Weekly Roundup: Regional protests denouncing President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Lebanon’s Prime Minister withdraws his resignation, and movie theaters return to Saudi Arabia

In this week’s roundup of the most pressing events happening in the Middle East & North Africa: Regional protests and demonstrations break out over the announcement of formal US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Russian President Putin visits Egypt’s President Sisi, and Qatar purchases fighter jets from the UK for $8 billion

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Uncertain allies: the Jerusalem announcement amid shifting regional priorities

President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem undoubtedly complicates the picture; is the Holy City a red-line issue which the Saudis will feel compelled to publicly object to? As guardians of the two holiest sites in Islam, there has historically been an expectation that the Saudis would repudiate such a move. But, in these new times, will the royals bite their tongues, calculating that the Kingdom’s deepening links with the Jewish state are more important than demanding that East Jerusalem be reserved as the future capital of a Palestinian state?

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Americans are morally responsible for America’s war on Yemen – a series on Yemen, part 1

Despite over two and a half years of war, the average American seems oblivious to the United States’ role in fueling the conflict in Yemen. The US government (beginning with the Obama administration and continuing with Trump) has continued to fully support the Saudi-led coalition through the sale of weapons, mid-air refueling, targeting intelligence, and other logistical support.

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Weekly Roundup: Regional concern over Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, uncertainty about the former Yemeni president’s status, and the upcoming GCC meeting

In this week’s roundup of news in the Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders react to U.S. President Trump’s announcement that he plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel later this week. Saudi Arabia intercepted another missile from Yemen and conflicting reports emerged about the status of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Gulf Cooperation Council will meet this week and Qatar announced that Emir Sheikh Tamim will attend the meeting despite the Saudi-led boycott against him.

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WATCH: Q & A with Hicham Alaoui

Hicham Alaoui, Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and D.Phil. Candidate at Oxford University, sat down with JMEPP Lead Editor Anna Boots to discuss current trends in North African politics, including Tunisia’s nascent democracy, North Africa’s unique position in the Middle East region, and ongoing protests in Morocco’s Rif.

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