Category Archives: International Politics

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 […]

18 Mar

Abbas’s Craven Response to the US UNRWA Cuts

by Randa Farah In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze a significant portion of the US’s contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), many leaders and public figures opposed to the move have not decried it for the humanitarian […]

14 Mar

Archbishop Hanna: Palestinians Do Not Accept Any Deal at Expense of Cause

Palestinian Archbishop Sebastia Atallah Hanna has declared that Palestinians do not accept any a deal at the expense of their national cause, and that they will foil every conspiracy which aims to erase it. Hanna said, during a meeting with a media Brasilia delegation, on Tuesday, that the city of […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Mar

Israeli Officials Prevent Umm al-Fahm from Naming Streets after Palestinian Leaders

POSTED BY: ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER Photo credit: Creative Commons, Wikimedia. Umm al Fahm, one of the largest Palestinian cities in Israel’s 1948 borders, continues to lack street names and house numbers. Of the 301 street names selected by the Umm al-Fahm municipality, the Israeli Interior Ministry has stalled the approval of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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, […]

03 Mar

Long Overdue: Alternatives to the Paris Protocol

by Nur Arafeh  Overview If Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is serious about distancing himself from reliance on US mediation and from collaboration with Israel he should look seriously at alternatives to the Paris Economic Protocol – the parameters for the economic relationship between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory […]

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

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 […]

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

Saudi Arabia Reportedly Leading Secret US-Palestinian Talks

Palestinian and US officials are reportedly holding secret talks brokered by Saudi Arabia to improve relations between the two sides, after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying he will move US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Israeli Maariv daily reported, Tuesday, that Saudi […]

25 Feb

Updated: Church of the Holy Sepulcher Closes in Protest of Israeli Policies

Jerusalem’s Christian leaders, Sunday, decided to close the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in the old City of Jerusalem, in protest of Israel’s tax policy and a proposed land appropriation law. Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, in the name of all of Jerusalem’s Churches’ leaders and Patriarchs, announced in a […]

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

US Delegation Evacuated after Ramallah Protest (VIDEO)

An American delegation, on Thursday afternoon, was evacuated from a research center in Ramallah following a protest took place outside of the center to protest the visit. The protest was carried out by a group of  activists who raised the Palestinian flag and held banners saying that “the US is […]

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 […]

18 Feb

Israel’s Latest Attempts to Alter Geopolitical Realities in Jerusalem

by Zena Agha on February 18, 2018 Since 1967, Israel has sought to limit Palestinian power, ownership, and habitation in the Jerusalem area on the one hand, and increase Jewish-Israeli presence and control on the other. While Jerusalem remains the only Palestinian territory illegally annexed by Israel since 1967, the nationalist right wing […]

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 […]

10 Feb

Arab Parliamentarians Call for Disengaging from Countries Recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

Arab parliamentarians called, on Saturday, for severing ties with any country that recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or transfers its embassy to the occupied city. At the end of their third annual conference held in Cairo, heads of Arab parliaments urged the Arab summit, scheduled to be held […]

09 Feb

To Achieve One State, Palestinians Must Also Work for Two

by Nadia Hijab In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reinforced by Vice President Mike Pence’s promise to move the US embassy before the end of 2019, there has been a flurry of pieces heralding the imminent shift in a Palestinian strategy toward a one-state solution with equal rights. Both […]

09 Feb

Over 70 International NGOs Foresee Deterioration of Humanitarian Crisis in Palestine

AIDA, an International non-governmental organization (INGO) coordination body consisting of more than 70 of such organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), expressed alarm at the United States government’s recent decision to politicize its assistance to millions of Palestinian refugees. Reducing funding to UNRWA, the UN agency whose primary […]

08 Feb

Israel Still Holding Corpses of 260 Palestinians In “Numbers Graveyards”, 19 In Morgues

The head of Jerusalem Legal Aid Center, Issam al-‘Arouri, has reported that Israel is still holding captive in the “Numbers Graveyards,” the remains of 260 Palestinians who were killed in previous years, while 19 others, who were killed since 2016, are still in Israeli Morgues. Speaking to Palestine Radio on […]

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 […]

06 Feb

Palestinian Cabinet Prepping Plans for Official Disengagement from Israeli Coordination

Following a decision by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the Palestinian cabinet of ministers today said it is starting plans to disengage from Israel. In its last meeting in Ramallah, the PLO’s Executive Committee asked the government to devise plans for disengagement from Israel politically, administratively, economically and in security. […]

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 […]

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

KrĂ€henbĂŒhl: 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 KrĂ€henbĂŒhl said, on Thursday, that the recent US aid cuts represent the most severe crisis in the agency’s history. KrĂ€henbĂŒhl’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

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 SĂžreide met with members of the press to highlight their key objectives for the meeting. The principle objectives ahead of the meeting, which was […]

30 Jan

VIDEO: Palestinian Activists in Bethlehem Drum Out US Delegation from Chamber of Commerce and Industry

A group of Palestinian activists expelled an American delegation visiting the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Tuesday. The activists carried banners representing the American and Israeli racist administrations, after they entered a hall where a meeting was held with Palestinian businessmen as part of the cooperation between the […]

29 Jan

Archbishop Hanna says Conspiracies against Jerusalem Will Fail

Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem has said that all conspiracies against Jerusalem will fail, stressing that US policy regarding the eMiddle East is “ugly.” “The history, heritage, identity, holy sites and endowments of Jerusalem are targeted,” said Archbishop Atalla Hanna. He added that there is a plan […]

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

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 […]

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

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

Israeli Army Violently Subdues Protests against Pence Visit, Jerusalem Decision

Several Palestinians, on Tuesday, suffocated by tear gas as the Israeli army used violent force to disperse Palestinians who were protesting the US decision on Jerusalem and US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the city. In Ramallah’s al-Bireh, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at […]

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

Arab Committee Challenges Israeli Bid for UNSC Membership

An Arab League ministerial committee convened on Monday, to discuss a plan it has prepared to block Israel’s bid for a United Nations Security Council seat in the 2019-2020 term. The meeting, chaired by Iraq, was held at the level of permanent representatives. Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and occupied […]

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

Paramedic Injured as Israeli Forces Quell Protest against Jerusalem Decision

A Palestinian paramedic, on Saturday, was shot and injured in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet, during clashes that broke out in Kufr Qaddum village, east of Qalqilia, said a local activist. Coordinator of the popular resistance committee in the village, Murad Ishtawi, said that Israeli forces suppressed a […]

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

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

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl, 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. KrĂ€henbĂŒhl 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 MatĂ© 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 […]

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 […]

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

Maliki: US Responsible for Planned Settlement Expansion

A Palestinian rides on a donkey with a settlement in the background (Photo: Christian Peacemaker Team) Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki criticized the US government on Wednesday for “giving the greenlight” to Israel, to do “whatever it wants with Palestinian land,” with regard to Israeli announcements of plans to build […]

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

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

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 […]

03 Jan

In Violation of Longstanding Agreement, Settlers Perform Marriage at Al-Aqsa Mosque

In violation of a longstanding agreement between Jordan and Israel, which prevents non-Muslim religious rituals from being performed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, a group of Israelis reportedly performed a marriage ritual inside the compound on Wednesday. WAFA reported, according to Ma’an, that a group of […]

03 Jan

Trump to Move US Embassy in 2018

Hebrew “0404” website, on Tuesday, said that US President Donald Trump has confirmed, to Israel, his intention to transfer the embassy of his country from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as soon as possible, and will begin the transfer this year. The website reported, according to the PNN, that Trump is […]

31 Dec

Why is Egypt Counting on US Aid to Israel?

Trump’s promise to stop aid is based on a misunderstanding of how aid works. 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 Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation of […]

29 Dec

Qatar Calls for Suspending Diplomatic Delegations to Jerusalem

Qatar called on all countries to suspend diplomatic delegations to occupied Jerusalem, and adhere to  UN Security Council decisions. The statement was issued Wednesday during the meeting of ministers council held at the Emiri Diwan in Doha, chaired by Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. The Minister of Justice, […]

29 Dec

Mayor of London: Trump Not Welcome in UK

Describing London as the city of “tolerance, acceptance and diversity,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan, however, on Wednesday, said that President Donald Trump is not welcome. Khan’s written statement came after the London Assembly asked him how the city’s government would prepare for an official state visit from Trump. “As Mayor, I will […]

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 […]

27 Dec

Friedman Asks US State Department to Stop Referring to West Bank as ‘Occupied’

US Ambassador to Israeli occupation David Friedman has asked the US State Department to stop using the term “occupied” in official documents referring to Israeli occupation of West Bank. Friedman and the State Department agreed that the issue will be discussed again and that the US President Donald Trump will […]

27 Dec

Guatemalans Unhappy with Embassy Move

Guatemalans reacted with anger and concern over their president’s decision to move his country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following suit as a result of a similar United State move, the Department of Expatriate Affairs, a branch of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), reported on Wednesday. It […]

26 Dec

Three More Countries to Move Embassies to Jerusalem

After Guatemala, Israeli occupation authorities say that another two countries will move embassies of their countries to Jerusalem. Guatemala’s eastern neighbors, Honduras and Paraguay, are also expected to join the trickle of embassies flowing into Jerusalem. The two Central American countries, Honduras and Guatemala, were among the seven countries that […]

25 Dec

Gas in Palestine: An Introduction

Via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. The following is an English translation of the introductory piece on a new Dutch-language blog exploring the relationship between the colonization of Palestine, natural gas and the Palestinian revolution.  The original article was published in Dutch on 24 December 2017, Fifteen gas fields […]

25 Dec

Trump Slashes UN Funding following Vote against Jerusalem Move

After a United Nations vote against American President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the US has announced that it is planning to cut $285m from funds it would provide to the UN 2018-2019 budget. This an implementation of a threat made by Trump, last week, that financial repercussions would […]

25 Dec

Pope Francis Calls for Peace in Jerusalem on Christmas

Pope Francis called for peace in Jerusalem and throughout the holy land in his traditional Christmas Urbi et Orbi speech, which, in Latin, means: “To the city and world.” According to Agence-France Presse (AFP), the Pope expressed hope, , from Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican city, that the “will to […]

24 Dec

Prince Salman Warns Abbas to Support US ‘Peace Plan’ or Be Ousted

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed ben Salman asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to back a US-sponsored peace plan for Israel-Palestine, officials told Middle East Eye. Abbas was invited to Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh, on Tuesday, where he held talks with King Salman and MbS. The invitation came shortly following […]

24 Dec

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Calls on US to Withdraw Jerusalem Move

Spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Issa Musleh, on Sunday, called upon US president Donald Trump to withdraw his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to WAFA. Musleh, speaking to Palestine TV, condemned Trump’s decision and stressed that all Palestinians, both Muslims and Christians, are united in […]

23 Dec

Trump, Jerusalem, and the Future of Palestine

by Nur Arafeh, Dana El Kurd, Munir Nuseibah, Victor Kattan, Tareq Baconi  What does Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel mean for the future of Palestine and the Palestinians, and what does it reveal about US policy? Al-Shabaka policy analysts examine these questions and recommend ways for Palestinian civil society and leaders […]

23 Dec

Malaysian Embassy to Open in Jerusalem, PM Leads Protest of Trump Move

Deputy Malaysian Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said that his country would open an embassy in occupied East Jerusalem, a report stated. Speaking to local media, the prime minister said that the cabinet would, next month, discuss a proposal by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for Malaysia to follow […]

23 Dec

Christian Leaders: No Peace Without Jerusalem

Christian leaders stressed, on Saturday, the centrality of Jerusalem to all three monotheistic religions, denouncing the United States for declaring it the capital of Israel. Speaking at a press conference in Bethlehem as Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas at the site where Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to have been […]

22 Dec

Finkelstein: Trump’s Declaration Has No Strategic Impacts

US president Donald Trump’s declaration of occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has no strategic view, as he did not define the borders of Jerusalem, and almost all the world oppose it, especially the regional ones, says Jewish-American political writer Norman Finkelstein. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, […]

22 Dec

Palestine Welcomes UN Resolution

“Any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”  — UNGA, December 21, 2017 The United Nations […]

21 Dec

US Protects Israeli Attacks, Not Unarmed Palestinians

As the U.S. vetoes a UN Security Council measure on Jerusalem, it is also protecting Israel’s deadly attacks on Palestinian civilians, including one that killed a wheelchair-bound double amputee. TRNN’s Aaron MatĂ© speaks to Yousef Munayyer of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. TRNN video & transcript: AARON MATÉ: It’s […]

20 Dec

Irish Government Committed to Two-state Solution

Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney, on Wednesday, reiterated his country’s commitment to a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, as a basis for peace negotiations. He stressed, in a meeting with Palestine’s ambassador in Ireland, Ahmad Abdul-Razeq, that the European position regarding Jerusalem is united and there will be […]

19 Dec

Foreign Minister: Next Steps Will Involve Full Palestine Membership in UN

Foreign and Expatriates Minister Riyad Malki said that the United Nations General Assembly will meet today, to vote on a draft resolution regarding the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, stressing that work is underway to get a vote by the largest number of countries that will constitute a […]

18 Dec

Palestinian President: US Can No Longer Be a ‘Mediator’ in the Peace Process

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said during a meeting in his Ramallah headquarters,on Monday evening,that the Palestinians reject America’s alleged “mediation role” in the “Peace Process”, and added that the United States and President Donald Trump have chosen not to be a fair mediator, and have made their bias very clear. […]

18 Dec

UN Security Council Passes Resolution Challenging Jerusalem Declaration; US Vetoes

Fourteen of the fifteen nations in the United Nations Security Council voted Monday reaffirming the status of the city of Jerusalem as unresolved, and challenging the U.S. administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The U.S., which has veto power in the Council, vetoed the resolution. Following […]

17 Dec

It’s Personal: How Trump Betrayed Both Abbas and Abdullah of Jordan

David Hearst is the editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. He was chief foreign leader writer of The Guardian, former Associate Foreign Editor, European Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, European Correspondent and Ireland Correspondent. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah have facilitated Israeli occupation for the sake of maintaining […]

17 Dec

UN Security Council Considers Jerusalem Resolution

The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution against the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The resolution, drafted by Egypt and circulated among the Security Council’s 15 members, does not directly mention the United States or President Trump, who moved last week to acknowledge Jerusalem […]

17 Dec

Clashes Continue across Palestine as Israeli Media Wages Hate Campaign against Journalists

At least six Palestinians were injured with live ammunition and others suffocated by tear gas as clashes continued, along the Gaza borders, in protest of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli’s capital, said sources. Israeli army forces deployed along the eastern borders between Gaza and Israel fired […]

15 Dec

Palestinians Stand Up to Israel, Will the World?

“Palestinians will continue to protest as long as they’re not liberated,” says writer Mariam Barghouti, “the question is, when will the rest of the world finally begin listening?” Mariam Barghouti is a Palestinian American writer currently residing in Ramallah. She documents and writes on the Palestinian situation and Israeli occupation. Her […]

14 Dec

Settlers Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa

Dozens of settlers stormed, on Thursday morning, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy security of Israeli occupation police. Jerusalemite sources said that more than 200 settlers broke into the mosque courtyards from Mughrabi gate, on the occasion of “Jewish Lights Festival.” Demonstrations of anger throughout occupied Palestine continue […]

14 Dec

Abbas: Palestinians No Longer Accepting US Role in Peace Process

PA president Mahmoud Abbas, on Wednesday, said that the Palestinians will no longer accept any role for the United States in the Middle East peace process, following President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Abbas, speaking at the the Istanbul gathering of heads of state and […]

13 Dec

Palestinian Teen in Viral Photo to Appear in Israeli Court

The 16-year-old Palestinian teenager who was taken into custody by Israeli soldiers last week, in a photo that went viral on social media, was presented to an Israeli military court on Monday. Fawzi Muhammad al-Juneidi, 16, from the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron was detained by 23 Israeli […]

12 Dec

Bethlehem Mayor Responds to Israeli Report on Christmas

The mayor of Bethlehem, lawyer Anton Salman, on Monday, made comments about an Israeli report which portrayed Bethlehem city as if it were simply celebrating Christmas and separating itself from the Palestinian struggle, and the ongoing political situation, while there are protests and clashes currently ongoing in all Palestinian cities,  […]

11 Dec

Christian Palestinians Not Welcoming of Mike Pence Visit

Christian Palestinians, along with Muslims, held a protest in front of the historic Church of the Nativity, after Sunday prayers, to express their rejection of US president Donald Trump’s decision to consider Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The protesters assured that they would not meet with Trump’s second […]

11 Dec

Palestinian Woman and Student Shot in Gaza Protests

A Palestinian protester is evacuated after being injured during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City in October 2015 (AFP, File) At least two Palestinians, one woman and one minor, were shot and injured by Israeli forces in the southern Gaza Strip district […]

10 Dec

Palestinians Resist Israel and its US Enabler

As the Israeli crackdown on protests in the Occupied Territories turns deadly, human rights attorney Noura Erakat says that Trump’s decision on Jerusalem is only the latest US attack on Palestinian self-determination. TRNN video & transcript: AARON MATÉ: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron MatĂ©. The uproar continues over President […]

10 Dec

Israeli Violence Against Civilians, Press Continues Through Weekend in Hebron (VIDEO)

12/09/17 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team Clashes continued throughout the weekend in Hebron, after Palestinian civil society groups called for “three days of rage” in response to Donald Trump’s widely unrecognized declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Across the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians organized general […]