Palestine

| MALAYSIA – IRAN

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim chaired a two-day meeting of the National Security Council. In a statement, he backs Iran’s “legitimate act” against Israel’s “barbaric” raid on its embassy. The Philippines express "great concern" over rising tensions, which have impacted air travel in the region.


Gong Saelao was one of the many migrant workers grabbed in the 7 October terrorist attack. Released in late November, for weeks he thought he “might not return home alive". Over time, his kidnappers became friendlier. The fate of the people still held in Gaza remains a mystery. US President Biden urges “a ceasefire [. . .] for the next six, eight weeks”.

 

| 10/04/2024
| GAZA – THAILAND

Today's news: reports of workplace abuse have doubled in South Korea in five years; Baghdad will send 10 million liters of fuel to the Gaza Strip; Public apology from a company in Malaysia for a shoe logo that resembles the word "Allah"; The Taliban have built a wall around the Eidgah mosque in Kandahar for fear of ISIS attacks: Moscow has slowed issuing work permits to migrants from Central Asia.

| 08/04/2024
| ASIA TODAY

The Custody, a Jewish group and Tag Meir activists offered gifts to Muslims leaving al-Aqsa every Thursday at the Damascus Gate. Fr. Pari: An initiative that has been  carried out  for some time, but this year takes on special value in the context of war. Years to rebuild relations and trust, but the role of Christians will be essential because they are the only ones who have 'forgiveness' as an intrinsic element 'of faith'. 

| 06/04/2024
| HOLY LAND

Delegation of Palestinian and Arab politicians applaud the dragon's policies and call Western accusations of human rights violations false. For experts, China orchestrates trips to Xinjiang to conceal persecution of the Muslim minority. At the same time, it seeks to expand its influence in the Muslim (and global) world. 

| 06/04/2024
| CHINA - ISLAM

Today's news: Three  killed overnight in Gaza as Israeli police arrest dozens after al-Aqsa prayer; In Taiwan over 600 earthquake victims still waiting to be rescued; In India, consumer confidence is at its highest level since 2019; Hundreds of arrests in a joint police operation against child pornography in Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. 

 

| 06/04/2024
| ASIA TODAY

A spontaneous movement started on 24 March when a crowd marched towards the long-closed Israeli embassy. In response to the demonstrations, the police made arrests and accused the demonstrators of "aggression". Fr. Rifa Badert: fears of internal violent drift, fundamental to resolve the Palestinian question. 

| 05/04/2024
| JORDAN - ISRAEL - GAZA
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| 16/04/2024
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| INDIA
 
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| VIETNAM
 
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| 03/04/2024
| TAIWAN
 
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| 28/03/2024
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