Category Archives: International

20 Mar

International Stakeholders Pledge 80% of Gaza Desalination Project Costs

International stakeholders at Pledging Conference for the Desalination Facility Project in the Gaza Strip, which convened at the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, pledged a total of €456 million out of the €562.3 million required (80% of the total cost), according to a European Union press release. The […]

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 […]

19 Mar

French Official Accused of Transferring Weapons to West Bank

Israeli security agency Shin Bet announced, Monday, the arrest of a French citizen working in the French consulate in occupied Jerusalem, on charges of transferring weapons from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank. According to Al Ray, Israeli media quoted the Shin Bet as claiming that Frenchman Roman […]

17 Mar

UN Report: Lack of Political Process to End Israeli – Palestinian Conflict the Largest Impediment to Palestinian Development

(photo: Gaza’s Shuja’eyya in 2014) nsnbc : A report compiled by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process (UNSCO), published on Friday, stresses that the lack of a political process to end the Israeli – Palestinian conflict continues to be the single-largest impediment to Palestinian development. The […]

17 Mar

Fifteen Years Since Her Death, Rachel Corrie Is Not Forgotten

by Mumin Ghurab Friday, 15 years ago, 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer that was preparing to demolish a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip. Corrie has since become an icon of global solidarity with the people of Palestine. Born on April 10, 1979 […]

16 Mar

A Tribute: “I am here because I care.” – Rachel Corrie

 Rachel Corrie served with ISM — International Solidarity Movement — in Gaza, in 2003, where she was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer while protecting the home of a Palestinian doctor. She was 23 years old. Today is the 15th anniversary of her death.   Interview with Rachel in Gaza: […]

14 Mar

How Stephen Hawking Supported the Palestinian Cause

Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned scientist who passed away on Wednesday, at the age of 76, was known not only for his ground-breaking work but also for his support for Palestine. Hawking, who had motor neuron disease, made headlines in May of 2013, when he decided to boycott a high-profile conference in Israel, where he […]

14 Mar

Roger Waters Recites Verses by Mahmoud Darwish in New Song

English singer and songwriter Roger Waters has teamed up with Palestinian group Trio Joubran to record a new song rejecting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to WAFA. The song, titled Supremacy, features a few verses from “The Red Indian’s Penultimate Speech to the White Man,” a poem […]

13 Mar

The Amended ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act’ Is Still Unconstitutional, and Still Must Be Stopped

Written by uscpr USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer is quoted in an op-ed by Nada Elia for Mondoweiss on the still-unconstitutional nature of the recently amended Israel Anti-Boycott Act. The draconian legislation seeks to impose fines and criminal penalties, and deny government loans to corporations refusing to do business with corporations in illegal Israeli settlements. It infringes on the First […]

13 Mar

Pedaling for Palestinian Rights: 20 Cities Around the World demand UCI and Giro d’Italia #RelocateTheRace

Cyclists and supporters of Palestinian human rights took to the streets in 20 citiesacross the world on Saturday, March 10, 2018 for the #RelocateTheRace International Day of Action. Bike rallies and actions called on Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body of cycling to relocate the start of the famed Giro d’Italia […]

11 Mar

From BDS to the Tamimis, Palestinians Defend Their Rights

The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah says US-backed Israeli efforts to criminalize the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement and to silence protesters like the Tamimi family are backfiring as Palestinians and their allies fight back. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the award-winning online publication The Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A […]

11 Mar

UNRWA Mobilizes Efforts to Maintain Services

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is mobilizing efforts to raise funds needed to maintain its services offered to Palestine refugees. Adnan abu-Hasna, spokesman of the UNRWA, said on Saturday that the international organization is preparing to hold an international conference in Rome next Thursday, to […]

10 Mar

The Spirit of Palestinian Resistance Comes to Washington

It’s been a busy week for American supporters of Palestine. The week began with the beginning of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference, which was greeted by hundreds of Pro-Palestinian protestors. The 4th annual protest, organized by Abbas Hamidehof “Al-Awda, the Palestine Right of Return Movement,” who hosted […]

08 Mar

US Anti-boycott Bill Threatens First Amendment

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that it maintains its opposition to the revisions made in the “Anti-BDS” that was presented by the US Congress over a year ago. In addition to their opposition, Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project stated that […]

08 Mar

OCHA Report Documents Impact of Settlements in Hebron

The humanitarian impact of Israeli settlements in Hebron on Palestinian residents is the focus of a new United Nations report, according Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency.   The document, published this week by UN OCHA, provides a detailed map and key statistics with respect to the impact of the illegal […]

08 Mar

The Tale of Two Billboards : Ahed Tamimi and the 350 Child Prisoners Held by Israel

(Billboards are located on Interstate 95 in CT. One is in Bridgeport, CT and the other is in Stratford, Ct.) Palestine Advocacy Project’s latest billboard ad campaign intends to raise awareness about Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian activist who now faces up to 10 years in Israel’s military prison over […]

06 Mar

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson On the US, Iran and Israel

VIDEO (The Real News Network) : Col. Larry Wilkerson speaking at the National Press Club the day before the official AIPAC Conference. The alternative conference was titled: ‘U.S.-Israel Relations and Middle East Policy’. Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy Lawrence Wilkerson’s last positions in government were as Secretary of […]

05 Mar

Women’s Studies Conference in Thailand Cuts Ties with Israeli Settlement University

The BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) Campaign Thailand and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) Thailand are welcoming the  decision by Kasetsart University in Bangkok and the International Center for Research and Development (ICRD) to end all ties with Israeli settlement university Ariel for the upcoming International Conference on Gender & Women’s […]

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05 Mar

Guatemalan President to follow Trump lead in Moving Embassy in May

The Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales, a close ally of the US, told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Sunday that he plans to move his country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May. The announcement came just after a Guatemalan judge ruled in Morales’ favor following a […]

04 Mar

Gideon Levy: The Zionist Tango: Step Left, Step Right

Gideon Levy speaking at the National Press Club in Washington DC on the eve of the official AIPAC conference.  Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Israeli daily Haaretz, says when you shoot a fifteen year old in the head and say he fell from his bicycle, no Zionist questions it, […]

01 Mar

Fueling Impunity: Israel’s Gas Exports to Europe

Ongoing talks on the possibility of EU purchases of Israel’s natural gas put into question the EU’s commitment to Palestinian rights under international law. The EU has made a strong commitment towards energy transition to renewable sources and has developed an ambitious strategy to meet Paris Agreement climate change targets. At the same time […]

01 Mar

Palestinian Astrophysicist Wins International Prize

Palestinian scientist, professor and lecturer at Al-Aqsa University, Suleiman Baraka, received the Italian Renata Borlon Prize, for the year 2018, in its fourth edition, at the University of Sofia in Tuscany. Palestinian astrophysicist Sulaiman Baraka is from the town of Bani Suhaila in Khan Younis, southern the Gaza Strip. Baraka […]

01 Mar

EU Not Planning to Recognize Palestinian State

A European Union official, yesterday, denied that the bloc had decided to recognize an independent Palestinian state, saying that the conditions for such a decision have not been met. The European Commission’s Information and Communication Officer in Jerusalem, Shadi Othman, told Quds Press that the decision to recognize the State of Palestine […]

01 Mar

Sarah Silverman Mocked by Israelis following Call to Release Ahed Tamimi

Jewish-American comedian Sarah Silverman is at the center of a Twitter storm, after tweeting in support of detained Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi. It all started on February 16, when Silverman tweeted in support of Ahed Tamimi – the Palestinian teenager who was detained by Israel in December, after she was filmed […]

27 Feb

Privatizing US Foreign Policy

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s offer to pay for moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem represents the privatization of U.S. foreign policy, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies. Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow and the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in […]

27 Feb

Ghent: “Eye on Palestine” Features Prisoners’ Struggle, Black-Palestinian Solidarity and Rasmea Odeh

Photo: Eye on Palestine The Eye on Palestine festival in Ghent, Belgium, running from 17 to 23 February 2018, featured a range of films, cultural events and discussions focusing on the struggle of oppressed communities internationally, particularly the Black Liberation movement in the United States and the Palestinian liberation struggle. In particular, […]

23 Feb

South African Sci Tech Minister Calls for Severing Ties with Israel

On Tuesday, South African Minister for Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, called on the ruling ANC party to severe diplomatic ties, during a parliamentary session which followed the President’s state of union address, last Friday. Pandor stated that South Africa should cut ties, ‘given the absence of genuine initiatives by […]

22 Feb

Amnesty International: Israel Carried Out Extrajudicial Executions, Tortured Children

Israeli authorities and armed forces carried out extrajudicial executions, tortured Palestinian prisoners and targeted human rights defenders, Amnesty International’s new annual report says. 2017 “marked the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the [occupied] Palestinian Territories” (OPT), Amnesty noted, “and the 10th anniversary of its illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip.” […]

22 Feb

Abbas to UN Security Council: “Israel is acting as a state above the law”

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In a speech to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an international peace conference to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. He said that Israel, through its continued military occupation and seizure of Palestinian land, was acting above the law, and that the United Nations […]

20 Feb

Abbas Proposes Peace Plan to UN Security Council

PA President Mahmoud Abbas, on Tuesday, proposed a peace plan at the United Nations Security Council that tackles core issues, which have foiled peace efforts over the past few decades. Abbas said, in his highly anticipated speech in front of the UN Security Council, that the plan calls for holding […]

20 Feb

Egypt and Israel Sign $15 Billion Gas Deal

Israeli gas fields in the Mediterranean will soon be providing gas exports to Egypt as a part of a 10-year, $15 billion deal announced on Monday. According to the PNN, Israeli gas excavation companies Delek Drilling and Noble Energy will export roughly seven-billion cubic-meters of gas annually from drilling platforms […]

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 […]

15 Feb

Over 10 Million Indian Women Demand Freedom For Ahed Tamimi, Endorse BDS

As Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian teenaged girl enduring unjust detention in an Israeli prison, began her trial this week, major organizations from the Indian women’s movement, representing over 10 million Indian women, demand her release alongside all Palestinian child prisoners. These organizations have also heeded the call by Palestinian women to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, […]

15 Feb

Tillerson Says US Mideast ‘Peace Plan’ Fairly Well Advanced

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday, during a visit to Jordan., that his administration has a fairly well advanced Middle East peace plan that has been under development for a number of months.   The United States threw the Arab and Muslim world into a rage, in […]

14 Feb

Celebrities Speak Out for Ahed Tamimi

Celebrities and civil rights figures declared their support for imprisoned Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, 17, who was detained by Israeli forces on December 15, after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier who broke into her house in Nabi Saleh village, near Ramallah, went viral. A number of high-profile […]

13 Feb

Irish Artist Jim Fitzpatrick Portrays Ahed Tamimi As A Superhero

Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick painted an image of Palestinian imprisoned teen Ahed Tamimi in which he portrayed her as a superhero. Tamimi is seen holding the Palestinian flag in the painting entitled “There is a Real Wonder Woman,” in a reference to “The Wonder Woman,” an heroic female comic character. […]

08 Feb

Report: Palestinian State Finances May Remain Unaffected by Suspension of US Aid

Economic experts believe that the Palestinian budget and its government finances will most likely not be affected by United States’ cut in aid to Palestine, because the aid was not intended for the treasury, but rather for various projects carried out by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and implemented through American agencies […]

08 Feb

Abu Rodeina: “Ongoing Israeli Occupation, The Root Cause Of Violence In The Region”

Responding to statement by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, the official Palestinian Presidency spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, said Tuesday that the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine is the root cause of all violence in the region, and denounced the American stances that destroy all chances of real peace. Abu Rodeina […]

07 Feb

World Health: 54 Patients Died Awaiting Security Approval for Medical Referrals Out of Gaza

World Health Organizations (WHO) has released its monthly report for December of 2017, which revealed the following, according to the PNN:   – 2017 the lowest rate for approvals since WHO began active monitoring in 2008: 54% of patient applications to exit Gaza via Erez were successful. There has been a continuous decline in approval […]

07 Feb

Kansas Teacher Scores Big Win for Israel Boycott, and Free Speech

A federal judge has ruled that Esther Koontz’s constitutional rights were violated when she was denied a Kansas teaching job over her refusal to renounce the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel. Rahul Saksena is a staff attorney with Palestine Legal. His work focuses on legislative issues and legal […]

06 Feb

Israel Pays a Bounty of $5,000 and Arms for Each African Asylum Seeker Expelled

Israel was the main driver behind the 1951 UN Convention on the Rights of Refugees, but after signing it, it has never respected the rights of refugees. In fact, it has created one of the biggest refugee crisis the world has seen, says Journalist and Filmmaker Lia Tarachansky. Lia Tarachansky is […]

06 Feb

BNC Releases List of Achievements in 2017

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)-movement for Palestinian rights was, this week, formally nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian MP Bjørnar Moxness (Rødt). The BDS National Committee has released a short list of its top achievements for the year 2017. GOVERNMENT & POLITICAL PARTIES A UN-commissioned report established […]

05 Feb

PayPal Blocks Activists for Palestine in France

PayPal, already facing pressure for its refusal to provide services to Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation, appears to be going a step further in its anti-Palestinian efforts. Last week it abruptly shut down the account of a major Palestine solidarity group in France without providing an explanation. In taking […]

04 Feb

PLO Calls for Formal Disengagement from Israel

The Palestinian  Liberation Organization is preparing, for the UN General Assembly, a call for a plan to disengage from Israel, in terms of security and economics. The Executive Committee is forming an internal “higher” committee for the purpose of implementing the decisions of the Palestinian Central Council, including the decision to suspend […]

04 Feb

Japan Reportedly in Process of Recognizing Palestinian State

Nabil Shaath, advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas for external affairs and international relations, has affirmed that Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is collecting signatures of Japanese parliamentarians to demand the government to recognize the State of Palestine. He told Voice of Palestine that Japan will recognize Palestine gradually, and is […]

04 Feb

Report: U.S. ‘Deal of the Century’ Peace Plan Would Create New Palestinian Capital

Palestinian leadership in Ramallah have received, via a third party, the initial outlines for the forthcoming U.S. peace plan, dubbed the ‘Deal of the Century’, according to a report by pan-Arab paper Al-Hayat, released on Sunday. The revised initiative would transfer towns and villages belonging to Palestinians and Arab Israelis […]

03 Feb

Worldwide Actions Commemorate Ahed Tamimi’s 17th Birthday, Demand Freedom: Reports and Photos

Protests and actions around the world marked the 17th birthday of imprisoned Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi. With birthday songs, cakes and cards as well as strong, powerful protest actions against Israeli occupation and colonization, the streets of international cities marked days of action called for by Samidoun, the Free the Tamimi Women campaign and other organizations […]

03 Feb

BDS Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2018

Bjørnar Moxnes, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, has nominated the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for this year’s Nobel Prize. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)-movement for Palestinian rights was, this week, formally nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian MP Bjørnar Moxness (Rødt). […]

03 Feb

USCPR Welcomes Federal District Court Decision Supporting Right to Boycott

The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights welcomes a Federal District Court preliminary injunction halting a Kansas law that punishes persons engaged in boycotts of Israel. January’s ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), last fall, and is  a powerful affirmation that the […]

03 Feb

EU’s Security Committee Discussed Secret Report on Israel

The European Union’s (EU) Political and Security Committee (PSC) discussed, in its session on Wednesday, a secret report that strongly criticized Israel and its policies, Palestine’s ambassador to the EU, Abdul Rahim al-Farra, said on Saturday. He said, in an interview with the official Palestine TV, that the PSC, which […]

01 Feb

UN Report: At Least 206 International Companies Tied to Illegal Israeli Settlements

The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report, on Wednesday, identifying 206 companies from around the world that are doing business linked to Israeli settlements, built in the occupied West Bank and in violation of international law. The long-delayed report was initially intended to include […]

01 Feb

British Bill Demands Israel Release Child Detainees

British parliament, on Tuesday, held a hearing to discuss the cases of Ahd al-Tamimi and human rights activist Munther Amer, currently being held in Israeli jails. British MP Richard Bearden said, at the end of the meeting, that he would immediately begin, along with a group of parliamentarians, launching a […]

01 Feb

KrähenbĂźhl: UNRWA Cuts Are “Most Severe Crisis in Agency’s History”

Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Pierre KrähenbĂźhl said, on Thursday, that the recent US aid cuts represent the most severe crisis in the agency’s history. KrähenbĂźhl’s comments came during his speech at the meeting of Arab Foreign ministers, in Cairo, to discuss […]

01 Feb

Haley Says UN Anti-settlement Report is a “Waste of Time”

The US Ambassador to the United Nations, on Wednesday, slammed a UN report on 206 companies tied to Israeli settlements as “a waste of time and resources that showed an “anti-Israeli obsession”. The office of the UN high commissioner for human rights released the report, which did not name the […]

31 Jan

US Reportedly to Continue Aiding UNRWA if School Books Changed

US administration has proposed that the UNRWA changes its school textbooks in order to continue to receive US donations, Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad reported, on Tuesday. The newspaper said that the US proposed two amendments to the textbooks, which include the abolition of all references to the right of return and […]

31 Jan

EU Emergency Donor Meeting Taking Place in Brussels Today

Ahead of the Emergency Donor Meeting in Brussels, today, the meeting’s conveners Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs, and Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide met with members of the press to highlight their key objectives for the meeting. The principle objectives ahead of the meeting, which was […]

29 Jan

Abbas Calls on Countries to Refrain from Opening Missions in Jerusalem

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, on Sunday, met with African leaders in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, where he addressed the 30th Assembly of African Heads of State and Government. In his speech, Abbas called on the international community not to open diplomatic missions in Jerusalem, after Trump declared the […]

29 Jan

Slovenia Moves to Recognize Palestinian State

The Slovenian government decided to move ahead with plans from the past week, to recognize the Palestinian state, media sources reported. The Slovenian parliament is due to file, on Wednesday, a draft resolution recognizing the state of Palestine. The Slovenian government hopes that MPs will vote in favor of recognition […]

28 Jan

Cuba Reaffirms Palestinian Solidarity

Cuba’s Parliament has reaffirmed its solidarity with Palestine during a visit by a delegation from the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The delegation arrived at the headquarters of Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP), led by Fahed Sulaiman, its deputy secretary general. “The Palestinian cause is also […]

28 Jan

U.S. Still Considering Closure of Washington PLO Office

Israeli Channel 2, on Thursday, said that the U.S. is considering closing down the PLO offices in Washington as a sanction for refusal, by the Palestinian Authority(PA), to return to negotiations with Israel. The PA, following U.S. president Donald Trump declaration of Jerusalem the capital of Israel, announced halt of […]

27 Jan

Slovenia Nixes Plans to Recognize Palestinian State

Slovenian President Borut Pahor expressed doubt, on Friday, that his country would recognize state of Palestine, days after his foreign minister pointed to such a move taking place in March. Pahor’s office said, in a statement, that the conditions to recognize Palestine as a state had not materialized yet. Foreign […]

26 Jan

French Intellectuals’ Statement on Palestinian Child Detainees Published in “Le Monde”

French academics and writers published a collective letter in Le Monde on 23 January, focusing on the case of Ahed Tamimi and the plight of the approximately 360 Palestinian child prisoners in Israeli prisons. The letter also highlights the case of Salah Hamouri, the French-Palestinian lawyer jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention. Public […]

26 Jan

New Orleans City Council Rescinds Universal Human Rights Resolution Due to Backlash Over Inclusion of Palestinians

Yesterday, the New Orleans City Council rescinded a universal human rights resolution, R-18-5, under intense pressure from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans (JFGNO), simply because the resolution was introduced by a Palestine solidarity group which framed the resolution as a victory for Palestinian rights […]

25 Jan

US Bipartisan Support for Israel over Palestinians Is Breaking Down, New Study Shows

Pew polling reveals Israel has become a right-wing issue, with 79% of Republicans supporting it, compared to just 27% of Democrats. The bipartisan consensus of support for Israel over the Palestinians is breaking down in the United States. A new study by the leading polling agency the Pew Research Center […]

25 Jan

PA: If Jerusalem is Off the Table, Peace is Off the Table

Palestinian officials denounced, on Thursday, renewed statements by US President Donald Trump that Jerusalem is off the negotiating table and threats to cut all US aid to the Palestinians if they do not return to the negotiating table with Israel, saying that, if Jerusalem is off the negotiating table, then […]

25 Jan

NGOs Urge U.S. to Immediately Restore UN Funding

photo: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetos an Egyptian-drafted resolution regarding recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem, during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., December 18, 2017. […]

25 Jan

EU Delivers €11 Million in Support of Palestinian Families

The European Union (EU) said, on Wednesday, that it delivered the Palestinian Authority the quarterly payment of a €50-million to support poor and vulnerable Palestinian families in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.   According to the press release, the contribution is funded by the European Union, which provided […]

25 Jan

UN Security Council to Hold a Session on Palestine

Palestine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, said on Wednesday that the Security Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, in order for the Council members to shoulder their responsibility regarding implementation of the UN resolutions related to the Palestinian question. According to WAFA, another meeting of the […]

25 Jan

Paris Suburb Undermines French Parliament, Recognizes Palestinian State

In a statement released by the Major’s office, the northern Parisian suburb of Gennevilliers has signaled its intent to recognize the State of Palestine, while calling on ‘all the cities of France’ to do the same. In his statement, Mayor Patrice Leclerc outlined his desire to officially recognize Palestine in […]

24 Jan

Pence Speech Fuels Conflict Between Israel and Palestine

Pence’s speech to the Knesset praised Israel’s democracy, while Palestinian members of parliament were forcibly removed for expressing their views, says TRNN correspondent Shir Hever. Shir Hever is an Economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid to the […]

24 Jan

Human Rights Watch: Pence Ignored ‘Entrenched Discrimination’ against Palestinians

Following a speech in the Israeli parliament, Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused US Vice President Mike Pence of ignoring “entrenched discrimination” facing Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem. Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East division of Human Rights Watch, said that while Pence “lauded Jerusalem’s pluralism”, he “unsurprisingly ignored […]

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23 Jan

Model fired from L’Oreal Campaign for Tweets from 3 Years Ago in Support of Palestine

Amena Khan, a model who has worked for L’Oreal since 2016, was fired Monday from an ad campaign after images of her wearing a hijab took off on social media. After the campaign went viral, the right-wing U.S. blog site ‘Breitbart’ claimed to have uncovered tweets that Khan had made […]

23 Jan

Palestinian Authority Appeals to ICC Over Detained Children

The Palestinian Authority has submitted an official complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over Israeli violations against Palestinian children. The move came as Israeli occupation authorities extended the detention of 16-year-old girl Ahed al-Tamimi for the fifth time, in relation to a video of her slapping and kicking an Israeli […]

23 Jan

Abbas Seeks EU Recognition of Palestinian State

President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, was scheduled to deliver a keynote speech to the European Union’s 28 foreign ministers, in the Belgian capital Brussels, after meeting with the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. The ministers are being urged to officially recognize the state of Palestine, and discuss the […]

21 Jan

Pence Visit Met by Opposition from Jordan and Palestine

Jordan’s King Abdullah, during a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, said that East Jerusalem must be the capital of a future Palestinian state, adding that the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was that of two states. “The US decision on Jerusalem does not come as a result of […]

20 Jan

Netanyahu Criticized over Bollywood ‘Selfie’

BDS affiliates in India have accused Israel of exploiting Bollywood to improve its global image, after Israeli PM took “selfie” on stage with legendary movie star Amitabh Bachchan, while visiting Mumbai. Activists made the claims after the Israeli government staged an outreach event titled “Shalom Bollywood” on Thursday, in a […]

19 Jan

New Orleans Human Rights Resolution Under Attack (VIDEO)

by Ben Norton Top New Orleans politicians are pushing to rescind a historic human rights measure because one of the many countries it could affect is the State of Israel. The New Orleans city council voted unanimously on January 12 to pass a resolution that would have created a mechanism […]

19 Jan

I am American, Jewish and Banned from Israel for my Activism

Medea Benjamin is an author and cofounder of Codepink: Women for Peace. Her latest book is Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connections. This month, Israel announced that activists affiliated with 20 organisations, including mine Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and occupied Palestinian territories because of our support for […]

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 […]

19 Jan

Trump Denies Embassy Moving in 2018

US President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, denied Netanyahu’s statement that the US embassy to Israel will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within the year. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, last month, the embassy move was “probably no earlier than three years out, and that’s pretty ambitious,” a […]

17 Jan

Palestinian Community Leader Detained by US Immigration Agency

Amer Adi, a Palestinian American small business owner and a community leader in Youngstown, Ohio, has been targeted relentlessly for decades by US immigration agencies on the basis of false allegations of a “sham marriage.” After a decade of legal and political struggle, he was forced to a “voluntary” deportation to Amman, […]

17 Jan

Official Statement: 2018 US Funding to UNRWA Dramatically Below Past Levels

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrähenbĂźhl, on Wednesday, stated that the organization is facing a formidable challenge in upholding its mandate – an expression of the will of the international community – and preserving key services like education and health care for Palestine Refugees. KrähenbĂźhl said that the US government has announced a contribution […]

16 Jan

Why is Trump Targeting Palestinian Refugees?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed US threats to the funding of UNRWA, the UN agency that delivers vital services to millions of Palestinian refugees. TRNN’s Aaaron MatĂŠ speaks to Yara Hawari of Al Shabaka – the Palestinian Policy Network. TRNN video & transcript: AARON MATÉ: It’s the Real […]

16 Jan

Palestine to Apply for Full Membership at UN

Palestinian Foreign Minister Dr. Riyad al-Maliki said, on Tuesday, that the Palestinian mission to the United Nations will soon submit a request for full membership of the state of Palestine at the United Nations. Maliki announced, in a press statement, today, that the request for full membership will be presented […]

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 […]

15 Jan

Empire Files Rewind: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi — Message From A Freedom Fighter

Published on Jan 10, 2018 Recently, the struggle for Palestinian human rights gained international attention surrounding a new icon of resistance–16 year old Ahed Tamimi. While in the West Bank, in late 2016, Abby Martin interviewed Ahed Tamimi about her hardships and aspirations living under occupation, and it becomes clear […]

15 Jan

New Orleans Passes BDS Resolution

The New Orleans City Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for a process to avoid contracting with or investing in companies that profit from abuses of human rights, civil rights, labor rights, and other violations. The resolution was spearheaded by USCPR member group New Orleans Palestine Solidarity Committee (NOPSC). […]

14 Jan

UNRWA Considers Reducing Services Provided to Palestinians

The United Nations agency for relief and work with Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) called, in an urgent meeting held in Amman, to announce the state of reduction to all expenses and services provided for Palestinian refugees, waiting for a firm decision of the U.S administration regarding their intention to halt funds […]

12 Jan

After Israel Decimated Gaza, Human Rights Defenders Failed It (4/4)

In his new book “Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom,” Norman Finkelstein argues that Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the UN Human Rights Council, and other defenders of international law have succumbed to Israel’s pressure and whitewashed its crimes in the Gaza Strip. Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 […]

12 Jan

NGO That Rescued Jews from Nazis during WWII on Blacklist

The 101-year-old American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization that was honored with the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize for assisting and rescuing Jewish victims from the Nazi regime during World War II was among 20 organizations recently blacklisted by Israel. The South African human rights and Palestine solidarity organization, […]

12 Jan

Mladenov: Settlement Construction Illegal

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said on Thursday that Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank is illegal and a major obstacle to peace. He added, according to the PNN : “In the aftermath of the decision to advance over 1,000 housing […]

11 Jan

Secret Firm Set Up With Top Israeli Ex-generals to Fight “Delegitimization Campaign”

Isael’s Strategic Affairs Ministry has set up a public-benefit corporation to engage in what it calls “mass awareness activities” as part of “the struggle against the delegitimization campaign” against Israel internationally. Haaretz has obtained a list of the shareholders and directors of the company, Kella Shlomo, who include former Israeli […]

11 Jan

Francis Again Calls to Respect Status of Jerusalem

Pope Francis reiterated, on Monday, his call to respect the status quo of Jerusalem following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital. Addressing ambassadors from more than 180 countries Francis said, according to the PNN, “We reiterate our call to abide by UN resolutions and to […]

09 Jan

Erekat: No Negotiations with Jerusalem Decision in Place

Palestinians officials will not agree to resume negotiations with Israel before the United States annuls its decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Tuesday. He told the official Voice of Palestine radio that US talk […]

09 Jan

US Vice President Pence to Visit Middle East in January

US Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Mideast from January 20 to 23, the White House said on Monday. The White House explained, in a statement, that Pence will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel without mentioning if he will visit West Bank or not. Pence was scheduled to visit […]

09 Jan

ICC to Open Full Investigation into Settlements, 2014 War on Gaza

The International Criminal Court in The Hague is planning on investigating Israeli leaders over Israeli settlement expansion in Jerusalem and West Bank, as well as the 2014 aggression on Gaza titled ‘Operation Protective Edge.’ According to a report by Channel 10 Monday evening, the Israeli National Security Council warned Israeli lawmakers in […]

09 Jan

UNRWA says Mandate Comes Only from UN General Assembly

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said, on Monday, that its mandate comes only from the United Nations General Assembly, which created it in 1950 following the Palestinians’ dispersion from their homeland, with Israel’s creation by a UN resolution in 1947. UNRWA’s response came after […]

07 Jan

US Palestine Solidarity: Reviving Original Patterns of Political Engagement

by Loubna Qutami, Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network Overview The past decade has seen major shifts in Palestinian and Palestine solidarity activism in the US. Many of these changes both inform and are caused by the explosion of awareness of the Palestinian struggle, which has long languished at the periphery of the […]

07 Jan

Netanyahu Supports “Gradual Cutback” of UNRWA Funding by US

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has expressed support for a gradual cutback of US funding to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees, according to Israeli reports. Haaretz said, according to the PNN, that Netanyahu’s bureau said, over the weekend, that the prime minister “supports a critical […]

06 Jan

Israeli-US Campaign against UNRWA Condemned by Foreign Ministry

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Friday, condemned what it described as “the vicious Israeli and US campaign” targeting the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The ministry criticized, in a press release, the campaign targeting UNRWA as seen in US statements threatening to cut financial aid […]