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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 December 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: Jerusalem as Palestine's capital and love for the Arabic language

Naser Al Wasmi is joined by Joseph Dana to discuss the continuing fallout from the US's recognition of the holy city as the capital of Israel. Later in the show, we hear from an Arabic teacher about the importance of learning the language in the UAE

A Palestinian demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus hurls stones towards Israeli troops during clashes at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Palestinian demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus hurls stones towards Israeli troops during clashes at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Jerusalem is not only home to some of the world's holiest sites but also to some of the region's — and even the world's — most dramatic political developments. Recent weeks have proved this once again with US president Donald Trump's recent recognition of the holy city of the capital of Israel — a move that sparked widespread condemnation from both Palestinians and the international community. In this week's podcast, Naser Al Wasmi speaks to Joseph Dana, a contributor to The National, about how the ramifications of the US action are likely to unfold in the coming weeks. Read more of our coverage here

Next up, with World Arabic Language Day observed earlier this week, assistant foreign editor Laura Mackenzie talks to local Arabic teacher Amer Alsibai about the importance of learning Arabic in the UAE — despite English being so widely spoken. Read more of our coverage here