US Vice President Pence faces Middle East boycott

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Palestinian officials said Pence had been due to meet Abbas on December 19.

Washington addressed the PA warning it of the repercussions of cancelling meetings with Mike Pence, who appeared alongside Trump during his speech from the White House to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"I hear (from Europe) voices of condemnation over President Trump's historic announcement but I have not heard any condemnation for the rocket firing against Israel that has come (after the announcement) and the very bad incitement against us", Netanyahu said.

The annoucement drew criticism from every other member of the UN Security Council at an emergency meeting on Friday.

Al-Khalidi added that "the U.S. in its decision on Jerusalem has crossed and passed all red lines".

Separately, Egypt's Coptic Church has announced that its head had canceled a meeting with Pence in Cairo in protest against Washington's decision on Jerusalem.

"And President Abbas will not welcome him because of the statements he made" about Jerusalem.

A woman was wounded by Israeli army fire during clashes at the border following one funeral attended by thousands in the Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis.

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In Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem police fired stun grenades to disperse Palestinian demonstrators on the main Salahedin Street, an AFP cameraman said. Tensions are running high in the occupied territories, where Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has called for a new uprising, or intifada, against Israeli rule. Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad militant group both renewed that call on Saturday. More demonstrations were expected in the region on Friday with Israel deploying hundreds of extra troops in the West Bank.

But it remains to be said that Palestinians stand the biggest loss in the face of these conflicts-their cause loses a bit more as extremist forces continue and as Iran employs Palestinian suffering as a vantage point.

Trump's decision drew lavish praise from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but has sparked a worldwide diplomatic backlash.

Abbas won't be alone in snubbing Pence on his Middle East tour in the wake of Trump's Jerusalem decision.

Five European countries on the UN Security Council insisted the new U.S. policy was not consistent with past resolutions, including one that declares East Jerusalem to be Israeli-occupied.

The meeting was requested by eight of the council's 15 members but was largely symbolic as no vote on a resolution was planned because the United States wields veto power.

The Trump administration says it is still committed to Palestinian-Israeli talks, that Israel's capital would be in Jerusalem under any serious peace plan, and that it has not taken a position on the city's borders.

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