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Newsline: Oman to open embassy in Palestinian territories’ West Bank

Oman said on June 26 it was planning to open a new diplomatic mission in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and that a delegation from its foreign ministry would go to Ramallah for that purpose. The Gulf state made its announcement as Washington launched an economic plan it says will be a foundation for Israeli-Palestinian peace but which Palestinians and many other Arabs dismiss as pointless without a political solution. “In line with the Sultanate’s support for the brotherly Palestinian people, it has decided to open a new diplomatic mission for Palestine at the level of embassy,” the foreign ministry said in Twitter post. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-plan-oman/oman-to-open-embassy-in-palestinian-territories-west-bank-foreign-ministry-idUSKCN1TR0XE) “A delegation from the foreign ministry will be going to Ramallah to start procedures to open the embassy,” the tweet added.

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Newsline: Palestine slams Moldova decision to move embassy to Jerusalem

The Palestinian foreign ministry has condemned the decision by acting Moldovan President Pavel Filip to shift his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The decision is a flagrant violation of international law, international legitimacy and the UN resolutions,” the ministry said in a statement on June 12. (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/palestine-slams-moldova-decision-move-embassy-jerusalem-190612134959410.html) The Moldovan decision came after a political crisis in the Eastern European country, which on June 9 saw the top court revoke President Igor Dodon’s powers and appoint former Prime Minister Filip as interim president. He then swiftly dissolved the country’s parliament and called a snap election to be held in September. Announcing the embassy move on June 11, Filip said the decision was “a long overdue commitment to support our allies” and that he wanted it to be respected “regardless of what happens after the snap elections”.

Newsline: Malaysia looking to establish embassy in Palestine

Malaysia hopes to open an embassy in Palestine even though it may be tough going, said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. He said that while it is impractical to do so given the situation, the move is important to enable Malaysia’s extension of aid to the Palestinians, who have been oppressed by the Tel Aviv regime for decades. (https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/04/16/malaysia-looking-to-establish-embassy-in-palestine-says-foreign-minister/1743849) “When? That is the second question. But the ambition and commitment must be there, and preparations must start. “It is the duty and the responsibility of sovereign countries (such as Malaysia) to help the people in countries facing difficult situations and injustices for years, since 1948 (when Israel was formed),” he said.

Newsline: Brazil To Close Palestinian Embassy

Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has announced that in a package of initial moves related to Israel and the Middle East, he plans to shut down the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia. “Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” Bolsonaro said recently. Bolsonaro, who won a presidential election run-off on Sunday – with 55.1% of the votes according to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal – has already given strong indication that he will move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In addition, Bolsonaro has stated that his first overseas trip will be to Israel. The apparent change of direction in Brazil’s foreign policy was warmly welcomed by Christians United for Israel.

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/116162/bolsonaro-close-palestinian-embassy/

Newsline: Palestinians ask World Court to order US embassy out of Jerusalem

The Palestinians filed a lawsuit with the United Nations highest court asking the international body to order the United States to move its embassy out of Jerusalem. The lawsuit was filed by “the State of Palestine” with the International Court of Justice, or World Court, Reuters reported. The lawsuit argues the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations of 1961 requires a country to locate its embassy on the territory of the host state. Israel’s ownership of Jerusalem, which it controls militarily, is in dispute on the international level. It asks the court “to order the United States of America to withdraw the diplomatic mission from the Holy City of Jerusalem and to conform to the international obligations flowing from the Vienna Convention.” U.S. President Donald Trump in December 2017 recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced that the U.S. would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The U.S. embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018 in the existing U.S. Consulate building in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood.

https://www.jta.org/2018/09/30/news-opinion/palestinians-ask-world-court-order-us-embassy-jerusalem

Newsline: U.S. State Department revokes PLO ambassador family visas

The United States revoked visas for the family of the Palestine Liberation Organization ambassador, the envoy said on Sunday, the latest development in the worsening relations between the Trump administration and Palestinian leadership. Ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States, said his family, including his two young children, left the United States after being informed their visas would now expire when the diplomatic office is closed next month. The visas were originally set to expire in 2020. The Trump administration said last Monday the office in Washington would close. The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-palestinians/u-s-state-department-revokes-plo-ambassador-family-visas-envoy-idUSKCN1LW0RE

Newsline: US To Shutter Palestinian Embassy

The United States announced it will shutter the Palestinians’ mission in Washington, adding further pressure on them to enter peace talks with Israel. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert accused the Palestine Liberation Organization of refusing to support negotiations while a Palestinian official called the move a “dangerous escalation” of tensions in the region. “We have permitted the PLO office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017,” said Nauert. “However, the PLO has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” Nauert said. “To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a US peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the US government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise,” she said. The announced closure was the latest move by President Donald Trump to push the Palestinians into peace talks, toward what the US president has termed the “ultimate deal.”

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-to-shutter-palestinian-embassy-plo-embassy-palestine-embassy-dangerous-escalation-of-tensions-1914671