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Palestinian Muslims protest as Jews visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem escorted by security forces on March 14, 2019. AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP
March 21, 2019 - 18:23 GMT
At first, Israelis tried and succeeded using intimidation. Long after the 2003 decision to ban the use of the Bab Al Rahma (Gate of Mercy) site as office space for the Islamic Heritage Committee of Al Aqsa Mosque, run by activist Sheikh Raed Salah, the Israelis continued pressuring the Jerusalem Awqaf Department (endowment) to keep the location off limits. No explanation was given and the Jordanian-run Islamic awqaf would not challenge the decision in Israeli courts. Instead, Jordan used diplomatic efforts to get the decision reversed. For 16 years, the diplomatic track produced no results.
Manama Bahrain (Shutterstock)
March 21, 2019 - 16:25 GMT
A Bahraini NGO has criticized Manama's plan to host three Israeli speakers for the upcoming 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Congress, which will be held in the Bahraini capital from April 15 to 18.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AFP)
March 21, 2019 - 13:33 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday hailed his country's close ties with Israel, saying the self-proclaimed Jewish state had “no better friend than the U.S.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands next to the eternal flame at a ceremony commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during the Holocaus (AFP)
March 21, 2019 - 10:33 GMT
Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo accused US Democrats of anti-Semitism on Wednesday, following controversial comments by a Muslim congresswoman over American support for Israel.
Jordan's King Abdullah II (AFP)
March 21, 2019 - 07:56 GMT
King Abdullah on Wednesday reiterated his stand on the Palestinian issue, stressing “my position on Jerusalem is unwavering”.
An Israeli soldier chases a Palestinian protester during clashes following a demonstration against Jewish settlements west of Ramallah, on March 8, 2019. (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)
March 20, 2019 - 11:51 GMT
Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces’ live fire in the al-Ghawi area, east of the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, on predawn Wednesday.
The Palestinian youth was shot by Israeli forces in clashes on the Gaza border nearly two weeks ago and has succumbed to his wounds, the enclave's health ministry said today. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
March 20, 2019 - 07:54 GMT
Israel on Tuesday asked 26 countries for support against a UN vote that singles out its violation of international human rights and humanitarian law in the occupied Gaza Strip, according to local media.
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Mousa Mousa,23, during his funeral in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip (AFP)
March 20, 2019 - 06:00 GMT
UN investigators have concluded that Israel has committed serious human rights violations by shooting at unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza over the past year.
Protests in Algeria in March 2019 (AFP/FILE)
March 19, 2019 - 15:06 GMT
Ending practices of corruption and cronyism requires movements that aren’t framed as spontaneous ‘Springs’ of youth but as constituent parts of a broad-based, durable intergenerational call for justice from below.
Israeli army (Shutterstock)
March 19, 2019 - 13:51 GMT
The Israeli army will seal off the West Bank and Gaza Strip for four days ahead of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, according to the military on Tuesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP)
March 19, 2019 - 12:59 GMT
Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz responded Tuesday to the leaking of a recording in which he told close confidants that he would not rule out a unity government with Benjamin Netanyahu, saying in a statement that the situation has changed and that he will not be willing to form a coalition with the prime minister.
West Bank checkpoints (Twitter)
March 19, 2019 - 12:56 GMT
The Israeli army reportedly decided to increase “security” restrictions imposed on checkpoints across the occupied West Bank.
Soldiers stand guard on the road leading to Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee camp. (AFP/ File Photo)
March 18, 2019 - 12:49 GMT
The Miyeh Miyeh Palestinian refugee camp east of Sidon witnessed “limited tensions” on Sunday between members of the Fatah and Hamas movements, the National News Agency said.
Palestinians worshippers gather before Friday noon prayers last week at the so-called 'Golden Gate' in Jerusalem's Old City. (AFP/ File Photo)
March 18, 2019 - 09:37 GMT
The Palestinian and Jordanian foreign ministries rejected in two separate statements Israeli interference in the affairs and status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, on Sunday.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (AFP)
March 18, 2019 - 02:00 GMT
US Representative Ilhan Omar tweeted support for the Syrian people who revolted against Assad’s regime on Friday.
Bab al-Rahma gate which is used by Muslim worshippers to enter al-Aqsa Mosque (Twitter)
March 17, 2019 - 13:18 GMT
The Israeli military has decided to close the Bab al-Rahma gate which is used by Muslim worshippers to enter al-Aqsa Mosque.