The US Secretary of State John Kerry has cancelled his trip to the Middle East after a surprise bid by the Palestinian President for further UN recognition. Mahmoud Abbas signed a request to join several UN agencies and expressed his anger at Israel’s delay in prisoner releases.
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Rare footage originally recorded by the Lumier Brothers in 1896 of Palestine. At the time, it was part of the Ottoman Empire. It would be 21 more years until it was conquered by the British in World War I.
Israeli diplomats launched an unprecedented strike on Sunday, forcing the complete closure of embassies around the world as they escalated a dispute over pay, officials said. The industrial action has already threatened to postpone a visit by Pope Francis to Israel planned for May – one of 25 trips by foreign officials affected by a work slowdown the diplomats began on March 5 when wage talks broke down.
By escalating the action to a full strike – the first by the diplomatic corps since the country’s establishment in 1948 – the diplomats will close all of Israel’s 102 missions abroad, paralyzing most diplomatic work with other countries and the United Nations. Continue reading ‘Israel closes embassies around the world as diplomats strike’
Israeli soldiers carry a Palestinian protester as they detain him during clashes at a demonstration against the closure of Shuhada street to Palestinians, in the West Bank city of Hebron on February 21, 2014. Hundreds of protesters, including foreign activists, gathered on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of the street, which was closed by the Israeli army in 1994. The closure was after the Hebron mosque massacre by Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli settler, who went on a rampage inside Al Ibrahimi Mosque, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers. (Source)