda in his famous statement, justifying the ban whose violators were denied communion and at times threatened with excommunication. The ban, however, dates back to ...

Netanyahu lauds US law to curb Palestinian aid

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is praising the US government for passing a law that suspends some financial aid to the Palestinians over the stipends paid to families of Palestinians killed or jailed in fighting with Israel. The Taylor Force Act, named after an American killed in Israel by a Palestinian in 2016, was folded into a $1.3 trillion spending bill signed by President Donald Trump. On Sunday, Netanyahu called the law a “powerful signal by the US that changes the ...

Netanyahu to talk with Trump about attending Jerusalem embassy opening

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will discuss the possibility of US President Donald Trump attending the May opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem when he meets Trump on Monday.Netanyahu made the comment late Saturday before boarding a flight to the United States.“I’ll definitely discuss with him that possibility,” Netanyahu said in response to a journalist’s question on whether he planned to invite Trump for the occasion.“I’m very ...

The future of the Middle East peace process

Thursday, 1 March 2018

In an earlier article, I argued that the Palestinian cause is absent at all levels including the media and politics, as well as public opinion because of the so-called Arab Spring. I attributed this absence to three factors: Arab countries are busy with their internal issues in light of deteriorating economic conditions and high prices; the emergence of “terrorism” has echoed throughout the media at the expense of developments in Palestine and a Palestinian internal division occurred ...

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin

Israel suspends actions that led to closure of Christian holy site

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Israel on Tuesday suspended tax measures and other actions that led to the rare closure of the church built at what is seen as the holiest site in Christianity.The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the suspension in a statement.Christian leaders who have kept Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre closed since Sunday over the measures have yet to respond to the decision.

Church leaders shut Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre in land, tax protest

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Church leaders in Jerusalem shut the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday in protest at a new Israeli tax policy and a proposed land expropriation law which they called a “systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land”. Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian church leaders said the holy site, a popular stop for pilgrims and where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried, would remain closed until further notice. ...

US official says embassy expected to open in Jerusalem in May

Friday, 23 February 2018

The United States is expected to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a US official told Reuters on Friday, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of US policy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in contact with the US Administration and will respond if and when an American announcement is made on the planned US Embassy move to Jerusalem, an Israeli government source said on Friday. US President Donald Trump announced last year that the United States recognized ...

Nikki Haley: Mideast peace proposal nearly ready

Friday, 23 February 2018

The United States ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that a proposal for a long awaited peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians is near completion. “I think they’re finishing it up,” Nikki Haley said, when asked about formulations of a Middle East peace proposal during an appearance at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. ALSO READ: West Bank settlers grew twice the rate of Israel’s overall population last year The news came a day after ...

Oman’s foreign minister visits Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Friday, 16 February 2018

Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi made a rare visit by such a senior Arab dignitary to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and said the establishment of a Palestinian state was necessary to achieve stability and development in the region. Bin Alawi’s visit to pray at the third holiest site in the Islamic world was confirmed by Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director of the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem which is responsible for running the site inside Jerusalem’s walled Old ...

Israel begins distributing deportation notices to Africans, legalizes West Bank settlement

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Israeli authorities have begun distributing deportation notices to thousands of African migrants.In letters delivered Sunday, Israel says the migrants have 60 days to accept the offer to leave the country for an unnamed African destination in exchange for $3,500 and a plane ticket. Those who don’t by April 1 will be incarcerated indefinitely.Some 40,000 migrants, nearly all from Eritrea and Sudan, fled danger for the safety and opportunities of Israel in recent years. Many have expressed ...

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