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Abbas calls on Trump to refrain from moving U.S. Embassy

JERUSALEM – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on President-elect Donald Trump to refrain from moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Abbas also sent letters to the presidents of Russia, China and France, the German chancellor, United Kingdom prime minister, and chairmen of the European Union, African Union, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Non-Aligned Movement, and Secretary General of the Arab League asking them to assist him in preventing the U.S. from moving the Tel Aviv embassy, according to the official Palestinian Authority Wafa news agency.

In his letter to Trump, Abbas said that moving the embassy from to Jerusalem would likely have a "disastrous impact on the peace process, on the two-state solution and on the stability and security of the entire region, since Israel’s decision to annex East Jerusalem contradicts international law," Wafa reported.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS News that if the U.S. Embassy were moved to Jerusalem, “You’d have an explosion, an absolute explosion in the region, not just in the West Bank, and perhaps even in Israel itself, but throughout the region."

Trump said during the presidential campaign he intended to move the embassy to Jerusalem. A 1995 law recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, contains a waiver that all successive presidents have exercised, citing national security.

Palermo to get first shul in 500 years

The Roman Catholic Church in Palermo is ceding to Jewish ownership the use of part of a church and monastery complex built atop the ruins of a medieval synagogue. The move is being viewed as a gesture of reconciliation more than 500 years after the expulsion of Jews from Sicily.

The church will finance renovations in the space to create a new synagogue and Jewish heritage center for the several dozen Jews who now live in the city.

The handover took place during a conference on Jan. 12 – the anniversary of the expulsion of Jews from Sicily by Spanish rulers in 1493.

Palermo’s archbishop, Corrado Lorefice, is transferring ownership of the space under the terms of the Italian "comodato d'uso gratuito," an arrangement comparable to a free leasehold. There is no formal Jewish community in Palermo; the owners of the space will be a local cultural and educational organization.

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