Abbas briefs Pope on Israeli abuses in Jerusalem

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Palestinian Authority PresidentMahmoud Abbas briefed Pope Francis on the current Israeli measures imposed on Christian and Muslim holy places in occupied East Jerusalem during a phone call on Tuesday evening. Abbas said attacks against Christian and Muslim sites, especially the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Al-Aqsa Mosque, are on the rise. He said the increasing hostility comes with the expulsion of East Jerusalemite Palestinians from their homes as Israel expands its illegal settlement projects, according to the PA’s news agency Wafa. Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 …

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