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TV Channel Hopes To Empower Marginalised Women
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Speaker of Iran Parliament Calls for Referendum on Compulsory Hijab
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Students in UAE Lament Discrimination in Job Market
comments from students follow several adverts posted by agents who list 'no
hijab allowed' as one of the requirements.
the Year of Tolerance kicks off, UAE students are urging employers in the
promotions industry to be more accepting of females who wear hijab (headscarf).
comments from students follow several adverts posted by agents who list
"no hijab allowed" as one of the requirements, even though most of
the jobs advertised are culturally acceptable for the applicant.
often do promotion jobs to earn quick cash and pay their university fees or
other expenses. Many of these jobs usually require employees to promote a
product, be a hostess at an event, sell products, welcome guests to an office,
or just hand out pamphlets and product samples.
such promotion job advert, which was posted on a WhatsApp group on January 7,
said: "Required female promoter - Arab (non-hijab), with strong
communication skills for an in-store activation." Several positions were
available for this job across malls such as Mirdif City Centre, Deira City
Centre, Dubai Festival City, Burjuman Centre, and Mall of the Emirates.
Isa-Zailani, a fresh graduate in Dubai, wears a hijab and feels these adverts
ads are really negative and there are so many of them. We are living in the UAE
and they have this kind of attitude towards girls wearing hijab - it's not
right," Isa-Zailani said. She added that agents for the promotion jobs she
had applied for never responded to her.
of the jobs are appropriate for hijabis to do, so I don't understand why they
don't want us to apply."
Dubai expat, Anika Habib, worked in promotions for a few years. She said:
"A lot of hijabis are turned down from promotion jobs in the UAE. I guess
clients want to attract people using non-hijabis. It's unfortunate, especially
in this region and, for some job roles, it may be considered discriminatory. I
think we should not encourage this sort of selection."
expat, Alina Yassar, said employers in promotion jobs often want "good-looking
people with blonde or brown hair".
wear a hijab and I'm OK with working at the trade centre or at a mall,
promoting products. I speak great English and I have communication skills, so
I'm not sure why it matters if I wear a hijab or not. There are promoters who
don't respond to my questions or my application and I'm always left feeling
hurt, especially because we are in a Muslim country," she said.
Ihtesham has worked in the UAE's promotions and events industry for 10 years
and part of her role is interviewing and hiring employees.
is one of the advertisers who posted a job offer on Facebook, which had the
requirement of "no hijabis".
told Khaleej Times that her clients demand such requirements and she has
"no option" but to post exactly what they are searching for.
job has a different criteria, every person has different requirements. For
example, if you are working for a British firm or any firm where you have to go
out and meet men as part of the regular work you have to do on a daily basis,
it can be disrespectful for ones who wear hijab - it's not my own thinking, but
this is the requirement from the client's side," she said.
you are offering a job to someone, he or she has to get the criteria right.
When some people commented on my Facebook status, asking why a girl with hijab
cannot apply, I went back to the client and they replied with the same answer I
gave you . I was hiring the people and I was part of the promoter coordinator,
when the client gave us a target, I interviewed everyone. [In the case of] the
majority of hijabi girls - considering the UAE market - they are not that
confident. They are a bit hesitant," Ihtesham said.
Times has reported previously that the UAE does have an anti-discriminatory law
in place, and up to Dh2 million worth of fines and 10-year jail time can be
imposed on employers who discriminate during the hiring process.
2017, Khaleej Times also shed light on another dark side of the promotions
industry in the UAE, where certain nationalities and race were being given
priority and higher pay than others.
head of Thailand's immigration police said Monday that a young Saudi woman who
was stopped in Bangkok as she was trying to travel to Australia to escape
alleged abuse by her family will not be sent anywhere against her wishes.
Mohammed Alqunun remained barricaded in an airport hotel room while sending out
desperate pleas for help over social media.
18-year-old began posting on Twitter late Saturday after her passport was taken
away when she arrived in the Thai capital on a flight from Kuwait. She has been
appealing for aid from the United Nations refugee agency and anyone else who
Thai immigration authorities denied Qunun’s allegations that they were acting
at the behest of the Saudi government, saying she was refused entry to Thailand
on Saturday night because she did not have the proper documents for a visa on
immigration chief Surachate Hakparn said he had had no contact with Saudi
officials or Thailand’s foreign minister before Qunun’s arrival. He said she
was denied entry because she did not have a paid return ticket or a hotel
was over-exaggerating ... She fled her family from Saudi Arabia and arrived in
Thailand but she didn’t have necessary documents to enter. Thai immigration had
to deny her entry,” he said, describing such cases as standard procedure.
refugee agency announced Monday evening that Thai authorities had allowed its
officials to meet with Alqunun, but declined to give any details of their
meeting, citing confidentiality.
in the day,
immigration police chief, Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, said Alqunun's father
would arrive Monday night, and that officials would see if the young woman was
willing to depart with him.
of now, she does not wish to go back and we will not force her. She won't be
sent anywhere tonight," Surachate said at a news conference at the airport
where Alqunun is stuck.
Twitter, Alqunun wrote of being in "real danger" if forced to return
to her family in Saudi Arabia, and has claimed in media interviews that she
could be killed. She told the BBC that she had renounced Islam and is fearful
of her father's retaliation.
planned forced departure Monday morning was averted as she stayed in her hotel
room, with furniture piled up against the door, photos she posted online
the Saudi Embassy in Thailand denies Saudi authorities are involved in attempts
to stop Alqunun from traveling to Australia, the kingdom has in the past
forcibly returned citizens home.
Arabia's Charge d’Affaires in Bangkok, Abdullah al- Shuaibi has confirmed that
a Saudi girl who was with her father in Kuwait has managed to flee to Bangkok.
father lives between Hail and Kuwait and he is the one who filed a report
related to her escape.
told Okaz that the embassy in touch with the Thai authorities to ensure her
return to the country. He added that they have been told that if she reached
the legal age and her documents were legal and complete they will not be able
to do so.
it has become clear that her documents are incomplete, including a hotel
booking and a return ticket. Shuaibi denied that the embassy had withdrawn her
passport. “No one from the embassy has met with her,” he said.
said that the Thai authorities were the ones who confiscated her passport for
violating the entry regulations and they are taking the appropriate action
Rawan Majdalawi is a news personality for a women’s television channel called
Taif in Gaza.
is why it was weird when, for her first episode of her show, she decided to
visit a carpentry site and interview the workers there.
showed her how to cut wood and how to construct closets, but would women be
interested in that?
Awkal, founder of Taif, thinks so.
idea for establishing the channel emerged from the need for change in society.
Policies here don’t provide many opportunities for youth and women in
particular,” she tells Gulf News.
started the channel after a successful youth initiative emerged and spread on
social media,” the journalism graduate said.
in Arabic, means spectrum.
chose this name for our channel because we hope to give voice to the spectrum
of Palestinian women in all of their beautiful colours that radiate life, love
and strength,” Awkal says.
Majdalawi, she chose to focus her show around carpentry as it is one of the
more lucrative fields of work in Gaza.
men can do it, surely women can do,” she says with a simple shrug.
which uploads its episodes on Facebook is the first only-women channel in Gaza.
show’s page has attracted around 30,000 followers.
is also believed to be the only institution in Gaza that hires only women.
non-profit organisations catered towards women have men in most senior
Taif team starts every morning by scanning the news, looking for angles of
particular interest to women.
on this, they then brainstorm ideas for programmes and hunt down subjects to
now, the employees of the channel are working for free, since it has yet to
receive funding, but the women running the channel hope one day to have
important thing is they channel wishes to maintain its independence from
political organisations, so they want to be very selective about where they
receive their money from.
we get sponsors in the fure we want to only work with independent
organisations. We do not want to have a political agenda,” Awkal says.
the channel has 15 employees who work as programmers, broadcasters, field correspondents,
sound engineers and producers.
women pride themselves on pushing sensitive and controversial topics to light.
the episode on careers of men, the show has also tackled hot-button issues like
gender inequality, wage gap between men and women.
addressing these topics they hope to shed light on the plight of marginalised
women and work on ways to empower them.
staffers even braved the very dangerous coverage of the Gaza border protests
where dozens were shot dead and thousands injured by Israeli snipers.
Majdlawi, working in Taif has been a privilege.
hope I can pave the way for radical change by raising important issues women
face in a creative way,” she tells Gulf News.
- On the soccer pitch, Maha Jannoud barks out instructions to the players just
like any other coach, but with one difference: she is a woman in what has been
very much a man's world.
32, who previously played for the Syrian national women's team, believes she is
the first woman in the Middle East to coach a professional men's side.
in a tracksuit, with her hair tied back in a ponytail, she takes the job as
assistant coach at her Damascus club in her stride.
the person carrying this message of coaching is confident of (their)
information and has special charisma and leadership on the pitch, it makes no
difference between a man and a woman," she said during a break in
the players' acceptance may have been helped by the fact that Jannoud used to
play for the same club, Muhafaza, albeit in the women's team, where she began
coaching after injury ended her playing career.
first it was a little bit hard," player Amjad Katkout said of being
coached by a woman. "But then we got used to this, she became like a
sister or a friend. It is normal."
results may also help cement Jannoud's position, as Muhafaza tries to earn
promotion out of the second division and back into Syria's top tier. So far
this season, they have won eight out of 10 league matches and drawn the other
a country still dealing with civil war -- a conflict that prevented the Syrian
women's team playing for several years this decade -- the club hopes Jannoud's
appointment represents progress for soccer and for women.
appointed her as technical supervisor of the team that will play this
year," said the club's technical manager, Anas Sebaei. "We created a
big noise with this decision. Maha deserves that because she is a good player
and good coach.”
Motahari, the deputy speaker of Iran’s parliament, called for a nationwide
referendum about the compulsory wearing of the hijab (headscarf) on Monday,
adding that he was positive the results would be for the hijab.
open support for the hijab coincides with the yearly anniversary of the
creation of the campaign to remove compulsory hijab in Iran, which was started
by women who started taking off their hijabs in public squares across the
country, and were faced by violence and arrests.
who has a hardline stance about the hijab in Iran, claimed that it is not
really being forced upon women inside Iran.
a referendum is held in Iran, the Iranian society will vote for the hijab
themselves”, a member of the Iranian Parliament Committee on Culture had said
in a speech.
statements about hijab come while most of Iranian women are starting to wear
clothes that differ from what the regime officially promotes as “proper dress”
for the past four decades.
last year, Iranian women started a campaign against obligatory hijab. They had
published videos and photos showing them taking off their hijab in public
squares, which was widely circulated on social media.
traditional Marja, like Naser Makarem Shirazi, Noori Hamedani and Ja'far
Sobhani had previously complained of what they called (the bad Hijab) in Iran.
Research Center of Islamic legislative Assembly had issued a report based on
opinion polls, stating that commitment to legitimate hijab has become less
among young people and university graduates.
Alamolhoda, the ultraconservative Friday Prayer leader of Mashahd in
northeatern Iran, pointed out in his last Friday prayer that the prevalence of
not committing to hijab leads to “changing the religious identity of the
prominent figures on social media have been calling for tolerance with woman
who don’t wear hijab just to appease young people,” he said.
conspiracy has started in Turkey to portray women with hijab as the causes of
indecency, corruption and prostitution,” he added claiming that “women with
hijab can go to discos in Turkey.”
role of women in Iraqi society has come under the spotlight as more women
assert themselves in all areas of society.
activists have felt those in charge are resisting the change, but 25 percent of
Iraq's parliament are women and activists feel that is crucial as there is
still a long way to go before women are treated equally to men.
parliamentary election on Dec. 30 saw the highest number of women directly
elected to the Lower House, sparking optimism and skepticism over how far this
will advance women's rights and gender equality in a country known for its
are now 22 women MPs in parliament — compared to 18 previously — all from the
ruling Grand Alliance, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League
(AL). Some 69 women stood in the poll.
rights activists have welcomed the news but questioned how successful they will
be in curbing discrimination, subjugation and violence against women in this
male-dominated South Asian nation.
are 300 seats but we only have 22 women MPs — not enough to get too excited
about," Rita Roselin Costa, convener of the Women's Desk at the Catholic
Bishops Conference of Bangladesh, told ucanews.com.
of the population is female, so women deserve at least one-third of the seats
in a direct election," she said.
Grand Alliance led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the AL won the 11th
general election of the National Assembly (Jatiya Sangsad) by a landslide at
the end of last month.
party bagged 288 out of 298 constituencies, marking a record third straight win
for Hasina and the AL.
Jatiya Okiya Front (National Unity Front), another alliance led by the
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that represents the main opposition, claimed
AL has 19 women MPs, including Hasina, while the Jatiya Party (National Party)
and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (National Socialist Party) can boast of just two and
new members of the House from the ruling alliance took their oaths on Jan. 3.
opposition MPs refrained from doing so in a symbolic gesture showing their
rejection of what they called a "farcical" election allegedly undermined
by vote rigging.
300-seat parliament holds an election every five years. Fifty seats are
reserved for women but critics see this as a ceremonial provision and say
women's rights issues get scant attention.
women MPs here have been able to enter politics and rise to power due to the
country's dynastic political culture. Without such a background it can be very
difficult for them to climb the ladder of power," Costa said.
men in this country see women as their equals, and most never want to be ruled
by women, even if they are qualified to do so," she added.
don't expect much from our new women parliamentarians in terms of raising the
status of women," the activist continued.
shows us they are more inclined to toe the party line than take the initiative
in trying to change women's fortunes."
the gradual increase in their parliamentary ranks should be viewed as a
positive trend, according to Rasheda Rawnak Khan, a Dhaka-based political
a patriarchal country like this, four additional women MPs is a good sign. It
shows change is taking place, albeit slowly," she said.
from a political perspective, women are making good progress. But
ideologically, they are still considered inferior to men, or are treated like
commodities. This scenario is unlikely to change much, as far as we can
who have amassed a degree of power may struggle to sympathize with their fellow
countrywomen who live lower down the social ladder, for example the workers in
Bangladesh's thriving garment industry, Khan said.
is because the more privileged do not face anywhere near the same level of
subjugation or abuse and so often fail to internalize the problems and
challenges working-class women face, she added.
with power have a life of dignity, security and privilege, which is elusive for
most women in the country," she said.
need to realize they must play a stronger role to promote the rule of law that
protects and supports women adequately for a better society and country,"
Jharna Sarker, a Supreme Court lawyer and Catholic, sought nominated from the
BAL prior to the election but failed. Yet she is still hopeful of winning one
of parliament's 50 seats reserved for her sex.
women like me sought nomination but they were denied despite their
qualifications," Sarker told ucanews.com.
need to see more women in positions of power but that can only happen if men
renounce their dominance and authoritarianism and make room for us," she
gained independence from Pakistan after a nine-month war in 1971. The new
nation was plagued by political upheaval in 1975 following the assassination of
country's first president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman — Hasina's father — during a
botched military coup.
killing of Rahman and most of his family members was followed by the
assassination of four of his close associates in a Dhaka jail that same year,
which paved the way for a series of coups and counter coups.
the country fell under military rule from 1975-1990.
democracy was restored in the late 1990s. Since then, the AL and the BNP led by
two-time former prime minister Khaleda Zia have traded power.
of the Federation of Muslim Women Associations in Nigeria has called on
Almajiri in the country to shun begging and think positively on how to
contribute to the economic development of the nation.
FCT FOMWAN Amira, Hajia Maryam Abdullahi made the call during a humanitarian
visit to the National Mosque Abuja on Friday before the commencement of the
said it is against the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad SAW to live permanently on
begging from other, she urged the less privileged in the society to take
education serious and ready to feed from
their own sweat.
Asmau Usman who is the FOMWAN Coordinator for humanitarian services said the
organization is moving round the city to educate the vulnerable ones in the
society so as not to be used for violence or crisis.
highlight of the programme was the distribution of domestic items for hundreds
of Almajiri who came in multitude to collect the alms.
immigration police chief met Tuesday with officials of the Saudi Embassy in
Bangkok, and said the officials told him they are satisfied with how the case
of a young Saudi woman who claims to be fleeing her abusive family has been
Gen. Surachate Hakparn explained the Saudi reaction to reporters after a
meeting with its diplomats. The embassy issued a statement Tuesday denying
accusations that it had requested the extradition of Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun or
seized her passport, as the 18-year-old woman had charged several times. The
statement said the case is a "family affair but yet, it is under the care
and attention of the Embassy."
position of two countries on this matter is the same — that the priority is to
provide her safety. We are both concerned for Miss Rahaf's safety and
well-being," said Surachate. "The Saudi charge d'affaires said he is
satisfied and expressed confidence on the work of Thai immigration, of the Thai
government, and of the Foreign Ministry yesterday."
grabbed global attention when she sent out pleas for help via social media,
saying she feared for her life if she were put on a plane back to Kuwait, where
she had slipped away from her family, or her homeland.
she was given back her passport and allowed to enter Thailand temporarily under
the protection of the U.N. refugee agency, which was expected to take about
five to seven days to study her case and her claim for asylum. The office of
the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in a Tuesday statement that it
would look into Alqunun's case "to assess her need for international
protection." She has said she wants to go to Australia to seek refuge
said Alqunun's father and brother were due to arrive soon in Bangkok, but that
it was her decision whether to meet with them. On Twitter, she has expressed
fear of such a meeting. The father had previously been expected Monday night.
Human Rights Watch called on the Australian government to allow Alqunun's entry
into that country.
said she had a visa to continue her journey to Australia, but media reports say
the Australian government has now canceled it. Australian officials have not
responded to multiple requests for comment.
Surachate claimed Alqunun never had a visa to enter Australia, Human Rights
Watch's Australian director, Elaine Pearson, said she had seen electronic
confirmation of the visa, shown by Alqunun to HRW's Asia deputy director, Phil
Pearson said, Alqunun could no longer access her visa page on Australia's
immigration website on Tuesday, sparking concern that the document had been
canceled. An Australian visa is usually processed electronically and not
stamped in one's passport, but confirmed by a document that the visitor can
refugee status would mean a different form of visa would be needed, Pearson
said Australia's apparent cancellation of Alqunun's tourist visa was a worrying
extremely concerning if it is the case that the visa has been canceled,"
she told The Associated Press, adding that Australia should allow Alqunun entry
in any case.
Australia has expressed concern in the past about women's rights in Saudi
Arabia, it should "come forward and offer protection for this young
woman," Pearson said.
runaway Saudi women, fleeing can be a matter of life and death, and they are
almost always trying to escape male relatives.
2017, Dina Ali Lasloom triggered a firestorm online when she was stopped en
route to Australia, where she planned to seek asylum. She was forced to return
to Saudi Arabia and was not publicly heard from again, according to activists
tracking her whereabouts.
efforts by the Saudi government to curtail the scope of male guardianship laws,
women who try to flee their families in Saudi Arabia have few good options
inside the kingdom. They often are pressured to reconcile with their families,
sent to shelters where their movement is restricted, or face arrest for
disobeying their legal guardian.
is making headlines again. While peace talks and shuttle diplomacy by the
United States government renewed optimism last fall, recent attacks and
questions about American troop numbers complicate the current landscape. The
new year marks the 40th anniversary of the Soviet invasion, which began four
decades of war and violent conflict in Afghanistan, so overtures of peace are
welcome now more than ever.
it seems that every time the possibility of peace is discussed, there arises
the questions of what rights will be guaranteed and who will guarantee them. At
times, the American government has conceded that the “roadmap” to the future of
Afghanistan, including the freedoms and rights of women, will be a decision for
Afghans themselves to make.
Afghans must decide what type of society they are striving for. Still, the
position of the United States as a partner remains important. The United States
must maintain its commitment to advancing the rights of Afghan women and girls.
If the United States fails to do so, there is a chance for that commitment to
be relinquished in an effort to reach an agreement as soon as possible. This is
especially true given reports that the United States Special Representative for
Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has recently been given six
months to achieve peace.
a conference last fall in Geneva, President Ashraf Ghani indicated the Afghan
government is seeking to include the Taliban in a “democratic and inclusive
society” in which the constitutional rights of all Afghan citizens, including
women, are ensured. He also stated that women will be part of the Afghan
negotiating team for talks with the Taliban. This is essential to any
agreement. However, there is a risk that even this may be surrendered in the
hope of ensuring that the Taliban comes to the negotiating table.
is imperative that the voices, the interests, and the progress of Afghan women
be represented. The tremendous gains made by Afghan women over the years, as
well as their future and that of their children, should not be sacrificed for
the sake of expediency. While it may lead to a peace agreement in the short
term, it will jeopardize stability in the long term.
September, Khalilzad has traveled across the region to gather support for peace
talks. In November, he participated in three days of direct dialogue with the
Taliban in Qatar. Last month, he completed a trip that ended with another round
of direct talks in the United Arab Emirates. This is a departure from past
American policy that had emphasized the need for negotiations between the
Afghan government and the Taliban.
discussions led by Khalilzad, the Afghan peace march last spring, the proposal
by Ghani for a negotiating process with the Taliban without preconditions or
ultimatums, and the three day ceasefire between the Afghan government and the
Taliban are all rare events. Time will tell if they herald the chance of an
Afghanistan free of conflict. The Taliban actively participating in the talks
at least signals open lines of communication.
is some reason to be optimistic at the willingness of these three key players
of the United States, the Afghan government, and the Taliban to take
considerable steps forward. However, it is essential that all parties,
including the Taliban, remember that for sustainable peace, an agreement must
include certain commitments for all citizens. From protection of social
freedoms and economic rights, to upholding the rule of law, to inclusive
governance, these elements will ensure that all Afghans buy in.
women must be at the table and be a part of the peace process in a meaningful
way. A study of 40 peace processes in 35 countries over the last three decades
found that inclusion of women resulted in the greater odds of an agreement,
implementation of the accord, and sustainability over the long term. The United
States and international community must do a better job of championing policies
and programs that include the empowerment of women into global affairs and
is incumbent upon the United States and the Afghan government to underscore the
indispensable message that Afghan women are and must remain key participants in
the fabric of Afghan society. What kind of future does the world want for
Afghanistan? What kind of future are Afghans themselves working toward?
Certainly no one wants another 40 years of war and certainly not a future where
women are again marginalized.
United States, Afghanistan, and international community must start the
uncertain road to stability with a staunch commitment to the rights of all
Afghans, including women. Anything less would not be worthy of the millions of
Afghans who have lost so much and who yearn for a stable, peaceful, and
prosperous country more than the world can imagine.
forces have shot and injured a Palestinian girl, whom they alleged to have
attempted a stabbing attack against Israeli police officers at a checkpoint in
the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
sources, requesting not to be named, said Israeli forces shot and injured the
unnamed Palestinian girl at Za'tara checkpoint south of Nablus, located
approximately 49 kilometers (30 miles) north of Jerusalem al-Quds, on Monday
afternoon, and did not allow paramedics to attend to her.
Israeli military later claimed in a statement that the Palestinian girl was
shot when she did not stop upon orders by soldiers.
development came a day after a Palestinian teenage boy sustained serious
injuries after Israeli military forces stormed a city in central West Bank.
continue to simmer in the occupied Palestinian territories more than a year
following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as
Israel’s capital and relocation of the US embassy to the occupied city.
Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement that Israeli forces raided
al-Bireh, located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) north of Jerusalem al-Quds, early
on Sunday, and violently ransacked a number of houses and shops, triggering
clashes with local residents.
requesting not to be named, said Israeli forces used live ammunition, teargas
and rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse stone-throwing Palestinians, who
responded by setting tires on fire.
ministry said a bullet struck a teenager, whose identity was not immediately
known, in the head, causing a skull fracture and internal bleeding. The injured
Palestinian was taken to hospital for treatment.
soldiers also raided a Peugeot car showroom in the city, and seized the
recording of its surveillance cameras before withdrawing from the area.
December 21, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in
favor of a resolution that calls on the US to withdraw its controversial policy
the vote, the United States went ahead with the embassy transfer on May 14 last
year, triggering demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iran,
Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim
crackdown in Gaza left over 60 protesters dead in the impoverished coastal
enclave on that day alone.
by Trump’s move, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas boycotted his
administration, saying Washington is no longer qualified to serve as the sole
mediator in the decades-long conflict with Israel, and that an international
mechanism should be devised to replace the US in the so-called peace process.
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