Weather Forecast: Temperatures to rise through week

RAMALLAH, Weather on Sunday is clear, with a rise in temperature, according to the Palestinian Meteorological Department (PMD).

Wind is northeasterly to easterly, light to moderate, active at times. Sea waves are low.

PMD also predicted that weather on Monday is going to be partially cloudy, with a further rise in temperature.

Partially cloudy skies are expected to prevail on Tuesday. Temperature is expected to drop while remaining above the annual average as low pressure, along with cold air, is expected to affect the region during night hours. Rain is expected to fall on some areas.

Wednesday’s weather is cloudy and cold. Temperature is expected to significantly drop to two degrees Celsius lower than annual.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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Foreign minister calls for urgent Arab, Islamic meeting over Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday instructed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Malki to hold two urgent meetings on the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s levels to discuss the situation of Jerusalem and its holy places.

Several US media organizations reported on Friday that President Donald Trump will announce that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel in an announcement next week.

Al-Malki said this will make the US lose its central place in the peace process as a biased country to the Israeli occupation.

He affirmed that such announcement is a violation of international resolutions related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on one hand and the Arab-Israeli conflict on the other.

Al-Malki held the US responsible for the consequences of such move, saying it will inflame the situation in Palestine and the region. The US should have presented its plan to solve the situation and not further complicate it.

The meeting with the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is vital, said, Al-Malki, because it will discuss steps to counter such irresponsible American measure. We hope the decisions made will be compatible with the size and importance of Jerusalem, being the capital of the Palestinian state and the holiest of holies.

Abbas has contacted several world leaders of the Arab, Islamic and Gulf countries to discuss the consequences of such dangerous move.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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Erekat: US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel promotes anarchy

RAMALLAH, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary General Saeb Erekat warned on Sunday that US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel will promote international anarchy.

He said in a statement on news reports regarding possible US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel that “if the US Administration decides to contradict its international commitments and historic foreign policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it is not only going to promote international anarchy and disrespect for global institutions and law, but it will also be disqualifying itself to play any role in any initiative towards achieving a just and lasting peace.”

He stressed that such a decision “will contribute to the further destabilization of the region and will discourage many of those who still believe that a peaceful solution is achievable to end over 50 years of Israeli occupation, 70 years of exile and decades of systematic violations of Palestinian national and human rights.”

President Mahmoud Abbas has been in contact with several world leaders to assess the situation and encourage them to take action in order not to allow for those initiatives to materialize into a new political reality. The Palestinian leadership is going to meet soon in order to approve necessary steps in case such an announcement is made, said Erekat, a long time peace negotiator.

“Jerusalem is the social, political, cultural, religious and economic heart of Palestine. It is also the heart of billions of believers from the three monotheistic religions, including hundreds of millions of Arab Christians and Muslims. It is, therefore, the heart of the Arab World. It is a significant symbol of our region and its fate is key to any efforts leading to a peaceful and stable region,” he said.

“When in 1988 the PLO took the painful and historic decision to recognize the 1967 border as those of the State of Palestine, it did so understanding that this would be a step towards peace. At the same time, the PLO was affirmative that there would be no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital. This step was taken in accordance with international law and UN Security Council resolutions that clearly state that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel and that its illegal annexation of the city, as well as the measures taken to implement such an illegal move, are null and void.”

Palestinian-US relations were recently shaken when the US State Department decided last month not to renew the permit that would allow the PLO delegation office in Washington to remain open.

The Palestinians said that if the office is not allowed to reopen, they will cut all communication with the US Administration.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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Settlers’ unpermitted access to Dome of the Rock Yard provocative move, says Waqf

JERUSALEM, Israeli settlers Sunday entered the yard of the Dome of the Rock despite having no permission, in a move that was described as provocative by the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem.

Firas Dibs, Waqf media official told WAFA that it was an intentional and planned move by the Israeli police to disregard the instructions of Al-Aqsa guards, who tried to prevent the settlers from climbing the steps up to the yard of the Dome of the Rock.

He said Israeli settlers’ groups entered Al-Aqsa compound early morning under Israeli police heavy protection, creating a tense atmosphere as some Muslim worshipers gathered in study groups in Al-Aqsa mosque.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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Al-Quds University ranks ‘most socially responsible university’ in the Arab world

CAIRO, Al-Quds University, the only Palestinian university in occupied East Jerusalem, won first place as the most socially responsible university in the Arab world at the Annual International Competition on Civic Engagement, organized by The American University in Cairo (AUC), an Al Quds University press release said on Sunday.

University President Imad Abu Kishek congratulated the university’s community and the Palestinian people on this achievement.

This is recognition of Al-Quds University’s incessant contributions to the Palestinian community, especially to the alleviation of the hardships endured by Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem, he said.

Several Arab universities participated in the competition, the final round of which was held at AUC’s campus in Cairo. Assistant President for Development and Innovation Issam Ishaq represented Al-Quds University at the ceremony.

The recognition of Al-Quds University comes as it is undertaking a number of initiatives to help the Palestinian community in Jerusalem withstand measures imposed by the Israeli authorities that are, according to several international organizations, intended to displace Palestinians from the occupied Old City of Jerusalem and alter the city’s demographics.

By imposing high taxes, denying building permits, and insisting on discriminatory residence revocations on the Arab population, Israeli authorities are using these measures to drive Palestinians out of the city.

Annually, Al-Quds University allocates close to $6 million of its budget in educational, legal, social and cultural services to Palestinian Jerusalemites.

One such initiative is that of Al-Quds University’s Community Action Center’s pro bono legal services from which thousands of Palestinians have benefited. For its legal services to Palestinians, its run and care of a public library in the Old City as well as its Center for Jerusalem Studies, the jury awarded Al-Quds University first place.

In the heart of our university, there is a large sign in red that reads ‘we love Jerusalem.’ This sign echoes the Palestinian people’s feelings and grip on Jerusalem. Being granted first place in this international competition is a stern reminder of our commitment and how we will never stop working there, Abu Kishek said.

Al-Quds University (AQU) is a collegiate research university based in Jerusalem, Palestine. Established in 1984 as, AQU currently offers 93 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, taught through its 15 degree-granting faculties.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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France to recognize Palestine as part of European Union

PARIS, Ambassador of Palestine to France Salman Al-Harfi Sunday said the French government has expressed desire to recognize Palestine, but as part of the European Union.

He told WAFA in a phone call that France wants to recognize a state of Palestine, but with other European countries taking part, because it will safeguard the peace process.

The Palestinian leadership aspires for France to recognize a state of Palestine, assume its role in the Middle East and form the backbone of the supportive European position, he added.

Al-Harfi expressed said France is pushing for a European recognition in a time where the US is pressuring the European community not to recognize a state of Palestine on the borders of 1967.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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