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Taking cue from Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro to move Israel embassy

Nov 02, 2018 - 7:53 AM

The move from Tel Aviv, which will defy Palestinians and most of the world, is the latest controversial announcement by Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BRAZIL. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters after voting, during the second round of the presidential elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Netanyahu ally seeks Jerusalem mayor seat in Israeli local polls

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:50 PM

One significant new element to the October 30 vote sees minority Druze cast ballots in 4 villages in the Golan Heights for the first time since Israel seized the strategic region from Syria in 1967

LOCAL ELECTIONS. An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks in a street littered with election campaign posters for the upcoming Jerusalem municipal elections, in Jerusalem on October 28, 2018. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

U.S. downgrades Palestinian mission into Israel embassy

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:02 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the consulate general, a separate office which handled dealings with the Palestinians, is replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the controversial new US embassy in Jerusalem

DOWNGRADE. The sign for the Office of the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission is taken down marking the office's closure in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Australia hesitates as Jerusalem embassy move draws fire

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) Hours after first floating the idea, Scott Morrison says he will 'canvass views' from regional leaders about the decision to follow US President Donald Trump's lead

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014William West/AFP

Palestinians ask U.N. court to revoke U.S. Jerusalem embassy move

Sep 29, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Palestine has filed a lawsuit against the US at the International Court of Justice 'for violating international law by moving its embassy in Israel to the occupied city of Jerusalem'

INAUGURATION. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (C-L) claps as US President's daughter Ivanka Trump unveils an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Thousands join gay pride parade in conservative Jerusalem

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of 'Pride and Tolerance'

Participants take part in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride parade on August 2, 2018. Thousands of people were expected to attend the parade in the holy city under heavy police guard, mindful of a fatal 2015 attack on marchers in the largely conservative city. This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of "Pride and Tolerance". MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Israel adopts controversial Jewish nation-state law

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The new legislation, which serves as a de facto constitution, provokes fears of discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel

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Prince William visits flashpoint Jerusalem mosque compound

Jun 28, 2018 - 5:24 PM

British officials say it is the first time a member of the royal family had ever visited the compound, which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque and the iconic golden-topped Dome of the Rock

CONTROVERSIAL VISIT. Britain's Prince William (right) visits the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem's Old City with the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock on June 28, 2018. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

In Israel, Prince William tastes somber and lighter sides

Jun 27, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Wearing an open-necked shirt and sunglasses, Prince William strolls along the sunny Mediterranean shoreline in Tel Aviv chatting with surfers about marine pollution

LIGHT CHAT. Britain's Prince William speaks with Israeli 2018 Eurovision song contest winner Netta Barzilai at Tel Aviv's first kiosk founded in 1910, during a tour of Rothschild Boulevard on June 27, 2018. Photo by Amir Cohen/Pool/AFP

Polemik larangan melancong ke Israel

Jun 01, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Pemerintah melarang turis Israel masuk ke Indonesia. Israel membalas dengan melarang pelancong asal Indonesia

PASPOR. Israel melarang pelancong negara berpaspor Indonesia berkunjung ke negaranya mulai 9 Juni mendatang. Ilustrasi oleh Rappler

Israel says first to use F-35 stealth fighter jets in combat

May 22, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Calling the plane by its Hebrew name, an Israeli general says: 'The Adir aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions'

FIRST RUN. An Israeli Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jet performs during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim Israeli Air Force base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, on December 27, 2017. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Israel hits Hamas base but Gaza protests fade

May 17, 2018 - 10:49 PM

Tens of thousands have protested along Gaza's border with Israel since March 30 calling for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to their homes now inside Israel

END THE KILLINGS. Palestinians hold posters bearing text in Arabic calling for the end of the killing of Palestinians during protests on the Gaza-Israel border during a demonstration next to the UNESCO headquarters in Gaza City on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed /AFP

Egypt President Sisi says in talks with Palestinians, Israel

May 17, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'I hope that this message reaches our Palestinian brothers that self-expression and protest over this decision does not lead them to measures that could lead to more victims,' Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says

TALKS. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urges Israel and the Palestinians to abstain from further steps that could lead to more Palestinian deaths. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Pope Francis says 'very worried' by Mideast violence

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Calling for 'dialogue, justice and peace,' Francis says violence 'has never led to peace. War incites war, violence incites violence'

POPE AUDIENCE. Pope Francis passes by a banner of Philippines' believers during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on May 16, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Andreas Solaro/AFP

Guatemala opens Israel embassy in Jerusalem after U.S. move

May 16, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Israeli and Guatemalan officials attend an inauguration ceremony at the new embassy at an office park in the disputed city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

ANOTHER EMBASSY. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (C) and his wife Hilda Patricia Marroquin (L) speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) ahead of the inauguration ceremony of Guatemala's embassy in Jerusalem on May 16, 2018. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Pool/AFP

Gaza deaths spark widespread condemnation of Israel

May 15, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Here are some of the reactions from around the world following the violence on Monday, May 14

GAZA. A picture taken on May 14, 2018 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli soldiers keeping position and Palestinian protestors gathering along the border fence with Israel. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

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Canvassing at Rosauro Almario Elem. School. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN – diplomats

May 15, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'The Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest,' read a draft of the statement

GAZA PROTESTS. Tear gas is fired at protestors during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, following the the controversial move to Jerusalem of the United States embassy. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Israeli forces kill 55 in Gaza clashes as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

May 14, 2018 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) It is the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war

US EMBASSY. US ambassador to Israel David Friedman delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

U.S. envoy sees peace, hope after Israel embassy move

May 13, 2018 - 6:13 PM

US Ambassador David Friedman confirms President Donald Trump has prepared a video to be played during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem

US-ISRAEL TIES. US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, DC on February 15, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Abbas urges Latin America not to follow U.S. example on embassy

May 08, 2018 - 8:16 AM

'We hope that some countries across Latin America won't go moving their embassies to Jerusalem, because that is against international law,' Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas says

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

First signs go up for U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

May 07, 2018 - 11:01 PM

The embassy is to get a festive inauguration on Monday next week, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the state of Israel

JERUSALEM ADDRESS. A new road sign indicating the way to the new US embassy in Jerusalem is set up on May 7, 2018. The embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is expected to occur on May 14. Photo by Thomas Coex/ AFP

Romania to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem – report

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:32 AM

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's government has agreed on 'the start of procedures with a view to the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem'

HISTORIC CENTER. People look out at a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock (C) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the Western Wall (down) on December 5, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP

Gazans bury their dead after bloodiest day in years

Mar 31, 2018 - 7:12 PM

(UPDATED) Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas declares Saturday a day of national mourning. In a speech, he holds Israel fully responsible for the deaths.

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. Photo by Said Khatib / AFP

Clashes, 16 dead as thousands of Gazans march near Israel border

Mar 30, 2018 - 8:32 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Gazan leaders call on protesters to retreat from the border area until Saturday. The demonstration is planned to last 6 weeks, until the inauguration of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.

Why a visit to Jerusalem is a must for Catholics

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:53 AM

From the spot Jesus was born to the site of his crucifixion, here are 6 must-see places for Catholics

HOLY SITE. Jerusalem is considered a holy site by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Photo by Rappler/Natashya Gutierrez

U.S. steps up threat to quit UN human rights council

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The United States says the UN human rights council was 'grossly biased' against Israel after adopting 5 resolutions against the country

THREAT. The United States says it was losing patience and again threatens to quit the UN Human Rights Council after adopting 5 resolutions condemning Israel. File Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP

Lessons from running the Jerusalem Marathon

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:53 PM

TV host and motivational speaker Anthony Pangilinan shares his memorable run in the Holy Land

Trump 'may' attend Jerusalem embassy opening

Mar 06, 2018 - 1:47 PM

US President Donald Trump says he would consider a trip to open the controversial embassy this May, when Israel celebrates 70 years since its declaration of independence

CENTER OF DISPUTE. This file photo taken on January 11, 2010 shows an aerial view of Jerusalem's Old City, including the Al-Aqsa mosques compound, with the landmark Dome of the Rock mosque in the center. Marina Passos/File/AFP

Church at Jesus's traditional burial site reopens after protest

Feb 28, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Christian leaders decide to reopen the church after Israel suspends tax measures they strongly oppose

REOPENED. Christian worshippers pray inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after it reopened on February 28, 2018, following a 3-day closure to protest against Israeli tax measures and a proposed law. Thomas Coex/AFP

Jerusalem holy site stays shut in Christian protest

Feb 27, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Church officials say the Church of the Holy Sepulchre will be closed until further notice as they seek to pressure Israeli authorities to reverse their tax measures

CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III delivers a statement to the press as he stands next to the Custodian of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Patton and Armenian Bishop Siwan (L), on February 25, 2018 as they stand outside the closed doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Christian leaders close church at Jesus's burial site in tax dispute

Feb 25, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Christian leaders are angered over attempts by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem to enforce tax collection on church property they consider commercial, saying exemptions only apply to places of worship or religious teaching

HOLY SITE. Christian worshippers pray at the Saint Helena chapel inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during a procession in the Old City of Jerusalem, on February 15, 2018.  Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Turkey says U.S. embassy Jerusalem opening in May 'extremely worrying'

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:25 PM

Ankara says the decision showed the US does not hear, 'and worse still, does not care about the voice of the international community’s conscience'

'WORRYING.' Turkey says the United States' decision to open its embassy in Jerusalem is 'extremely worrying'. AFP file photo

U.S. to open Jerusalem embassy in May for Israel's 70th anniversary

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel's capital and say the embassy move could destroy a two-state solution to the decades-old Middle East conflict

PROTEST. A Palestinian demonstrator, wearing the traditional checkered keffiyeh, sets makeshift US, Israeli and British flags during a protest in Gaza City on January 29, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed / AFP

Palestinian leader goes to the UN to counter U.S. on Jerusalem

Feb 20, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Mahmud Abbas will call for a new collective approach in a bid to salvage the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour

In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

Pence in Jerusalem pledges embassy move by end of 2019, faces protest

Jan 22, 2018 - 11:10 PM

Pence's speech, filled with biblical references and praise of Israel, is greeted with loud applause by Israeli Jewish lawmakers

MIKE PENCE. US Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on January 22, 2018. Photo by Ariel Schalit/AFP

Pence heads to Mideast amid Israel embassy storm

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:25 AM

United States Vice President Mike Pence will meet the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Israel on the high-stakes 4-day tour

SPEECH. In this file photo on September 21, 2016, US Vice President Mike Pence spoke at Stranahan Theater in Toledo, Ohio. Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP

Hamas says will not attend Palestinian meeting over Jerusalem

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:22 PM

The decision not to take part in the meeting to begin late Sunday is a further setback to failing reconciliation efforts between leading Palestinian factions

DOME OF THE ROCK. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. File photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Palestinians recall envoy to U.S. for consultations after Jerusalem move

Jan 01, 2018 - 1:59 AM

Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki recalls PLO envoy to Washington Husam Zomlot

RECALL. Palestine recalls its ambassador to Washington after President Donald Trump's decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Palestine. AFP file photo

Guatemala: Jerusalem embassy move 'will not be reversed'

Dec 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM

'We believe others should respect decisions made by Guatemala,' says Guatemala foreign minister Sandra Jovel

JERUSALEM. Guatemala says their decision to move their embassy to Jerusalem is irreversible. AFP file photo

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attack

Dec 29, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Clashes also erupted in the West Bank as Palestinians marked another "day of rage" following US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

PROTEST. A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw a stone through the smoke of burning tires during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 11, 2017. Photo by Thomas Coex / AFP

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No U.S. pressure in Guatemala embassy move to Jerusalem – minister

Dec 28, 2017 - 7:16 AM

'This was a decision by the government, the state and the foreign policy of Guatemala," says Guatemala foreign minister Sandra Jovel

CAPITAL QUARREL. Guatemala is set to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel.

Israel to name new Jerusalem railway station after Trump

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:26 PM

The station, to be built near the hallowed Western Wall, will be named after the US President in tribute to his 'historic and courageous decision' on Jerusalem

WESTERN WALL. US President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem'™s Old City on May 22, 2017. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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'HEAL OUR LAND.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas returns to EDSA on November 5, 2017, for a Mass and procession against drug war killings. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Philippines denies plan to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

Dec 27, 2017 - 9:06 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano makes the clarification in response to a news report that the Philippines is among the countries contemplating the move

INCOMING DFA CHIEF. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano answers questions from media in Beijing, China. Malacañang photo

Israel in touch with '10 countries' over embassy moves

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:51 AM

(UPDATED) No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv

DISPUTED CITY. A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP