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US President Donald Trump and some members of his administration are strongly anti-Palestinian and are pursuing a dangerous policy of moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds, an analyst in California says.
Trump and several senior US officials are “vehemently anti-Palestinian and against the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people,” said Richard Becker, a member of the ANSWER Coalition, a protest umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations.
Moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds is “truly playing with fire,” Becker told Press TV on Tuesday.
“It would provoke a great response throughout the Arab and Muslim world and among people all over the world who will see this as another step in Israel’s annexationist policy toward all of Palestine,” he added.
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the Trump administration on Monday for its support of the Tel Aviv regime.
    Netanyahu also thanked the White House over its choice for Washington’s new ambassador to Israel, while addressing the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) convention in Washington via video link.
    Trump skipped the AIPAC conference, amid reports of some differences between Washington and Tel Aviv on policy matters, a report says.
    Trump dispatched US Vice President Mike Pence and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to speak to the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group in his place, The New York Times reported on Monday.
    The Trump administration, the newspaper reported, is pressing Netanyahu for a so-called peace deal with Palestinians that would halt the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, but Netanyahu is refusing to stop the settlement activity.
    Every US president since Jimmy Carter has taken the position that Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories are "illegitimate" under international law.
    Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II. America's military assistance to Israel has amounted to $124.3 billion since it began in 1962, according to a US congressional report last year.
    Courtesy : Press Tv

    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called on Arab leaders to set aside their differences to tackle the ongoing unrest in Syria, which has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011.
    Speaking on the eve of an Arab League summit hosted by Jordan, the UN chief said that division among Arab states were creating instability and breeding conflict across the region.
    "When Arab countries are divided, it has allowed others to intervene and to manipulate situations, creating instability, breeding conflict and facilitating the lives of terrorist organizations," Guterres said.
    "Arab unity is a very important element in order to allow this region to be stabilized and for... the Syrian refugees to find again a future that corresponds to their aspirations."
    Syria's membership in the Arab League was suspended in 2011 after the onset of the foreign-backed Takfiri militancy. Damascus has not made any request to rejoin the Arab League.
    Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit recently ruled out an early return of Syria, saying any decision was up to the league's 21 current members.
    Syria holds some members of the Arab League, such as Saudi Arabia, accountable for aggravating the crisis in the country and hindering efforts to resolve the conflict.
    The Syrian government has repeatedly said that it is not interested in returning to the Arab League as long as the group is dominated by some regimes that conspire against Damascus and the Arab world.
    The file photo shows a general view of an emergency meeting of the Arab League in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. (Photo by AFP)
    Guterres, who headed the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) when the Syrian conflict broke out, also met with women and girls living in Jordan’s Zaatari, home to some 80,000 Syrian refugees. The UN chief said he remembered the first Syrian refugees arriving in Zaatari when it opened.
    "How sad it is, how terrible it is, that today we still have Zaatari camp... and that the tragedy of Syrians is going on and on and on," he said.
    He urged the international community to boost humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees in Jordan and other countries in the region.
    "I hope that if all countries that have an influence on the Syrian situation are able to come together these refugees that are living here artificially now for more than four years in this camp will be able to restart their lives again, to find jobs, to work, to have a normal life."
    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (C) walks during a visit to the Zaatari refugee camp, which shelters some 80,000 Syrian refugees on the border with Jordan, March 28, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
    Different foreign-backed militant and terrorist groups have been wreaking havoc in Syria since 2011.
    Thousands have died and millions been displaced as a result so far. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated last August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the crisis until then.
    Damascus has repeatedly accused the US and some of its regional allies of arming and funding different militant groups fighting government forces on the ground.
    Over the past few months, Syrian troops have made sweeping gains against hostile armed groups.
    Courtesy : Press Tv

    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claims that US President Donald Trump cannot even eat “Russian salad dressing on his salad” without raising questions about alleged ties between his campaign and Moscow.
    Spicer made the comments during a press conference at the White House on Tuesday, answering a question by a reporter with American Urban Radio Networks about how the Trump administration was seeking to improve its image amid multiple probes into Russian interference in the presidential election last year.
    The press secretary interrupted the reporter as soon as she mentioned Russia, saying that there was "no connection" between Washington and Moscow.
    “We don’t have that,” Spicer said after the reporter said the White House had "other things going on," including Russia.
    “I get it, but I have said from the day that I got there until whenever that there is no connection. You’ve got Russia. If the president put Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection,” Spicer said.
    He accused the reporter of trying to advance her “agenda” as she tried to clarify her question and pointed to those who have said there is no proof of collusion between Russia and the Trump administration.
    “I'm sorry that that disgusts you. You're shaking your head,” said Spicer, adding that, “You’re going to have to take no for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion.”
    The White House press secretary did not take any more questions from reporters, concluding his remarks by saying, “It seems like you’re hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays.”

    US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin
    In a declassified report released in January, the US intelligence community concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin helped Trump win the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow and Trump.
    Despite Russia’s alleged cyber attacks on mostly Democratic officials during the US presidential race, American intelligence officials have acknowledged there is no evidence that hackers altered the election itself.
    During his presidential campaign and afterwards, Trump repeatedly praised Putin and called for closer ties between Washington and Moscow, despite the hacking allegations.
    Courtesy: Press Tv

    Saudi regime forces have reportedly shot and killed two first cousins of prominent Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, whom the Al Saud regime executed last year in a futile attempt to silence political critics and pro-democracy campaigners in the oil-rich kingdom.
    Local witness, requesting anonymity, said Saudi soldiers recently raided the farming lands of Sheikh Nimr’s relatives in al-Rames area of Awamiyah village in the Shia-majority Eastern Province, starting clashes with the owners and farm hands, London-based and Arabic-language Nabaa television news network reported.
    Several people were reportedly killed and injured by Al Saud regime forces' gunshots.
    Two of Nimr’s cousins, identified as Muhammed and Muqdad, were among the slain victims.
    On January 2, 2016, Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr along with 46 other people in defiance of international calls for the release of the distinguished Shia religious figure. 
    The clergyman had been arrested in 2012 in the Qatif region of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, which was the scene of peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations at the time.
    He had been charged with instigating unrest and undermining the kingdom’s security. He had rejected the charges as baseless and unfounded.
    In 2014, a Saudi court sentenced the clergyman to death, provoking widespread global condemnations. Back then, the UK-based rights body Amnesty International called the sentence “appalling,” saying the verdict should be quashed since it was politically motivated.
    International human rights organizations have lashed out at Saudi Arabia for failing to address the rights situation in the kingdom. They say Saudi Arabia has persistently implemented repressive policies that stifle freedom of expression, association and assembly.
    Courtesy : Press Tv

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