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Daoud Kuttab

Daoud Kuttab is an author at Religion News Service.

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Jordan’s King Abdullah, custodian of holy sites, meets US Christian leaders

By Daoud Kuttab — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — Reconfirming the status quo in Jerusalem will require some hard diplomacy and a lot of goodwill.

The wisdom of millenniums gave us the Status Quo Agreement in Jerusalem

By Daoud Kuttab — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — Peace in Israel lies in the thousands of years of managing the holy places in a holy city.

The tinder box of Jerusalem and the tyranny of the religious calendar

By Daoud Kuttab — April 8, 2022
(RNS) — The holiday crunch doesn't bode well for a population already strained by repression and attacks.

Israel isn’t divided by apartheid. It’s divided between democracy and tribalism.

By Daoud Kuttab — February 4, 2022
(RNS) — For decades, Israel has operated under two different ecosystems.

Palestinian families are reunited as ‘discriminatory’ residency rule is set aside

By Daoud Kuttab — February 1, 2022
(RNS) — The court decreed that rules based on a long-lapsed law barring Israeli citizens and their spouses from the Palestinian territories from living together constitute unlawful discrimination.

Patriarch of Jerusalem’s edict puts unity on Holy Land’s Christmas in doubt

By Daoud Kuttab — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Western and Eastern Christians in Jordan and Israel have long agreed to celebrate Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar, on Dec. 25, and Easter according to the older Julian calendar.

Israeli police clash with protesters to clear Al-Aqsa complex for Tisha b’av worshippers

By Daoud Kuttab — July 18, 2021
(RNS) — The Israeli action violates the 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, the Jordanian foreign ministry said.

Jordan debating whether to open up to Shiite pilgrims

By Daoud Kuttab — July 8, 2021
AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) — Jordanians are discussing the possibility of opening the Sunni Islam-majority country to Shiite pilgrims long discouraged from visiting the tombs of the relatives of the Prophet Muhammad.

Aid worker’s father appeals to Pope Francis to gain his son’s release from Israel

By Daoud Kuttab — June 29, 2021
(RNS) — ‘A father knows deep down whether his son is innocent or guilty,’ said Khalil al Halabi.

Don’t shoot at Jerusalem’s Palestinians. Talk to them.

By Daoud Kuttab — May 11, 2021
(RNS) — Instead of arresting Palestinian leaders, a more logical step would be to talk to them.

Israel criticized for silencing call to prayer from Al-Aqsa Mosque

By Daoud Kuttab — April 16, 2021
AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) — The move reportedly came after the agency that oversees Jerusalem’s holy sites refused to voluntarily turn off loudspeakers for a ceremony at the Western Wall.

William Barber preaches at Easter vigil service spotlighting Christian Palestinians

By Daoud Kuttab — April 6, 2021
(RNS) — Barber’s appearance served to recognize Christians in the Palestinian liberation movement, which some American evangelicals paint as an apocalyptic conflict between Christians and Muslims.

Palestinian President Abbas gives Christians outsize voice in new legislature

By Daoud Kuttab — February 22, 2021
(RNS) — Palestinian Christians are ambivalent about the quota, which would allow at least seven Christians with the most votes to sit on the council.

Jordan’s Orthodox archbishop moves to deny evangelicals full legal recognition

By Daoud Kuttab — February 16, 2021
(RNS) — In a Jan. 26 letter to the country's Judicial Council, Greek Orthodox Archbishop Christophoros Atallah called evangelical churches 'a danger' to society. 

Capitol attack may complicate Biden’s plans for Middle East peace

By Daoud Kuttab — January 22, 2021
(RNS) — The Democrats’ ascendance itself will do little to erase the conviction that the scenes at the Capitol reflect the real spirit of America’s foreign policy.
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