Mideast protests in Iran, elsewhere mark 'Jerusalem Day'

US Embassy in Jerusalem shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands with the US president's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner in the holy city on May 30. — AFP

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He described the meeting as "excellent and fruitful", adding that it "emphasized that the alliance between the US and Israel has never been stronger and will continue to grow even stronger".

Israeli police said that the Palestinian teenager was shot while attempting to climb over the heavily guarded separation barrier from Bethlehem into Jerusalem.

Kushner and USA special envoy Jason Greenblatt stopped in Israel as part of a Middle East tour to rally support for the administration's upcoming economic conference in Bahrain, which the White House bills as the first portion of its peace plan.

The summit also condemned the inhumane situation of Rohingya Muslims, urging a halt to violence, it said in a statement. The US has sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to deter Iran as tensions run high. "This deal will not pass as long as we are alive".

In its final communiqué yesterday, Anadolu Agency reported that the OIC summit held in the Saudi city of Mecca condemned "any illegal and irresponsible decision that recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", including a recent USA decision.

The summit came after Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton said Wednesday that Iranian naval mines were "almost certainly" responsible for the damage to the four ships off the United Arab Emirates on May 12. OIC has rejected any proposal for a peace settlement that does not conform with Palestinian rights.

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This year's protests come as the White House is promoting the June 25-26 meeting in the Gulf state of Bahrain as the first phase of its long-awaited Mideast peace plan.

"No to the deal of the century", a banner read.

Glimpses of the still undisclosed plan suggest it sidelines or ignores the longstanding goal of Palestinian independence.

The U.S. delegation is on a trip to several capitals in the region this week, seeking support for the Middle East peace plan, or Deal of the Century, that the U.S. plans to roll out soon.

According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, the incident - in which a 45-year-old Israeli was also reportedly injured - occurred near the Bab al-Amud, one of the gates of Jerusalem's Old City.

He said the mosque remains under occupation and threat.

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It is worth mentioning that the soldiers, stationed at Mazmouria military roadblock east of Bethlehem, opened fire at many Palestinians, who were not granted permits to enter occupied Jerusalem, and were trying to enter the city for prayers in Al-Aqsa.

"We shall not accept the rewriting of history, exchanging justice with economic benefits and disregarding dignity and legitimacy", he told the OIC summit.

The Iranian regime is showing new signs of stress from President Trump's recent round of sanctions this week; with declassified documents revealing the Islamic Republic is "lacking cash" to finance terror groups across the Middle East.

The stabbings occurred just hours before busloads of Muslim worshippers were to arrive from both Israel and the West Bank for Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in the Old City.

In a letter posted on the presidential website, Rouhani warned Muslim leaders gathering in Saudi Arabia's Mecca they should not be distracted by Washington's "divisive measures".

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