A masked Palestinian youth throws a stone towards Israeli riot police during clashes following Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on June 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI
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Australia could face trade sanctions by Arab nations over its decision to stop using "occupied" when referring to East Jerusalem, the head of the Palestinian delegation to Canberra warned Friday.Izzat Abdulhadi said Australia's new stance on East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel in a move never recognized by the international community, was a "substantial policy shift". The comments sparked fury in the Arab world, with the Jordanian and Palestinian governments summoning Australia's diplomatic representative in protest."We asked the government to reverse this position," Abdulhadi said of the diplomatic protest.He added that trade sanctions could be put in place against Canberra if the government persisted with its stance, which he said left Australia isolated.
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