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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.



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.


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.


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.”


Newsline: Brazil presidential front-runner vows to close Palestine’s embassy

Brazil’s front-running presidential candidate has announced he will close the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia in addition to moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” Jair Bolsonaro, a lawmaker from the Social Liberal Party, declared on Tuesday when the National Congress reopened after a three-week recess. “You do not negotiate with terrorists,” he added. He particularly slammed the fact that Palestinian Authority diplomatic representation is located less than two miles (3.2 kilometers) from the Planalto Palace, Brazil’s government headquarters.


Newsline: Palestinian embassy denies involvement in scholar’s assassination

The Palestinian embassy in Malaysia denies allegations of the involvement of members of its intelligence service in the assassination of Palestinian scholar Fadi al-Batsh in Kuala Lumpur last month. Al-Batsh, 35, was shot by two attackers as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers in the Setapak district of the capital, police said.


Newsline: Palestinian Leader Calls US Ambassador to Israel a ‘Son of a Dog’

The Palestinian president on Monday called the U.S. ambassador to Israel a “son of a dog” in an angry rant against the Trump administration, signaling new trouble ahead for an expected U.S. peace proposal. President Mahmoud Abbas also took aim at the rival Hamas militant group, accusing it of being behind an attempted assassination last week of his prime minister and security chief, and threatening to retaliate. In an address to Palestinian officials, Abbas pre-emptively rejected the White House peace proposal, which is still being developed. U.S. officials have not said when it will be unveiled, but Abbas has already ruled it out, accusing the Trump administration of being unfairly biased in favor of Israel.