News and Analysis (12/11/17)

“With his declaration, the Christmas lights turned off. The Christmas music has quieted. The Christmas tree in Nativity Square in Bethlehem has gone dark. The Christmas spirit has been drowned out with the mourning of our stolen capital — a Palestinian Christian”:

Since Trump’s announcement that he would move the American embassy in Jerusalem, “Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has said that Mr. Trump’s move was a violation of United Nations resolutions,” and  the Israelis have “killed four Palestinians, who continue to demonstrate in the West Bank and Gaza” …

… and Netanyahu bid for Europe to join in Trump’s folly “was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process” …

… but despite their condemnation of the move, Hezbollah delayed its first demonstration, Lebanon refuses to recognize Palestinians’ refugee states, Turkey won’t sever relations with Israel, and Arab foreign ministers have dumped the problem in the lap of the U.N. Security Council where the U.S. will veto:

(With apologies to Mort Sahl,) George Washington couldn’t tell a lie, Richard Nixon couldn’t tell the truth, and Donald Trump can’t tell the difference:

In the face of evidence of “sweeping and methodical” rape against the Rohingya …

… the Burmese military continues to refuse to “investigate reports of systematic brutality — murders of children, gang rapes, the torching of scores of villages — … insisting that its troops are innocent of any offense”:

The scholarship honors Tasneem Essader who “was most passionate about her science and Islam”:

Starting in March, the Saudi government will allow its people to take their minds off its ongoing slaughter of their Yemeni neighbors by going to the movies:

“This is a very good initiative. We may have different views, but it is important we can have a normal conversation and speak to each other” — Freddy Gellberg, spokesperson for Malmo’s Jewish community:

“Fadel … described Taylor as her ‘hero” but wonders why “so many people watched as I was being attacked and assaulted simply because of a man who knew nothing of me but chose to judge me based on the hijab I wear”:

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