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The Flavours of Jerusalem, a City Tasting Tour

Jerusalem evokes images of golden domes and high stone walls. This, however, is just one face of the city, the one that appears in the daylight. In fact, you just have to wait for dusk to see a completely different city emerge. Lunch is late, dinner is late and so is bedtime. After 7 pm, the noisy market of Mehane Yehuda closes its fruit and vegetable stalls. In the space of one hour, next to the lowered shutters, others go up: venues, bars and breweries share this historical city quarter….

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Jerusalem embassy: Abbas says Trump plan 'slap of the century'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has described US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century”. At a meeting of Palestinian leaders, he stressed he would not accept any peace plan from the US after it recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He also accused Israel itself of putting an end to the Oslo Accords, which began the peace process in 1995. Mr Trump has threatened to cut aid if the Palestinians reject peace talks. Speaking earlier this month, Mr Trump insisted recognition of Jerusalem took the…

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Trump threatens stop to Palestinian aid over Jerusalem row

The US may stop aid payments to Palestinians who are “no long willing to talk peace”, President Trump said. On Twitter, Mr Trump said the United States received “no appreciation or respect” in return for its aid. He also said his controversial recognition of the contested city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital took the hugely divisive issue “off the table” for new peace talks. Palestinians had said the move showed the US could not be a neutral broker. The decision in December was also overwhelmingly condemned at the United Nations,…

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Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

Media playback is unsupported on your device Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has ordered to move the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. In a Facebook post, Mr Morales said the decision was taken after he had spoken with Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Last week, Guatemala was one of only nine nations to vote against a UN resolution urging America to reverse its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Donald Trump threatened to cut aid to nations that voted against the US. The US is an important aid donor…

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Jerusalem: UN resolution rejects Trump's declaration

The UN General Assembly has decisively backed a resolution effectively calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The text says that any decisions regarding the status of the city are “null and void” and must be cancelled. The non-binding resolution was approved by 128 states, with 35 abstaining and nine others voting against. It came after US President Donald Trump threatened to cut financial aid to those who backed the resolution. Before the vote, the Palestinian foreign minister urged member states to…

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Jerusalem UN vote: Trump threatens US aid recipients

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that back a United Nations resolution opposing the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Earlier this month, Mr Trump took that step amid international criticism. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us,” he told reporters at the White House. “Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.” His comments come ahead of a UN General…

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Trump Jerusalem move: Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

Media playback is unsupported on your device There have been violent clashes near the US embassy in Lebanon, in the latest protest against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to force back flag-waving protesters close to the embassy complex north of the capital, Beirut. Overnight the Arab League condemned the US decision. It said the US could not now be relied upon as a broker of Middle East peace. The protesters threw stones and set fires…

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