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PTI being funded by Jews and Hindus, claims Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ‘is being funded by Jews and Hindus’. “The matter of PTI’s funding by Jews and Hindus has been referred to Election Commission today. The commission has yet to investigate this case about PTI whose leader stages sit-ins with the…

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‘We are one’: Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump’s Jerusalem call

JERUSALEM: Less than an hour after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinians protested by turning off the lights on the Christmas tree outside Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.  It was a timely reminder that while headlines focused on Islamist calls for uprisings and Trump’s references to…

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Erdogan seeks to lead Muslim response on Jerusalem

Istanbul: Turkey’s leader is seeking to spearhead Islamic reaction to the US declaration on Jerusalem, but it is uncertain if he can coordinate a meaningful response among often disunited Muslim nations. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, had fulminated against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as…

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Tillerson: Jerusalem embassy move probably not for 2 years

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem would probably not take place for at least two years. “This is not something that is going to happen this year or probably not next year, but the president does want us to move in a very…

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Palestinians observing ‘Day of Rage’ on Trump’s Jerusalem move

GAZA CITY: The Palestinians are observing “Day of Rage” on Friday in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Rallies and protests are expected near Israeli-controlled checkpoints in the West Bank and along the border with Gaza on Friday (December 8). Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem…

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All you need to know about Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem move

For centuries now, Jerusalem has been at the heart of many conflicts and wars. The city holds special importance and is revered by the three most important religions in the world–Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Which is exactly why Trump’s hasty decision to declare Jerusalem (all of it) as Israel’s capital and his announcement to shift…

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Netanyahu slams deputy minister’s digs at US Jewry

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday rapped his deputy foreign minister for “offensive” remarks in which she said US Jews were too “comfortable” to understand threats to Israel. Tzipi Hotovely of Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party apologised later on Israeli public television. “I apologise from the depth of my heart if anyone was upset by…

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Palestinians to resume prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

NEWS DESK: Palestinians will return to pray at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site Thursday after Israeli authorities removed controversial security measures there, potentially ending a nearly two-week crisis that sparked deadly unrest, reported AFP. Muslim authorities announced a boycott of the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, was to end Thursday…

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Tensions mount as Al-Aqsa remains closed

RAMALLAH: Palestinian religious and political figures have denounced the ongoing closure of Al-Aqsa mosque compound, calling it a violation of their religious freedoms, reported Al Jazeera. Al-Aqsa remained closed on Saturday, a day after a deadly shooting attack outside an entrance to the holy site in occupied East Jerusalem. “There is no excuse for the…

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Israel’s closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque is ‘collective punishment’: Palestinian cleric

NEWS DESK: A senior Palestinian cleric denounced Israel’s closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque following a rare gun attack, calling the measures ‘collective punishment’ that affects thousands of worshippers, reported Al Jazeera. Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the former grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestinian territories, said on Saturday that Israeli authorities have barred clerics from entering the…

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Trump spokesman sparks outcry by comparing Assad to Hitler

WASHINGTON: White House spokesman Sean Spicer triggered an uproar on Tuesday by saying Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons. He apologized after his comments drew immediate criticism on social media and elsewhere for overlooking the fact that millions of Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers.

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Historic Jewish graveyard in Karachi

Watch this report on Karachi’s disused and neglected Jewish cemetery. The historic graveyard, whose remaining graves date to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, needs to be preserved amid the risk of encroachment.

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Jews, Christians, Hindus, others attend Iftar at Pakistan Embassy

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is playing a leading role in the United Nations to build consensus on religious tolerance, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Jalil Abbas Jilani said at an inter-faith gathering, and called for a universal acceptance of the human rights to address religious intolerance. Speaking at an inter-faith Iftar dinner arranged at the Pakistan…

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Jerusalem holy site closed to non-Muslims after violence

JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities announced Tuesday they were closing Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to non-Muslim visitors after a series of clashes between worshippers and police. The decision will apply until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan next week, a police spokeswoman told AFP. Clashes between Muslims and Israeli police have been taking…

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Auschwitz museum tracks down long-lost inmate belongings

WARSAW: The Auschwitz museum said Tuesday it has recovered 16,000 long-lost items belonging to Jews killed at the Nazi death camp, decades after they were stored away and forgotten by Poland’s former communist regime. “In most cases, these are the last personal belongings of the Jews led to death in the gas chambers upon selection…

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Clashes rock Jerusalem mosque compound for third day

ISRAEL: Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound for a third straight day on Tuesday, an AFP correspondent reported.

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Clashes rock Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa compound for second day

JERUSALEM: Israeli police and Muslims clashed at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Masjid compound for a second straight day Monday as Jews celebrated their new year and protesters vowed to protect Islam’s third-holiest site. Police fired stun grenades while hitting and kicking demonstrators and journalists, including from AFP, as they sought to push back crowds. Muslim protesters…

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Soap opera shines positive light on Egypt's Jews

CAIRO: With scenes of religious coexistence and vintage elegance in a more cosmopolitan era, an Egyptian soap opera aims to dispel prejudice towards the country's long-vilified and nearly extinct Jewish community. “The Jewish Quarter” shows life inside Cairo's Haret al-Yahud district during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, depicting an almost idyllic portrait of a society where…

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In Paris, Muslims and Jews unite against terror

PARIS: At first glance, a hip young Jewish singer and a 60-year-old Muslim Algerian shopkeeper might appear to have little in common. But amid the sea of people rallying in Paris on Sunday, they came together after a blood-soaked week in which 17 people — journalists and cartoonists, Jews, Muslims, police officers — were killed…

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Iran's Rouhani calls Holocaust 'reprehensible' crime against Jews: CNN

UNITED NATIONS: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the Nazis committed a “reprehensible” crime against the Jewish people, when he was asked in a television interview whether he accepted that the Holocaust occurred. “I am not a historian and when it comes to speaking of the dimensions of the Holocaust it is the…

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Around 2.77 mln minority communities’ voters including Jews eligible to cast vote

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Around 2.77 million people belonging to minority communities, including 800 Jews, are eligible to cast their votes in the upcoming elections, SAMAA reports.According to details, 2.77 million voters of different religious minorities are registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan. Hindu community has the highest number of registered voters with 1.4 million people…

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