Category Archives: International Politics

20 Jan
8:21

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
3:07

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
10:05

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
11:32

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
10:45

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
2:54

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
7:19

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
5:10

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
4:51

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
4:31

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
8:51

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
8:42

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
4:54

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
7:28

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
3:06

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
10:25

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
6:56

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
12:40

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
10:16

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
2:28

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
9:25

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
8:57

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
8:49

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
9:28

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
11:07

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
10:18

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
10:04

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
11:05

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
10:30

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
8:07

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
7:57

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
7:41

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
8:49

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
8:22

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
12:26

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
11:37

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
10:21

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
10:02

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
9:54

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
10:33

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
10:23

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
5:55

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
5:00

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
10:42

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
10:18

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
3:31

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
4:53

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
3:24

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
2:45

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
4:24

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
4:03

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 […]

10 Dec
3:31

Youth Shot in Eye with Rubber Bullet during Ramallah Protest

Israeli army forces, Saturday night, shot a young Palestinian man in his eye with a rubber-coated steel bullet, during protests at the northern entrance of the city of al-Bireh. The Ministry of Health said, in a press release, that the man was transferred to the Palestine Medical complex in the […]

10 Dec
3:22

Protests Continue in Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers violently suppressed protests in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem for the third day in a row, on Saturday, firing tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets at locals. Dozens of people were treated for severe tear-gas inhalation while others were injured with sponge bullets, according to Ma’an […]

09 Dec
7:43

Gaza Student Shot during Clashes with Israeli Forces

A student was injured on Saturday, east of Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, when Israeli soldiers stationed near the border opened fire at a group of students demonstrating against a US decision recognizing Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel. Witnesses said hundreds of students were […]

09 Dec
6:48

After Trump’s Jerusalem H-Bomb: Weighing Options for Palestinians

by Nadia Hijab Protests around the world are planned against US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In so doing, Trump dispensed with such details as boundaries and borders – indeed with international law itself – and repeated the long hollowed-out US commitment to facilitate “a lasting peace agreement.” Given […]

09 Dec
6:29

Security Council Holds Emergency Session on Jerusalem

The United Nations Security Council, on Friday, convened an emergency session, at the invitation of eight countries, to discuss US President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. During the meeting, the council expressed “grave concern over the dangers of escalating violence,” just following […]

08 Dec
9:00

Mustafa Barghouti: Unlike US Embassy, Palestinians Will Not Be Moved

As protests erupt over Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti says Trump and Netanyahu won’t succeed in displacing Palestinians from their homeland. Mustafa Barghouti was born in Jerusalem, 1954. He is a leader of the Palestinian National Initiative, founded in 2002 and a member of Palestinian […]

Bethlehem tree ( image from @naglaSalahEldin/Twitter)
07 Dec
2:02

Bethlehem, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour Engage in “Christmas Blackout” to Protest US Jerusalem Decision

Just days after the Christmas tree lighting in the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, the lights on the giant Christmas tree were turned off at the request of local officials, to protest the US claim that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The ‘Christmas Blackout’ protest also included the Christmas tree […]

07 Dec
12:37

Haniyya Slams American Decision, Calls For Massive Intifada In Palestine

In a televised speech from his home in the ash-Shati refugee camp in Gaza, the head of the Political Bureau of Hamas movement, Ismail Haniyya, strongly denounced the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the embassy to the occupied city, and called for […]

07 Dec
2:18

Palestinian March In Masses In Support of Jerusalem

All Palestinian national and Islamic forces and factions have declared Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to be days of total popular struggle throughout Palestine and outside, calling on the masses of the Palestinian people to gather and sit-in in front of the Israeli embassies and consulates around the world. Forces and […]

Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (image from wikimedia)
07 Dec
1:19

Donald Trump Declares Jerusalem “Capital of Israel”

In a move that contradicts decades of US policy, flagrantly violates international law and signed peace agreements, and discards the Palestinian people’s basic rights, the sitting U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday unilaterally declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The U.S. government now joins Israel as the only […]

07 Dec
1:09

Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy Move Was Long in the Works

President Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American embassy there. Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada says years of US policy set the stage. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the award-winning online publication The Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End […]

07 Dec
1:00

Tayseer Khaled Calls for Boycott of US Goods

Amid controversy over the US decision to move their embassy to Jerusalem, PLO Executive Committee member, Tayseer Khaled, published a press release calling for an international campaign in the Arab, Islamic and Friendly States to boycott US goods. The press release stated the following, according to the PNN: “Tayseer Khaled […]

07 Dec
12:43

US to Reduce Aid to Palestine

The US House of Representatives voted, on Tuesday, to sharply reduce the annual $300m in US aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), unless it stops paying families of Palestinian abducted by Israel. The measure is intended to stop the PA from paying salaries to Palestinian families of which Israeli occupation […]

05 Dec
9:29

Global Coalition: Embassy Move to Jerusalem Endangering US Economic and Political Interests

Global Coalition in Support of Al-Quds and Palestine said, Sunday, that any measures to relocate the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, or to recognize the legitimacy of the occupation over the Palestinian city of Jerusalem are “dull” and will be rejected. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, […]

04 Dec
8:12

Hundreds of Elected Officials in the Spanish State Endorse BDS for Palestinian Rights

Hundreds of elected officials in the Spanish State endorse BDS for Palestinian rights, setting a new BDS precedent in Europe. They include mayors, city councillors, members of congress, presidents of regional parliaments and members of the European Parliament. (Madrid City Council) This week, on the International Day of Solidarity with the […]

04 Dec
7:19

US Prepares for Protests at US Embassies upon Announcement of Jerusalem Move

The US State Department’s security arm has been told to plan for potentially violent protests at US embassies and consulates, once the Trump administration announces it is moving the US embassy  to Jerusalem. US President Donald Trump could announce, as early as Tuesday, that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s […]

02 Dec
9:36

Flynn Plea Shows Collusion With… Israel?

Michael Flynn’s guilty plea to lying to the FBI falls short on Russia “collusion” but points to the Trump administration acting on Israel’s behalf, says author and journalist Max Blumenthal. Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York […]

30 Nov
6:27

Hamas Office of Refugee Affairs: UN Caused Historical Massacre through Partition Resolution

Hamas’ Office of Refugee Affairs of the Islamic Resistance Movement stated that the United Nations committed a historic massacre against the people of Palestine by adopting the Partition of Palestine, separating it into two states, an Arab state and another Jewish one.   Marking the seventieth anniversary of the Partition […]

29 Nov
8:39

Trump Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem (VIDEO)

Max Blumenthal and Paul Jay on Mike Pence’s announcement that Donald Trump is actively planning to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, going against decades of US policy. Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in […]

29 Nov
7:37

Israel Threatens Nasrallah as Target of Assassination

Amid rising tension and Israeli threats of a new war against Lebanon, Israel has reportedly threatened that Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon’s resistance movement, will be a target of assassination in its next war. The Israeli military’s chief spokesman, Ronen Manelis, said on Monday, “We are also active in this […]

28 Nov
10:25

US Blackmails PA into Accepting Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

US Administration has recently refused to renew the licence of PLO’s office in Washington unless it stops prosecuting Israel before international courts and starts unconditional peace talks. According to Days of Palestine, Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalah described this as a form of extortion of the Palestinian Authority in order for them […]

27 Nov
9:16

Report: Palestinian Natural Resources Plundered by Israeli Quarries

It was between 1981 and 1982 when Israeli authorities seized several pieces of land to the west of the town of al-Zawiya, west of Salfit, the occupied West Bank and used the illegally confiscated land to build quarries.  Azmi Shuqair, a Palestinian journalist and also owner of one of the […]

27 Nov
8:55

Hotovely Under Fire for Comments on Jewish-American Military Service

A top Israeli diplomat was rebuked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Thursday, for suggesting that American Jews have a poor commitment to service in the US military. Asked in an English-language television interview about criticism of Israeli policies by some US Jews, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely questioned whether […]

27 Nov
8:46

The ‘Deal of the Century’ Struck between Reckless Leaders

One of the issues which had been taken widely with discussions, since the start of Trump’s term, is the “deal of the century.” It might and might not deserve this discussion. Let’s see! The “deal of the century” is the mystery phrase used amid the ongoing tension in the Middle […]

26 Nov
9:06

US Backtracks on Move to Close DC Palestinian Office

Assuring what the Palestine News Network (PNN) published last night, the Trump administration has backtracked on its decision to order the Palestinian office in Washington to close, instead saying it would merely impose limitations on the office that it expected would be lifted after 90 days.     Last week, […]

26 Nov
8:53

Britain to Contribute ÂŁ20 Million to Palestinian Budget

Britain has agreed to pay its annual contribution of 20 million pounds to support the Palestinian budget, part of which will go to education as proof of its support for the development of the education sector, Minister of Education Sabri Saydam said. on Saturday. This came during a telephone call […]

25 Nov
5:08

Decision to Close Washington PLO Office Delayed

Informed political and media sources said that there has been a US decision to delay the implementation of the decision to close PLO mission in Washington. The sources told the PNN that US and Palestinian officials are holding quiet consultations to find creative mechanisms for ending the file away from […]

24 Nov
3:21

Former Dutch PM: Israel is the Most Dangerous Country in the Middle East

Former Dutch Prime Minister Dries Van Agt said that “Israel, for those who do not know, has a range of nuclear bombs,  [and] is the most dangerous country in the Middle East.” This came in a speech delivered by Van Agt during a discussion session on the Palestinian-Israeli issue, organized […]

23 Nov
6:11

US State Department Confirms Rapport with Palestinian Authority

US State Department confirmed, Tuesday, that it keeps communication with the Palestinian Authority (PA) despite its decision to close the Palestine Liberation Office’s DC venue. “In our view, communications are not frozen,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in a briefing Tuesday afternoon, Al Ray reports. “Conversations will be […]

19 Nov
7:44

UPDATE: Closure of Washington PLO Office Offical says Erekat (Video)

Saeb Erekat , secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Executive Committee, said on Saturday that “the US State Department notified us with an official letter that they cannot certify the continuance opening of the PLO office in Washington D.C. due to the fact that we are pursuing and […]

19 Nov
6:59

UN Official Calls on Israel to Stop Destroying Palestinian Property, Respect International Law

A Senior UN official called, on Friday, for the Israeli occupation to stop destroying Palestinian property and respect international law. The UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian territory, Robert Piper, today condemned the demolition and confiscation of donor-funded humanitarian assistance by the Israeli authorities in […]

18 Nov
1:02

Palestinian Authority Accuses US Government of Blackmail for Trying to Shut Down Consulate

The U.S. State Department has refused to renew the memorandum issued every six months for the Palestinian Consular Mission in Washington DC, stating that if the Palestinian Authority takes Israel to the International Criminal Court or fails to engage in negotiations with the Israeli government, the Mission will remain closed. […]

14 Nov
9:45

Adalah: Erdan’s Bill to Let Police Hold Bodies of Palestinians Violates International Law

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is proposing a new law that would allow Israeli police to hold bodies of Palestinians killed by Israel until families of the deceased agree to police-imposed restrictions on funeral arrangements. Erdan’s move comes in the wake of a precedent-setting ruling the Israeli Supreme Court made this […]

14 Nov
9:22

20 European Officials Denied Entry to Israel for Boycott Support

Israel announced, on Monday, that it plans to deny entry to a European delegation, using the recently approved legislation which bars visits by anti-Israel boycott activists. Israeli newspaper Haaretz said that the 20-member delegation, which was set to arrive in Israel next week, was to include European parliament members and […]

13 Nov
10:46

Mexico to Abstain from Voting for Palestine

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Figari Casso has contacted Israel’s ambassador to Mexico, Yoni Peled, and told him that Mexico has decided to change its voting strategy in all the upcoming voting procedures related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and will turn from voting in favor of Palestine to abstaining from doing […]

13 Nov
10:21

Israel Mobilizing to Stop European Aid to Palestine

The Israeli Knesset is mobilizing to stop EU aid from reaching Palestinian prisoners or their families, under the pretext that they are “terrorists” or “families of terrorists,” Israel Hayom reported on Friday. According to the online newspaper, Zionist Union MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, a member of the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet, is gathering support for the […]

05 Nov
11:12

Thousands March in London against Balfour Declaration

Thousands of pro-Palestinians marched through the streets of London on Saturday, to protest the centenary celebration of the Balfour Declaration that helped Jews to establish a national state in Palestine. Protesters held signs reading “Free Palestine” and “Justice for Palestine,” while they chanted “Free, Free Palestine” and “Occupation No More.” […]

04 Nov
10:27

Shir Hever on Balfour: How 67 Words Shaped the Middle East

One hundred years after the Balfour Declaration, Britain’s colonial legacy endures, says TRNN’s 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 Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation […]

02 Nov
8:46

Al Shakaba Roundtable: After Balfour — 100 Years of History and the Roads Not Taken

Overview A worldwide wave of analysis and activism is marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 2017. The Declaration gave an imperial imprimatur to the Zionist movement’s resolution at its first conference in Basel in 1897 to “establish a home for the Jewish people in Palestine […]

02 Nov
8:28

Palestinians Mark Anniversary of Balfour Declaration

(PNN) On the Balfour Declaration centennial, Palestine launched a series of national and international events marking the centennial of the day that turned their lives upside down, through allowing the establishment of a national home for Jews on Palestinian homeland. Since then, Israeli massacres and crimes have begun, as the […]

30 Oct
6:25

Labour MP: Balfour Should Be Marked by Recognizing Palestine

A top parliamentary member of the UK Labour Party has said that “the most important way” for the UK to mark the 100th anniversary of Balfour Declaration is to “recognize Palestine.” In an interview published Monday, with the Middle East Eye news site, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry said the […]

28 Oct
7:24

Corbyn Refuses To Attend Balfour Dinner

Leader of UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has declined an invitation from pro-Israel lobby to attend a Balfour Declaration centenary gala dinner, next month, in London. Corbyn announced, according to Days of Palestine, that he would decline an invitation celebrating the hundred-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. The Balfour Declaration […]

27 Oct
8:12

British PM’s Remarks on Balfour Declaration “Offensive” says Malki

Foreign Minister Riyad Malki criticized, on Thursday, remarks British Prime Minister Theresa May made the day before regarding the centennial of the Balfour declaration, describing them as “offensive and unacceptable.” “Ms. May boasted about this declaration, which willfully and determinedly disregarded the existence of the Palestinian people and denied their […]

27 Oct
8:04

Orthodox Church Sells Off More Property

Orthodox Christian properties in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Caesara are being sold at very low and questionable prices to companies in offshore tax havens. Documents obtained by the Israeli newspaper appear to show an unknown company purchased a three story office building on King David Street, in Jerusalem, for $850,000 – […]

25 Oct
1:30

Who Wrote the Balfour Declaration and Why: The World War I Connection

 CONTACT@IFAMERICANSKNEW.ORG  OCTOBER 24, 2017  BALFOUR DECLARATION, FIRST WORLD WAR, LEOPOLD AMERY, LOUIS BRANDEIS, WWI (L-R) Chaim Weizmann, future president of Israel, with Louis Brandeis, US Supreme Court Justice, in Palestine, 1919. The two were instrumental in obtaining the Balfour Declaration, a British document that many feel was a critical step in the establishment of Israel. Zionists’ promise […]

23 Oct
6:59

Israel Bombs Syrian Artillery in Occupied Golan Heights

Israel struck three Syrian artillery cannons on Saturday, in response to alleged shelling. According to the Israeli military, five projectiles entered the northern occupied Golan region, coming from Syria. However, the location of only four rockets was identified. The rockets landed in open areas, with no injuries or damage. Israeli […]

21 Oct
6:38

Japan Funds Construction of West Bank Schools

Japan’s Representative Office to Palestine, Thursday, signed two grants to fund the construction of additional classrooms in two secondary schools in the Jenin-district village of Kufr Dan and Nablus-district village of Farkha. Japan’s ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative to Palestine Takeshi Okubo and a representative of Kufr Dan municipality […]

20 Oct
6:46

Facts On The Ground And Double Standard For Palestine

by Dina Badie, Huffington Post/Days of Palestine Trump’s decision to withdraw from UNESCO is a flagrant attempt to punish Palestinians for doing what Israel has done all along. Israel has monopolised the “facts on the ground” debate through government-sanctioned settlement expansions into the West Bank, including an announcement this past week about […]

17 Oct
7:13

Egypt Backtracks on Opening Rafah Border Crossing

Egyptian authorities have announced ta decision to postpone opening Rafah Crossing with Gaza, after six soldiers were killed in the Sinai province. Despite plans to open the crossing four days from today, Hesham Udwan, head of the Commission of Crossings and Borders, notified Gazan authorities of the change after clashes […]