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Arab League to Back Palestinian Bid For Full Membership Status At UN

TEL AVIV – Backed by the Arab League, the Palestinian leadership is going ahead with its plan to seek recognition as a full member state in the United Nations in response President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said.

The United States refrained from vetoing the adoption of a UN Security Council measure calling on Israel -- its closest Middle East ally -- to halt settlement activities in Palestinian territory

Pro-Erdogan Turkish Paper Warns Saudis Not to Cave in to ‘American Islam’

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s announcement that the Kingdom would return to a “moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world” did not go over well at the pro-Erdogan Turkish paper Yeni Safak, where columnist Ibrahim Karagul accused the Saudis of joining a U.S.-Israeli plot to water down Islam and divide the Muslim world.

Pro-Erdogan supporters gather at Taksim Square in Istanbul following a failed coup attempt, on July 16, 2016

Palestinian Union Threatens Artists With Expulsion Over Performance at Israeli Culture Festival

JERUSALEM – In keeping with the Palestinian Authority’s “anti-normalization” policy – in which taking part in any joint activity with Israelis is perceived to be fraternizing with the enemy – an artists’ union threatened expulsion for any Palestinians who took up an invite to participate in last month’s prestigious famed Mekudeshet Festival in Jerusalem.

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Lebanese Columnist: Arab World In Perpetual War Against Women

TEL AVIV – A Lebanese columnist slammed the Arab world for its misogyny and blatant discrimination of women, calling out a Lebanese MP for saying that women’s only role is to “give a rapist a reason to rape them.”

Saudi women praying at Eid al-Adha in Riyadh on November 27, 2009/Stringer

Arab Nations Seek to Block Quartet Report at UN

Arab nations are calling on the UN Security Council not to endorse a report aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process that the Palestinians see as biased in favor of Israel, the Palestinian envoy said Tuesday.

Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour speaks during the first-ever hearings of candidates seeking to become the next secretary-general at UN headquarters in New York on April 12, 2016.