Category Archives: International Politics

20 Nov
2:29

AirBnB announces: No more listings in Israeli colonial settlements

On Monday, the international crowdsourced bed and breakfast company AirBnB announced that they will no longer allow listings that are located in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. The decision comes after a two year campaign of Human Rights Watch and other organizations, who pointed out that the promotion of […]

17 Nov
6:48

UN General Assembly Votes in Favor of 8 Resolutions on Palestine

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted, early Saturday, in favor of eight resolutions on Palestine and a ninth on the Syrian Golan Heights. Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the UN, Riyad Mansour, commented on the vote, saying that it is proof that the international community stands behind and supports the […]

15 Nov
7:10

Abbas Signs Accession Papers to International Conventions

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas signed, on Thursday, accession papers to a number of international organizations and conventions. According to Ma’an, Abbas signed accession papers to 11 international organizations and conventions, which included the Universal Postal Union, the Convention on the Nationality of Married Women, the Optional Protocol to […]

15 Nov
3:16

Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes Israel-Backed Attacks on US Activists

Al Jazeera’s undercover film The Lobby – USA, censored by Qatar, has finally been published by The Electronic Intifada. Editor Ali Abunimah discusses the documentary’s explosive revelations, exposing Israel-backed attacks on US activists. Contextual Content Watch the film the Israel lobby didn’t want you to see. Video Interview & Transcript […]

15 Nov
12:15

UN Security Council Fails to Adopt a Decision on Gaza

The Kuwait mission to the UN, Mansour Al-Otaibi, has declared that the Security Council decisions on the situation in the Gaza Strip have failed to lead to an outcome.   Al-Otaibi stated, on Tuesday evening, at a conference which followed, “Our situation is clear
We have invited with Bolivia to hold […]

11 Nov
8:59

US Envoy: Neither Side Will Like “Deal of the Century”

US White House Envoy Jason Greenblatt said, in a closed meeting, that the US administration will soon be presenting President Trump’s peace plan in the Middle East that “neither side will like.” According to Israel’s Channel 10, the meeting was held in London, and organized by the UK Association for […]

10 Nov
6:46

Palestinians Condemn Hollywood Fundraiser for Israeli Army

Palestinian citizens have condemned the actions of several Hollywood stars who celebrated and raised millions of dollars to fund the Israeli army, last week. The London-based news outlet Middle East Eye reported, according to Ma’an, that the gala was organized on November 1st, by Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces, […]

10 Nov
10:52

France Denounces Israel’s Decision to Build 792 New Units in Jerusalem

France has denounced an Israeli decision to building 792 new units in the illegal Ramat Shlomo and Ramot colonies, in occupied Jerusalem. The statement came after the so-called “Planning and Construction Committee” approved the plans, in the two colonies, located north of occupied East Jerusalem. France said it condemns the […]

07 Nov
7:53

First Palestinian Elected to US Congress

On Tuesday, November 6, the first Palestinian-American was elected to the U.S. Congress, marking an historic day for Palestinians living in exile in the United States. 42 year old Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian refugee who lives in Dearborn, Michigan, is known as  an advocate for minority groups. She was elected […]

07 Nov
6:47

Israel Proposes Plan to Connect Israel to Middle East Countries (VIDEO)

Yisrael Katz, the Israeli Transportation and Intelligence Minister, traveled to Oman, for an international conference, to discuss his proposal for a new system of shipping by sea, in addition to a rail connecting Israel and the Middle East. During Muscat’s World Congress of the International Road Transport Union, Katz presented […]

04 Nov
8:08

Palestinians Struggle Under Arab World Apathy

by Ray Hanania This week, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) voted to reverse its recognition of the State of Israel until Israel recognizes the State of Palestine. Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who must approve the PLO decision, announced he would end security cooperation with Israel. Both are justified actions […]

02 Nov
5:23

Irish Lawmakers Call for Arms Embargo on Israel

In a letter published in the Irish Times newspaper, Minister of State Finian McGrath and fifty other Irish TDs and Senators have called for an arms embargo to be placed on Israel, and for “an end to the bi-lateral arms trade between Ireland and the apartheid state”. In addition to independent Minister McGrath, the signatories […]

02 Nov
12:00

Netanyahu Welcomes Brazilian President-Elect’s Decision To Move Embassy To Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed statements by the right-wing Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, regarding his decision to move the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem. Netanyahu’s statements came after Bolsonaro stated, shortly after his election, that he is fulfilling his campaign promises to move the embassy to […]

31 Oct
7:40

On 101st Anniversary of Balfour Declaration, World Campaign Demands Britain Bear Responsibility

The Palestinian Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad has stated that an ongoing global, legal, and political campaign has been initiated for demanding Britain to bear its legal and political responsibilities, due to the dramatic effects of the Balfour Declaration on the Palestinian people. The declaration is regarded as a crime, […]

31 Oct
1:34

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

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

30 Oct
6:31

Australia and Palestine-Israel: The Threat of the Far Right

by Noura Mansour on October 28, 2018 for Al-Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. The government of Australia, along with Israel and the US, recently voted against the UN resolution to elect Palestine as chair of the Group of 77, enabling it to act like a full member state during 2019. That same week, Australian Prime Minister […]

30 Oct
6:08

Israeli Nation-State Law is ‘Apartheid,’ Says Democratic Congresswoman

Coverage by Forward of US Representative Betty McCollum’s groundbreaking speech at USCPR’s 2018 national conference, Together We Rise: A US Democratic Party congresswoman described Israel’s nation-state law as “apartheid” at a Palestinian rights event, Mondoweiss reported. Accepting a leadership award at the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights conference on September 30, Rep. Betty […]

30 Oct
5:50

Central Council Decides to End All Commitments with Israel

The Palestinian Central Council (PCC), which met in Ramallah over two days, decided on Monday to end all commitments in the agreements the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has signed with Israel, suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine, end security coordination and end the Paris Economic […]

28 Oct
5:51

Investigate and Prosecute Pillage, Appropriation and Destruction of Palestinian Natural Resources

On 26 October, 2018, Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) submitted, to the International Criminal Court (ICC), a 500-page file on alleged crimes committed by Israelis, in particular high-level Israeli officials, and individuals associated with corporations that are extracting and destroying […]

23 Oct
8:12

Barkat Raids Shu’fat Refugee Camp

The Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, raided the Shu’fat refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem City, escorted by Israeli forces, on Tuesday afternoon. Spokesperson of the Fateh movement in Jerusalem, Thaer Fasfous, said that Barkat raided and toured the camp. Barkat’s raid to Shufat comes a few hours after teams […]

23 Oct
12:57

Will Qatar Finance An Agreement Between Hamas And Israel?

According to the Israeli Kaan News Agency, it appears that Qatar will be financing an agreement between Israel and Hamas, in order to end the Great Return March processions. It said that Qatar would be transferring money to the Gaza Strip to pay salaries, and provide aid, in exchange for […]

22 Oct
3:30

Jordan to Cancel Israeli Annexes from 1994 Peace Treaty

Jordanian King Abdullah II informed Israel, on Sunday, that he will not renew two annexes of the 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, with regard to territory leased to Israel. The territories in question are al-Baqura and al-Ghamr, which are also known as Naharyaim and Zofar in the Hebrew […]

21 Oct
5:57

PA to UN: “Gaza is Not a Humanitarian Problem, it is a Political Problem.”

The following is a summary of the opening comments of the United Nations Security Council Meeting #8375 on October 18, 2018,  Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, the representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, made the following points (summarized below). According to Mladenov, Demolitions OCHA (United […]

20 Oct
8:40

Dark Money: Palestine, Mega Donors, and the 2018 Midterm Elections

Originally published by Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. The 2018 mid-term elections are expected to be the most expensive in American history. Four years ago, the 2014 mid-term elections had fewer donors than in previous elections but spending still surpassed previous elections. To fill their campaign coffers, Democrats and Republicans […]

19 Oct
7:33

US to Merge New Embassy with Jerusalem Consulate

The United States announced, on Thursday, that it will merge the US Consulate General, which serves Palestinians, with its new embassy into a single diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, to solely “improve the efficiency and effectiveness.” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, in a statement, “This decision is driven by […]

19 Oct
12:00

Palestinian-American Student Allowed Entry After Appeal to Israeli Supreme Court

A Palestinian-American student who was prevented entry to study in Israel has claimed victory at the Israeli Supreme Court. The court ruled today that 22-year old Lara al-Qasem will be allowed entry to study in a graduate program at Hebrew University. al-Qasem, whose grandparents are Palestinian, is an American student […]

17 Oct
10:19

Lieberman: Israeli Government ‘Must’ Attack Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed, on Tuesday, that Hamas had crossed all red lines, stressing that Israeli cabinet “must” take a decision to launch a “serious blow” on the Gaza Strip, to topple Hamas. During a meeting with Israeli commanders and Israeli soldiers in charge of the Gaza division, […]

17 Oct
10:05

Mansour Hails UNGA Vote as ‘New Victory’

Palestine’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, hailed as “a new victory” the UN General Assembly vote in favor of a resolution granting the State of Palestine additional powers in the possibility of assuming the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China, on Wednesday. The UNGA voted […]

17 Oct
9:55

Press Release by Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Resistance Factions on Israeli Attacks on Gaza

On the heels of the Israeli arbitrary bombardment on the Gaza Strip, this morning, the Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Factions state the following,  Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency has reported: The Palestinian people have been involved in their peaceful battle against the Israeli occupation through the Great Return […]

17 Oct
9:45

ICC Prosecutor: Eviction of Civilians under Occupation Constitutes War Crime

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has warned that transfer of population in an occupied territory constitute war crime. “I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank. Evacuation by force now appears imminent, and […]

17 Oct
9:39

Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators Confront UK Israeli Ambassador in Belfast

Angry scenes were reported to have developed as pro-Palestinian protesters confronted the UK’s Israeli ambassador, Mark Regev, at Queen’s University, in Belfast. A protester was restrained as several attempted to follow Regev’s car as he left the historic institution following a visit to speak to students. Around 70 pro-Palestinian protesters […]

16 Oct
7:45

Australia Considers Embassy Move to Jerusalem

After the infamous move, of the United States, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Australia now is considering moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as well. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, […]

13 Oct
7:16

Israel’s Defence Minister Cuts Fuel to Gaza

Despite the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Friday, ordered a halt to any further fuel deliveries to the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip. Tuesday was the first delivery of Qatari bought fuel. MWC news reports that this UN-brokered deal allows fuel paid for by Qatar to enter […]

11 Oct
8:12

UNESCO Adopts New Resolutions on Palestine

By consensus, the Program and External Relations Commission (PX), of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on Wednesday, adopted two resolutions on Palestine, in the framework of its 205th plenary meeting.   The resolutions, sponsored by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and […]

11 Oct
7:13

Nikki Haley Announces Her Resignation

United States President Donald Trump announced that United Nations Ambassador, Nikki Haley, will be stepping down at the end of the year. Trump and Haley held a press conference during which the US envoy to the UN announced that she would be leaving her position at the end of the […]

11 Oct
3:41

P.A. Mission in Washington Officially Shuts Down

The Palestinian Representative Office at the United States in Washington D.C. has officially shut down, Wednesday, after the deadline by the Trump Administration for closing it went into effect at 4:30 PM. Dozens of Palestinians and peace activists stood in front of the Palestinian Mission’s office in protest of the […]

10 Oct
9:02

Qatari-funded Fuel Allowed into Gaza

The first truckload of Qatari-funded fuel, of three shipments (truckloads), entered the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon, via the Kerem Shalom border crossing. Three shipments of Qatari-funded fuel were allowed entry to the Gaza Strip by Israeli authorities for Gaza’s only power plant. Ma’an sources said that a total […]

04 Oct
8:07

Security Council Prepares to Visit Palestine in October

On Wednesday, Head of the UN Security Council, Bolivian Ambassador, Sacha Sergio Llorenti Soliz, said that he will seek a visit to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, in October. This came during a press conference held by Soliz, in which his country holds the rotating presidency of the […]

04 Oct
7:33

US Withdraws from Protocol to Vienna Convention over Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw from the optional protocol and dispute resolution to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, in connection to a case challenging the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, US national security adviser John Bolton said, Wednesday. “This is in connection with […]

03 Oct
6:30

Ohio Billboard Protests US Aid to Israel

A billboard has just gone up in Ohio, that says: “$10 million a day to Israel? We need that money in America.” The billboard is located in Richland County on US 30, MLK Expressway. If Americans Knew erects billboards around the United States to tell Americans how much of their […]

01 Oct
3:16

Spanish Football Team ‘Real Madrid’ Honors Teenaged Palestinian Activist Ahed Tamimi

Ahed Tamimi, who was imprisoned for eight months this year for slapping an Israeli soldier after her cousin was shot in the head, was honored Sarurday by the Real Madrid football team in Spain. Real Madrid is one of the most well-known football teams in the world, with many football […]

30 Sep
9:02

Palestine Files Lawsuit against United States with the International Court of Justice

The Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Malki, said on Saturday that Palestine has filed a lawsuit against the United States at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the main judicial body of the United Nations, for violating the international law by moving its embassy in Israel to occupied Jerusalem […]

28 Sep
5:55

Erekat: Netanyahu’s Speech Blames the Victim; U.S. Has Closed the Door to Peace

The Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, stated Thursday that the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday victimizes the criminal and blames the victim. Erekat said that real peace requires ending the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine, in addition […]

28 Sep
2:16

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

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

27 Sep
9:05

Israel’s Stranglehold on Area C: Development as Resistance

by Ahmad El-Atrash on September 27, 2018, for Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. Israel’s efforts to tighten its grip on the West Bank have been unprecedented since the current Israeli cabinet formed in 2015. Last year, for instance, witnessed the highest number of tenders for Israeli settlement construction, with more than 3,100 government proposals issued for […]

27 Sep
8:12

EU Exerts Effort to Halt Demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar

The European Union (EU) has made contact, with the Israeli occupation, to stop the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem, an official in the European Commission said. The official responsible of information and communication in the European Commission, Shadi Othman, said that the EU and its member countries […]

27 Sep
11:43

Netanyahu Response to Trump’s Advocacy of Two-State Solution: “Palestinians will Never Have a State”

In the midst of a UN speech praising the Israeli government and their heavy-handed tactics against the Palestinian civilian population of the territory the Israeli military has been occupying since 1967, Donald Trump voiced support for the ‘two-state solution’ to the conflict. In response, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated […]

26 Sep
9:39

Palestinians in Gaza Protest Trump UN Speech

Dozens of Palestinian refugees protested in front of the Unied Nations’ headquarters in besieged Gaza City, on Wednesday, in rejection of the United States President Donald Trump’s speech and US decisions affecting the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA). The protest comes under the slogan “No to Jeopardizing the […]

26 Sep
8:56

UK Labour Conference Votes in Favor of Israeli Arms Freeze

Delegates at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool have voted to support a freeze on arms sales to Israel, after debating a motion on Palestine, for the first time in living memory. During the motionm the conference floor became a sea of flags as delegates showed their support for Palestinians. […]

26 Sep
1:11

Human Rights Watch Denounces Trump’s Attack On International Criminal Court

In a letter distributed to Journalists at the United Nations in New York by the Director of the International Justice Program of the Human Rights Watch, Richard Dicker, the organization denounced Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly, attacking the International Criminal Court, “Trump’s threats today against the ICC are […]

26 Sep
12:42

King Abdullah: “All UN And Security Council Resolutions Must Be Implemented”

During his speech from the podium of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in New York, King Abdullah of Jordan, said that only the two-state solution, and the full implementation of all resolutions issued by the United Nations and the Security Council, can resolve the current conflict, and bring […]

25 Sep
8:33

Israel Declares It Is Above the Law

The Israeli government has announced that it is allowed to “legislate anywhere in the world” and is “entitled to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries,” an official document revealed, last week. The Israeli government also said, in the document, that it “is allowed to ignore the directives of international law […]

25 Sep
2:21

P.A. Foreign Ministry: “Netanyahu’s Government Affirms Its Hostility To Peace”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has reported that the Israeli government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, has yet again affirmed its hostility towards peace, and all real Palestinian and international efforts to resume direct peace talks, based on international legitimacy resolutions. The Ministry stated that Netanyahu and his government are openly rejecting […]

25 Sep
5:05

Irish FM says Country May Recognize Palestinian State if Talks Keep Failing

Ireland may recognize Palestine as an official state, if talks over a two-state solution with Israel keep failing, the Irish foreign minister said, Saturday. FM Simon Coveney made the remarks during a joint press conference in Dublin, with visiting Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who was accompanying President Mahmoud Abbas. […]

25 Sep
4:24

UNRWA Urges Strikers to Stand By It, Not Against

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), on Monday, urged its employees in Gaza, who are on strike, to stand by it in what it said was a critical time in its history and not against it. UNRWA spokesman Sami Mshasha said, in a statement reacting […]

25 Sep
4:13

Palestinian Activists Consider Boycott of US Goods

Representatives of the Palestinian National Action Teams, yesterday, discussed the launch of a campaign to boycott US products in Palestine, and later expanding it to the Arab and Muslim world and the world, in response to the US Administration’s positions supporting the Israeli occupation. The meeting pointed out the recent […]

24 Sep
6:51

Abbas Arrives In New York For General Assembly Meeting

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived Sunday to New York, in the United States, to participate in the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, amidst calls from pro-Israel lobbying organizations that the U.S. should deny Abbas entry into the US. President Abbas will be delivering a speech this coming […]

21 Sep
9:29

Alt-Right March for Israel, Human Rights Activist Smeared as Anti-Semitic

In Canada, Dimitri Lascaris called on B’Nai Brith to disavow a white supremacist who called for Trudeau’s execution. He then found himself accused of being an anti-Semite. Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer, journalist, and activist. After working in the New York and Paris offices of a major Wall Street law […]

21 Sep
9:21

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (13 – 19 September 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 13 – 19 September, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 7 civilians, including 2 children, were killed, while a third child succumbed […]

20 Sep
3:20

European Delegation Says Khan al-Ahmar Demolition Is A War Crime

European parliamentarians from the delegation for relations with Palestine visited Khan al-Ahmar village on Wednesday, and warned that its demolition could be considered a war crime. Israel is slated to demolish the Palestinian village that would also displace over 30 families who live there, in order to build an all-Jewish […]

20 Sep
3:11

Gaza: 13,000 UNRWA Employees Protest Against Cuts

Some 13,000 UNRWA employees held a protest in front of the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City, against UNRWA cuts in salaries and services provided to refugees after the US decision to completely cut funding for the agency, which offers aid and services for Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. Amir Al-Mishal, […]

18 Sep
9:48

Ahed Tamimi Travels to France Despite Israeli Travel Ban

Despite an Israeli ban on her movement, Palestinian resistance icon Ahed Tamimi traveled to France, for a debate, on Friday. The young resistance leader was invited by L’Humanité newspaper and the French Communist party, or PCF, to participate in an event organized by Association France Palestine Solidarite. Ahed spoke on Sunday, at […]

18 Sep
2:40

Palestinian Activists Address Comments to UN General Assembly

Activists in occupied Palestine, who were disappointed with speeches made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, at the UN General Assembly, decided to address the international organisation on their own. In a statement issued by the organisers of the social media campaign, it was pointed out that the action is […]

17 Sep
3:49

US Expels Palestinian Envoy And His Family

After shutting down the Palestinian Representative Office in Washington D.C., the Trump administration on Sunday ordered the Palestinian Envoy, Ambassador Dr. Husam Zomlot, and his family, out of the country, after cancelling their Visas and closing their US bank accounts. Zomlot and his family, consisting of his wife and two […]

16 Sep
8:38

Closure of DC PLO Office Will Impact 600,000 Palestinian-Americans

The Palestinian Council in the United States of America said that the decision to close the PLO office in Washington will harm some 600,000 citizens of Palestinian origin. In a statement issued on Sunday, the Palestinian Council said that the closure is yet another American step toward attempts to liquidate […]

15 Sep
7:25

Remembering the Arafat-Rabin Handshake

by Hanaa Hasan On September 13, 1993, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, shook hands after signing the Oslo peace accords, in what would become an iconic moment in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet, 25 years later, the promise […]

15 Sep
7:17

Trump Administration Cuts Last Sources of Aid to Palestinian Civilians

The United States decided to block millions of dollars to programs that build relations between Palestinians and Israelis, as part of its policy to end all aid for Palestinian civilians. The New York Times reported, according to Ma’an, that “the move to prevent Palestinians — including, in many cases, children […]

14 Sep
7:20

Reclaiming the Political Dimension of the Palestinian Narrative

Originally published by Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. by Hazem Jamjoum on September 12, 2018 Editor’s Note: This piece launches Al-Shabaka’s Narrative and Discourse Policy Circle, in which a team of Al-Shabaka policy analysts are working together across borders to tackle the question of whether Palestinians should have a sole, legitimate narrative and, if so, […]

14 Sep
11:10

ICRC: “Israel Must Abide by International Humanitarian Law”

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued a statement, Thursday, calling in Israel to abide by International Humanitarian Law, and expressing concern about Israel’s plan to demolish al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community in the occupied West Bank. David Quesne, the head of the ICRC Mission in occupied Jerusalem, said […]

14 Sep
7:06

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (06 – 12 September 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the weeks of 06 – 12 September, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Two children were killed, and a civilian succumbed to his previous wounds […]

13 Sep
10:08

Czech Embassy Reports Set Straight

Sign reads (in Czech): Freedom for Palestine By: Jennifer Janineh BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli news media published, on Thursday, a reports about the Czech Republic’s intention to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, however, it contradicts the Czech Republic’s position in the European Union and its commitment to […]

12 Sep
5:13

Trump Abandons All Pretense of Being a ‘Fair Broker’ in the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Gideon Levy explains that the US is doing everything to disempower, humiliate and weaken Palestinian representation. Contrary to common belief, the US is not doing the State of Israel any favors. Gideon Levy is a prominent Israeli journalist and author of the weekly column Twilight Zone in the Israeli paper […]

12 Sep
3:06

Trump Administration Threatens to Sanction ICC Judges, ICC Repsonds

White House national security adviser John Bolton, on Monday, threatened to impose sanctions on ICC judges and prosecutors if they sanction Americans, Israelis or other allies to the United States. Bolton described the ICC as “dangerous” and “irresponsible,” saying it represents an infringement of US sovereignty. Bolton said the International Criminal […]

10 Sep
7:12

Additional UNRWA Funding of EUR 3.5 Million Approved by Italy

Italy, on Monday, approved an additional funding of EUR 3.5 million for UNRWA programs to be carried out in Lebanon and in the Gaza Strip, according to a press release by the Italian Consulate in Jerusalem. “In accordance with the well-established Italian support to UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and […]

09 Sep
7:31

VIDEO: US Cuts to UNRWA Deepen Crisis for Palestinian Refugees

US President Donald Trump has cut funding for the UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees which helps some 5 million Palestinians. DW’s Tania KrĂ€mer went to Hamas-controlled Gaza, where UN employees are facing a funding crisis. TRNN re-posts selected DW stories as part of a new cooperation agreement […]

09 Sep
6:21

Expert Warns of Collapse amid Trump Cuts to Jerusalem Hospitals

The Trump administration has decided to significantly cut U.S. support for East Jerusalem hospitals which serve the Palestinian population from Gaza to the  West Bank, according to Israeli media. According to the PNN, a State Department official told Haaretz that this decision is part of the administration’s broader approach of cutting […]

07 Sep
6:37

EU Spokesman Upholds Israel’s Jewish Nationality Law

Arab-Israeli MP Ayman Odeh left disappointed after a meeting, with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, to request that the body condemn and call for the cancellation of Israel’s new racist law. The meeting came after a number of Israeli officials pressured Mogherini to cancel her meeting with the chairman […]

07 Sep
6:14

KrĂ€henbĂŒhl: UNRWA Will Overcome US Obstacles

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl said that his agency will overcome US obstacles after Trump’s decision to suspend aid to the Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.   KrĂ€henbĂŒhl stressed, in a press release to Palestinians, that UNRWA will continue to work with […]

06 Sep
9:43

Palestine To Open Embassy In Paraguay

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has reported that President Mahmoud Abbas has instructed the ministry to immediately inaugurate the Palestinian Embassy in the capital of Paraguay, AsunciĂłn. Al-Maliki said that President Abbas issued a statement of gratitude to Paraguay after it rescinded its previous decision of opening its Embassy in […]

06 Sep
2:47

Paraguay Moves Embassy Back To Tel Aviv

The South American county of Paraguay has announced reversing its decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem, a political move that angered Israel, which shuttered its embassy in Asuncion, and recalled the ambassador. The new president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez, who just took office a […]

05 Sep
7:48

Nikki Haley: Trump’s Middle East ‘Peace Plan’ Getting Close

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said, on Tuesday, that she has read the Trump administration’s much-anticipated Middle East peace plan. And while it is “getting close,” it will not be rolled out later this month, during the U.N. General Assembly, as some had predicted.   “I can tell you that Jared […]

04 Sep
8:59

Kushner’s Ongoing Assault on Palestinian Refugees

Originally published by Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. by Zena Agha on September 4, 2018 The US administration is waging an assault against Palestinian refugees. Diplomatic, legal, and financial measures – mainly engineered by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner – aim to take the Palestinian refugee question “off the […]

04 Sep
8:28

Colombian President: Recognition of Palestine ‘Irreversible’

Colombia’s new President, Ivan Duque MĂĄrquez, on Monday, told a local radio station that the decision to recognize Palestine, made by Juan Manuel Santos in the last few days, was “irreversible” because “the president of the republic is the person designated by the constitution to manage foreign relations.” Any government […]

02 Sep
8:15

UNRWA: US Decision to Cut Funding Is Not The End

Spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Sami Musha’sha, on Saturday, said that Washington’s decision to cut funding for the agency does not signify the end of its work, stressing that the decision is not an inevitable fate, and not the end of the […]

01 Sep
8:36

Jordan to Host New York Fundraiser for UNRWA

Jordan will host a fundraiser at the United Nations headquarters in New York, next month, to keep UNRWA afloat, the kingdom’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said, on Thursday. Jordan, in collaboration with UNRWA, Sweden, Japan and Turkey, will organize a conference in support of the agency on the sidelines of […]

01 Sep
1:40

PA To Head To General Assembly After U.S. Cut Aid To UNRWA

After the United States announced cutting all aid to the United Nations Relief and Words Agency (UNRWA), the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) said it is weighing all options to counter the American move, including heading to the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council. Palestinian Presidency spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, […]

01 Sep
12:18

US Cuts All Funding to UNRWA

Following the recent announcement by Donald Trump that he did not consider the majority of Palestinian refugees to be refugees, the Trump administration announced Friday that they would cut all U.S. funding to the United Nations Refugee Works Agency, which provides food aid, schools and support to millions of Palestinian […]

30 Aug
7:42

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 – 29 August 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 16 – 29 August, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian civilians were killed, 239 civilians, including 52 children, 6 women, and 5 paramedics, […]

30 Aug
7:30

Satellite Imagery and the Palestine-Israel Exception

This article was originally published by Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. by Zena Agha Introduction In the United States and beyond, the rules that apply to the rest of the world have long applied differently to Palestine-Israel. In the US, this exceptionalism often manifests as censorship of Palestinian perspectives and operates […]

30 Aug
6:52

US Media: Trump to Fully Stop UNRWA Funding

US President Donald Trump has decided to stop funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), months after the agency scaled back its financial support, US magazine Foreign Policy said on Tuesday, according to the PNN. The US magazine quoted unnamed sources saying that Trump’s […]

29 Aug
10:07

Nikki Haley: Palestinian Right of Return Should be Off the Table

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. REUTERS/Brendan […]

28 Aug
8:41

PA Condemns Trump Decision to Strip Palestinian Refugees of Historical Rights

Following its recent decision to cut drastically more than $200 million in aid funds allocated to benefit the Palestinian citizens directly, the Trump administration continues to dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and strip millions of Palestinians of their refugee status. “After using humanitarian aid to blackmail […]

28 Aug
7:17

UNRWA: $5.4m to be Donated by Japan

The Japanese government, by the end of this week, is due to donate 5.4 million dollars to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The funds will be used to provide food aid to one million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip who are facing one of the […]

27 Aug
8:44

Gaza Ministry of Health: No Response from Donors on Fuel

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf Qedra, said that there has been no response from donors, to provide fuel for the facilities of the Ministry. The Ministry has previously issued warnings regarding a shortage of fuel, which threatens the provision of health services to citizens. During […]

27 Aug
2:54

UPDATE: US to Suspend UNRWA Budget in West Bank

US President Donald Trump’s administration is to take substantial steps against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in general, and against refugees in the West Bank in particular, Hebrew channel 2 revealed on Saturday. According to the channel, the US is to take several measures against […]

1948 Refugees (Image from palestineremembered.com)
26 Aug
10:49

Israeli Media Sources: US Plans to Reject Palestinian Right of Return

According to Israeli Hebrew-language media outlets, unnamed officials in the US administration told them that the US Presidents plans in the coming weeks to announce the rejection of the right of return of five million Palestinian refugees, along with a suspension of all funding to the United Nations Refugee and […]

23 Aug
7:26

UNRWA Confronts Deficit of $270 Million

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) currently faces a budget deficit of $270 million, which could cause serious consequences for the humanitarian situation in the region. During a UN security council meeting, UN Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Rosemary Anne DeCarlo said, “We always […]

23 Aug
1:03

Erekat: “Israel’s Illegal Expansion Of Colonies, Direct Outcome of American Greed”

Dr. Saeb Erekat, a member of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) strongly denounced Israel’s approval of hundreds of new units in its illegal colonies in the occupied West Bank, and said the move is an outcome of the American greed, and the U.S. support to Israel’s apartheid […]

22 Aug
9:30

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

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

20 Aug
9:29

UK Ethnic Groups Call Out Attempts to Silence Discourse on Palestine

A total of 84 British black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) organizations came out strong, last week, on attempts in the United Kingdom to silence discourse on Palestine, particularly those critical of Israel and its racist policies against Palestinians. The letter, published in the Independent, criticized recent attempts by the […]