Category Archives: International Politics

21 May
5:34

Arms Manufacturers Use Israel’s Massacres in Gaza to Test New Technology

As the Israeli military mows down unarmed Palestinian protesters, arms trade expert Andrew Feinstein explains how weapons companies use Gaza as a laboratory to test new products and rake in profits. Andrew Feinstein is the Executive Director of Corruption Watch UK and author of ‘The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms […]

20 May
9:07

UN Security Council to Discuss Resolution for Protection of Palestinian People

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), on Monday, will discuss a draft resolution to provide international protection for the Palestinian people. The resolution was put forward by Kuwait’s permanent representative at the UN headquarters in New York, Ambassador Mansour Al Otaibi, and called for providing international protection to civilians in the […]

17 May
7:58

Vietnam Reaffirms Support for Palestinian Statehood

Vietnam, on Thursday, renewed its firm position in supporting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the establishment of an independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital. During the ministry’s weekly press conference, which focused on the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem and the violence in […]

17 May
7:50

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: US Embassy Move both Deepened Crisis & Strengthened Solidarity with Palestine

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), in a statement on Wednesday, said that despite the attempt to hinder the magnitude of the diplomatic, political, and moral crisis facing the United States and Israel, after the declaration of President Donald Trump on Jerusalem, the transfer of the Embassy of his country to it, and […]

16 May
8:53

Israel Slaughters Unarmed Palestinian Protesters While Trump Administration Shouts ‘Hamas!’

The Israeli military killed over 60 and wounded over 2,000 Palestinians protesters in one day, as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner opened the US embassy in Jerusalem. Journalist Ali Abunimah says the Trump administration is misleadingly pointing the finger at Hamas to distract from Israel’s crimes. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of […]

16 May
8:25

Turkey Expels Israeli Consul Over Israeli Massacres In Gaza

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

15 May
9:39

70 Years of Nakba: Where Can Palestinians Go from Here?

by Amal Ahmad, Irene Calis, Haidar Eid, Razi Nabulse  May 15, 2018 The Palestinian people have perhaps never been more in need of a forward-looking vision to shape their struggle. In facing the 70thanniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe and the creation of Israel, on May 15, they also face a myriad of circumstances […]

15 May
9:12

Palestinians Mark Nakba Day following Israeli Bloodshed in Gaza

Just a day after mass Israeli bloodshed in Gaza, the Palestinians are marking the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe), when the Tel Aviv regime forced them out of their homeland and declared its existence on occupied territory. Palestinians, both in the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank, are […]

15 May
8:39

UN Observer Calls for Probe into Israeli Crimes in Gaza as US Blocks UNSC Statement

Permanent observer to the UN, Riyad Mansour, Tuesday, called for a transparent and independent investigation into the deadly violence in the Gaza Strip, and said that Palestinians will endorse the results of the investigation in advance. He told the 15 members of the Security Council that Israel is the main […]

15 May
12:49

Gaza Activist: Israel’s Massacres Won’t Stop Our Struggle

In one of the worst mass killings by Israel in years, at least 58 Palestinians were killed as Israeli forces opened fire on the Great March of Return, in Gaza. The attack coincided with the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. We are joined from Gaza City by […]

13 May
8:18

US Delegation Lands in Tel Aviv for Embassy Opening

A US delegation, on Sunday afternoon, has arrived in Tel Aviv, in preparation for opening the US embassy in Jerusalem, on Monday. The delegation includes first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, in addition to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, as well as dozens of […]

13 May
4:36

World Press Freedom Day 2018: Journalists Demand British Media Institutions to Break The Silence and Stand with Palestinian Journalists under Occupation (VIDEO)

Photo: Lara Khalidi On World Press Freedom Day 2018, the Journalist Support Committee held a conference in London on the “Challenges of Palestinian Journalists” living and working under occupation. Prominent journalists, media analysts and activists demanded British media institutions and agencies to break the silence and stand in solidarity with […]

13 May
4:18

Foreign Ministry Condemns Blocking of EU Statement Rejecting US Embassy Move

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference on May 27, 2015, at EU headquarters in Brussels (AFP, File) The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement, on Saturday, that strongly condemns the governments of Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic for blocking the release of […]

11 May
8:51

Who Hired an Israeli Spy Firm to Tarnish the Iran Deal?

Trita Parsi was targeted as part of Black Cube’s spy operations against Obama officials involved in the Iran nuclear deal. With evidence pointing to the Trump camp’s role, Parsi says that Congress should investigate. TRNN video & transcript: AARON MATE: It’s the Real News. I’m Aaron Mate. President Trump’s withdrawal from […]

11 May
8:21

US Embassy Changes Twitter Location to Jerusalem

The US diplomatic delegation to Israel changed, this week, the location of the US Embassy, on Twitter, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The name of the official account has been changed to the US Embassy in Jerusalem, and we are still looking for a suitable picture,” US embassy tweeted, according […]

08 May
8:21

PLO Official Calls for Demonstrations against US Embassy Relocation

Ahmad Majdalani, Executive Committee Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has called on Palestinians to protest against the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, declaring a “day of rage.” Speaking in a radio interview with the Voice of Palestine, Majdalani declared the relocation of the embassy as a […]

07 May
8:20

Netanyahu’s Long History of Crying Wolf over Fake ‘WMDs’ in Iran and Iraq

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a long history of crying wolf over supposed nuclear weapons in Iran and Iraq – Ben Norton reports. TRNN video & transcript: BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and is working and is advancing towards the development of nuclear […]

07 May
7:38

PLO: US Embassy Move in Violation of International Commitments

PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat, on Monday, said that by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving its embassy thereto, the Trump administration is violating its obligations under international law, including UNSCR 478, and America’s own commitments towards the peace process. “As Washington pursues a policy of encouragement of international […]

06 May
10:39

Lieberman: Relocation of US Embassy Will Come at a Price

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, on Saturday, that relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem will “will come at a price,” but added that it was a price “worth paying.” Speaking to Israel Television News Company, Lieberman called the opening the embassy in Jerusalem a “historic, important and dramatic” decision, Al Ray […]

06 May
10:14

India Largest Purchaser of Israeli Arms in 2017

(PNN) India was the greatest market for Israeli arms last year, amid an increase in sales to the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, according to the Jerusalem Post. Israel’s military exports rose by 41 per cent overall in 2017, the third consecutive year of increased defence exports, bringing in some […]

03 May
9:02

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 April – 02 May 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 26 April – 02 May, 2018. Israeli forces continued to directly target peaceful protests that did not pose any threat to the Israeli soldiers’ life. 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed on […]

03 May
7:42

Israel Tries to Kill Iran Nuclear Deal with Cartoonish Netanyahu Speech

Days before Donald Trump is due to rip up the JCPOA, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used cartoonish props to accuse Iran of hiding nuclear weapons. Journalist Max Blumenthal says that this is part of Israel’s strategy to escalate aggression against Tehran. Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author […]

03 May
6:29

Dr. Ashrawi Condemns Israel’s Passing of ‘Jewish Nation-state Bill’

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned Israel’s passing of the first reading, of a draft law, that defines Israel ‘as the Jewish and democratic nation state of the Jewish people’ and affirms ‘the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in their historic homeland,’ said a press release […]

01 May
3:56

PLO: Palestinians Will Not Be Part of Any Peace Plan Proposed by US

Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that the Palestinian side will not be part of any peace plan proposed by US president Donald Trump. During a meeting with Sweden’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Annika Söder, and the accompanying delegation in […]

29 Apr
2:33

Donald Trump Still ‘May Go’ to U.S. Embassy Dedication in Jerusalem

U.S. President Donald Trump said, Friday, that he still “may go” to the ceremony in Jerusalem, next month, to celebrate the opening of the American embassy in the city, and bragged about saving money by rejecting an initial proposal to devote $1 billion for the construction of a new embassy, […]

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27 Apr
10:26

Will the International Criminal Court Prosecute Israel for War Crimes?

Rania Muhareb and Tareq Zaqoot of Al Haq discuss the shooting of hundreds of unarmed protesters, including women, children and journalists. TRNN video & transcript: DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News Network from Montreal, Canada. On March 30th, the day that is known to Palestinians […]

27 Apr
9:54

How Much Is Your US State Paying for Israel’s Weapons? This New Tool Will Tell You

Written by Josh Ruebner USCPR’s new interactive map of military aid to Israel  is featured in an article by Middle East Eye with commentary from USCPR Policy Director Josh Ruebner. The interactive tool on militaryaidtoisrael.org can disclose to Americans just how much they are paying each year for weapons to Israel and what programmes could be funded […]

27 Apr
1:00

Foreign Ministry: No Move to Jerusalem for Czech and Romanian Embassies

Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said, Thursday, that the European Union (EU) has made it very clear to all its member states that they should abide by the EU’s general policy on Jerusalem, which is capital of two states and that they should not move their embassies in Israel from Tel […]

25 Apr
7:34

KrĂ€henbĂŒhl: UN Schools May Not Open Next Year, Due to Financial Crisis

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees said that the emergency aid for a million Palestinian in the Gaza Strip might run out in June, if the agency could not collect $200 million, after the United States cut its funding.   UNRWA Commissioner Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl said […]

24 Apr
7:55

Germany Not to Move Embassy to Jerusalem, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has issued a public statement assuring that the country will not relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Her comments were made during an interview with Israeli TV on Sunday, maintaining Germany’s official rejection of a unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. […]

22 Apr
8:12

EU Calls for Investigation into Killing of Peaceful Palestinian Demonstrators on Gaza Border

The European Union (EU) has called for the opening of a full investigation regarding the killing of Palestinian demonstrators by Israeli forces along the Gaza Strip’s borders, on Friday. The EU mentioned, in a press release, that the soldiers used live bullets intensively, leading to the death of 4 demonstrators, […]

20 Apr
12:11

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (12 – 18 April 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 12 – 18 April, 2018. Israeli forces continued to directly target peaceful protests that did not pose any threat to the Israeli soldiers’ life. 2 Palestinian civilians were killed, in the Gaza Strip. 393 […]

19 Apr
11:49

UN Calls on Israel to End Expulsions from Jerusalem

Senior UN officials called on Wednesday for Israeli occupation to halt expelling Palestinian refugees from their residence in occupied Jerusalem, a UN report said. “We are monitoring the situation in Khan al Ahmar closely and are deeply concerned by what we see here, and in the scores of other vulnerable Bedouin communities,” UN Humanitarian […]

18 Apr
4:35

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

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

14 Apr
8:11

Israel Mows Down Unarmed Gaza Protesters for 3rd Week as US Blocks UN Investigation

Israeli soldiers wounded more than 900 peaceful Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border, for the third Friday in a row, while the Donald Trump administration prevents any action by the United Nations. TRNN video and transcript: BEN NORTON: For three weeks in a row, thousands of unarmed Palestinian have protested […]

14 Apr
7:58

The Nation: American Laws Can Help Stop Israeli Massacres in Gaza

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) Executive Director Yousef Munayyer speaks to The Nation about efforts to move the US to hold Israel accountable for its excessive use of force and targeting of Palestinian demonstrators participating in the Great Return March. “The United States could send a very strong message to the Israelis about the […]

11 Apr
10:23

Jeremy Corbyn Calls for Reconsideration of Arms Sales to Israel

Head of British Labour Jeremy Corbyn has said that Britain should consider halting the sale of arms to Israel, after nine more Palestinians lost their lives on the Gaza border. In a message read at a demonstration outside Downing Street yesterday, Corbyn condemned the violence as an “outrage”, and attacked […]

11 Apr
9:55

Internationals Penalized for Support of Palestine

Eight American Jews from the “If Not Now Movement” were arrested in front of US Senator Chuck Schumer’s office in Manhattan, on Monday. The activists were chanting, “How many more Chuck?” referring to the number of Palestinian protesters killed at the Gaza Border. The New York senator has not bothered […]

10 Apr
7:10

UN Commissioner Condemns Israeli Army Killing of Gaza Protesters

United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssell released a statement, over the weekend, condemning the “deplorable killing” of Palestinian protesters in Gaza. The statement was released on Friday, hours before nine Palestinians were killed along the border — including a journalist and two minors — bringing the […]

07 Apr
4:55

The Occupation of the American Mind – RAI with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters

On Reality Asserts Itself (RAI) with Paul Jay, legendary musician Roger Waters and Sut Jhally discuss their new film about the Israeli public relations campaign to influence U.S. public opinion. TRNN video & transcript: (Additional links at bottom of page.) JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network, and welcome to […]

06 Apr
9:14

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 March – 04 April 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 29 March – 04 April, 2018. The Bloodiest Week After 2014 Offensive on the Gaza Strip Israeli forces continued to directly target peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip borders which didn’t pose any threat […]

04 Apr
8:40

The Failures of Western Reporting in Gaza

by Vijay Prashad If you are a Western journalist and you have to report from Gaza, the best thing to do is to treat the Palestinians as a threat. Their bodies are weapons, their existence is dangerous. If a Palestinian is killed by an Israeli soldier, the most appropriate thing to […]

03 Apr
9:38

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

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

02 Apr
9:10

Qatar Pledges Unprecedented Financial Support to UNRWA

With its unprecedented pledge of USD 50 million to UNRWA at a recent ministerial conference in Rome, Qatar will become one of UNRWA’s top donors and will have a major impact on the Agency’s ability to continue its vital services to the vulnerable Palestine refugee community during this period of […]

02 Apr
8:49

Israel Overreacted says US Senator Bernie Sanders

Less than 24 hours after the deaths of Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Freedom March were announced, US Senator, Bernie Sanders of Vermont tweeted: ​“The killing of Palestinian demonstrators by Israeli forces in Gaza is tragic. It is the right of all people to protest for a better future without […]

01 Apr
8:17

Saudi Prince Meets with AIPAC, anti-BDS Leaders during US Visit

Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has met with leaders from a number of right-wing Jewish organizations during his tour of the United States. The groups, which have donated millions to illegal settlement building and the fight against BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, include officials from […]

31 Mar
7:33

Bolton Acted Against US Interests to Push Israel’s Agenda in Lebanon

When Israel invaded Lebanon in 2006, then-Ambassador John Bolton worked to prevent a ceasefire, acting as “an asset for Israel against the interests of his own secretary of state, his own State Department, his own superiors, and his own president,” says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies. Phyllis […]

30 Mar
12:37

Erekat Denounces Incitement Campaign By U.S. And Israel Against Legitimate Palestinian Rights

The Secretary of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, issued a statement, Thursday, strongly denouncing what he called a calculated incitement campaign by Israel and the United States, against the Palestinian people, their leadership and their legitimate, internationally-guaranteed rights. Dr. Erekat said that both the […]

29 Mar
8:53

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (22 – 28 March 2018)

Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 22 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and a photojournalist, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  In the Gaza Strip as well, the Israeli forces continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, target the border areas, and carry out […]

29 Mar
8:34

US Ambassador Threatens to Replace Abbas if He Does not Resume ‘Peace Talks’

The American ambassador to the Israelis, David Friedman,  has threatened to replace Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas if he persists on refusing to resume the process of peace talks, and boycotts US administration. “Time does not stop, and if Abbas continues to refuse to run the negotiations, someone else will come […]

29 Mar
7:49

Renaming the 1948 War: Partition, Dispossession and Fragmentation

A local artist from the village of Taffouh depicts the struggles and dreams of the Palestinian people in a mural at the entrance to the local school, Taffouh High School, February 2018. Photo credit: Christian Peacemaker Teams. POSTED BY: RICHARD FALK MARCH 27, 2018 Controlling the discourse Israel has been brilliant over […]

27 Mar
8:23

Irresponsible Rhetoric Allows Violence Against Palestinians

“The UNHRC is manipulated by bloodthirsty dictatorships hiding their own massive human rights violations by attacking Israel,” a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said, after the council had adopted five decisions against Israel. In diplomatic circles, language hardly changes from one scenario to the next. It is only the […]

27 Mar
7:45

VIDEO: A History of Arab Nationalism or “Pan-Arabism”

Nassar Ibrahim, the director of the Alternative Information Center, explains the concept of pan-Arabism, its history in the Middle East, and how it affects the region today. 03/24/18 What is Palestinian-Israeli Co-resistance?

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26 Mar
11:03

Inter-Parliamentary Union Votes to Support Palestinian Right to Self-Determination

On Sunday evening, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in its 138th session, in Geneva, Switzerland, voted to support the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, to have a state of their own with Jerusalem as its capital. The resolution counters a statement that Donald Trump made in December in which he unilaterally […]

25 Mar
7:35

Corbyn Condemns US Treatment of Palestinians

Head of the UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has condemned American punishments against the Palestinian people, including the assault on their right to have Jerusalem is the capital of their state. Labour Friends of Palestine met in British Parliament on 14 March, highlighting speeches by Palestinian Authority Ambassador Manuel Hassassian, […]

25 Mar
7:11

Netanyahu Attacks New UNHRC Resolutions

Israeli Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the performance of the UN Human Rights Council after it adopted a series of resolutions condemning Israeli violations against Palestinians. In a tweet published on his Twitter account, Netanyahu described the UN Human Rights Council as a “circus of futility,” claiming that its decisions […]

24 Mar
8:18

US Congress Approves $4 Billion in Tax Aid to Israel, Cuts Aid to Palestine

AIPAC President Mort Fridman has sent supporters an email announcing the approval, by US Congress, of almost $4 billion of US tax money to Israel, while cutting aid to Palestinians widows, orphans, Days of Palestine reports. “Our work together just made a difference for Israel’s security and for its future,” […]

24 Mar
5:49

UN Human Rights Council Adopts Four Pro-Palestinian Resolutions

The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted, in its 37thsession, concluded in Geneva on Friday, four resolutions for Palestine. The majority of the member countries voted in favor of the following four resolutions: Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, are illegal. The right of the […]

20 Mar
7:36

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
7:31

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
8:18

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
10:00

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
8:59

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
9:44

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
4:34

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
9:13

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
3:59

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
7:46

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
11:00

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
9:48

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
7:29

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
8:23

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
7:56

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
11:04

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
10:35

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
12:30

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
6:34

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
8:23

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
7:15

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
7:07

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
6:29

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
7:42

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
9:42

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
8:11

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
7:43

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
11:17

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
4:55

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
7:01

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
10:08

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
9:57

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
8:27

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
8:11

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
8:01

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
7:53

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
6:58

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
10:20

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
10:00

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
6:46

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
6:28

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
8:58

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 […]