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Netanyahu announces thousands of new east Jerusalem settler homes

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:27 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announces approval to build a new settlement with several thousands of homes in Givat Hamatos, next to the mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa

NEW HOMES. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) points from an overview at the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (background) on February 20, 2020. Photo by Debbie Hill/ various sources/AFP

Israeli court approves Jerusalem church land sale to settler group

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Israel's top court approves sale of properties by the Greek Orthodox Church to a Jewish pro-settlement organization in mainly Palestinian areas of annexed east Jerusalem

A member of Israeli security forces stands guard as a group of Jewish orthodox students wearing shirts bearing the Star of David tour the old city of Jerusalem on June 2, 2019 as Israelis mark Jerusalem Day. Jerusalem Day commemorates Israel's capture of the holy city's mainly Palestinian eastern sector in the 1967 Six-Day War. MENAHEM KAHANA / afp

Israel shuts Jerusalem holy site after unrest

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Israeli police say they evacuated the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, after a Molotov cocktail damaged a police post

CONTROVERSIAL. Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5, 2017. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Gazans bury their dead after bloodiest day in years

Mar 31, 2018 - 7:12 PM

(UPDATED) Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas declares Saturday a day of national mourning. In a speech, he holds Israel fully responsible for the deaths.

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. Photo by Said Khatib / AFP

'Shameful': Palestine slams Guatemala's Jerusalem embassy move

Dec 26, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Israelis see the whole of Jerusalem as their undivided capital while the Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state

'ILLEGAL ACT'. Palestinians say Guatemala cannot follow the US's move of moving their embassy to Jerusalem. AFP file photo

Pope seeks peace in Jerusalem, highlights plight of war-scarred children

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:01 PM

'We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,' Pope Francis says in his 5th Urbi et Orbi message

Following Trump's lead, Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) Guatemala president Jimmy Morales is the first leader to back US President Donald Trump's controversial change of stance on the holy city

CAPITAL QUARREL. Guatemala is set to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel

Pope talks about U.S.-Jerusalem issue with Jordan's King

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Jordan's King Abdullah greets Pope Francis as 'my dear friend and brother,' presenting him a painting of Jerusalem's Old City, featuring the Islamic Dome of the Rock and the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulcher

VISITOR. Pope Francis greets Jordan's King Abdullah II during a private meeting at the Vatican, on December 19, 2017. Photo by  Max Rossi/POOL/AFP

Palestinians killed in new wave of protests over Trump

Dec 16, 2017 - 12:20 AM

Unrest in Palestinian Territories spreads since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

UNREST. Palestinian protesters wave the national flag during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border fence with Israel, east of Gaza City on December 15, 2017 as demonstrations continue over US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

U.S. Vice President Pence to go ahead with Middle East trip

Dec 14, 2017 - 11:43 PM

Palestinian, Coptic and other leaders have said Pence is not welcome and have publicly rebuffed requests for a meeting

SECOND. US Vice President Mike Pence (right) looks on as President Donald Trump signs a proclamation after he delivered a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital – Islamic leaders

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM

(UPDATED) Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warns that the United States no longer has a role to play in the peace process

HIS HIGHNESS. File photo of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaking during a meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Bilateral Coordination Council in the capital Riyadh on October 22, 2017. Photo by Alex Brandon/POOL/AFP

Israel ignores UN demand against settlements – diplomat

Mar 25, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The January spike in illegal settlement announcements by Israel is deeply concerning says envoy Nickolay Mladenov

UN Security Council to vote on Israel settlements

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:02 AM

UPDATED A similar resolution was vetoed by the United States in 2011 and it remains uncertain if the measure will be adopted this time

Israeli settlers play in the settlement outpost of Amona, which was established in 1997, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on November 29 2016. Menahem Kahana/AFP

EU joins criticism of east Jerusalem settlement plan

May 09, 2015 - 10:47 PM

Moving forward with the construction of housing units in the annexed area is damaging adds the US State Department

SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on May 6, 2015, shows buildings in Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement in the mainly Palestinian eastern sector of Jerusalem. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel firm on settlements as world outcry grows

Dec 05, 2012 - 1:50 PM

Israel stood firm Tuesday December 3 in the face of mounting international pressure as it pushed ahead with a swathe of settlement plans seen as threatening the viability of a future Palestinian state

Palestinians laborers work at a housing construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon, east of Jerusalem on December 3, 2012. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA