Palestinians say they won't meet with Pence

JERUSALEM (AP) -- 10 p.m.
A senior Palestinian official says the Palestinians will not meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his upcoming visit to the region because of the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The official, Jibril Rajoub, said Thursday "we will not receive him in the Palestinian territories." Rajoub also calls for Arab officials not to meet with Pence.
Pence is expected to visit the region later this month. He is set to travel to Israel and to the West Bank city of Bethlehem. It was not clear what Rajoub's remarks meant for the West Bank portion of Pence's trip.
Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to advance plans to move the U.S. Embassy to the contested city has sparked outrage across the region.
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The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to take urgent action and demand that President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel be rescinded.
Palestinian Charge d'Affaires Feda Abdelhady-Nasser said in a letter to the council president that Trump's declaration violates numerous council resolutions and could lead to "a never-ending religious war."
The letter cites several council resolutions that prohibit changes to the status of Jerusalem.
Abdelhady-Nasser urged the Security Council to send "a clear message" reaffirming relevant laws and resolutions and "opposing this unilateral and provocative decision."
She warned that disregarding "these fundamental legal, political and religious dimensions of the question of Jerusalem can only aggravate already heightened tensions."
Trump's decision could lead to the "exacerbation of religious sensitivities that risk transforming this solvable political-territorial conflict into a never-ending religious war, which will only be exploited by religious extremists, fueling radicalism and strife in the region and beyond," Abdelhady-Nasser warned.
The Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on Trump's announcement on Friday.