Abbas to Egypt for talks with Sisi on Trump’s Jerusalem move

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to meet Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo Monday over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Egypt’s presidency said. Trump’s move has drawn near universal condemnation, and Palestinian officials say Abbas will refuse to meet US Vice President Mike Pence when he travels to […]

Erdogan slams Israel as ‘oppressive, occupation terrorist state’ that ‘kills children

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out against Israel Sunday, calling it a ‘terrorist state’ that ‘kills children.’ Erdogan promised to fight to the bitter end against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. “Palestine is an innocent victim… as for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!” Erdogan […]

Palestinians seeking new peace broker, as Anti-Trump protest flares in Beirut, elsewhere

Beirut-  A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem’s main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Four days of street protests in the Palestinian territories over Trump’s announcement on Wednesday have largely died down, […]

In rare North Korea visit, UN presses need to ‘reduce the risks of conflict’

The United Nations political affairs chief told senior North Korean officials during a visit to Pyongyang this week that there was an “urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict,” the world body said. Jeffrey Feltman, the highest-level UN official to visit North Korea since 2012, met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice-Minister […]

Christian leaders in Jerusalem warn Trump, say his decision will cause ‘explosion’ in Arab states

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has spoken out against Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital after days of conflict in the West Bank. A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli troops earlier today as tensions flared close to the Gaza border. Thousands of Palestinians have been […]

VP Pence faces difficult Middle East visit. Meetings canceled over Trump’s Jerusalem move

Neither the Palestinian Authority president nor the head of Egypt’s largest Christian church , nor the head of Cairo’s al-Azhar mosque, Sunni Islam’s top seat of learning plan to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the Middle East later this month, in protest over the U.S. declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. […]

Arab ministers demand reversal of Trump Jerusalem decision ” a legalization of occupation”

Arab foreign ministers on Saturday demanded that the United States rescind President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling it a “grave” development that puts Washington on the same side as the occupation and the violation of international law. In a strongly-worded resolution long on rhetoric but short on meaningful actions, the […]

American Jewish Studies scholars sign petition against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

More than 100 Jewish studies scholars have signed a petition condemning President Trump‘s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In a petition released Thursday — just days after Trump’s declaration — more than 110 signatories from universities and colleges around the country called on Trump to rescind the declaration. “We write as Jewish Studies […]