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Intense violence in Syria’s East Ghouta shutters schools, deprives children of medical care – UNICEF

Five of the more than 130 children who require immediate medical evacuation have died as they could not access treatment they needed due to the continuing violence across Syria's eastern Ghouta, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has … [Read More...]

Violence shuts schools, deprives children of medical care in Syria’s East Ghouta, warns UNICEF

Five of the more than 130 children who require immediate medical evacuation have died as they could not access treatment they needed due to the continuing violence across Syria's eastern Ghouta, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has … [Read More...]

Islamist Regimes Take Over UNESCO

The UN agency is currently dominated by the most oppressive regimes on education and culture. There is China, which recently let writer, poet and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo die an agonizing death in prison, where he was serving an 11-year … [Read More...]

Trump peace team believes it can ride out Arab anger

Trump team officials: Israel's presence in Jerusalem is right and just.Palestinian protesters burn a poster depicting US President Donald Trump and a representation of a US flag during a protest against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the … [Read More...]

Building 14,000 housing units for Israeli settlers in Jerusalem is an escelation

RAMALLAH, December 8, 2017 (WAFA) - The unity government Friday said the Israeli occupation’s plans to build 14,000 housing units for Israeli settlers in Jerusalem, with 6,000 of these in East Jerusalem, is considered an escalation that will … [Read More...]

Gaza: UN official releases funds to enable life-saving aid programmes in enclave

A senior United Nations aid and development official in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) today released $2.2 million to support health, food and livelihood programmes in the Gaza Strip. … [Read More...]

UN Security Council holds special meeting on Middle East

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, is briefing the Security Council today on the situation in the region following Wednesday's announcement by President Donald Trump that the United States … [Read More...]

UN Middle East envoy warns of ‘risk of violent escalation’ after US decision on Jerusalem

Wednesday’s decision by United States President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been widely welcomed in Israel but it has also caused much anger among Palestinians and anxiety across the Middle East and beyond, the … [Read More...]

UN Middle East envoy warns of ‘risk of violent escalation’ after US decision on Jerusalem

Wednesday's decision by United States President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been widely welcomed in Israel but it has also caused much anger among Palestinians and anxiety across the Middle East and beyond, the … [Read More...]

Children not a ‘bargaining chip’ in tug of war between Syrian parties – UN advisor

The United Nations advisor for Syria said Thursday that obstacles stopping humanitarians from delivering aid and carrying out medical evacuations in besieged parts of the war-ravaged country are not being lifted, and “children are dying” as a result. … [Read More...]

US Must Bolster Its Presence In MidEast As ISIS Falls

...American policymakers must emphasize they will maintain a military presence in Syria to protect U.S.-backed groups and the territory they have clawed back from ISIS. They should also make clear U.S. forces and our Syrian surrogates will vigorously … [Read More...]

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and Orders U.S. Embassy to Move

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the … [Read More...]

Palestinians burn US and Israeli flags in riots over Jerusalem

Palestinian protestors clashing with Israeli forces near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethelem, December 7, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX/ Getty Images) JERUSALEM (JTA) —?Protests erupted in Jerusalem and across the … [Read More...]

The Real Palestinian Response to Trump’s Jerusalem Speech

...Now, Palestinian and Western journalists have been invited to cover a series of protests planned by the Palestinians in the coming days and weeks in response to Trump's policies. The journalists, including photographers and camera crews, have been … [Read More...]

UN study uncovers horrors of sexual violence against Syrian refugee boys and men

A study carried out by the United Nations refugee agency has revealed disturbing details a little-known side to the Syrian conflict: sexual violence against boys and men. … [Read More...]

Issue of Jerusalem must be resolved through direct negotiations between parties, UN chief stresses

In the wake of the announcement by the United States President recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday stressed that there is no alternative to the two-state solution and that … [Read More...]

White House: Embassy Move to Jerusalem a ‘Recognition of Reality’

Officials say move 'does not change status quo' of Temple Mount; transferring mission from Tel Aviv could take years, so president will sign waiver; he may back 2-state solution. WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump will announce in a speech … [Read More...]

A How-To Guide for Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

A former Israeli parliamentarian outlines four steps that could help the Trump administration carry out its proposed embassy move. To the President of the United States, attached please find a short four-step how-to guide for moving the American … [Read More...]

Policy Alert: Why The Wording Of Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement Matters

The Trump administration has announced that the president will make a statement about Jerusalem on December 6, and his remarks may include some kind of affirmation that the city is Israel's capital. When it comes to peacemaking between Israel, the … [Read More...]

Moving The American Embassy In Israel: Challenges And Opportunities

The following is the written testimony of IPF Policy Director Dr. Michael J. Koplow before a November 8, 2017 hearing at the Subcommittee on National Security of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the issue of potentially … [Read More...]