Trump says will not move US embassy to Jerusalem for now

Sunday, 8 October 2017

US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will not go ahead with his controversial pledge to move the American embassy to Jerusalem until after pushing for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. “I wanna give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem,” Trump said on former governor Mike Huckabee’s TV show, referring to efforts to forge a peace between the two sides that has eluded career diplomats for decades. “We’re gonna make a decision in ...

Ancelotti coaching kids in Jerusalem after fired from Bayern

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Carlo Ancelotti is in Jerusalem coaching children for a coexistence group just days after being fired from Bayern Munich.Asked about his dismissal by the German champion, Ancelotti said on Monday he “feels good.”Ancelotti is training Muslim, Christian, and Jewish youth as part of Assist for Peace, a group trying to open a sports center in the Old City for kids of all religions and ethnicities.Bayern fired Ancelotti as coach on Thursday, a day after losing to Paris Saint-Germain 3-0, ...

Churches condemn attempts to ‘weaken’ Christians in Jerusalem

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The leading churches in Jerusalem issued a rare joint statement Tuesday condemning what they called “systematic” Israeli attempts to “weaken the Christian presence” in the city. The statement, signed by the heads of the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Armenian, Lutheran and other churches, condemned an Israeli court decision allowing a pro-settlement group to take control of church land in a mainly Palestinian area of annexed east Jerusalem, as well as a bill in the Israeli ...

Israeli MP Yehuda Glick visits Haram al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Israeli lawmaker Yehuda Glick, shot in 2014 over his campaign for Jewish prayer an ultra-sensitive Jerusalem holy site, visited there on Tuesday during a one-day break in a government ban. No incidents occurred as MP Yehuda Glick, of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, toured the Haram al-Sharif compound, or the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem. Some Muslim worshippers yelled “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) as he left and he waved to them. Jews are not allowed to ...

PHOTOS: Palestinians share appetite for traditional food

Friday, 25 August 2017

For a people struggling to establish their own state, traditional food is an important part of the national heritage, and for Palestinians in the West Bank that goes well beyond the standard hummus (chickpea paste). In Hebron, a biblical town in the Israeli-occupied territory, Eyad Abu Seena runs his family's qedra shop, where potted meat bakes over rice in an open oven in the wall. For many, Hebron has the best food in the West Bank. “The qedra is part of the heritage of the people of ...

Jordan, Palestine create crisis committee to avoid a third intifada

Friday, 18 August 2017

A meeting on August 7 between King Abdullah of Jordan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas established a joint crisis committee to follow up the Israeli violations at al-Aqsa Mosque and evaluate the past and expected Israeli violations in Jerusalem. This committee’s significance is to avoid the eruption of a third Palestinian Intifada that would be a result of excessive power by enforced by Israeli forces against Palestinians. The royal visit to Ramallah was marked as “a sign of ...

At midnight, Jerusalem Old City's 'cat lady' prowls

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

For more than two decades Tova Saul has fed and cared for hundreds of cats, earning the informal title of the walled Old City's 'cat lady'. It is nearly midnight when Tova Saul, an Orthodox Jew, approaches the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem's Old City, carrying two large cases and a variety of contraptions. Within an hour, a row will have started that will see four people, including Saul, dragged to a police station. But for now she's searching for cats. For more than two decades she has fed and ...

Has Israel seized ‘crucial’ documents from Al-Aqsa Mosque?

Monday, 31 July 2017

The head of the Jerusalem International Center, Hassan Khater, warned in a press statement of a “real disaster for Jerusalem” after stealing important documents from al-Aqsa mosque by the occupation during the period the Palestinians were prevented from entering it. The stolen documents are related to the real estate registry of Al-Awqaf Department, which represents 90 percent of the Old City, comprising property, land and Islamic endowment. The Jerusalem International Center is of ...

The fight for Jerusalem: Palestinians will not be subdued

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Five Palestinians were killed and nearly 1,000 others were wounded within ten days in Jerusalem, beginning July 14. Commenting on this alarming figure, the Israeli rights group, B'Tselem accused the Israeli army of "sweeping disregard" for Palestinian lives in Occupied East Jerusalem. Palestinians, however, remained undeterred, continuing their protests in the city. Aside from its geographic centrality and spiritual significance for Palestinians, the powerful symbolism of Jerusalem ...

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