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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Vie With Israel Over Muslim Pilgrims to Jerusalem

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Vie With Israel Over Muslim Pilgrims to Jerusalem

At the height of tensions in Jerusalem last month over Israeli controls on access to Al-Aqsa, Turkey’s Islamist-rooted president, Tayyip Erdogan, urged his compatriots to flock there in solidarity with the Palestinians.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israeli Lawmakers Aqsa Visits Spark Palestinians, Jordan Anger

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israeli Lawmakers Aqsa Visits Spark Palestinians, Jordan Anger

Another Israeli legislator, Ahmad Tibi, also accused the right-wing Israeli lawmakers of seeking to change the status quo of the site.

“The Arab MKs come to their home, to their mosque. But the right-wing extremist MKs storm the mosque with the protection of … police, and they are the same ones who want to change the status quo to allow them to pray in the courtyard of the mosque,” he added.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Officials to Britain: Recognize Independent Palestinian State

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Officials to Britain: Recognize Independent Palestinian State

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator and secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said:

“Britain … and the rest of the world have to obligate the Israeli government to accept the principle of [the so-called] two states based on the June 4, 1967 borders, that is an independent state of Palestine with East Jerusalem [al-Quds] as its capital … and a halt to all Israeli colonial activities.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Demolishes Four Palestinian Homes in West Bank

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Demolishes Four Palestinian Homes in West Bank

According to local residents, some 50 Israel military vehicles raided the village, alongside Israeli bulldozers, while Israeli drones were flying above the village. The punitive demolition attack in Deir Abu Mashaal left a total of 22 people homeless, despite the fact that they had not been charged with any wrongdoing, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: 75-Year-Old Palestinian Woman and Her Family to be Evicted By Israel from their Age-Old House

ISRAEL POLITICS: 75-Year-Old Palestinian Woman and Her Family to be Evicted By Israel from their Age-Old House

Fahamiya Shamasneh said, “Fifty-three years here means leaving is not easy — it is a lifetime. I was a young girl when I came to this house. The police are threatening us. We don’t know what to do. We will not leave of our own will. Maybe if they force us, carry us and throw us on the streets, then we’ll go.”

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 03 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 03 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted to reject a corruption charge against President Michel Temer, saving him from facing a possible Supreme Court trial that could have ousted him from office. Temer won enough ballots to keep the opposition from attaining two-thirds of the vote required to move the corruption case forward.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Saeb Erekat: ‘US Silence on Settlements, Two-State Solution Encouraging Israel’s Apartheid Policies’

PALESTINE POLITICS: Saeb Erekat: ‘US Silence on Settlements, Two-State Solution Encouraging Israel’s Apartheid Policies’

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Jerusalem Mosque Metal Detectors to Stay: Israel Says

ISRAEL POLITICS: Jerusalem Mosque Metal Detectors to Stay: Israel Says

“If they (Palestinians) do not want to enter the mosque, then let them not enter the mosque,” Tzachi Hanegbi, Israeli minister for regional development and a senior member of the ruling Likud party, told Israel’s Army Radio.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Trying to ‘Deny Palestinian Heritage’: Shakdam, Director of Shafaqna Institute

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Trying to ‘Deny Palestinian Heritage’: Shakdam, Director of Shafaqna Institute

Catherine Shakdam, director of Shafaqna Middle Eastern Studies, Israeli regime is trying to “exacerbate hatred and divisions” within religious communities.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hail South Africa’s Decision to Downgrade Israel Ties

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hail South Africa’s Decision to Downgrade Israel Ties

Palestinian Ambassador to South Africa Hashem Dajani also described the decision as an “advanced move to put pressure on the apartheid government of Israel in order to end occupation of the state of Palestine.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Pro-Zionist Lobbies Against Peace in Palestine: Analyst

PALESTINE POLITICS: Pro-Zionist Lobbies Against Peace in Palestine: Analyst

Dean said lobbying groups, which are seeking to exert influence on Israeli and US officials, want the prolongation of conflict in Palestine.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Deal With Saudi Arabia Prerequisite to End Conflict With Palestine: Lieberman, Israel’s Minister of Military Affairs

ISRAEL POLITICS: Deal With Saudi Arabia Prerequisite to End Conflict With Palestine: Lieberman, Israel’s Minister of Military Affairs

“The only light at end of the tunnel is complete regional agreement. Full diplomatic and economic relations. Not under the table, but on table,” Lieberman added.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Forces its Curriculum in Palestinian Schools

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Forces its Curriculum in Palestinian Schools

Faris, 18, chose to study the Israeli curriculum instead of the Palestinian equivalent in the hope that it will open more doors at colleges in Israel and help him get work there.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Despite Tillerson Reassurance, Palestinians Not Stopping ‘Martyr’ Payments

PALESTINE POLITICS: Despite Tillerson Reassurance, Palestinians Not Stopping ‘Martyr’ Payments

Palestinian officials say there are no plans to stop payments to families of Palestinians killed or wounded carrying out attacks against Israelis, contradicting comments by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Waives Law Requiring US Embassy in Jerusalem

USA POLITICS: Trump Waives Law Requiring US Embassy in Jerusalem

“President Donald Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” White House.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel ‘Key Driver’ of Palestinian Suffering: UN Report

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel ‘Key Driver’ of Palestinian Suffering: UN Report

UN report says Palestinians forcibly displaced from their homes reached record high last year, affecting 1,601 people, including 759 children.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israeli Protesters Support Palestinian State, Urge End to Occupation

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israeli Protesters Support Palestinian State, Urge End to Occupation

“The time has come to prove to the Israelis, the Palestinians and the entire world that an important segment of the Israeli population is opposed to occupation,” said Peace Now head Avi Buskila.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: UN Envoy Warns of Dire Crisis as Gaza Faces Power Cuts, Gallons of Raw Sewage Pouring into the Sea

PALESTINE POLITICS: UN Envoy Warns of Dire Crisis as Gaza Faces Power Cuts, Gallons of Raw Sewage Pouring into the Sea

“In Gaza, we are walking into another crisis with our eyes wide open,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, told the Security Council in New York.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: 60 Palestinian Hunger Strikers Taken to Hospital

ISRAEL POLITICS: 60 Palestinian Hunger Strikers Taken to Hospital

Palestinian Prisoners’ Society lawyers said many of them were in serious condition and had to be hospitalized after refusing to eat for 38 days.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: 3 Palestinians Sentenced to Death By Hamas for Killing Mazen Fuqaha

PALESTINE POLITICS: 3 Palestinians Sentenced to Death By Hamas for Killing Mazen Fuqaha

“The field court has sentenced the three convicted of carrying out the crime of the assassination of martyr Mazen Fuqaha to death,” said Brigadier-General Naser Suleiman, chairman of the Hamas-run military judiciary.

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