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Newsline: Palestinians Attack Qatari Ambassador in Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza Strip attacked the Qatari ambassador Mohammed al-Emadi after his press conference at Dar al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza to announce the details of the Emiri Qatari grant, and they forced him to leave under direct threat to his life. Sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that one of the cleaning workers in one of Gaza’s hospitals asked Emadi after the conference about the fate of their salaries given that they had not received any payment for the fifth month in a row. The ambassador told the striking workers, most of them hospital staff, that the Palestinian Authority was the only party authorized to discuss the issue of their unpaid salaries. He indicated that this is not an issue related to his country, adding: “This has nothing to do with the Qatari grant.” The ambassador’s response angered the workers who were hoping to receive help. They threw shoes at the ambassador before he was taken from the premises by security forces. Sources said that Emadi was not hit directly, but the workers tore pictures of the Emir of Qatar in the place, along with banners thanking Qatar for its financial aid to Gaza. Officials of the Ministry of Health in Gaza ordered the workers of the cleaning companies to attend the conference of Emadi, carrying the banners and pictures in an attempt to attract more support. The officials were also hoping to resolve the crisis that has been ongoing for more than two weeks, causing an environmental disaster in hospitals as a result of the accumulation of wastes. Asharq Al-Awsat learned that the ministry’s officials and a number of Hamas officially apologized to the Qatari ambassador.



Newsline: Palestine reinstates ambassador to Pakistan

Palestine has reinstated its ambassador to Pakistan after he was recalled for attending a rally organised by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) to protest the US decision on Jerusalem, Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) chairman said on Sunday. PUC chairman Maulana Tahir Ashrafi told Geo News he had requested Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the country’s Chief Justice to reinstate Walid Abu Ali, in view of the ambassador’s services rendered to Pakistan. The Palestinian president has reinstated Ambassador Walid Abu Ali and he will return to Pakistan on Wednesday to resume his duty, Ashrafi said. Walid Abu Ali was recalled for violating diplomatic norms by attending a mass DPC rally held in the garrison city of Rawalpindi last week to protest the US decision of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


Newsline: Palestine recalls ambassador to US for consultation

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al Maliki recalled Sunday Palestine’s Ambassador to US Husam Zomlot for consultation, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. The decision to recall Zomlot comes in light of the tension in relations between Palestine and the US over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to a statement issued by the Palestinian Foreign Ministry.


Newsline: Palestine recalls ambassador to Pakistan

Palestine on Saturday recalled its ambassador to Pakistan who attended a pro-Palestinian rally alongside Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) Emir Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a statement issued by its foreign ministry said. Palestinian Ambassador Walid Abu Ali on Friday shared the stage with the JuD chief at the Tuhaffaz-i-Baitul Muqaddas Conference in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh, organised by the Difa-i-Pakistan Council (DPC). Saeed, who was last month set free from a 300-day-long house arrest, has been repeatedly accused by the US and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital Mumbai that killed 166 people.


Newsline: Palestinians eye boycott of countries moving embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinian Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister Riad Malki said Thursday that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) will urge in the upcoming Arab League (AL) summit to boycott countries that move their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem. He said that the Palestinians will call on five Arab countries to implement the 1980 AL summit resolution to boycott those governments which relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The AL is expected to hold a ministerial conference on Jan. 6 in the Jordanian capital Amman and look into mechanism to press the United States to withdraw its decision on Jerusalem. “We will urge the convention to demand Arab states to implement the resolutions of Amman summit in 1980, to suspend commercial and political ties with countries who move their embassies to Jerusalem or acknowledge the city as the capital of Israel,” said Malki. He added that Guatemala, which recently announced it would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, would pay a price if it did not retrieve its decision, as the Latin American country sells more than 90 percent of cardamom to Arab nations. Malki also expected that 10 other governments would move embassies to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital, whom the Palestinians have contracts with, “part of which asserted that they will not take such a move.”


Newsline: Malaysian Embassy to Open in East Jerusalem

Deputy Malaysian Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said that his country would open an embassy in occupied East Jerusalem. Speaking to local media, the prime minister said that the cabinet would, next month, discuss a proposal by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for Malaysia to follow Turkey in opening an embassy in east Jerusalem to recognize the city as the Palestinian capital. Turkey said last week it would open an embassy in east Jerusalem once the world recognizes an independent Palestinian state, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.


Newsline: Turkey aims to open Palestinian embassy in east Jerusalem

Newsline: Turkey aims to open Palestinian embassy in east JerusalemTurkey intends to open an embassy in east Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognize it as the capital of Palestine. It was not clear how he would carry out the move, as Israel controls all of Jerusalem and calls the city its indivisible capital. The Muslim nation summit was a response to US President Donald Trump’s December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. His move broke with decades of US policy and international consensus that the city’s status must be left to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.