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Newsline: Uganda president says he is ‘studying’ opening embassy in Jerusalem

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would look into the possibility of opening an embassy in Jerusalem, as the Israeli leader made a lightning trip to the African country. Appearing alongside Museveni at a news conference, Netanyahu suggested that Israel would open an embassy in Kampala if Uganda were to open an embassy in Jerusalem. Netanyahu said he was hoping they could move ahead on the embassies “in the near future.” (https://www.timesofisrael.com/uganda-president-says-he-is-studying-opening-embassy-in-jerusalem/) Uganda does not currently have an embassy in Israel. The Israeli ambassador in neighboring Kenya also serves as ambassador to Kampala.

Newsline: Chinese embassy to Israel apologizes for comparing border closure to Holocaust

The Chinese Embassy to Israel apologized for stating that the decision by Israel to close its borders to visitors from China due to the spread of the coronavirus is “reminiscent of the Holocaust” on Sunday, according to Channel 13. “This is reminiscent of World War II, the Holocaust, the darkest days of human history,” said the embassy during a press conference on Sunday. “Millions of Jews were murdered and many were banned from entering countries. Some countries opened their gates, one of them was China.” “Regarding the press conference held today by the Chinese embassy in Israel, we would like to clarify that there was no intention what so ever to compare the dark days of the holocaust with the current situation and the efforts taken by the Israeli government to protect its citizens,” said “We would like to apologize if someone understood our message the wrong way.” (https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-border-closure-due-to-coronavirus-like-Holocaust-Chinese-embassy-616256) The decision comes as Chinese people around the world have been impacted by racism in light of the spread of the Novel Coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China, and has now infected 14,628 people worldwide and killed 305 people. The first death outside of China was reported on Sunday, according to Reuters. In Indonesia, residents have demanded that Chinese visitors leave hotels. In South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam, restaurants have refused to serve Chinese customers, according to Channel 13.

Newsline: Uganda expected to move its embassy to Jerusalem

Uganda is reportedly planning to announce that it is moving its embassy to Jerusalem next week, sources close to the Ugandan president and the Ugandan Christian community told The Jerusalem Post. A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry could not confirm the report. (https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Uganda-to-move-its-embassy-to-Jerusalem-report-615847) The Hebrew website Ynet reported on Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to travel to Uganda on Monday, but did not cite a reason for the visit. Sources close to the community told the Post that the move has been in the works for three years.

Newsline: US Embassy in Jerusalem issues Israel security alert as peace plan unveiled

Moments after President Donald Trump announced his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem released a security alert that warned against traveling to some areas of Jerusalem. The alert referenced “widespread calls for demonstrations in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza,” and warned against personal travel to “the areas of Jerusalem’s Old City surrounding the Damascus Gate, Herod’s Gate, Lion’s Gate, and Chain Gate, Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount, and in the West Bank, to include but not limited to Bethlehem, Jericho, Qumran, Wadi Qelt, Al Auju, St. Geroniumus/Khogla Monastery, St. George Monastery, Nabi Musa, the Inn of the Good Samaritan, and the parts of the Dead Sea that lie within the West Bank.” (https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jta/us-embassy-in-jerusalem-issues-israel-security-alert-as-peace/article_a64ccfeb-7b95-526d-ad24-6d0972e5feb7.html) The warning added that Americans should avoid areas where crowds have gathered and where there is increased police and/or military presence. “We recommend that U.S. citizens take into consideration these restrictions and the additional guidance contained in the Department of State’s travel advisory for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza when making decisions regarding their travel,” the statement said.

Newsline: Israeli man who spat at Polish ambassador convicted of assault

An Israeli man was convicted on Sunday of spitting on the Polish ambassador to Israel in an incident earlier this year that came at the height of a round of tensions between Jerusalem and Poland over the latter’s role during the Holocaust. Arik Lederman, 65, agreed to a plea deal that saw the indictment against him amended to consist only of an assault charge, while a charge of threatening the ambassador was dropped. (https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-man-convicted-of-assault-for-spitting-at-polish-ambassador/) According to the indictment, Lederman blocked Ambassador Marek Magierowski’s car outside the Polish embassy in Tel Aviv in May and banged on its roof. The ambassador then rolled down the window to photograph Lederman, who opened the door and spat at Magierowski twice.

Newsline: Brazil opens Israeli trade office, pledges to move embassy to Jerusalem

Brazil will move its embassy to Jerusalem in 2020, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, said Sunday that during the opening of a Brazilian trade office in the Israeli capital. The younger Bolsonaro, chairman of the Brazilian chamber of deputy’s international affairs and defense committee, said his father’s election commitment to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem still stands, describing it as a clear choice. “It’s not something extraordinary. It’s supposed to be a natural and normal thing,” he said. “We want to move to Jerusalem not just for Brazil, but to set an example for all of Latin America.” (https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/12/15/Brazil-opens-Israeli-trade-office-pledges-to-move-embassy-to-Jerusalem/8711576431736/) Brazil would join the United States and Guatemala, which have already moved their embassies to Jerusalem, and Honduras, which has also pledged to do so.

Newsline: At 88, Venezuela’s would-be ambassador to Israel can’t wait to get to work

Rabbi Pynchas Brener’s business card says he’s the “Ambassador” of Venezuela to Israel, although Jerusalem and Caracas do not have diplomatic relations. In the upper left corner of his card one can see the official seal of Venezuela’s embassy in Israel — which doesn’t exist. How is that possible? It’s simple: Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido in August appointed Brener, a great-grandfather who served as the Latin American country’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi for nearly half a century, as his official envoy to Israel. (https://www.timesofisrael.com/at-88-venezuelas-would-be-ambassador-to-israel-cant-wait-to-get-to-work/) The US, Canada, Argentina and more than 50 other countries have recognized Guaido’s envoys as ambassadors. But Israel has opted to go after a European model because many of the countries in Europe have economic interests in Venezuela so they’re afraid to take a position until Guaido really takes power in Venezuela.