Israel behind ‘Christian exodus’ from Palestine -more on Palestine

28/12/17; Ali  Younes Christianity Beit Jala, Palestine               – The Israeli occupation of Palestine is the main factor behind the exodus of Palestinian Christians from the region, according to a new study. Less than two percent of Palestinians living in historic Palestine are Christian [Anadolu/Issam Rimawi] The research carried out by Dar al-Kalima University in […] read more…

Israel in touch with ’10 countries’ over embassy moves: deputy minister

  26/12/17; AFP, Jerusalem   Israel is in touch with “at least ten countries” over the possible transfer of their embassies to Jerusalem after the United States recognised the city as Israel’s capital, a deputy minister said Monday. “We are in contact with at least ten countries, some of them in Europe” to discuss the […] read more…

Palestinians call Guatemala’s Jerusalem embassy move ‘shameful’

26/12/17; Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP)   The Palestinian foreign ministry on Monday slammed as “shameful” Guatemala’s decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States recognised the city as the capital of Israel. Palestinians call Guatemala’s Jerusalem embassy move ‘shameful’ – “It’s a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes […] read more…

Ahed and Nariman Tamimi’s detentions extended

26/12/17; Jaclynn Ashly; Israel – The mother-and-daughter duo’s legal fate has attracted global attention             Bethlehem, occupied West Bank – On a day when millions of people around the world spent time with their families, laughing and exchanging gifts, Bassem Tamimi sat for hours in an Israeli court anticipating the fate of his daughter, wife […] read more…

‘Devastating’: Israeli tear gas’ effect on Palestinians

***       by Ibrahim Husseini & Liam O’Hare 4 hours ago Recent protests have increased exposure of Palestinians to tear gas, says a new study [File: Reuters] more on Palestine Ahed and Nariman Tamimi’s detentions extendedtoday Salman Abu Sitta: Jerusalem Palestinian more than London Englishtoday Monument of the past: Jordan’s relationship with Jerusalemyesterday […] read more…

For Palestinian Christians, Trump is Christmas killjoy

22/12/17 Shatha Yaish  AFP   Bethlehem (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – US Vice President Mike Pence may have postponed his visit, but Palestinian Christians still say Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is spoiling their Christmas. For Palestinian Christians, Trump is Christmas killjoy In Bethlehem, thousands plan to celebrate on December 24 and 25, including […] read more…

10,000 refugees’ to be relocated from Libya to EU in 2018

  AFP / 11:09pm AEDT; Rome (AFP)   Up to 10,000 people stranded in refugee camps and detention centres in Libya could be relocated to Europe in 2018, the Italian government said on Sunday. 10,000 refugees’ to be relocated from Libya to EU in 2018 The initiative would be part of an attempt by EU […] read more…

‘Kung fu nuns’ on bikes swap maroon robes for lycra leggings

  AFP / 24/12/17 Kathmandu (AFP) Share   About 200 “Kung fu nuns” kicked off a month-long journey from Nepal through India on Saturday, swapping their flowing maroon robes for lycra leggings to raise awareness about human trafficking and gender equality. ‘Kung fu nuns’ on bikes swap maroon robes for lycra leggings The Buddhist nuns […] read more…

Refugees are like Joseph and Mary: Pope Francis

AAP 25/12/17   Today’s refugees are fleeing their homes just as Joseph and Mary had to before the birth of Jesus Christ, Pope Francis says in a Christmas Eve service in St Peter’s Basilica. “So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary. We see the tracks of entire families forced […] read more…

Abbas breaks with US over Jerusalem – but for how long?

23/12/17; Joe Dyke AFP   Palestinian Christian leaders have rejected US President Donald Trump‘s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling it “dangerous” and “insulting”. Trump’s UN Jerusalem failure a ‘gift to Iran’: HaaretzTrump’s December 6 announcement has sparked protests across the Muslim world and drawn international condemnation. The US move is offensive to […] read more…

Girl, nine, with autism in tears after hurtful; Christmas card from classmate

23/12/17; Mel Buttigieg Yahoo7 News; UK   A nine-year-old girl with autism was reduced to tears on the last day of school, after receiving a hurtful Christmas card from a classmate. Little Ella Singleton had been counting down the days until Christmas and handed out festive cards to her “friends” at school, but was “devastated” […] read more…

Iraq’s Mosul celebrates first post-IS Christmas

AFP / 1:14am AEDT Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) by Mohammed Salim Hymns and cries of joy filled a church in Iraq’s second city Mosul on Sunday as worshippers celebrated Christmas there for the first time in four years after the end of jihadist rule. Iraq’s Mosul celebrates first post-IS Christmas – Mass opened with the Iraqi […] read more…

UN rights chief refuses to ‘bend knee’ after US clash

21/12/17 AFP / 3 hours ago   United Nations (United States) (AFP) – The United Nations’ top human rights official, a sharp critic of US President Donald Trump, declared Wednesday that he will not toe the line to seek re-election in his post. UN rights chief refuses to ‘bend knee’ after US clash Zeid Ra’ad […] read more…

Trump threatens funding cuts ahead of Jerusalem vote (2)

AFP / 4 hours ago Washington (AFP)   President Donald Trump threatened to cut funding Wednesday to countries that vote against the United States on a motion at the United Nations condemning Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “All these nations that take our money and then vote against us at the Security Council […] read more…

Trump to take Jerusalem vote ‘personally’

  21/12/17; AAP Edith M. Lederer; (1)   US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favour of a draft United Nations resolution against his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Donald Trump has threatened to cut off aid to UN members who vote against his […] read more…

Palestinians in Lebanon: ‘It’s like living in a prison’

16/12/17; Lisa KhouryHuman Rights Mashwra, whose family fled Israeli oppression in the Palestinian territories years ago in hopes of a better life in Lebanon, instead found a dismal economy, international aid shortages and discrimination against Palestinians. He began working full-time to help his family survive. “I thought, I’ll go back to school when I go […] read more…
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