Middle East

Palestinians outraged by Trump’s ‘blackmail’ to cut funding

Palestinians outraged by Trump’s ‘blackmail’ to cut funding

A senior Palestinian leader has expressed outrage at President Donald Trump’s threat to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority, calling his tweets “blackmail.” Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement on Wednesday that Trump “single-handedly destroyed the very foundations of peace” by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month. She says the Palestinians “will not be blackmailed”. She […]

Iran protests: State TV shows pro-government rallies after days of unrest

Iran protests: State TV shows pro-government rallies after days of unrest

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS   TEHRAN, Iran — State media aired pro-government demonstrations in cities across Iran Wednesday after a week of protests and unrest over the nation’s economy — a move apparently aimed at calming nerves amid clashes that have killed 21 people. The protests, the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, began Dec. […]

Guatemala faces Arab, Muslim boycott after Jerusalem announcement: PLO

Guatemala faces Arab, Muslim boycott after Jerusalem announcement: PLO

AMMAN: Guatemala could soon face a cardamom boycott from Arab and Muslim countries, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said Wednesday. The boycott threat follows Guatemala’s announcement on Monday that it will follow the US in moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. According to the PLO, Guatemala exports annually $300 million worth […]

Lorde cancels Israel concert amid calls for cultural boycott

Lorde cancels Israel concert amid calls for cultural boycott

Grammy-award winning artist Lorde has canceled a scheduled concert in Tel Aviv following activists’ calls for her to join the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel. Eran Arielli, owner and founder of concert organizer Naranjah, which promoted the June show, confirmed the cancellation on Sunday. “The truth is that I was naive […]

The New York Times tries to make the Ahed Tamimi story go away

The New York Times tries to make the Ahed Tamimi story go away

The New York Times ran a piece today on the very different ways that Israelis and Palestinians see the slapping incident involving 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and an Israeli soldier. It is titled, “Acts of Resistance and Restraint Defy Easy Definition in the West Bank,” and is by David Halbfinger. The article does everything it can to reduce the power of […]

Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote

Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, […]

UN Human Rights Chief Slams Israel for ‘Wanton’ Killing of Palestinian Amputee, Blames Trump for Clashes

UN Human Rights Chief Slams Israel for ‘Wanton’ Killing of Palestinian Amputee, Blames Trump for Clashes

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein condemed on Tuesday the shooting of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian man during clashes along the Israel-Gaza border on Friday. Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, 29, lost his legs during an Israeli airstrike nine years ago. He was one of four Palestinians killed during a wave of protests […]

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