Tag: Palestinians

Israel to revoke Al Jazeera reporter’s press card

(JTA) — Israel’s Government Press Office said it will revoke the press card of a senior reporter for the Al Jazeera network based in Jerusalem.

The press office director, Nitzan Chen, wrote in a statement Wednesday that he had decided to void the certificate and privileges it affords Elias Karram pending a hearing, citing a May 2016 interview with the Turkey-based television network Dar al-Iman in which Karram reportedly referred to his “media work [as] an integral part of the resistance and its educational political activity.” The press office says the network is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Conan O’Brien to film TV special in Israel ‘to help Jared Kushner’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Talk show host Conan O’Brien announced that he would film an episode of his “Conan Without Borders” series on TBS in Israel.

O’Brien made the announcement in a tweet Friday night in which he linked to a news story about President Donald Trump sending his senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner to Israel to help broker a peace deal with the Palestinians.

“Breaking: Conan O’Brien sends Conan O’Brien to Israel to help Jared Kushner. Stay tuned. #ConanIsrael#ConanWithoutBorders,” the tweet said.

Sen. Charles Schumer joins sponsors of bill cutting payments to Palestinian Authority

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer added his name as a co-sponsor of a bill that would substantially cut U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority as long as it maintained payments to the Palestinians killed in or jailed for attacks on Israelis, all but assuring it becoming law.

“I am a proud co-sponsor of the Taylor Force Act because it aims to put an end to this disturbing practice, which only perpetuates the cycle of violence and undercuts the drive to peace,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement Friday.

Schumer’s co-sponsorship, a rare move for the leader…

Muslim worshippers stay away from Temple Mount despite removal of metal detectors, security cameras

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Metal detectors and security cameras installed at entrances to the Temple Mount for Muslim worshippers were removed, but  the religious trust that administers the holy sites there said Muslims should continue to stay away.

The Muslim Waqf said Tuesday that it rejected any security measures, including advanced technologies, calling for “completely” free worship for Muslims at the site.

That morning, the security measures that Israel had been put in place less than two weeks ago were completely removed, hours after its Security Cabinet made the decision.

Late Monday night, the Security Cabinet said it would instead…

UN Mideast envoy calls for Temple Mount solution by week’s end

(JTA) — The Middle East envoy for the United Nations called for a solution to the current conflict over the Temple Mount by Friday, the largest day for Muslim prayer at the holy site.

The U.N. Security Council held a closed-door meeting Monday to discuss the volatile situation at the behest of Sweden, Egypt and France.

The envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, told reporters after his closed-door briefing to the Security Council that the conflict over the Temple Mount has “potential catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City,” Reuters reported.

“The dangers on the ground will escalate if…