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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.


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.”