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06 Nov

Position Paper: Unleashing Media Freedoms Should be Priority in Reconciliation Table Agenda

In light of the Palestinian reconciliation, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) preferably focused on media freedoms through organizing a panel discussion titled as, “The Future of Media Freedoms in light of National Reconciliation”. The panel discussion was attended by experts, decision-makers, journalists, politicians, civil society representatives, academics and […]

02 Nov

Despite His Talk Of ‘Reconciliation,’ Abbas Continues To Act In Israel’s Interests

Ramona Wadi is an independent researcher, freelance journalist, book reviewer and blogger. Her writing covers a range of themes in relation to Palestine, Chile and Latin America. The writer traces remarks by the PA and Fatah president and found that he is faking Palestinians throughout his apparent involvement in the […]

20 Oct

Reconciliation Government: Trump Envoy Says Hamas Must Disarm

Members of the Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas march during a graduation ceremony in Gaza City on December 4, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Abed, File) US President Donald Trump’s Middle East Peace Envoy Jason Greenblatt released a statement on Thursday, echoing statements by the Israeli government on the recent Palestinian reconciliation […]

19 Oct

Pitfalls of the Fateh-Hamas Reconciliation

by Khalil Shaheen on October 18, 2017 The Fateh-Hamas reconciliation announced on October 12 may sound like a breakthrough, but many questions remain. Of course any progress bridging the two sides is a welcome development for people in Gaza, who have suffered since 2007 from Israel’s cruel blockade and, more recently, from the […]

13 Oct

Hamas, Fateh Reach Reconciliation Deal in Cairo

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fateh have reached a consensus on reconciliation to end a decade long of national split, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh announced, Thursday morning, without providing further details. Hamas member Taher al-Nono said in a statement, on Thursday, to the pro-Hamas Palestinian Information Center, that Haniyeh announced that […]

04 Oct

Bennett Demands Halt of PA Revenue Transfer as Netanyahu Condemns Reconciliation

Israeli right wing Education Minister Naftali Bennett called on Israel to terminate the transfer of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority (PA), in response to both Palestine’s new membership in the INTERPOL and to the current reconciliation process between Hamas and the PA. In yet another extremist statement, he said […]

03 Oct

Celebration in Gaza over PA Reconciliation Visit

The Palestinian Authority (PA), represented by PM Rami Hamdallah, arrived in Gaza this afternoon, through Erez checkpoint, for an official welcome and made optimistic statements in regard to a national reconciliation, after 10 years of division between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The cabinet is scheduled to hold its […]

16 Sep

UN Official Praises Hamas’ Willingness to Recognize PA’s Reconciliation Terms

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process expressed support for Hamas’ expressed willingness to reconcile with the Fateh movement, head of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), in a statement released on Wednesday. Nickolay Mladenov said that he welcomed developments this week, after a Hamas delegation in […]

17 Aug

Abbas: Gaza to Face Further Cuts if Hamas Refuses PA “Reconciliation” Terms

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated threats against the Hamas movement, the de facto ruling party in the besieged Gaza Strip, on Tuesday, threatening further repressive measures should Hamas not unconditionally abide by the PA’s demands to resolve the decade-long intra-Palestinian conflict. Numerous attempts have been made in the […]

15 Aug

Hamdallah Meets with Hamas to Discuss Reconciliation

Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met with a delegation of Hamas deputies of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) on Monday to discuss ways to end the decade-long political rivalry between the Hamas movement, the de facto ruling party in the blockaded Gaza Strip, and the Fateh-led PA in […]

17 Jun

PA & Hamas Reconciliation Talks in Qatar – The Omitted Context of Regional and Geopolitics

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and delegates visited the Qatari capital of Doha, to pick up on the stalled national reconciliation talks with Hamas. While news reports focus on day-to-day politics, there are very few media that focus on the context — that is regional rivalries […]

09 Jun

Russia Offers to Host New Fateh/Hamas Reconciliation Meeting

Russia has offered to host a reconciliation meeting between Hamas and Fateh in Moscow, Lebanese newspaper as-Safir reported Monday.The offer was reportedly made by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is also the Russian President’s Special Representative for the Middle East. According to as-Safir, Hamas had accepted the […]

29 Apr

No Real Sign of Reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas

The two main Palestinian political forces show no sign of moving the necessary steps to get to the solution of a fracture that has, for years, damaged the Palestinian cause. Meanwhile, the Hamas list was surprisingly victorious in student elections at BirZeit University, the historic stronghold of Fateh.In mid-April the […]

21 Sep

Egypt Denies Refusal to Hold Reconciliation Talks

The Egyptian government has denied recent media reports which have surfaced in regard to their refusal to host Palestinian reconciliation talks in Cairo.In a formal statement, on Saturday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry described the reports as ‘groundless and bare of truth’. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, local media […]

21 May

Mashal: “Palestinian Reconciliation, Not An Alternative To Resistance”

[Tuesday, May 20, 2014] Head of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, Khaled Mashal, stated that Palestinian reconciliation and national unity are not alternatives to the legitimate resistance against the Israeli occupation, but are meant to strengthen it.His statements came in a speech he gave in Doha- Qatar, during […]

30 Apr

Erdogan: “Full Reconciliation With Israel Within Days, Or Weeks”

[Tuesday, April 29, 2014] Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Teyyip Erdogan, stated that a comprehensive reconciliation deal with Israel is likely to be reached within a few days or weeks, at most, and thanked U.S President, Barack Obama, for his effort to reach this goal.Erdogan said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu […]

23 Apr

PLO and Hamas Sign Reconciliation Agreement

Representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Hamas agreed to form a government of national unity, and have called for general elections within five to six weeks, officials said early Wednesday. Published on April 23, 2014, by the Alternative Information Center (AIC). The agreement was reached during talks held […]

21 Apr

Senior Hamas Official Arrives in Gaza for Reconciliation Talks

Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq arrived in Gaza via the Rafah crossing, on Monday, where he was welcomed by a delegation of Hamas and Fatah officials.The senior official, who is based in Egypt, arrived in the besieged territory for reconciliation talks with a delegation of PLO officials. Senior Fatah […]

21 Apr

PLO Delegation to Head to Gaza for Reconciliation Meetings

A delegation from the PLO will visit the Gaza Strip, within the next two days, for meetings to discuss reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, a member of the delegation said.Bassam al-Salhi told Ma’an News Agency that the visit to Gaza is part of an effort to implement reconciliation agreements reached […]

13 Feb

Israel Rejects Lifting Gaza Siege In Return For Reconciliation With Turkey

The Israeli Government of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that Tel Aviv does not agree to the Turkish demand to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip in exchange for a reconciliation agreement between Tel Aviv and Ankara.The Turkish demand came on Tuesday when Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, […]

08 May

Israel: “Reconciliation With Turkey Enabled Us To Strike Syria”

Senior Israeli military and security officials stated that the reconciliation with Turkey, and the progressing relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv, enabled Israel, over the last few days, to carry out several air strikes against Syrian targets.Israeli Yedioth Aharonoth quoted Israeli officials stating that the apology made by Prime Minister, […]

10 Jan

Dr. Dweik: “Reconciliation Is A Main Demand For The Palestinians”

Dr. Aziz Dweik, elected head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, stated that national reconciliation is a main demand the Palestinians want to achieve, and added that President Mahmoud Abbas is insisting on finalizing the elections file before other files an issue that would “obstruct reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas”.Dweik, head […]

21 May

Timetable For Palestinian Reconciliation Agreed Between Hamas And Fatah

Elections should be held in approximately 6 months to form a new power sharing deal between rivals Fatah and Hamas officials have said.Stalled efforts at reconciliation previously make it unclear if this deal brokered in Egypt would end in success. The West Bank and the Gaza Strip have had divided […]

09 Feb

Abbas to Hale: “No Contradiction Between Peace, Palestinian Reconciliation”

February 9, 2012 5:38 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told U.S. Middle East Envoy David Hale, on Thursday, that there is no contradiction between internal Palestinian reconciliation and the peace process with Israel.The meeting was also attended by Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee member, Dr. Saeb Erekat; Presidential spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina; and the American […]

19 Oct

Fateh And Hamas Call For National Reconciliation

The Fateh movement in the Gaza strip expressed its hope in achieving national unity and reconciliation, by ending the split between the movement and Hamas, after the release of many Palestinian leaders, figures and symbols.The movement declared the day of the release to be a Palestinian national wedding and celebration, […]

04 Jun

Qabha: “Real Reconciliation Does Not Exist In The West Bank”

Former Minister of Detainees, Hamas political official, Wasfi Qabha, stated that there are no real indications of reconciliation in the West Bank as the Palestinian security forces are still interrogating Hamas members and supporters. Qabha told the Haas-affiliated Palestinian Information Center that “the situation has not changed in the West […]

04 May

Palestinian Factions Sign Reconciliation Deal

Cairo – PNN – Palestinian Sources announced on Tuesday afternoon that Palestinian factions have signed the national reconciliation deal in Cairo.According to sources a meeting took place with the participation of Khalid Mash’al from Hamas, Azzam al-Ahamd and Samier al-Rifa’ee from Fatah, in addition to Ramdan Shalah from the Islamic […]

28 Apr

Gush Shalom Welcomes Reconciliation Agreement Between Hamas and Fateh

The Israeli Human Rights group, Gush Shalom, issued a press statement on Thursday welcoming the reconciliation agreement between the two Palestinian rival groups Hamas and Fateh in Cairo on Wednesday.Former Knesset Member Avnery, Gush Shalom activist, said ‘I wholeheartedly welcome the agreement reached by the Palestinians in Cairo. Palestinian unity, […]

28 Apr

Rival Palestinian Factions Reach Reconciliation Agreement

Hamas and Fatah sign a reconciliation draft agreement in Cairo Egypt Wednesday evening following rounds of talks, with hope to end a four-year internal unrest in the Palestinian Territories, Palestinian media sources reported.Both parties agreed, under Egyptian supervision, to form a transitional government soon. The two delegations, headed by Palestinian […]

19 Apr

Hamas Accepts Arab Offer To Mediate Reconciliation Talks

Member of the Political Bureau of the Hamas Movement, Izzat Al Rishiq, stated that the movement has agreed to the Arab offer to host and mediate Palestinian reconciliation and national unity talks.Al Rishiq said that the state that is willing to host the talks must first present the offer to […]

18 Mar

Netanyahu Denounces Fateh-Hamas Reconciliation Efforts

March 18, 2011 6:21 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, harshly slammed the reconciliation efforts between the rival Fateh and Hamas movements in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.In an interview with the CNN, Netanyahu said that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank cannot claim to seek peace with Israel while seeking peace […]

02 Mar

Haniyya: “Reconciliation Cannot Be Reached Amidst Siege, Collaboration With Israel”

Hamas leader, and Prime Minister of the dissolved Hamas-led government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyya, stated that the Palestinian people want real reconciliation that addresses the current political changes in the Arab World, and that this reconciliation cannot be reached amidst collaboration with Israel and, ongoing political arrests.Haniyya slammed the Palestinian […]

22 Feb

81 Palestinian NGOs Call for Reconciliation Between Rival Factions

February 22, 2011 11:41 AM IMEMC News News Report, Palestine, Palestinian Politics 0

Eighty-one Palestinian non-profit organizations issued a statement, on Monday, urging rival Palestinian factions to work toward reconciliation, just after the Hamas party denied claims that the Fatah party had made any offer of national unity.In its statement, the Palestinian Network of Non-Governmental Organizations (PNGO) said, ‘[i]t is necessary to stop […]

28 Jan

Hamas Would Sign Reconciliation Document Should Egypt Provide Guarantees

January 28, 2010 6:39 PM Saed Bannoura International, News Report, Peace process 0

Dr. Mahmoud Zahhar, a political leader of the Hamas movement, stated that they would sign the Egyptian document for internal Palestinian unity should the Egyptian leadership provide guarantees to ensure a successful agreement.Zahhar said that Hamas does not want to sign on unclear issues, and that Egypt should provide clarifications […]

25 Jan

No Elections without Reconciliation

January 25, 2010 3:20 PM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

On General Elections in the Palestinian National Authority: No Elections without ReconciliationThis is a press release by the Palestinian Center For Human Rights Today, 24 January 2010, is the due date for legislative and presidential elections in the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). If the Palestinian democracy was to be practiced […]

06 Dec

Egypt Invites The Reconciliation Committee To Resume Unity Talks

The Egyptian leadership issued an invitation to the Palestinian National Reconciliation Committee to visit Cairo in an attempt to resume the talks and efforts to end internal divisions and achieve national unity.Secretary-general of the Committee, Eyad Al Sarraj, said that committee delegates would be traveling to Egypt on Sunday to […]

23 Nov

Dweik: “Efforts Ongoing To Achieve Reconciliation”

Head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr. Aziz Dweik, stated that efforts are ongoing to achieve national reconciliation, and added that he is still in contact with President Mahmoud Abbas in an attempt to reach a unity deal based on solid grounds.Dweik stated that reconciliation efforts were never fully suspended, […]

21 Oct

Hamas: “Elections Without Reconciliation, Blackmail”

Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, stated Tuesday that the intentions of Mahmoud Abbas to declare elections on January 25 2010, is an attempt to blackmail Hamas movement and an unjustified step that aims at voiding all chances of reconciliation.Hamas spokesperson, Sami Abu Zuhri, said that Hamas wants reconciliation and unity, and […]

18 Oct

Egypt: “Reconciliation Document For Signing, Not For Negotiations”

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that the Palestinian reconciliation document is ready for signing by Palestinians factions, and that it is not meant for further negotiations and rounds of talks. Husam Zaki, spokesperson of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that there is no more for talks and further meetings, and […]

13 May

Saadat stresses on the Right of Return, calls for reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas

May 13, 2008 9:08 AM IMEMC News Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

The detained Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Saadat, stated during a court hearing on Monday that the Right of Return of all refugees is a Red Line and called for reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas.Saadat said that the Right of Return is the […]

08 Apr

A Hamas leader says Fatah-Hamas reconciliation unlikely

Member of Hamas party’s political bureau in Damascus, Muhammad Nazzal, said that a Hamas-Fatah reconciliation is unlikely, despite agreement in Yemen last month to end differences. Nazzal, who was speaking to’s Arabic version, cited American-Israeli pressure on Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, asserting that such pressure prevents breakthrough of a […]

27 Mar

Civil society organizations in Gaza urge Fatah and Hamas for reconciliation

Scores of Palestinians, representing civil society organizations in Gaza, staged on Wednesday a demonstration at a public square, urging the rival Hamas and Fatah parties to unite. Participants who marched through streets of Gaza city, stopped at the aL-Jundi aL-Majhoul public square in Gaza city, where organizers of the demo […]

17 Mar

Dialogue: Hamas and Fatah to Yemen for reconciliation

Palestinian media sources reported Monday that representatives of the rival Palestinian parties , Hamas and Fatah will be heading for the Yemeni capital of San’a for talks over possible reconciliation.The meeting in Sana’a will be hosted by the Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has recently proposed an initiative for […]

15 May

Hamas to mull the National Reconciliation Document

May 15, 2006 11:08 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas responded publicly for the first time on Sunday to the "national reconciliation" drafted last week by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti and Sheikh Abdel Halek Natshe of Hamas. The document, which was hammered in Israeli jail Hadarim, calls for accepting to give up 78 […]

16 Apr

EU considers reconciliation with ME Islamists

Following decades in which western democracies have backed oppressive regimes in the Middle East and focusing efforts on backing authorities and secular elites, both the U.S. and the EU are considering closer relations with opposition groups, including the Islamic movements. In Iraq, the U.S. was forced to change their stance and consider […]

01 Apr

Sharon, Netanyahu on reconciliation path

Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met privately with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Friday and agreed to ease the tension between them ‘for the sake of the unity of the Likud.’  The two rival Likud leaders agreed to meet again soon. Likud sources described the meeting as ‘historic’, adding […]

23 Aug

Reconciliation meeting Between Abbas and Qurei in Ramallah

August 23, 2004 3:30 AM IMEMC & Agencies Miscellaneous, News Report, Palestine 0

A meeting was conducted between the Palestinian Prime Minister, Ahmad Qurei, and the former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), Sunday evening in Ramallah, in order to resolve some issues which were behind Abbas’s resignation September 2003. A P.A source said that the two sides are weighing possible strategies in […]

23 Aug

Efforts of reconciliation between Arafat & Abbas

August 23, 2004 3:30 AM IMEMC & Agencies Miscellaneous, News Report, Palestine 0

Sakher Habash, member of Fattah Central Committee said that intensive efforts are being carried out in order to mediate between Arafat and former P.A Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazen. Habash said that he was appointed to follow this issue and already met with Abu Mazen who said that he […]

04 Nov

Reports: Hamas Reportedly Agrees to End Protests in Exchange for Israeli Concessions

November 4, 2018 10:02 AM admin Diplomacy, Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, Non-violent action 0

According to a number of local sources, Hamas leaders have reportedly reached a deal with the Israeli government to prevent their fellow Palestinians from protesting at the border each week, in exchange for some concessions from Israel. As part of the deal, Israel will allow Hamas officials to receive money […]

31 Oct

Erekat: “Trump And Netanyahu Continue To Act On Destroying Peace”

The Secretary of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated that U.S. President Donald Trump, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are ongoing with their politics to destroy the two-state solution, and replace it with their own facts on the ground, in violation of International Law. His statement came […]

22 Oct

Egyptian Delegation Arrives in Gaza to Complete Negotiations

An Egyptian security delegation, led by the head of the Palestinian file in the Egyptian intelligence, Ahmed Abdel Khaliq, arrived in Gaza on Monday, to complete the series of visits and contacts in order to complete the reconciliation process and the ceasefire truce files. The visit comes to complete what […]

28 Sep

WAFA: “Full Text Of Abbas’s Speech At The United Nations General Assembly”

Published By the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA): President Abbas at UN calls on US to rescind decisions on Jerusalem, refugees. NEW YORK, September 27, 2018 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United States administration to rescind its decision on Jerusalem and refugees in order to salvage […]

05 Sep

“I think that, today, I’m just going to cry”: A Journal Entry by an ISM Volunteer

Kristin Foss, International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah: I woke up feeling sad today. I’m just so sad. I’m crying now, I started crying in the supermarket, I cried a little when a farmer refused my money for grapes. I think that, today, I’m just going to cry. Maybe I need […]

22 Aug

Erekat in Response to Trump: There is No Price for Jerusalem

Secretary of the Executive Committee for Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, responded to statements by US President Donald Trump and his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, about the removal of  Jerusalem from the negotiating table in the future by saying that there is no price for Jerusalem. Erekat […]

19 Aug

Tension Mounts Over Truce Deal between Israel and Hamas: Report

Disagreements within the Netanyahu administration have increased tensions between Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Israeli media reports. Yedioth Ahronoth daily writes, according to the PNN, that Education Minister Bennett, head of the Jewish House Party, thinks Lieberman’s surrender to Hamas would lead to war, while […]

16 Aug

Abbas Firm on Rejection of US ‘Peace Deal’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday rejected the U.S. political plan referred to as “Deal of the Century”. The deal suggests, according to Andalou/Al Ray, addressing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by forcing the Palestinians to make concessions, including the status of East Jerusalem. “We are the first to stand against it […]

06 Aug

Rise in PA Standing following Rejection of U.S. “Deal”

A public opinion poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, showed that out of the majority of Palestinians polled, 60.6% support the Palestinian Authority leadership’s position not to accept the United States as the sole mediator in the peace process. However, 28.1% […]

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25 Jul

Two boys: life and death in Gaza

’Israeli aircraft bomb Hamas headquarters. Hamas fires rockets toward Israel. The Israeli Iron Dome intercepts Hamas rockets. Israel will wage a destructive war. No, it’s a truce! Fatah and Hamas sign a reconciliation agreement. No, the reconciliation efforts were in vain. Abbas will lift his sanctions on Gaza. No, his […]

18 Jun

Hamas Members Suppress Anti-division Protest in Gaza

Members of the ruling Hamas movement, on Monday, reportedly assaulted citizens who took part in a rally headed by the Prisoners and ex-prisoners Committee  and factions in the Strip,  on the 11th anniversary of the Hamas coup against the Palestinian Authority. The protest called for the end of the division […]

11 Jun

Ramallah Protesters Demand PA to Cancel Sanctions on Gaza

Hundreds of Palestinians held a protest in Ramallah, last night, demanding that the Palestinian Authority (PA) cancel its sanctions against Gaza, describing these measures as punitive measures against the Palestinian people in Gaza. The participants in the demonstration called on PA President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership to lift […]

25 May

In Legislative Upset, Missouri Anti-BDS Bill Fails

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — A five-month grassroots campaign led by human rights groups and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri celebrated a win on Friday, May 18, 2018, when the Missouri legislative session ended, failing to pass legislation that would have denied state contracts worth over $10,000 to […]

16 May

Turkey Expels Israeli Consul Over Israeli Massacres In Gaza

The Turkish Foreign Ministry, on May 16, told Israel’s Consul General in Istanbul Yosef Levi Sfari to leave the country “for a while”, following indiscriminate violence and killings of Palestinian civilians by Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border. Turkey’s Consul General in Jerusalem was summoned by the Israeli Foreign Ministry on May […]

08 May

Historian Ilan Pappe: ‘We Need Sustained International Pressure on Israel’

The Great Return protests in Gaza will culminate on Nakba Day, May 14th. This is also the day that Israel will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. Historian Ilan Pappe says that we need international pressure brought upon the State of Israel, on this occasion, and to […]

20 Apr

Haniyeh: Hamas Ready for Prisoner Swap Deal with Israel

Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh said, on Tuesday, that his movement is ready for a prisoner swap with Israel through third-party mediation. In a televised speech to mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Haniyeh said: “We are ready to start talks to achieve a prisoner exchange deal via a mediator.” […]

18 Apr

Durham Unanimously Votes for Nation’s First Ban on Police Exchanges with Israel

DURHAM, NC: Late Monday evening, Durham voted unanimously to become the first city in the U.S. to prohibit police exchanges with Israel, after broad community pressure and popular petition by the Demilitarize! Durham2Palestine coalition, an affiliate of the Deadly Exchange Campaign. The policy, which states that, “the Council opposes international exchanges with any […]

11 Apr

Israel’s Relentless Land Grabs: How Palestinians Resist

by Yara Hawari Overview It has been 42 years since the Israeli police shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel as they protested the expropriation of thousands of dunums of Palestinian land by the government. The protests were a result of mass collective action across the part of Mandate Palestine […]

03 Apr

US Blocks UN Investigation into Israeli Military Killings in Gaza (pt. 1/2)

Reacting to Trump administration blocking of a UN investigation into Israeli military’s killings of Palestinians, Col. Larry Wilkerson says the United States is “in the back pocket of Israel like we have never been associated with any other country in the world.” Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy […]

26 Mar

There Are No Late Mornings for Samiha Ghaben

photo: Amal Qarra harvesting wheat in the town of Abasan, in the southeast Gaza Strip (MEE/Mohamed al-Hajjar) There are no late mornings for Samiha Ghaben. The 45-year-old mother of three wakes up every day at 5am to start work on her farm in the town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza. […]

20 Mar

No Power, No Supplies, No Way Out: A Year Without the Right to Health in the Gaza Strip

Whether swimming at the beach or trying to get urgent medical care, children in the Gaza Strip were boxed out of their right to health care in 2017, with both Israeli and Palestinian authorities contributing to record lows. Death Before Walking On her fifth pregnancy, Naela Abu Nasira was an […]

20 Mar

Abbas on U.S. Ambassador David Friedman: ‘Son of a Dog, Settler’

PA President Mahmoud Abbas attacked U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Monday, calling him a “son of a dog ” for saying that Jewish settlements in the West Bank are a part of Israel. “Son of a dog. They [the settlers] are building on their land? You are a settler […]

13 Mar

Palestinian Prime Minister Survives Assassination Attempt In Gaza

Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr. Rami Hamdallah, and Palestinian Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj, have survived an assassination attempt, Tuesday, while seven guards were injured, after explosions targeted their convoy, just as they entered the Gaza Strip through Beit Hanoun (Erez) Terminal. Both Hamdallah and Faraj were in a convoy of vehicles […]

15 Feb

Max Blumenthal in Gaza: Netanyahu Faces Scandal, Palestinians a Crisis

Reporting from the Gaza Strip, journalist and best-selling author Max Blumenthal says that Netanyahu’s domestic corruption case has not even registered to a besieged Palestinian population under Israeli blockade. Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The […]

06 Feb

Trucks Protest Collapsed Economic Conditions in Gaza

Protesting the collapsed economic conditions in Gaza, traders suspended the entry of  supply trucks via Kerem Shalom commercial crossing, on Tuesday. Traders organized a protest wuth the trucks that are supposed to bring goods into Gaza, along Saladin street, calling for rectifying  the collapsed economic conditions in Gaza. Director of […]

25 Jan

Gazans Cannot Cope with ‘Unprecedented’ Economic Crisis

Motasem Ahmed Dalloul is a staff writer at the Middle East Monitor. He is a specialist in the Middle East affairs. Since October 2017, the knot around the neck of the Gaza Strip has been tightening due to the strict Israeli-Egyptian siege and the punitive measures imposed by the Palestinian […]

23 Jan

General Commercial Strike in Gaza

The Gaza Strip, on Monday, is witnessing a general commercial strike in all walks of economic and commercial life, in a protest on the Strip’s economic meltdown, resulting from Israel’s immoral blockade and the Palestinian political split. President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Gaza, Waleed El- Husary […]

19 Jan

DCIP Year in Review: Worst Abuse Cases Against Palestinian Children in 2017

Last year marked 50 years of Israeli military occupation, with no signs of abatement in Palestinian children’s vulnerability to injury and abusive military arrest in the West Bank. Rapidly devolving living conditions in the Gaza Strip put in jeopardy the most basic human rights, as children became collateral damage in […]

16 Jan

Palestinian Leadership Decides to Suspend Recognition of and Cooperation with Israel

The second-highest decision-making body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) decided Monday to call on the executive committee to suspend recognition of Israel until Israel recognizes the existence of Palestine, and annuls its annexation of Jerusalem, marking the latest fallout from Donald Trump’s December 6th claim of Jerusalem as the […]

07 Jan

Gazans Struggle to Cope with Heavy Rains as Threat of War Escalates

Dozens of makeshift houses in the Gaza Strip have been flooded since Thursday night, due to heavy rains amid an extreme cold wave hitting the region. Rainfall has poured into houses sheltering dozens of Palestinian families in several areas across the blockaded coastal enclave. Using fishing boats, civil defense services […]

03 Jan

Fateh: United States Rejected as Peace Broker Unless Jerusalem Decision Reversed

Azzam Al-Ahmed, member of Fateh’s Central Committee, Wednesday, said that the Palestinian side is “fighting an open political battle with the US and will not accept, under any condition, the US as a partner in a peace process before it reverses its Jerusalem decision.” He said, during a meeting with […]

31 Dec

Abbas Marks 53rd Anniversary of Palestinian Revolution

President Mahmoud Abbas lit the torch on Sunday evening, in Ramallah, marking the 53rd anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian liberation revolution and Fateh movement. Speaking on this occasion, Abbas reiterated his commitment to establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on the 1967 borders […]

27 Dec

Army Warns Cabinet of Military Confrontation in Gaza

Leaders of the Israeli occupation army warned, during a cabinet session, of the gravity situation in the blockaded Gaza Strip, which could end up with the outbreak of a new armed confrontation with the Palestinian resistance factions. According to Israeli Channel 2, ministers were told, at the cabinet meeting, that […]

13 Dec

Lieberman Calls for Boycott on Arabs in Israel

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has called for boycotting Arab citizens in Israel, for organizing protests against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Lieberman told Israeli TV Channel 2: “We have to boycott Um Al-Fahm and Wadi Ara [Israeli cities with a majority of Arab residents] in […]

09 Dec

After Trump’s Jerusalem H-Bomb: Weighing Options for Palestinians

by Nadia Hijab Protests around the world are planned against US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In so doing, Trump dispensed with such details as boundaries and borders – indeed with international law itself – and repeated the long hollowed-out US commitment to facilitate “a lasting peace agreement.” Given […]

08 Dec

Mustafa Barghouti: Unlike US Embassy, Palestinians Will Not Be Moved

As protests erupt over Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti says Trump and Netanyahu won’t succeed in displacing Palestinians from their homeland. Mustafa Barghouti was born in Jerusalem, 1954. He is a leader of the Palestinian National Initiative, founded in 2002 and a member of Palestinian […]

04 Dec

Thousands Attend Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bethlehem

Outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Christians believe that Jesus was born, thousands of people gathered Saturday for the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration, ceremony, concert and fireworks. Among the people who attended the ceremony were the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah, the Governor of Bethlehem Major […]

30 Nov

Hamas Office of Refugee Affairs: UN Caused Historical Massacre through Partition Resolution

Hamas’ Office of Refugee Affairs of the Islamic Resistance Movement stated that the United Nations committed a historic massacre against the people of Palestine by adopting the Partition of Palestine, separating it into two states, an Arab state and another Jewish one.   Marking the seventieth anniversary of the Partition […]

29 Nov

Rafah Crossing and the Impossibility of Leaving Gaza

by Muhammad Shehada After three days of an exceptional opening of Gaza’s only gate to the outside world, the Rafah border crossing, Palestinians are – again – locked up behind the giant concrete walls of the blockade; their only way out is paying the unaffordable bribe for the “coordinated passage.” […]

28 Nov

US Blackmails PA into Accepting Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

US Administration has recently refused to renew the licence of PLO’s office in Washington unless it stops prosecuting Israel before international courts and starts unconditional peace talks. According to Days of Palestine, Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalah described this as a form of extortion of the Palestinian Authority in order for them […]

19 Nov

Rafah Crossing Opens under PA’s Control

The Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt opened on Saturday, for the first time under the supervision of the Palestinian Authority (PA), which took control of the crossing on Wednesday, after 10 years of Hamas rule. Egypt decided to open the crossing for three days, starting Saturday, and for humanitarian […]

16 Nov

Iron Dome Employed in Gush Dan Settlement Bloc

Israeli forces  have  taken new security measures in preparation for any escalation in the situation with the Islamic Jihad movement. Israel is expecting that the group will avenge the bombing of a tunnel in Gaza, two weeks ago, in which 12 militants of Islamic Jihad and Hamas were killed, according […]

14 Nov

Netanyahu is Redefining Ethnic Cleansing, Not Pursuing Genuine Peace

~Professor Kamel Hawwash, Middle East Monitor/Days of Palestine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not known for missing an opportunity to push peace further into the distant future. The dust had not even settled on the Balfour Centenary, which the Palestinians marked with anger and Israel and its supporters celebrated, […]

10 Nov

Anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s Death Commemorated in West Bank

Thousands of Palestinians, yesterday, held rallies in the West Bank city of Ramallah to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the death of iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Thousands of Palestinians joined a rally, organized by Fateh and other Palestinian factions, to mark this anniversary, carrying portraits of Arafat, waiving Palestinian flags […]

08 Nov

Senior Hamas Leader says Faction No longer Responsible for Gaza Residents

Senior Hamas official Mousa abu-Marzook said, on Monday, that his movement is no longer responsible for the residents of the Gaza Strip. He called for the Palestinian factions to put pressure on the Government of National Accord to carry out its duty and fulfil its responsibilities in the besieged enclave. […]

02 Nov

Newly Formed Government Officially Takes Control of Gaza Crossings

As a step towards implementing the latest reconciliation agreement made in Cairo between Hamas and Fateh, the Palestinian Government of National Consensus, early Wednesday, took control over the border crossings of the Gaza Strip, under the supervision of the Egyptian Government. During a press release held at the entrance of […]

01 Nov

Reconciled Government Ready to Take Over Gaza’s Border Crossings

The national reconciliation government has confirmed its readiness to take full responsibility over the Gaza Strip border crossings,  beginning November 1st, said Hussein al-Sheikh, head of the Civil Affairs Authority, in a press release on Tuesday. Al-Sheihk also said that, starting from November 11th, 2017, the Rafah crossing — the […]

27 Oct

Security Chief In Gaza Survives Assassination Attempt

October 27, 2017 5:46 PM IMEMC News Gaza Strip, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The General Director of the Internal Security Forces in Gaza, survived an assassination attempt, Friday, with mild wounds, after an explosive device, which was apparently embedded in his car, detonated as he opened its door. Security sources in Gaza said Lieutenant Tawfiq Abu Na’im, survived the explosion which targeted him […]

20 Oct

Ashrawi: U.S. Event Raises Funds for 18-bed Pediatric Unit in Ramallah

An event recently held in Atlanta, Georgia raised funds for an 18-bed pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) in Ramallah, a statement by the office of Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Wednesday. Ashrawi gave the keynote address at the Palestine […]

17 Oct

Egypt Backtracks on Opening Rafah Border Crossing

Egyptian authorities have announced ta decision to postpone opening Rafah Crossing with Gaza, after six soldiers were killed in the Sinai province. Despite plans to open the crossing four days from today, Hesham Udwan, head of the Commission of Crossings and Borders, notified Gazan authorities of the change after clashes […]

15 Oct

US and Israel Show UNESCO their Anti-Palestinian Bias

The U.S. and Israel are pulling out of UNESCO, over what they call an ‘anti-Israel bias,’ but the move may actually underscore their bias towards basic Palestinian rights. Meanwhile, Palestinian factions Fateh and Hamas have reached a new unity deal. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the award-winning online publication The Electronic […]

15 Oct

Bennett to Demand Cutting Ties with Palestinian Authority

Right-wing Israeli Education  Minister Naftali Bennet will demand, during a government on Sunday, to cut relations with the Palestinian Authority (PA), in light of the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fateh, Israeli Channel 2 reported Bennet  will demand the cancellation of all agreements signed with the PA, including the abolition […]