WASHINGTON (AFP) - Palestinian leaders are in uproar after the united states nation branch s internet site removed the territories from its list of nations and areas, following a slew of pro-Israel moves by using President Donald Trump.

The authentic internet site not has a separate entry for the Palestinian Authority. An archived model of the website from the 2009-2017 presidency of Barack Obama shows that "Palestinian Territories" were indexed among nations and areas both on the outlet web page and inside the section of the near East bureau.


A country branch professional played down the shift while requested on Tuesday.

"The website is being updated. There has been no alternate to our coverage," she stated.

She did no longer say if the website, which lately underwent a redesign, might again include a separate entry for the Palestinian territories.

but Palestinian leaders doubted that the exchange -- which follows the removal of the time period "occupied territories" in some US publications and top Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s musings of annexing an awful lot of the West financial institution -- was accidental.

The Palestinian cabinet, after a meeting chaired Monday through high minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, said the circulate "confirms the american bias closer to Israel."

The cupboard stated that the shift "can't override the Palestinian rights, which the sector nations have unanimously diagnosed," as quoted by means of the respectable Palestinian news company WAFA.

Saeb Erekat, secretary fashionable of the Palestine Liberation company and its veteran negotiator, said the removal "isn't always approximately US national hobbies. This is about advancing the time table of the council of Israeli Settlers."

"figuring out no longer to peer the truth does now not imply canceling its lifestyles," he tweeted.

Dan Shapiro, who served as US ambassador to Israel beneath Obama, known as the internet site exchange "crazy."

"Palestinians aren't going anywhere. US interests require attractive with them. Israel itself nevertheless cooperates with the Palestinian Authority in various methods," he tweeted.

Trump has been unabashedly supportive of Israel and its right-wing leader, taking several landmark actions consisting of spotting bitterly contested Jerusalem because the capital of the Jewish country.

He has additionally slashed investment to the Palestinian refugee employer and lately encouraged Netanyahu to ban access of two Democratic lawmakers, each Muslim women, who have been crucial of Israel.

The Palestinian Authority has said that it no longer considers the us an sincere broking and has refused Trump s peace projects, boycotting a convention in June in Bahrain aimed at improvement of the territories.