Category Archives: International Politics

17 Oct

Israelis Exert Pressure to Cancel UNESCO Vote

Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Michael Worbs, says that communications have been underway to reach a consensus over a recent resolution denying Jewish ties to al-Aqsa Mosque, in annexed East Jerusalem. Worbs said, according to the PNN, that more time and dialogue between the members of the board are needed […]

07 Oct

Outrage as Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Bank Accounts Closed

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign announced, on Monday, that its accounts had been closed by the Bank of Ireland. (photo: 2014 Dublin protest in solidarity with Gaza, Palestine — Paul The IPSC is seeking answers from the bank, which would only say the organization no longer met its “risk appetite.” In […]

29 Sep

Supporter of Palestinian Rights Terry McIntosh Running for U.S. Congress

Recently, the Obama administration has signed a $38 billion deal to Israeli military aid for the fiscal years 2019- 2028. Following the announcement, an IRmep poll fielded by Google Consumer Surveys revealed that 80.8% of the U.S. adult Internet user population says they would redirect the proposed spending toward other priorities. However, […]

22 Sep

Greece, Cyprus Assert Support for Palestinian State

Greece and Cyprus affirmed, Wednesday, their support for the creation of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. A joint communique, issued following a meeting for foreign ministers of the three countries, and held in New York on the sidelines of the United […]

08 Sep

Armed, Autonomous Ford Trucks to Patrol Gaza’s Besieged Border

Photo: The Israeli military’s new unmanned ground vehicle is self-driving and will be fitted with a machine gun. reported that the Israeli military has equipped Ford F-350 pickup trucks with remote driving technology and plans to disperse them along the border of the besieged Gaza Strip. The trucks, called Border […]

08 Sep

Dutch Member of Parliament Refuses to Shake Hands with Netanyahu

Dutch lawmaker of Turkish origin, Taunahan Kuzu, refused to shake hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to the Netherlands Parliament, on Wednesday. Kuzu, who wore the Palestinian flag lapel pin on his chest, chose to put his hand on his chest instead of shaking hands with […]

06 Sep

New Turkish Aid Ship Docked in Ashdod

According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, a new Turkish aid vessel has docked in the Israeli port of Ashdod. In the photo, taken three days ago, the ship waits to unload its cargo for transport to the besieged enclave of Gaza. The Gaza Strip has suffered from an Israeli military blockade since 2007, […]

05 Sep

Palestinians Urge Turkish People to Reject Israel Ties

via the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), courtesy of The Electronic Intifada  Photo: A Palestinian woman holds a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a protest against the July military coup attempt against his government, in the West Bank city of Hebron, 20 July. Wisam HashlamounAPA images While […]

03 Sep

Canadian Green Party Adopts BDS into Its Platform

via The Green Party of Canada has adopted a policy of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel into its official platform after a hard-fought resolution successfully passed at the party’s annual convention, over the weekend. Despite pressure from pro-Israel lobby groups, supporters of the BDS resolution within the party […]

20 Aug

Ashrawi Bestowed with “French Knight of the Legion of Honor” Medal

The French government has awarded PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi with the distinguished French decoration, “Chevalier de la LĂ©gion D’honneur” (Knight of the Legion of Honor). During separate with diplomats at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah, French Consul General HervĂ© Magro informed Ashrawi that the French government has […]

Pastor Khader Khalila testifies about living as a Palestinian under Israeli occupation. Photo credit: Chris Hazou
15 Aug

Evangelical Lutheran Church Votes to Divest from Israeli Occupation

by Anna Baltzer, US Campaign to End the Occupation On Friday, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted overwhelmingly — by an estimated 90% — to create an investment screen that would identify and remove the Church’s investments in corporations profiting from Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights, and other […]

13 Aug

Campaigners Demand Google Add Palestine to Map

Palestinian journalists and activists have launched a campaign to demand that Google add “Palestine” to the Google Maps application instead of “Israel”. The Forum of Palestinian Journalists issued a statement refusing the deletion of Palestine from the map, and calling upon Google to delete Israel since it is an occupying […]

02 Aug

Ashrawi Meets with American Delegation from Ramallah Federation’s “Project Hope”

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with a visiting delegation of young Palestinians from the United States participating in the American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine’s Project Hope program, at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah. After welcoming the delegation to Palestine, Dr. Ashrawi urged its members to stay engaged, […]

29 Jul

US Department of State: Israeli Settlement Policy “Provocative”

The US State Department strongly condemned, in a statement issued on Wednesday, Israel’s continued settlement expansion in occupied Jerusalem. State Department Spokesman John Kirby said, in the statement, that the United States was “deeply concerned” by reports of the Israeli government opening tenders for 323 additional units in several Israeli […]

24 Jul

New Airport for Gaza: Cloning the 50s UN Experience

The Project Unified Assistance (PUA) seeks to rehash the idea of a humanitarian airport supervised by the UN, in the fifties and sixties of last century, east of Gaza city. Five years ago, Ahmad Al-Khatib, the projects’ director, launched an initiative to establish a UN airport in Gaza, in an attempt […]

22 Jul

European Parliamentary Members Call on EU in Support of Boycott Movement

More than 30 members of the European parliament have called on  EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to take measures assuring freedom of expression regarding the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality and recognizing Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, as a human rights […]

18 Jul

Israelis Confront Facebook “Monster”, Claims Incitement for Palestinian Attacks

Over the last few years, Israel and its most ardent supporters have waged a campaign to restrict critical speech of the Jewish state on social media. They want the state to have the same rights as individuals under Facebook’s community standards. As it stands, threats against individuals, are prohibited. But smearing […]

16 Jul

Dr. Ashrawi Delivers Closing Speech at 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi delivered a closing keynote address entitled, “Framing Current Issues in Palestine,” at the 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference, yesterday, which was sponsored by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Know Thy Heritage (KTH) program; the Conference was held on July […]

14 Jul

Israel’s Ideological Barrier

In 2002, the Israeli government decided to construct “a barrier” separating the West Bank and Israel with the declared purpose of improving the security of Israel by preventing Palestinians from entering Israel without first being cleared at a checkpoint. [1]Today, the Annexation and Segregation Wall consists partly of concrete slabs […]

12 Jul

Gaza: Turkey to Build Seawater Desalination Plant

The Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs announced, Tuesday, that Turkey is to establish a seawater desalination plant to solve water crisis, estimating the coast of the project to $300,000,000 USD. The minister noted, according to Al Ray, that the project is big-ticket, noting that some countries announced that […]

12 Jul

Knesset Approves Controversial NGO Law

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset has approved a controversial law forcing NGOs to declare the funds they receive from foreign state entities, with opposition saying the legislation will lead to the growth of “fascism.” The law was approved with 57 votes to 48 on Tuesday, according to Press TV/Al […]

12 Jul

Hamdallah: Settlement Expansion Underscores Israel’s True Intentions

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, on Tuesday, issued a statement condemning Israel’s plan to support the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement, and Jewish settlers in Hebron, with an additional 50 million News Israeli Shekels (approximately 12,922,569 USD.) “The continued expansion of illegal settlements and the substantial sums poured into their development shows that […]

07 Jul

Netanyahu Rejects American And European Condemnations Of New Settlements’ Plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected American and European ‘condemnations’ of a new plan to build hundreds of colonialist units, in illegal Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem. In a press conference with the Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, on Wednesday, Netanyahu claimed that what is preventing peace […]

06 Jul

Amidst Increasingly Successful Boycott, Israel Canvases Africa for New Trade Partners

nsnbc : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Monday, left Israel to visit several African countries. Netanyahu aims at finding new trade partners in Africa as Israel increasingly feels the impact of the international Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The Africa tour of Benjamin Netanyahu is the Prime Minister’s first, […]

04 Jul

Tzipi Livni Refuses Police Interview In Relation To War Crimes Investigation; British Government Provide Last-minute Immunity

Scotland Yard’s War Crimes Unit transmitted a letter to the Israeli Embassy in London last week inviting Ms. Tzipi Livni to a police interview under caution in relation to her role in Israel’s 2008-2009 offensive on the Gaza Strip (Operation ‘Cast Lead’). At the time of the offensive, Ms. Livni was […]

03 Jul

UK Police Summon Livni Over Suspected War Crimes (VIDEO)

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has received a summons letter from the British police for questioning regarding suspicion of involvement in war crimes during the Israeli aggression on Gaza in 2008, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz. The Israeli daily said however, the summons was cancelled after diplomatic contacts […]

02 Jul

Erekat: ME Quartet Report Does Not Meet Palestinian Expectations

PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat said, in a statement  on the Quartet Report which was published yesterday, that  the Quartet Report is clear: “It does not meet our expectations as a nation living under a foreign colonial military occupation; wherein it attempts to equalize the responsibilities between a people under occupation and […]

01 Jul

Two-state Solution in Danger, says Quartet (Full Report)

The Middle East Quartet has released a report on impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations entitled, ‘Two-state Solution in Danger.’ The report, published in full by the PNN, below, calls Palestinians to act against terrorism, while Israel is urged to stop settlement construction. Foreign Ministers of the Quartet – representing the […]

30 Jun

Irish Senator Calls for Government Pressure to Release Bilal Kayed

via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. Irish Senator Paul Gavan (Sinn Fein) highlighted the case of Bilal Kayed today, 30 June, in the Seanad (Irish Senate), urging the government to condemn Israel’s policy of administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial based on secret evidence. Kayed is one of […]

30 Jun

UNRWA: US Donates $52m in West Bank and Gaza

United States Consul-General to Jerusalem Donald Blome announced on Thursday a contribution of $51.6 million from the United States to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza. According to Yumna Patel, reporting for Ma’an News Agency, the donation was a response to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for […]

30 Jun

Ki-moon: “Israeli Settlements Are Illegal, A Serious Threat To A Viable Palestinian State”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated, Wednesday, that Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied West Bank, and occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, and pose a serious threat to prospects of establishing a viable, independent, Palestinian state. His statements came in a message delivered by Michael Moeller, Director-General of […]

28 Jun

Ban Ki-moon: 50 Years of Occupation of Palestine Hasn’t Brought Security for Israelis

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Israel and Palestine. Following a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, Ki-moon noted that nearly 50 years of occupation of Palestinian land has not brought security for Israelis. Ban’s generalizing statements, void of specific criticism with regard to the illegal […]

27 Jun

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Obama to Appoint Envoy for Palestinian Children

Israeli authorities released Mohammad, 15, from the West Bank city of Qalqilya, in April after he served six months in prison. (Photo: DCIP / Cody O’Rourke) New York, June 20, 2016—Twenty members of the United States Congress signed a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, urging the appointment of […]

27 Jun

Syrians Protest against Israeli Occupation and Planned Annexation of the Golan Heights (VIDEO)

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Syrians in the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan Heights have rallied in protest against the Israeli occupation, illegal oppression of Syrian culture and identity, outspoken plans to permanently annex the Syrian territory and Israel’s use of the Golan for military action against Syria and the support of […]

25 Jun

€154,000 in EU Support for West Bank Farmers and Agro

The European Union has agreed to provide nearly €154,000 to support West Bank farmers and agricultural businesses directly affected by Israeli occupation, a press release issued by the Office of the European Union Representative in Jerusalem stated . The release noted, according to WAFA, that this EU contribution, the first […]

23 Jun

UN Secretary General to Arrive in Gaza Next Week

The Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Palestinian Authority, Riyad al-Maliki, announced that the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki moon, and the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shokri, will visit  Palestine at the end of June. “We will talk with Shokri about the role of the ministerial […]

23 Jun

Abbas: “We Support The French Initiative. Israel Must End Its Occupation”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated during a press conference in Brussels, on Wednesday evening, that the Palestinian Authority supports the “French Initiative,” and all the efforts by the European Union, aiming at reaching a comprehensive peace agreement. His statements came during a press conference with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative […]

23 Jun

Britain ‘Concerned’ By Israel’s Decision To Construct New Settlement Building In Jerusalem

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a statement, Wednesday, expressing “its concern” regarding the latest Israeli decision to construct a new settlement building on Palestinian lands, in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem. In its statement, the Office said it was concerned by the latest decision of Jerusalem’s Municipality in […]

22 Jun

Breaking the Fast for Jo Cox in Occupied Tel Rumeida, Hebron

06/22/16 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team On July 21st 2016, Youth Against Settlements (YAS) organized an Iftar dinner and Jen Cox memorial in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron) with the attendance of several core solidarity organizations with the Palestinian people. Organizations such as Breaking the Silence, Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine […]

21 Jun

Netanyahu: Israel Not Ready to Ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Israel, which is widely believed to possess hundreds of atomic bombs, says it is not yet ready to ratify a UN pact on banning nuclear tests adopted nearly 20 years ago. According to Press TV/Al Rayt, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Lassina Zerbo, the head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) […]

21 Jun

Dr. Ashrawi: Concrete Plan Needed for French Initiative to Succeed

PLO Executive Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Tuesday, has  welcomed the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s decision to endorse the French initiative to hold an international peace conference later this year. Ashrawi added, according to the PNN,  that, in order for the initiative to succeed, the international community must undertake a concrete action […]

19 Jun

Livni Calls for Referendum over Two-state Solution

Zionist Union member of the Israeli parliament of the Knesset, Tzipi Livni, called for a referendum, Saturday afternoon, over what she reduced to a “problem” with Palestinians. Speaking at an event in the Israeli city of Rishon LeZion, south of Tel Aviv, Livni censured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing […]

19 Jun

Dr. Ashrawi on the Death of British MP Jo Cox

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Saturday, expressed the grief of Palestinian leadership and the people of Palestine over the death of ‘Palestine’s dear friend and peace and justice activist,’ British Labour MP Jo Cox, who was brutally murdered outside a West Yorkshire library on Thursday. “MP Cox, a devoted humanitarian […]

18 Jun

Sympathy With Murdered British MP Jo Cox Must Not Cover Over Criminal Foreign Policy (VIDEO)

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The fatal shooting and stabbing of British MP Joe Cox on Thursday, outside Birstall library in North Yorkshire, shocked members of all parties in the UK. Jo Cox was as good at stirring up controversy as she was at creating cross-party consensus. Jo Cox during her […]

17 Jun

RIP Jo Cox

17th June 2016 | Jo Cox  Jo Cox, a devoted compassionate friend of Palestine, refugees and immigrants, an advocate for the plight of Syrian and Yeminite civilians, a genuine working class hero and a mother of two, was murdered today on her way to a constituency meeting. Jo Cox on […]

17 Jun

PA & Hamas Reconciliation Talks in Qatar – The Omitted Context of Regional and Geopolitics

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and delegates visited the Qatari capital of Doha, to pick up on the stalled national reconciliation talks with Hamas. While news reports focus on day-to-day politics, there are very few media that focus on the context — that is regional rivalries […]

15 Jun

Turkish Electric Company to be Established in Gaza

According to Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth (Ynet), new agreements between Turkey and Israel included the allowance of Ankara, by Israel, to establish a new electricity company in the Gaza Strip. Ynet, on Tuesday morning, said that both parties have reached a new settlement in which Israel finally refrained from its […]

14 Jun

EU Commissioner Visits Seawater Gaza Desalination Plant, Funding Announced

EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, responsible for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, visited the EU-funded seawater desalination plant in southern Gaza, today. PNN reports, today, that the first phase of the desalination plant is in its final stage of construction, and is the largest being built, so far, in Gaza.  […]

14 Jun

Awawda: “Israel As Head Of UN Legal Committee, Like Asking Mafia To Head Anti-Crime Force”

Dr. Shaher Awawdeh, deputy permanent observer of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations, strongly denounced Israel’s election as the head the UN Legal Committee (officially named the Sixth Committee). Awawdeh said such a decision is very serious as it represents a deep decline in morality and peace […]

13 Jun

Netanyahu: Israel Will Never Accept Arab Peace Initiative

Barak Ravid, of Israeli daily Haaretz, wrote on Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud ministers he will never accept the original Arab Peace Initiative as a basis for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to two sources at the meeting. “If the Arab nations grasp the fact […]

12 Jun

Greece to Recognize Palestinian State

Syriza, the ruling party in the Greek parliament, told Palestinian lawmakers, Saturday, that the government was set to officially recognize the state of Palestine, according to a statement by the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). A Greek delegation from the Syriza party reportedly met with political parties of the PLC and […]

08 Jun

Dr. Ashrawi: ‘Nominating Israel to chair UNGA committee like asking the wolf to guard sheep’

Commenting on the Western European and Others Group’s (WEOG) decision to nominate Israel for the chairmanship of the UN General Assembly Sixth Committee, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned the move and said: “It is ironic that Israel, a state that continues to breach international law and conventions, […]

Marwan Barghouti (mural image - from palestinianprisoners blog)
07 Jun

South African Archbishop Tutu latest voice calling for Nobel Peace Prize for Marwan Barghouthi

Revered Archbishop Desmond Tutu, himself a Nobel Prize recipient, has joined a growing number of people who have nominated Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouthi for the Nobel Peace Prize. Barghouthi is a founder of the armed wing of the Fateh party, known as the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades – named after […]

07 Jun

Hundreds of Arab Party Members Summoned by Israeli Police

The Balad Israeli-Arab political party, has denounced the Israeli occupation police campaign against the members of the party, explaining that the aim of the camping is to undermine the political role of the party on the field. The National Democratic Assembly of Balad stated in a press release, on Tuesday, […]

07 Jun

BDS Blacklisted by New York Governor

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order, on Sunday, that will penalize people and businesses in support of the non-violent movement to boycott of Israel. In a speech to The Harvard Club, Cuomo said that New York would “lead by example.” “We are also a place of action,” he […]

06 Jun

Human Rights Watch Calls on ICC to Launch Investigation into Israeli War Crimes

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a formal investigation into serious crimes committed against Palestinians, by the state of Israel, over the past decades. HRW said in a statement, Sunday, that ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda should carry out a formal probe consistent with […]

30 May

PFLP Calls for International Action against Paris Conference on Israel – Palestine

NSNBC – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) called for international mobilization against the planned Paris Conference scheduled for June 3 – 4 aimed at resuming internationally mediated talks about Israel and Palestine. The PFLP, the second-largest member faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) called on […]

19 Apr

Human Rights Activists Call on IRS to Investigate Jewish National Fund Charitable Status

On Tuesday, Tax Day, activists delivered a petition with more than 5,000 signatures to IRS offices across the United States demanding the tax-exempt status of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) be revoked due to its role in displacing Palestinians and supporting illegal Israeli settlements. The petition was delivered to offices […]

15 Apr

Cremisan: EU Raises Joint Concern over Israel’s Renewed Construction of Apartheid Wall

The EU mission in the occupied West Bank, on Friday, said they were “deeply concerned” at Israel’s renewed construction of the apartheid wall in Bethlehem’s Cremisan Valley. The mission said that once finished, the wall will severely restrict access by nearly 60 Palestinian families to their agricultural land, likely devastating their […]

15 Apr

EU, Austria, Ireland and Portugal Pledge over €12m in Support to Palestine

The European Union is making its first contribution in 2016 to the Palestinian Authority’s quarterly payment of social allowances. According to a press statement released on Friday morning, around 119,000 poor Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza will receive financial payments through the PA’s cash transfer program. This […]

15 Apr

Al-Maliki: “We Are Ongoing With Preparations To Head To Security Council”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, stated Thursday that the Palestinian leadership is conducting all needed preparations to send Israel’s settlements file to the United Nations Security Council. His statements came after Israeli media agencies claimed that the Palestinian leadership intends to retract it decision to submit a proposal to the […]

25 Mar

Mladinov Denounces Israeli Execution Of Wounded Palestinian In Hebron

Nicholai Mladinov, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process, denounced earlier on Friday the Israeli military execution of a young Palestinian man, after the soldiers already shot and seriously wounded him, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.Mladinov said the conduct of the Israeli army constitutes […]

15 Mar

Russian Officials Meets with Hamdallah in Ramallah

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met, on Tuesday, with Russian Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Maxim Topolin, who is also the head of the joint Russian-Palestinian affairs committee, to discuss economic and political relations.Hamdallah commended the “strong” Russian-Palestinian relationship and expressed gratitude for the continued Russian support for different […]

15 Mar

Palestine Becomes A Full Member Of ‘The Court Of Arbitration’

On Monday, Palestine was awarded a full membership in the Permanent Court of Arbitration, after 57 countries votes in favor, 24 abstained and zero voted against.The Palestinian application was filed to Holland on January 29, 2015, officially requesting membership with the International Court of Arbitration, but the United States led […]

14 Mar

Palestinian teacher wins international Global Teacher’s Prize

Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, announced Sunday that Hanan al-Hroub, a teacher from the Deheishe refugee camp in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, was awarded the Global Teacher’s Prize on Sunday.Al-Hroub was selected over 8,000 other competitors from all over the world. Her methods of teaching […]

09 Mar

(co) Resistance: Michel Warschawski Talks About the One State Solution

Michel Warschawski, a co-founder of the Alternative Information Center (AIC) and member of Matzpen, discusses the limitations of ‘one state’ as a solution to the colonial conflict in Palestine. AIC Press Review: The Many Crimes of Ofek Buchris

03 Mar

420 Acres of Land to be Returned to Palestinians

Israel’s High Court, on Wednesday, ruled that Israeli authorities are obliged to return 1,700 dunams (420 acres) of land back to private Palestinian landowners, lawyers told Ma’an News Agency.Mohammad Shqeir and Shlomy Zachary brought the case to Israeli courts several months ago, claiming that Israeli forces illegally seized the land […]

19 Feb

VIDEO: Algeria Celebrates Palestinian Goal in Their Own Net

The Algerian and Palestinian football teams, on Wednesday, held a historical friendly match that made an exception to the rule, where Algerian fans cheered for the Palestinian team, and Palestinian fans cheered for the Algerian team.The match, held at the 5 July Stadium in Algeria city, ended with Palestine winning […]

16 Feb

Hamdallah: International Forces Needed to Protect Palestinians

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, on Monday, reiterated the urgent need for international forces to protect Palestinian lives, in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, to a visiting British Parliamentary delegation.Hamdallah briefed the delegation about the continuous Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, daily incursions, home demolitions and illegal transfer of […]

12 Feb

Egypt Opens Rafah Border Crossing to Gaza Saturday and Sunday

The Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Palestinian Gaza Strip will be open Saturday and Sunday, February 13 – 14. The opening was ordered by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. Egypt wants to normalize the opening of the Rafah border crossing but insists that the Palestinian side would have […]

28 Jan

Netanyahu Accuses Ban Ki-moon of Encouraging Terror

Israel has accused UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of encouraging ‘terror’ by suggesting that alleged knife attacks by Palestinian youth were a natural reaction to Israel’s heavy-handed occupation.’The UN lost its neutrality and moral force a long time ago and the secretary-general’s remarks do not improve the situation,’ Israeli Prime Minister […]

23 Jan

Chinese President Calls for Palestinian Rights Amidst Ongoing Tibetan Occupation

Chinese President Xi Jinping said, Thursday, that the Palestinian cause shouldn’t be marginalized and that Palestinian rights must be given back in order to guarantee calm and security in the region.Jinping delivered a speech at the Arab League headquarters, in Cairo, amid the presence of Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, during which […]

13 Jan

UNRWA: Only 20% of Gaza Reconstruction Funds Received

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said that it received only 20 percent of the money needed for the reconstruction of the destroyed houses in the Gaza Strip, QudsNet reported yesterday.UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said, according to Al Ray, that […]

29 Dec

Brazil Refuses Israeli Settler as Diplomatic Envoy

Brazil’s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank colonist has set off a diplomatic crisis and led to concerns in the Israeli government that the clash could encourage pro-Palestinian activism against it.The appointment four months ago of Dani Dayan, a former head of the Jewish colony […]

22 Dec

Greek Parliament Passes Unanimous Vote Recognizing Palestine

The Greek Parliament unanimously voted, Tuesday, officially recognizing the state of Palestine. President Mahmoud Abbas, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, and various officials, attended the vote.The Palestinian Authority thanked Greece for the positive vote, and described it as a move in the right direction towards stronger relations, and cooperation, between […]

12 Dec

UN Delegation Visits H2 Area of Hebron

December 12, 2015 11:28 PM IMEMC Agencies Hebron, International Politics, News Report 0

On Tuesday, 8th December 2015, a delegation from the United Nations visited the H2 area of occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), ahead of the international Human Rights Day on 10th December.12/12/15 | International Solidarity Movement | al Khalil Team The UN-delegation visited the H2 area, under full Israeli control, to understand the […]

11 Dec

US Mogul Donald Trump Decides to Delay Trip to Israel

After criticism from both the left and the right, Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that he will delay his visit to Israel and Jerusalem.The wealthy business tycoon and apparent presidential candidate had previously stated that he planned to visit the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and then force his way into […]

04 Dec

Israel to Retaliate over Settlement Labeling

Israel is expected to complicate relations with EU countries over settlement labeling.In response to recently issued EU directives about labeling the origin of settlement products, Netanyahu suspended Israeli dialogue with the EU on the peace process. The last meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was in 2014 and EU involvement […]

04 Dec

Gaza: Turkey to Rebuild Mosques Destroyed by Israel

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate announced, Wednesday, that it would rebuild nine mosques destroyed in last year’s Israeli military onslaught on the blockaded Gaza Strip.Deputy directorate chief Hasan Kemal Yilmaz told Anadolu Agency, according to Al Ray, that the total cost of the project would be $4.5 million, $1.2 million of […]

17 Nov

Israeli Prime Minister pushes for control of Golan after oil discovery

The Israeli Prime Minister’s visit to Washington last week included a meeting with President Obama, in which the two discussed the status of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.Israel invaded and occupied the Syrian territory known as the ‘Golan Heights’ in 1967, and has maintained a military and civilian presence there ever […]

17 Nov

Ashrawi: Netanyahu Exploiting Paris Attacks

In response to media inquiries, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi commented, according to PNN:“In his recent statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is cynically exploiting the pain of the innocent victims of Daesh terrorism in Paris in order to create a misleading linkage and to justify Israeli state […]

02 Nov

Egyptian Army Floods Gaza Tunnels Again

For the second time in recent weeks, Egyptian authorities flooded the area along the border with Gaza with water, to destroy underground tunnels between Sinai and the Palestinian territory.A Palestinian source told Anadolu Agency, according to Al Ray, that many tunnels were flooded with sea water in six areas in […]

19 Oct

Foreign Ministry Denounces Execution Of Palestinians, Demands International Investigation

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, Sunday, strongly condemning the ongoing “Israeli violations and crimes, carried out by soldiers and paramilitary settlers’, on a daily basis in different parts of occupied Palestine, and demanding an international investigation into the violations and escalation.It said that the escalating Israeli crimes and […]

11 Oct

Palestinians Want 1967 Lands Under UN Protection

Samer B. Jaber is the chosen spokesperson for a group of professional and trade union figures, intellectuals, and political activists who have come together to deliver a message during the current wave of upheaval across Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory.We, a group of professional and trade union figures, intellectuals, […]

02 Oct

ME Quartet Seeking to Resume Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

In the wake of rising tension and riots over the al-Aqsa mosque, as well as Abbas’s speech for the UN that he held on Wednesday, the Middle East Quartet has decided to revive the commencement of peace talks between Palestine and the Israeli occupying power. The Quartet, consisting of the […]

26 Sep

Amnesty International: ‘Killing Of Hashlamoun Was Extrajudicial Execution’

September 26, 2015 7:10 PM IMEMC News Hebron, International Politics, News Report 0

Amnesty International has reported that it obtained evidence indicating that the killing of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun, 18 years of age, by Israeli soldiers in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on September 22, 2015, was an extrajudicial Al-Hashlamoun was shot dead at a checkpoint in Hebron city; pictures of the […]

20 Sep

Israel to Bypass EU Labeling by Direct State Contacts

September 20, 2015 8:54 PM IMEMC Agencies International Politics, Israel, News Report 0

Israel will circumvent EU plans to label settlement products by directly lobbying EU member states against implementation of this guideline.Israel’s foreign ministry decided last week to ramp up its fight against labeling settlement products by circumventing the EU via direct contact with its members, reports the Israeli news portal nrg. […]

20 Sep

Reykjavik City Council to Change Resolution on Ban of Israeli Goods

The Mayor of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, Dagur B. Eggertsson, announced that Reykjavik’s ban of Israeli goods does not affect all Israeli goods but goods produced in illegally occupied Palestinian territories.The resolution passed by Reykyavik’s City Council earlier this week was ambiguous in its wording, leading many to understand that the […]

17 Sep

Iceland’s Capital bans all Israeli-made products over Occupation of Palestinian Territories

Iceland’s capital Reykjavik has passed a resolution that banns all Israeli-made products. The resolution was adopted over Israel’s protracted and illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.Reykjavik’s ban comes as the international Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel continues to gain momentum. Both proponents and those in opposition, including Israel, consider […]

11 Sep

UN General Assembly Votes For Raising Palestinian Flag

The United Nations General Assembly voted, Thursday, in an overwhelming majority for raising the Palestinian flag at the United Nations, despite aggressive opposition led by the United States and Israel.The UN proposal achieved 119 votes out of the 193 UN member states, while only eight countries, headed by the United […]

09 Sep

US Blacklists 3 Hamas Leaders

The US State Department announced, on Tuesday, that three Hamas leaders, along with a Hezbollah spokesperson, have been added to the specially designated global terrorist list, subjecting them to US sanctions.According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, senior commander Muhammed Dief and two freed leaders, Yahya Sinwar and Ruhi Mushtaha, […]

27 Aug

Vatican and Palestine May Raise UN Flags Before Francis’ Visit

In a move likely to upset Israel’s government, Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at UN headquarters — just in time for Pope Francis’ visit, next month. According to Al Ray/AP, supporters of the idea hope that the UN General Assembly will adopt a resolution on […]

14 Aug

Ali Dawabsheh, Cecil the Lion and the Biopolitics of Animal Life

How is it that outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion has spread so far, and yet many people in the United States have still not heard the name of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was burned to death on July 31?Dawabsheh was burned alive when a […]

13 Aug

$26 million to East Jerusalem Hospitals via EU

The European Union, with the government of Denmark, has announced a donation of $26 million in aid to be transferred to hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem.The latest contribution is being channeled through PEGASE, a European mechanism launched in 2008 by the European Commission to help build a Palestinian state. According […]

29 Jul

ICC Postpones Visit to Palestine

A Palestinian diplomat on Monday announced that a planned visit to Palestine later this month by a delegation from The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) would be postponed.“The ICC has informed the Palestinian government of the postponement of the delegation’s visit – initially slated for the end of July – […]

21 Jul

Israel, Iran and the Next War

The actual reasons behind Israel’s opposition to the Iran deal, and what they mean for the region.7/20/15 | Eli Aminov | Alternative Information Center The celebration of last week’s agreement with Iran in Vienna, Tehran and Washington inspired grief and sorrow amongst the Zionist leadership. Condemnation of the agreement, its […]

25 Jun

PLO to Submit ICC Documents Thursday

The PLO on Thursday will submit information to the International Criminal Court to assist with preliminary examinations into crimes committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories since June 2014.Mustafa Barghouthi, head of the Palestine National Initiative, told a press conference Wednesday that the reports will be submitted at 4 […]

24 Jun

Palestinian MKs: Israel Should be Sued at ICC

Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset said Tuesday that the UN report on last summer’s war in the Gaza Strip provided enough evidence that Israel should be taken before the International Criminal Court.The Joint List, which groups the main Palestinian parties in the Knesset, said in a statement that it […]

09 Jun

Supreme Court Ruling: President Sets US Stance on Jerusalem — Not Congress

The American president rather than Congress has authority to decide policy on matters of sovereignty such as the US stance on the status of Jerusalem, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.The top court was called to rule on the matter after lawmakers passed a law allowing the passports of Jerusalem-born US […]

04 Jun

Thoughts on Normalisation in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

What is normalisation and why is it so damaging to achieving justice?Anyone with any exposure to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will also be exposed to certain oft-repeated words and phrases that are woven through it like threads – or which are deployed around it like firecrackers. These words become markers, signals, […]