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Palestinian protesters set pictures of Mike Pence on fire

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A small group of Palestinian protesters on Sunday set fire to placards printed with images of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Middle East negotiator Jason Greenblatt outside Jesus’s traditional birthplace, days before their arrival in the region. With Bethlehem’s illuminated Christmas tree behind them, about 30 people stood quietly holding candles at Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, the site Christians believe marks Jesus’s birthplace, before setting the placards alight. “Bethlehem welcomes the messengers of peace, not the messengers of war”, read…

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Christmas cancelled: Jesus’s hometown of Nazareth SCRAPS celebrations because of Trump

The Israeli Arab city said it had cancelled some Christmas celebrations in protest at the US President’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Mr Trump announced the move last week, reversing decades of US policy and recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, jeopardising Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike. Nazareth, the largest Arab town in Israel with a Muslim and Christian population of 76,000, is one of the Holy Land’s focal points of Christmas festivities. City spokesman Salem Sharara said: “We…

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President Trump's Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital Has Sparked Rage in Palestine

(JERUSALEM) — Thousands of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, demonstrators in the Gaza Strip burned U.S. flags and pictures of President Donald Trump, and a top Palestinian official said Vice President Mike Pence would not be welcome in the West Bank, in a show of rage Thursday over the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Israeli forces were bracing for the possibility of even stronger violence on Friday, when tens of thousands of Palestinians attend weekly prayers at Jerusalem’s Al…

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World leaders slam Trump’s ‘dangerous’ Jerusalem move

From Europe to the Middle East to Australia, U.S. allies and adversaries alike lined up Wednesday to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to later move the U.S. embassy there. World leaders painted the decision as unilateral and outside the vision of a negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians and warned of heightened tensions or even violence across the Middle East. British Prime Minister Theresa May swiftly “disagreed” with Trump’s decision, saying in a statement that Jerusalem’s fate should be decided…

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‘USA dominance is crumbling’ Germany minister hits out ‘but nobody has turned to the EU’

Sigmar Gabriel accused EU nations of allowing the bloc to become irrelevant despite the crumbling of US dominance. Mr Gabriel said: “As the US has withdrawn from the international stage, nobody has turned to the European Union.” He then accused the EU nations of treating the bloc “as if they have a second one in their hip pocket”. The foreign minister added the US “no longer sees the world as a global community, but as a fighting arena where everyone has to seek their own advantage”. Mr Gabriel also claimed…

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‘Sad’ Saudi royals label Trump ‘irresponsible’ and blast US for ‘violating peace process’

The US President reversed a decades old US policy on Israel as he announced yesterday the American embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but Saudi Arabia claimed it “represents a bias against the rights of the Palestinian people”. The controversial move has sparked international condemnation from the Palestinians, the UK, Turkey and other nations. Now the Saudi royal court has released a statement describing the announcement as a “big step back in efforts to advance peace process”, adding it “violates US neutral position regarding Jerusalem”. The royal court…

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‘Donald Trump is WRONG’ Theresa May condemns ‘unhelpful’ Israel speech

Speaking at the White House this afternoon, Trump said the world is no closer to a lasting peace agreement in the region – adding recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is “in the best interests of the US and the pursuit of peace between Israel and Palestinians.” But the British prime minister has condemned the controversial action as she reiterated the UK’s support for continued negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Mrs May said: “We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the…

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‘IRRESPONSIBLE’ Turkey condemns Trump Israel speech as protests break out across Istanbul

EPA Several hundred protesters gathered outside the US consulate in Turkey Several hundred protesters gathered outside the US consulate as Mr Trump announced he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Demonstrators threw coins and other objects at the consulate as they voiced their outrage at the controversial announcement. Protestors also shouted slogans against the US President as they brandished Turkish flags during another rally at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. The protests come as Turkey’s foreign ministry condemned the decision as “irresponsible” and called on Washington…

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‘Three days of wrath’ Fears of riots in streets of Israel over Donald Trump’s plan to move

The US President is expected to announce his plan to move the American embassy to the holy city today. He is also expected to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel. But the move has led several Palestinian groups to call for three “days of wrath” starting on Wednesday in retaliation, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.  The Israeli Federal Foreign Office responded by updating its travel advice to Israel and the Palestinian territories that there could be riots in the streets. It warned: “Violent conflicts can not be ruled out.”…

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