Category Archives: Arab World

02 Aug

Birzeit a Forerunner in Top University Rankings

Birzeit University has asserted its leading position among universities in Palestine, as well as the Arab world: In all three of the major international rankings, Birzeit University is among the best Palestinian universities, and among the top 50 universities in the Arab universities, said a statement issued by the university’s […]

28 Jul

Arab Summit in Mauritania: PFLP Stresses “No Confidence”

nsnbc : In response to the final statement of the 27th Arab Summit, in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) stressed that it has no confidence in what it describes as a carbon copy of the resolutions of the Arab summits, in recent […]

25 Jul

Israeli Authorities Seize Water in Occupied Golan (VIDEO)

via the Alternative Information Center (AIC), Beit Sahour. Al-Marsad Arab Human Rights Centre, in the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights, has re-published their report, “Water is Life: A Consideration of the Legality and Consequences of Israeli Exploitation of the Water Resources of the Occupied Syrian Golan.” The report details the discriminatory policies […]

25 Jul

Israeli Bill Pushes $78,000 Fine for Every Anti-occupation Post

NAZARETH, (PIC) — A new bill proposing fines for social media sites that do not remove anti-occupation content received the Israeli government’s approval on Sunday, the Jerusalem Post reported. The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill authored by MK Revital Swid (Zionist Union) giving social media providers, including Facebook, […]

22 Jul

Lieberman: Mahmoud Darwish Poem Comparable to ‘Mein Kampf’

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has compared the broadcast of poetry by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish on Israeli radio to glorifying Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” the Ministry of Defense said on Thursday. On Tuesday, Israeli army radio broadcast works by the iconic Palestinian writer as part of its “University on […]

22 Jul

Syria: PLO Statement on Beheading of Palestinian Boy in Aleppo (VIDEO)

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, on Thursday, condemned the heinous murder of 12-year-old Abdullah Issa, a Palestinian refugee in Syria and demanded immediate international intervention to bring those behind the beheading to justice. Chief Palestinian negotiator Dr. Saeb Erekat issued a press release, recently,  in which he addressed a video […]

16 Jul

Dr. Ashrawi Delivers Closing Speech at 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi delivered a closing keynote address entitled, “Framing Current Issues in Palestine,” at the 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference, yesterday, which was sponsored by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Know Thy Heritage (KTH) program; the Conference was held on July […]

12 Jul

Gaza: Turkey to Build Seawater Desalination Plant

The Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs announced, Tuesday, that Turkey is to establish a seawater desalination plant to solve water crisis, estimating the coast of the project to $300,000,000 USD. The minister noted, according to Al Ray, that the project is big-ticket, noting that some countries announced that […]

12 Jul

Knesset Approves Controversial NGO Law

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset has approved a controversial law forcing NGOs to declare the funds they receive from foreign state entities, with opposition saying the legislation will lead to the growth of “fascism.” The law was approved with 57 votes to 48 on Tuesday, according to Press TV/Al […]

08 Jul

Syria: Palestinian Refugees Stuck at Greek Borders

Hundreds of Palestinian refugees fleeing war-torn Syria have been stranded in Greece after local authorities sealed off all passageways to neighboring countries, a rights group reported Friday. According to the Action Group for Palestinians in Syria, hundreds of Palestinian refugees have been stuck near border-areas with Europe after they were […]

29 Jun

Egypt Opens Rafah Border Crossing on Wednesday and Thursday

nsnbc : Egypt opens the Rafah border crossing between Egypt’s Sinai and the Palestinian Gaza Strip on Wednesday and Thursday to allow stranded Palestinians and Egyptians to cross the border. (archives) Egyptian authorities responded to directives from President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi who decided to open the Rafah border crossing on […]

27 Jun

Jordan Protests Ongoing Israeli Violations Against Al-Aqsa

The Jordanian government denounced the escalating Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, including the Sunday and Monday invasions, and the attacks targeting worshippers and Waqf department employees, in addition to the usage of rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs into the mosque courtyards. Jordan Government Spokesperson, Dr. […]

27 Jun

Syrians Protest against Israeli Occupation and Planned Annexation of the Golan Heights (VIDEO)

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Syrians in the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan Heights have rallied in protest against the Israeli occupation, illegal oppression of Syrian culture and identity, outspoken plans to permanently annex the Syrian territory and Israel’s use of the Golan for military action against Syria and the support of […]

26 Jun

Kuwait Divests From G4S

via The Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) in Kuwait has decided, as reported in the Kuwaiti media, to divest its funds from G4S, a company that is profiting from the Israeli occupation and has a notorious record of human rights abuses. The decision comes following calls from BDS […]

19 Jun

UNRWA: 3 More Palestinians Killed in Syrian Refugee Camp

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) strongly condemned the ongoing escalation of the armed conflict in Syria which, on 14 June, claimed the lives of another three Palestine refugees in Khan Eshieh camp, and continues gravely to endanger the safety of […]

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 […]

16 Jun

Meeting between Fateh and Hamas in Doha

On Thursday, Palestinian Arabic dailies focused on a gathering between Hamas and Fateh officials in Doha, last night, as part of an effort to forward intra-Palestinian reconciliation talks. According to the reports, two delegations from Hamas and Fateh gathered in Doha, the capital of Qatar, for talks on achieving Palestinian national reconciliation. […]

14 Jun

UNRWA Statement Regarding Attack in Sayyida Zeinab

Damascus, 14 June, 2016  The UNITED NATIONS WORKS AND RELIEF AGENCY (UNRWA) strongly condemns the parties responsible for two explosions in the vicinity of Qabr Essit camp in the town of Sayyida Zeinab on 11 June 2016. One explosion claimed the lives of 14 civilians and injured over a hundred. […]

13 Jun

Netanyahu: Israel Will Never Accept Arab Peace Initiative

Barak Ravid, of Israeli daily Haaretz, wrote on Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud ministers he will never accept the original Arab Peace Initiative as a basis for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to two sources at the meeting. “If the Arab nations grasp the fact […]

10 Jun

Al-Sisi to Mediate Between Palestinian Factions

nsnbc : Egyptian intelligence and Egypt’s President Abdel Fateh Al-Sisi will attempt to mediate the dialog between Palestinian factions, including Al-Fateh, PFLP, DFLP the PPRM as well as Hamas. Abbas reiterates that he would accept NATO troops in the West Bank and along the Jordanian border as part of a peace […]

10 Jun

UNRWA: Violence in Syria Destroys Civilian Homes, Claims 2 Palestinian Lives

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), on Wednesday, deplored the escalation of the armed conflict in Syria which, in recent days, has claimed the lives of two Palestine refugees in the northern city of Aleppo, and continues to gravely endanger the […]

07 Jun

Hundreds of Arab Party Members Summoned by Israeli Police

The Balad Israeli-Arab political party, has denounced the Israeli occupation police campaign against the members of the party, explaining that the aim of the camping is to undermine the political role of the party on the field. The National Democratic Assembly of Balad stated in a press release, on Tuesday, […]

30 May

PFLP Calls for International Action against Paris Conference on Israel – Palestine

NSNBC – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) called for international mobilization against the planned Paris Conference scheduled for June 3 – 4 aimed at resuming internationally mediated talks about Israel and Palestine. The PFLP, the second-largest member faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) called on […]

15 May

PCBS: “Israel Controls More than 85% of the Land of Historical Palestine”

This is a special statistical bulletin by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on the 68th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba of 1948. The number of Palestinians worldwide has multiplied about nine-fold — Israel Controls More than 85% of the Land of Historical Palestine     The Nakba: Ethnic […]

Smoke billows in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp near Sidon, Lebanon, on August 23, 2015. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat/File)
03 Apr

Condition Escalates in Lebanon Camp, One Palestinian Killed, Several Injured

April 3, 2016 3:01 AM IMEMC News Arab World, Internal Unrest, News Report 0

One Palestinian was killed and several others injured, Friday, amid heavy clashes between rival factions at the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Helweh, in southern Lebanon, Lebanese state media reported. A dispute between members of the Fateh Movement and “Islamist militants” escalated into gunfire for the second time this week, […]

25 Feb

Why It’s Dangerous to Conflate Hamas and ISIS

While Israel’s efforts to link Palestinian resistance to its military occupation to global terrorism are not new, it has expanded its propaganda to address Arab as well as Western audiences. By so doing, it is clearly seeking to exploit the global aversion to movements that have drifted towards extremism and […]

19 Feb

VIDEO: Algeria Celebrates Palestinian Goal in Their Own Net

The Algerian and Palestinian football teams, on Wednesday, held a historical friendly match that made an exception to the rule, where Algerian fans cheered for the Palestinian team, and Palestinian fans cheered for the Algerian team.The match, held at the 5 July Stadium in Algeria city, ended with Palestine winning […]

11 Feb

Palestinian Refugees Fleeing Syria Seek Home in Gaza

Palestinian refugee Heesham Ahmed El Khoranin and his family have already survived two Israeli assaults against the Gaza Strip, since he returned after fleeing from Syria in 2011.02/11/16 | International Solidarity Movement | Gaza Team Heesham grandparents were born in Masmiya, 42km north of Gaza, one of the many villages […]

21 Jan

Report: Refugees Again — Palestinians in Syria Have it Twice as Hard to Get Asylum

Palestinian refugees from Syria are amongst the most vulnerable refugees who seek safety in Europe. But, the legal framework that is being applied to their plight is a discriminatory one.The majority of Palestinians in Syria were forced to resettle there, after fleeing or being forcibly expelled from their homes during […]

20 Dec

Israel Assassinates Senior Hezbollah Leader In Syria

December 20, 2015 2:40 PM IMEMC News Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

The Israeli Air Force assassinated, on Saturday at night, the former political prisoner and senior Hezbollah leader, Samir al-Kuntar, in an air strike in the Jermana area of the Syrian capital Damascus.The Hezbollah party in Lebanon said the Israeli Air Force violated Syrian air space at around 10:30 at night, […]

06 Nov

Palestinian Fisherman Shot and Killed off Gaza Coast by Egyptian Navy

November 6, 2015 2:47 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Internal Unrest, News Report 0

Egyptian military forces shot and killed a Palestinian fisherman off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip, Thursday afternoon, the Ministry of Health in the besieged enclave said.Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson of the ministry, said Firas Mohammad Miqdad, 18, from Rafah was shot in the abdomen by Egyptian forces while at […]

21 Sep

Palestinian Pianist from Yarmouk Joins Migrant Tide

Three years of siege, famine and bombing of his Damascus refugee camp didn’t kill celebrated Palestinian musician Aeham al-Ahmad, but something died inside him the day militants burnt his beloved piano in front of his eyes.It was then that Ahmad, whose music had brought consolation, even a bit of joy, […]

22 Aug

ISIS Affiliated Group Abducts Four Hamas Members In Egypt

August 22, 2015 3:53 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Senior Egyptian Security sources said the investigations are still ongoing regarding the abduction of four Hamas members, after ISIS affiliated fighters stopped a bus heading from Egypt’s Rafah to the al-‘Arish, several days ago, and abducted them.The sources said gunmen of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group, that pledged allegiance to ISIS, […]

20 Aug

Gunmen Kidnap Four Palestinians In Egypt’s Rafah

August 20, 2015 5:11 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Egyptian Interior Ministry has reported that unknown gunmen have kidnapped four Palestinians, on Wednesday at night, while traveling in the Egyptian city of Rafah, in the North Sinai Governorate.Spokesperson of the Egyptian Interior Ministry Eyad al-Bozom said the Palestinians were traveling in a deportation bus, guarded by Egyptian security […]

06 Aug

Report on Settler Terrorism to be Submitted to Arab League

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Thursday, issued a special report to be presented to the Arab Foreign Minister’s meeting. The report highlights Israel’s terror attacks by settlers in the occupied West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.Since 2004, Israeli settlers have carried out more than 11,000 attacks against Palestinians in […]

26 Jul

Fateh Colonel Slain in Lebanese Refugee Camp

A senior Fateh member was shot dead in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp near Sidon in south Lebanon Saturday, a security official said.Colonel Talal al-Ourdouni was shot dead by in a drive-by shooting involving four men on two motorcycles, a Palestinian security officer in Lebanon told Ma’an News Agency. Al-Ourdouni […]

09 Jul

Ghassan Kanafani’s Ongoing Resistance

Thank to Kanafani the Palestinians started to believe more and more in their struggle. It is therefore easy to understand why the Israeli Mossad killed him: he was not just a writer, but a leader.On 8 July 1972, the Israeli Mossad murdered Ghassan Kanafani, of the most prominent Palestinian writers, […]

20 May

Israel Security Officials Meet Arab Counterparts

A meeting was recently held between representatives of Arab countries that do not have diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, and a number of Israeli officials, to discuss what they called “security cooperation” in the region.The official Israeli Radio has reported that the meeting took place between Arab officials, Israeli security […]

07 May

Nine Palestinian Fishermen Kidnapped by the Egyptian Army

May 7, 2015 12:13 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

On the 3rd of May, the trial of nine Palestinian fishermen kidnapped by the Egyptian army while fishing in waters of the border city of Rafah, took place in the Egyptian city of Al Arish. 06th May | Miguel HernĂĄndez | Gaza, Occupied Palestine Three of the fishermen are brothers, […]

03 May

Shimon Peres Disinvited to Clinton Event in Morocco

The name of former Israeli President Shimon Peres has been removed from the official guest list of the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and North Africa Conference in Marrakech.It was announced last week that Israel’s former president, Shimon Peres, would be in attendance at the CGI MENA Conference beginning May […]

25 Apr

Israeli Air Force Targets Syrian Army, Hezbollah, Sites

The Israeli Air Force fired missiles, late on Friday at night, into military targets belonging to the Syrian Army, and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party, in the al-Qalamoun area on the Syrian-Lebanon border. Media sources said the strikes targeted two military locations equipped with strategic and long-range missiles. Lebanese Media sources […]

20 Apr

A World Lost: Escape From Yarmouk

Over the past four years war has ravaged the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. At no other time has the future looked so dismal for the community of refugees who have called it home. What was once a city filled with life has now become a world lost.The Palestine Refugee […]

14 Apr

The International Community Has Failed Yarmouk

The suffering of humanity in Yarmouk grows worse each day. Where is the world?Since the war in Syria started a few years ago, the people of Yarmouk have been suffering tremendously. Hundreds of people in Yarmouk are suffering from malnutrition, disease, and severe psychological distress. There are reports from the […]

11 Apr

PLO Rejects Engaging in Yarmouk Conflict

Palestinian leadership has rejected the idea of joining the battle in Syria’s Yarmouk camp, apparently ruling out involvement in a joint military operation to expel ISIS.The position was made clear in a statement released late Thursday by the Palestinian Liberation Organization, from its headquarters in the West Bank city of […]

10 Apr

Palestinians Back Joint Yarmouk Operation in Syria

A group of 14 Palestinian factions said, on Thursday, that they backed a joint military operation with the Syrian government to expel Islamic State group militants from the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus.After a meeting of the factions in the Syrian capital, PLO official Ahmed Majdalani said that the […]

08 Apr

Kuwait Pledges $200 M. For Gaza Reconstruction

April 8, 2015 6:39 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

According to the official government-run, Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) the Palestinian government announced, Tuesday, singing an agreement with the Kuwaiti government in which the latter pledges to donate $200 Million to support the efforts for the reconstruction of the war-town Gaza Strip.WAFA said Abdul-Wahab al-Bader, Director General of […]

07 Apr

Red Crescent Denounces Targeting of Medical Staff in Yarmouk

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Monday, condemned the targeting of one of its hospitals in Syria’s beleaguered Al-Yarmouk Refugee Camp with a missile, resulting in the injury of three of its voluntarily staff and excessive damage to the building.WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency reports that the society, via press […]

07 Apr

PLO Relocates 2,000 Palestinians from Yarmouk Refugee Camp

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) has moved some 2,000 Palestinians from Syria’s flashpoint Yarmouk refugee camp, a PLO official said, Sunday.World Bulletin reports, via Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that Ahmed Magdalani, who oversees Yarmouk camp in the PLO, said that his organization was conducting an emergency plan for Palestinians […]

06 Apr

Hamas Holds March in Gaza for Yarmouk Refugees

Hundreds rallied in the Gaza Strip, Saturday, in support of thousands of fellow Palestinians trapped in Syria’s Yarmouk camp, which has been largely overrun by fundamentalist militants.Hundreds, many waving Hamas flags, according to Ma’an, took to the streets in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis in a march organised […]

29 Mar

Egypt Summit: Abbas Says Relationship with Israel Must Change

President Mahmoud Abbas said, at an Egyptian-hosted Arab summit on Saturday, that the Palestinian relationship with Israel cannot continue as it has in recent years.Speaking at the 26th Arab summit, which convened in the Egyptian town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday, Abbas said that Israel had taken over the Palestinian […]

20 Mar

Arab League Renews Call For Prosecuting Israel For Corrie’s Murder

March 20, 2015 10:09 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Human rights, News Report 0

In its Thursday session, the Arab League issued a statement demanding prosecuting Israel, and punishing those responsible, for the murder of American peace activist, Rachel Corrie, who was killed by the Israeli army in Rafah, on March 16, 2003.In its statement, the Arab League expressed its admiration and gratitude to […]

17 Mar

Jordan Announces Dozens More Blacklisted Companies Normalized with Israel

Chairman of the Jordanian anti-normalization union, Manaf Magali, announced the addition of 8 Jordanian trade companies and 40 international companies to the black list, as a part of the anti- normalization campaign.Al-Arabi al-Jadeed newspaper, according to Al Ray, quoted Magali as saying that the eight companies are in the business […]

13 Mar

Reports: “Israeli Soldier Killed As Syrian Army Targets Gunmen In al-Quneitra”

March 13, 2015 4:29 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

According to reports by the Almayadeen News Agency and the Al-Akhbar News Agency, an Israeli officer was shot and killed, a few days ago, “during a meeting between Israeli officers and officials of the Free Syrian Army” in al-Quneitra city, southwest of Syria.The reports allege the officer was among a […]

12 Mar

(VIDEO) Collective Consciousness: ‘We Will Return’

This Collective Consciousness music creation is dedicated to the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees worldwide and is simply titled, ‘We Will Return.’ The creation is a multi-lingual amalgam also aimed at raising awareness of Palestinian refugees’ plight in consequence to an absence of citizenship rights in their country of […]

11 Mar

Soldiers Advance 50 Meters Into Southern Lebanon

Israeli soldiers crossed the “Blue Line,’ in southern Lebanon, and advanced approximately 50 meters into the Bostra farms area, while firing smoke bombs, the al-Manar TV in Lebanon has reported.Bostra is the only area of the Sheba farms in southern Lebanon that the army withdrew from, while the remaining areas […]

11 Mar

Israeli Officer Shot In Occupied Golan Heights

Israeli sources said, Tuesday, that a soldier was shot and injured by rounds of live ammunition, reportedly fired from the Syrian side.The sources said the wounded officer, who was shot in his hand, was part of a unit that was deployed near the border area, to evacuate a disabled bulldozer […]

09 Mar

Arab League To Submit Security Council Application For Ending Occupation

Representing Arab and Islamic countries, the Arab League intends to submit to the UN Security Council, Monday, a new draft proposal calling for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and Arab territories.The proposal calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from all territories Israel occupied following the June 4 1967 war, […]

26 Feb

Arab League Calls for Protection of Palestinian People

The Arab League has called on the UN and other international human rights committees to hold to their responsibilities in providing protection, for the Palestinian people and their holy sites, from ongoing Israeli attacks.Al Ray reports that, in a statement issued by the Arab league on the anniversary of Ibrahimi […]

20 Feb

18,000 Palestine Refugees Trapped in Yarmouk Amid Snowstorm

Around 18,000 Palestine refugees are trapped in Yarmouk’s refugee camp without food supplies and heating sources, according to UNRWA.The international agency UNRWA announced on Thursday that it was alarmed and concerned by the extreme deterioration in the humanitarian situation experienced by the people in Yarmouk. Around 18,000 Palestine refugees live […]

14 Feb

Federation of Arab Journalists Backs Pursuit of Israel in the ICC

The Federation of Arab Journalists has adopted the decision of filing suit, in the International Criminal Court, against Israel and its crimes committed against Palestinian journalists.The federation called, previously, to file a suit against Israeli war crimes at the ICC, at a session held in Tangier over a two day […]

08 Feb

Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Palestine and Israel’s Policy of Apartheid

February 8, 2015 3:51 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Holy sites, Human interest 0

Near Madaba, Jordan, and connected to the Jordan River, is Bethany Beyond the Jordan (Al-Maghtas in Arabic). It is a bustling attraction constantly inundated with tourists: those who come every January for the Epiphany/Theophany celebrations, those who desire to glance at the site where Jesus was baptized by John the […]

07 Feb

Jafar Farah: Joint Arab List to Bring Changes

February 7, 2015 1:17 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Interview, Israeli Politics 0

The creation of the joint list of Arab political parties for the March elections in Israel has generated enthusiasm and brings with it the possibility for change, notes Jafar Farah, director of the Mossawa Center: The Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens of Israel. Farah reviews the background to creation of […]

28 Jan

Israel Informs Security Council “It Will Defend Itself”

January 28, 2015 11:30 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

The Israeli Government informed the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, it will conduct all needed measures “to defend itself,’ following the death of two of its soldiers in clashes with Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon.Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor informed the Security Council that Israel will not […]

28 Jan

Two Israeli Soldiers Killed, Seven Wounded, By Hezbollah Fighters

January 28, 2015 10:25 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

Israeli sources have reported, Wednesday, that two soldiers have been killed and seven injured in an attack carried out by fighters of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party in the Shebaa farms, in southern Lebanon. A Spanish member of the UNIFIL was killed in the Israeli strike. The sources said that one […]

27 Jan

Rockets Strike Occupied Golan

January 27, 2015 7:41 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

Two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, just nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and an Iranian general, Reuters reported.According to the PNN, an Israeli military spokesman said that, after the rockets struck, the army ordered the […]

19 Jan

Six Hezbollah Fighters Killed by Israeli Airstrike in Syria

January 19, 2015 5:33 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

The Israeli air force, on Sunday evening, fired missiles targeting a number of fighters from the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party, in the Syrian bity of al-Qneitra, killing several fighters, including the son of late Hezbollah leader Imad Mughaniya, who was assassinated by Israel in February of 2008.The Hezbollah party, headed by […]

24 Dec

Fateh Denounces Assassination Of One Of Its Leaders In Syria

December 24, 2014 1:29 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Palestinian National Liberation Movement, Fateh, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, issued a statement, Tuesday, strongly denouncing the assassination of one of its leaders, in the al-Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria.The movement said Mohammad Ahmad Tarawiyya, a senior Fateh leader in Syria, was shot and killed on Tuesday evening, by […]

02 Dec

Resolution for Palestinian Statehood to be Presented at UN

A timeframe for the creation of a Palestinian state has been set, as a draft resolution was approved by foreign ministers of the Arab League, this past Saturday. According to PNN correspondence, the draft resolution is to be formally presented to the United Nations Security Council for vote within a […]

16 Nov

November 15 Marks PNC’s Declaration of Independence

On November 15, 1988, the Palestinian National Council, then led by late President Yasser Arafat, declared the independence of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders. “This was the historic Palestinian compromise: We accepted that our state would exist on only 22 percent of our historic homeland,” said a […]

07 Nov

7 Palestinians Wounded During Protest near Ofer, Jerusalem Facing 3rd Intifada after al-Aqsa Clash

November 7, 2014 1:47 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Internal Unrest, News Report 0

Seven Palestinians were injured, Thursday, after being targeted with rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas grenades by Israeli forces, as citizens and Birzeit University scholars headed to Ofer military camp, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and the rising number of dead throughout Palestine.PNN reports that hundreds of participants headed towards […]

05 Nov

Jordan Recalls Tel Aviv Ambassador in Protest of Israeli Violations

Jordanian PM Abdullah Nassour has sent Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Jouda to call back their ambassador in Tel Aviv, in protest of escalating Israeli aggression, the attacks on al-Aqsa mosque and successive violations in Jerusalem.The Jordanian mission, under direction of the MFA, took the required diplomatic action in presenting […]

12 Oct

Officials Arrive In Cairo For Gaza Reconstruction Conference

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, arrived in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, on Saturday, to attend the Sunday meeting for rebuilding the Gaza Strip which was recently ravaged by Israeli missiles, during the latest offensive on the coastal region. Several world leaders also arrived in Egypt in preparation […]

02 Oct

Arab League Calls On US Not To Veto Palestinian Bid

The Arab League reiterated its support to the upcoming Palestinian bid at the United Nations Security Council, demanding ending the Israeli occupation, and called on the United States to refrain from using its veto power to topple the move. Head of the Palestine and Occupied Arab Territories Committee at the […]

30 Sep

Saudi Arabia Transfers $60 M. To P. A

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently announced that it had transferred around $60.000.000 to the Palestinian Ministry of Finance to help cover some of its expenses for the months of July, August and September.The money is transferred through the Saudi Fund for Development; it comes as part of monthly aid […]

20 Sep

Palestinian Killed, Two Arrested, By Egyptian Soldiers In Sinai

September 20, 2014 12:36 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Maan News Agency has reported that one Palestinian was killed on Saturday, at dawn, and two were arrested by Egyptian soldiers as they exited a border tunnel in Sinai.Maan quoted Egyptian security sources as saying the three exited a tunnel in the ‘Unknown Soldier’ area, in the Egyptian city […]

15 Sep

15 Palestinians Killed When Boatload of Migrants Fleeing Gaza Sinks Near Egyptian Coast

A boat carrying nearly one hundred migrants, including dozens of Palestinians fleeing from Gaza, overturned in the Mediterranean Sea near Egypt, on Saturday, killing fifteen of those on board, according to Al-Anadolu news agency. An additional 72 passengers were rescued by the Egyptian navy. The boat left the Egyptian shore […]

13 Aug

Another Round Of Indirect Talks Ends, Gaps Still Large

Palestinian sources have reported that a new round of indirect Palestinian-Israeli talks, mediated by Egypt, ended in Cairo with no concrete results, while the 72-hour ceasefire reaches its end by midnight, Wednesday night.The Maan News Agency has reported that a 10-hour session was held Tuesday, during which the two sides […]

08 Aug

Updated: Jordanian Family: “Israel Tortured Our Son To Death”

A Jordanian family is accusing Israel of arresting and torturing their son to death, after they detained him during a Tel Aviv protest in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza.The family in Ein Abous in Zarqa – Jordan told the al-Balad News Agency in Jordan that Wa’el Salim Mustafa, 39, […]

07 Aug

Indirect Ceasefire Talks Continue To Hit Obstacles

Egyptian-mediated Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire talks are “ongoing” but hitting various obstacles which could turn the current calm into a new round of confrontation. Palestinian official says reports of an additional ceasefire extension are baseless.Egyptian sources said that Israel presented several demands and preconditions for maintaining the ceasefire, topped by a central […]

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 […]

20 May

Arab World Remembers Mavi Marmara Attack

Monday marked the 4th anniversary of the Israeli massacre, in international waters, on board the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara. In commemoration, dozens of Palestinians and Arab activists staged a march of boats. Members of Miles of Smiles and Lifeline convoys, which accessed the Strip on Sunday evening, participated in the […]

11 May

Coalition Government To Run Rafah Terminal

[Saturday, May 10, 2014] Spokesperson of the Fateh Movement Fayez Abu Atiyya stated that the upcoming national unity government would be supervising the Palestinian side of the Rafah Border Terminal, on the Egyptian border, in southern Gaza.Abu Atiyya said Egypt wants a Palestinian government run by President Mahmoud Abbas, and […]

07 May

Arab League Council to Discuss Palestinian Crisis

The Arab League Council will be holding a meeting between permanent delegates, next Wednesday, upon the demand of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), to discuss the latest developments of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian territories, including aid to the region.Assistant secretary-general for Palestine […]

01 May

Document On Palestinian Detainees; Facts and Statistics

During a special conference on the Palestinian detainees, held Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Beirut – Lebanon, former Palestinian political prisoner, Palestinian researcher Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, presented a detailed document regarding Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel. IMEMC’s Editor-In-Chief, Saed Bannoura, translated the document into English before the conference to ensure […]

23 Apr

Cooperative Agreements Signed between Palestine and Jordan

Several agreements to enhance mutual cooperation between Palestine and Jordan were signed, Wednesday, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.WAFA reports that Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamadalla, and his Jordanian counterpart, Abdullah Ensour, discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance mutual cooperation in various fields. They chaired the fourth session of […]

23 Apr

Al-Arabi: “UN Security Council Adopts Double Standards when Dealing with Israel”

Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi said, Tuesday, the UN Security Council adopts double standards when handling resolutions involving Israel.Al-Arabi referred to the US’ veto on resolutions obliging Israel to withdraw from the Arab lands occupied since 1967. According to WAFA, he said that the Arab countries have decided […]

11 Apr

UN Security Council Plans to Send Fact-Finding Mission to Jerusalem

Palestine and Jordan submitted a resolution to the Executive Board of the United Nations Security Council, to send a fact-finding commission to investigate the situation of heritage sites in Jerusalem and in other Palestinian towns and to submit its detailed report to the World Heritage Committee that will be held […]

09 Apr

Hamas Calls for End to PA Security Coordination with Israel

Hamas said today [Wednesday, April 9, 2014] that Palestinians in the West Bank should ‘give full rein’ to resistance against the Israeli occupation and end security cooperation with Israel. (Ma’an/AFP) The move comes just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israeli government officials to stop cooperation with Palestinian […]

29 Mar

Israeli Troops Shoot, Kill 2 Suspects in Golan Heights

Israeli troops, late Friday, reportedly shot and killed what the military said were ‘infiltrators’ trying to breach a separation barrier from the Syrian-controlled side of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to military and media sources. Photo: Israeli Army Artillery battery unit is deployed on alert in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights […]

26 Mar

Arab League Refuses to Recognize Israel as a ‘Jewish State’

The Arab League Summit has refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, an Israeli demand which threatens to derail peace talks, a joint statement said on Wednesday. The Arab countries stressed the illegality of the Israeli colonial settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories of West Bank, and condemned the […]

19 Mar

Knesset to Approve Extension of Law Prohibiting Palestinian Reunification

It is expected that the Israeli Knesset will approve, on Wednesday, the extension of a law which prohibits Palestinian families from reunification for another year.Haaretz daily newspaper said that this law prohibits Palestinian reunification, claiming that it constitutes a security risk. The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, which is […]

19 Mar

Israeli Air Force Bombards Syrian Army Targets

Israeli sources have reported that the Israeli Air Force fired, on Wednesday, at dawn, several missiles into a number of Syrian army sites, in what Israel claimed to be a retaliation to a Golan Heights bombing that left four Israeli soldiers wounded.The army said that the attack against its soldiers, […]

18 Mar

Israel: “Hezbollah Fighters Crossed Border, Planted Explosives”

March 18, 2014 1:48 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

[Monday, March 17, 2014] According to investigations by the Israeli military, fighters of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party crossed the border a week ago, and planted explosive charges that were detonated near military vehicles.Israeli Walla News said that Hezbollah fighters advanced hundreds of meters beyond the Blue Line, separating Israel from […]

02 Mar

Boycott Campaigns Extend to Arab Countries

The Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, is urging both Egypt and Jordan to boycott Israeli settlement products. ‘Boycotting the settlement products will not hurt Arab countries, including the least advantaged like Egypt and Jordan,’ Khalaf stated on Tuesday, the Alternative […]

27 Feb

Israeli Army On High Alert At Lebanese Border

February 27, 2014 5:17 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

[Wednesday Evening, February 26, 2014] Israeli sources have reported that the Israeli army increased its alert level on the Lebanese, fearing the Hezbollah party would retaliate to Israeli bombardment carried out on Monday.The Israeli army confirmed that it bombarded a Hezbollah target in the Beqaa’ valley, and that the missiles […]

25 Feb

Israeli Air Force Bombards Hezbollah Targets In Southern Lebanon

February 25, 2014 4:06 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli media sources have reported that the Israeli Air Force carried out, late on Monday evening, various air strikes targeting what was described as targets that belong to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party.The sources said that the targets in southern Lebanon include rocket launch pads, south of Baalbek town, in the […]

14 Jan

Qatar To Grant Work Visas To 20,000 Palestinians

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Ibn Hamad Al Thani has given orders to grant work visas to 20,000 Palestinians, the Palestinian ambassador to Qatar told Ma’an News Agency, on Monday.The move comes 20 years after Palestinians were first prevented by Qatari authorities from acquiring visas to work in the prosperous Gulf […]

08 Jan

Kerry Asks Jordan, Saudi Arabia, To Support Palestinian Recognition Of “Jewish State”

January 8, 2014 3:42 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Peace process 0

An Israeli official said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged King Abdullah, of Jordan, and King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, of Saudi Arabia, to talk the Palestinian leadership into recognizing Israel as a Jewish State.Kerry was relaying a message from Israel to the Arab leaders, as Tel Aviv insists […]

01 Jan

Palestinians Dying Of Hunger In Syria

At least 15 Palestinians have died of hunger, since September, in a besieged refugee camp in the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to UN sources. (Palestinian News Network/AFP)“Reports have come in over the weekend that at least five Palestinian refugees in the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus have […]

26 Dec

Bedouin Village Demolished For 63rd Time

[Thursday December 26, 2013] For the 63rd time, Israeli forces have demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Negev, Thursday morning.A Ma’an reporter in Beersheba said that bulldozers, escorted by 25 police patrols, raided the village at 9 a.m. and demolished all of its steel houses. “Forces of demolition […]