U.S. State Department defends controversial terrorism report

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaking at the State Department, June 9, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaking at the State Department, June 9, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaking at the State Department, June 9, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. State Department defended an annual report on terrorism under fire from pro-Israel groups for saying that a lack of hope drives Palestinian violence.

Meanwhile, the umbrella foreign policy group for Jewish organizations expressed its “deep concerns” about the report, saying it shifts responsibility for terrorism from the Palestinians to Israel. [Read more…]

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In apparent de-escalation, Abbas calls for return to prayer in Al Aqsa

(JTA) – Palestinian officials called on worshipers to return to the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, in a move seen as a de-escalation of a Muslim-Israeli dispute over the site.

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, on Thursday said prayers should be resumed at the mosque, which is situated in the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram Al Sharif, the Maan news agency reported. [Read more…]

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Abbas says security co-ordination with Israel remains frozen despite removal of metal detectors

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said security co-ordination with Israel will remain frozen despite Israel removing the metal detectors it placed at the entrances for Muslim worshippers to the Temple Mount.

Abbas made the announcement on Tuesday hours after the metal detectors and security cameras placed at the holy site less than two weeks ago were dismantled. [Read more…]

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Clashes between Muslim worshippers, Israel security officials continue over Temple Mount metal detectors

Clashes erupt between Israeli police and Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras el Amud, outside Jerusalem's Old City,  following  Friday prayers on July 21, 2017. Israeli police left the newly put metal detectors in place by the entrances to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, despite  Muslim leaders' calls for mass protests against the new security arrangements. Photo by Hadas Parush/FLASH90
Clashes erupt between Israeli police and Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras el Amud, outside Jerusalem's Old City,  following  Friday prayers on July 21, 2017. Israeli police left the newly put metal detectors in place by the entrances to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, despite  Muslim leaders' calls for mass protests against the new security arrangements. Photo by Hadas Parush/FLASH90

Clashes erupt between Israeli police and Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras el Amud, outside Jerusalem’s Old City, following Friday prayers on July 21, 2017. Israeli police left the newly put metal detectors in place by the entrances to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, despite Muslim leaders’ calls for mass protests against the new security arrangements. Photo by Hadas Parush/FLASH90

JERUSALEM (JTA) – At least one Palestinian man was killed in clashes in Jerusalem between Israeli security forces and Muslims demonstrating against metal detectors installed at the Temple Mount.

The most serious clashes on Saturday took place in the evening after Muslim worshippers held a prayer service outside the gates of the Temple Mount, which they refuse to enter as long as the metal detectors are in place. Following the prayers some of the worshippers threw rocks, bottles and other projectiles at Israeli security officers, who responded with crowd control methods including water cannons and tear gas. Rioting also took place in other areas of Jerusalem and the West Bank. [Read more…]

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