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Newsline: Thousands of Indonesians rally at US Embassy over Jerusalem

About 10,000 people rallied Sunday outside the U.S. Embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to denounce President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Similar protests, mostly organized by the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party, or PKS, also were held in many other cities in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country. The protests were the third and biggest in Indonesia since Trump’s decision on Thursday. In the capital, protesters carried banners reading “U.S. Embassy, Get Out from Al Quds,” ”Free Jerusalem and Palestinians” and “We are with the Palestinians.” Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem. Wearing traditional Islamic white robes, the protesters also unfurled Indonesian and Palestinian flags.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/thousands-indonesians-rally-us-embassy-jerusalem-51698662

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Newsline: Palestinian diplomat praises protesters ‘who defend Jerusalem’

Palestinian protests against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew praise from a top diplomat at the United Nations. “From this podium, I would like to commend our great Palestinian people who defend Jerusalem today in its neighborhoods, streets and places of worship,” Palestinian diplomat Riyad Mansour told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. Palestinian protests against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew praise from a top diplomat at the United Nations. “From this podium, I would like to commend our great Palestinian people who defend Jerusalem today in its neighborhoods, streets and places of worship,” Palestinian diplomat Riyad Mansour told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/palestinian-diplomat-praises-protesters-who-defend-jerusalem/article/2642981

Newsline: Protests at Libyan embassy in London against slavery

Demonstrators protested outside the Libyan embassy in London, calling for the British government to pressure Libya to end the slavery and inhumane treatment of migrants. It follows the emergence of video footage last month that appeared to show men being sold at a slave market in Tripoli. Protesters gathered in London to march on the Libyan embassy because at the moment, there are up to one million migrants in Libya, many of whom are hoping to travel to Europe.

http://www.africanews.com/2017/12/10/protests-at-libyan-embassy-in-london-against-slavery/

Newsline: Czech Republic denies embassy transfer to Jerusalem

The Czech Republic affirmed commitment to the European Union’s policy regarding the Palestinian issue and the status of the city of Jerusalem and denied media reports of embassy transfer. According to a statement issued by the Czech Republic foreign ministry, Jerusalem is considered by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Union as the future capital of two states, Israel and Palestine. The statement by the Czech Foreign Ministry stated that the Czech Republic had recognized West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel before the signing of the peace agreement and didn’t adopt the new American position, or the Israeli claim, of the whole of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “We did not formally consider it as the capital, so as not to preempt the solution that the two sides must reach,” the Czech minister said.

http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=HMpJhpa95529352116aHMpJhp

Newsline: Saudi Arabian Embassy Says The Buyer Of The Da Vinci Painting Is Not The Saudi Crown Prince

The embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington D.C. issued a statement on December 8 in response to a Wall Street Journal report that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was the true buyer of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which sold at auction in November for a record breaking $450 million. The embassy says in its statement that the “art work was acquired by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism for display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.” Auction house Christie’s released a statement shortly after, corroborating the embassy’s version of the sale. “Christie’s can confirm that the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is acquiring ‘Salvator Mundi’ by Leonardo da Vinci,” the statement read. “We are delighted to see that this remarkable painting will be available for public view at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/angelauyeung/2017/12/08/saudi-arabian-embassy-says-buyer-of-da-vinci-painting-not-the-crown-prince/#2f32d5783b50

Newsline: US top diplomat says embassy move to Jerusalem could take years

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it will likely take several years before the United States opens an embassy in Jerusalem. Tillerson is holding a news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris. He says it will “take some time” to acquire a site for the embassy, develop building and construction plans, obtain authorizations from the Israeli government and actually build the embassy. Tillerson says it won’t happen this year, and probably not in 2018. He also says Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital “did not indicate any final status for Jerusalem.”

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/latest-al-qaida-urges-attacks-us-trump-move-51664549

Newsline: Czech Republic Wants to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

The Czech Republic said Thursday evening that it supported U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday that his country unilaterally recognizes Jerusalem to be the Israeli capital. President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman stated that now that the American president “proceeded in accordance with his election promise,” he is “truly happy.” Zeman added that as he proclaimed during his visit to the Jewish state four years earlier, he “would appreciate the transfer of the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem, and had it happened, we would have been the first to do so.”

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.827662