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UNGA to meet on Jerusalem status

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MNA International Desk: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim states on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking a warning from Washington that it will “take names.” Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour said the General Assembly would vote on a draft resolution calling for Trump’s declaration to be withdrawn, which was vetoed by the United States in the 15-member UN Security Council on Monday. The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did ...

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Trump’s move on Jerusalem: A rare case of unity in the Muslim world

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MNA Feature Desk: US President Donald Trump has played his ‘Trump card’ by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an occupying state, on December 06, 2017. This declaration came out of the blues when the Muslim world is already fighting for its existence with so many mid-to-low scale wars have been going on around the world. The Muslim world is divided in opinions based on their religious sects and resources. This is clearly evident for many years that the Muslim countries are not united and they have deep rooted differences which they are not ready to let go. Few ...

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OIC calls to recognise Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

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MNA International Desk: Muslim leaders condemned US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and called on the world to respond by recognising East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who hosted the summit of more than 50 Muslim countries in Istanbul, said the US move meant Washington had forfeited its role as broker in efforts to end Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “From now on, it is out of the question for a biased United States to be a mediator between Israel and Palestine, that period is over,” Erdogan said at the ...

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Thousands protest against Trump’s Jerusalem plan

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority countries in Asia rallied on Friday to condemn the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as authorities tightened security outside US embassies. Leaders in both Indonesia and Malaysia have joined a global chorus of condemnation of President Donald Trump’s decision. Protesters, some shouting anti-US slogans and burning an effigy of Trump, gathered in front of the American embassy in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. In Indonesia, a few hundred demonstrators mostly clad in white rallied outside the US embassy in Jakarta, capital of the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. Some ...

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Two dead in ‘Day of Rage’ over Jerusalem

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MNA International Desk: At least two people were killed in clashes with Israeli troops on Friday when thousands of Palestinians demonstrated against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands more protesters took to the streets on the Muslim holy day to express solidarity with the Palestinians and outrage at Trump’s reversal of decades of US policy. Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man near the Gaza border, the first confirmed death in two days of unrest. Scores of people were wounded on the “Day of Rage”. A second person later ...

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Arabs, Europe, UN reject Trump’s recognition

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MNA International Desk: Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East on Wednesday condemned the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Major U.S. allies came out against Trump’s reversal of decades of U.S. and broad international policy on Jerusalem. France rejected the ‘unilateral’ decision while ...

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Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump reversed decades of US policy on Wednesday and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in defiance of warnings from around the world that the gesture risks creating further unrest in the Middle East. In a speech at the White House, Trump said his administration would begin a process of moving the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is expected to take years. The status of Jerusalem — home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions — is one of the thorniest obstacles to reaching a peace deal between ...

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Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital

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MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump on Wednesday will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and set in motion the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city, senior U.S. officials said, a decision that upends decades of U.S. policy and risks fueling violence in the Middle East. Facing an outcry of opposition from Arab capitals, Trump, in a landmark speech, will announce he has ordered the State Department to begin developing a plan to move the embassy from Tel Aviv in what is expected to be a process that takes three to four years, the officials said. He will ...

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Israel removes metal detectors from holy site

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MNA International Desk: Israel removed metal detectors from a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday and said they would no longer be used after the new security measures set off deadly violence. The move came after intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop the outbreak of wider unrest, with warnings that it could spread far beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories, reported news agency. Israel’s security cabinet accepted “the recommendation of all the security bodies to change the inspection with metal detectors to a security inspection based on advanced technologies and other means,” a statement from ...

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Palestinian gunman killed 2 in Jerusalem shooting rampage

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MNA International Desk: Israeli authorities have arrested dozens of Palestinians after a shooting rampage in Jerusalem killed two people and wounded five others, police said Monday. The arrests after Sunday’s attack included 31 Palestinians seeking to participate in celebrations in memory of the assailant as well as members of his family in east Jerusalem, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told army radio. Some 15 other Palestinians were arrested for throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at security forces in east Jerusalem, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. The arrests come after Sunday’s attack in which a 39-year-old Palestinian went on a shooting ...

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Trump would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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MNA International Desk: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if elected, the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reported news agency. While Israel calls it as capital, few other countries accept that, including the United States. Most nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv. Palestinians want East-Jerusalem, captured by Israel in a 1967 war, as capital of the state they aim to establish alongside Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Trump also said he agreed with Netanyahu that peace in the Middle East could only be achieved when “the ...

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