Category Archives: International Politics

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, […]

28 May

No Back Down From Palestinians on FIFA Vote

Palestinian Football Association chief, Jibril Rajoub, says of the vote to expel Israel from FIFA that ‘the situation has not changed.’FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been trying to avoid the vote, saying that the situation brings politics into football and that Israel has not breached any of FIFA’s statutes. Israel […]

28 May

Arab League Condemns Israeli Strikes On Gaza

The Arab League condemned, Wednesday, the latest Israeli bombardment of different parts of the Gaza Strip, and said that the “extremist Israeli government is trying to make excuses for its new war on the coastal enclave.” Arab League Secretary General, Ahmad Ben Hilli, stated that the Arab League believes that […]

24 May

Why Americans Are ‘Deranged About Palestine’ and What To Do About It

A longstanding staple demand of the US Palestine solidarity movement is ending our country’s military aid to Israel. It has been a goal of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation for years. It is often seen as the premier contribution US citizens and activists can make to the […]

21 May

World Bank Transfers $77 Million To P.A.

The World Bank stated Wednesday that it transferred $70 million to the Palestinian Authority through the multi-donor mechanism run by the “Palestinian Reform and Development Plan Trust Fund,” the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported.The World Bank said in a press release that the money, provided by Norway, […]

20 May

Israel Security Officials Meet Arab Counterparts

A meeting was recently held between representatives of Arab countries that do not have diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, and a number of Israeli officials, to discuss what they called “security cooperation” in the region.The official Israeli Radio has reported that the meeting took place between Arab officials, Israeli security […]

19 May

Illinois Passes Anti-BDS Bill

The Illinois State House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill which will prevent the state’s pension funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel.Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) has indicated he will sign the bill which passed the House on Monday by a vote of 102-0. The bill previously […]

30 Apr

Palestine and the Injustice of the World Community

In 2014, shortly after Hamas, the democratically-elected government in the Gaza Strip, and Fateh, the puppet government that takes its orders from Israel in the West Bank, agreed on a unification, three Israelis living illegally in the West Bank disappeared, and their bodies were soon discovered. Although Israel learned within […]

29 Apr

United Nations Mideast Peace Coordinator Arrives in Gaza

The new general coordinator for the peace process in the Middle East, Nikolai Mladenov, arrived on Wednesday morning in the Gaza Strip, through the Beit Hanoun crossing in northern Gaza.Local sources reported that the Mladenov entered Gaza accompanied by a delegation of 10 members, according to Al Ray. United Nations […]

23 Apr

New UNESCO Motions Against Israeli Violations in Palestine

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, on Tuesday received two motions strongly condemning Israeli occupation’s humanitarian and legal violations in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.The first motion denounced Israel’s discriminatory policy in Jerusalem, especially at Al Aqsa Mosque, the the first Qiblah and the third holiest […]

22 Apr

Israeli Leaders Refuse to Meet Former US President Carter

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have turned down a request from Jimmy Carter to meet during his upcoming visit to the occupied Palestinian territories, because of the former US president’s ‘anti-Israel’ stance, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.Al Ray correspondence reports that, according to an unnamed Israeli […]

22 Apr

Japan Opens New Classrooms in Bethlehem and Hebron

On Monday April 20th, 2015, Mr. Junya Matsuura, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and the Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, attended the opening ceremonies for two schools projects. The first was held at Shawawreh Village, in Bethlehem, and the other was at Beit Ula Village, in Hebron. The […]

11 Apr

Hamas Demands Israeli Leaders be Brought Before ICC

Earlier this month, Palestine officially joined the ICC, after the Hague-based tribunal approved its accession bid.According to the Palestinian News Network (PNN), Hamas said Thursday that it will hand over any Palestinian to the International Criminal Court (ICC) before Israeli leaders are brought to tribunal. ‘Hamas is ready to cooperate […]

10 Apr

Palestinians Back Joint Yarmouk Operation in Syria

A group of 14 Palestinian factions said, on Thursday, that they backed a joint military operation with the Syrian government to expel Islamic State group militants from the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus.After a meeting of the factions in the Syrian capital, PLO official Ahmed Majdalani said that the […]

19 Mar

U.S. Opens up to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Syria and Iran

The appointment of Robert Malley as White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region is not considered a sufficient indicator that there will be any radical change in U.S. strategy despite the campaign launched against the U.S. by the Zionists due to its openness to […]

09 Mar

Arab League To Submit Security Council Application For Ending Occupation

Representing Arab and Islamic countries, the Arab League intends to submit to the UN Security Council, Monday, a new draft proposal calling for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and Arab territories.The proposal calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from all territories Israel occupied following the June 4 1967 war, […]

26 Feb

Netanyahu Rejects Private Meeting With Democrats

In a move that was seen as “disappointing” to U.S. Senators of the Democratic Party, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused an invitation to hold a closed meeting with them, after they sent an invitation letter, Monday.Israeli daily Haaretz said Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, one of the strongest supporters […]

26 Feb

Arab League Calls for Protection of Palestinian People

The Arab League has called on the UN and other international human rights committees to hold to their responsibilities in providing protection, for the Palestinian people and their holy sites, from ongoing Israeli attacks.Al Ray reports that, in a statement issued by the Arab league on the anniversary of Ibrahimi […]

23 Feb

Israel Purchases 14 F-35s from US

Israeli occupation Defense Ministry announced, Sunday, that it signed a deal with the United States to purchase more F-35 fighter planes for the Israeli air force, at $110 million dollars each.The transaction, according to the Palestinian News Network (PNN), adds another 14 F-35 warplanes, with the option for an additional […]

21 Feb

Italian Parliament Postpones Vote on Palestinian Recognition

The Italian parliament has again postponed the vote on a non-binding bill calling for the official recognition of a Palestinian state, reportedly under pressure from Israel.The motion is understood to be similar to the one put forth in Sweden, where the government formally recognized a Palestinian state last year , […]

20 Feb

Italy Moves Towards Official Recognition of Palestinian State

The Italian Parliament is preparing to discuss the recognition of the State of Palestine with a series of motions which will be presented, perhaps as early as this week, in the House.Promoters of the motions are the Left Ecology Freedom party, the Italian Socialist Party and the Democratic Party, according […]

14 Feb

Federation of Arab Journalists Backs Pursuit of Israel in the ICC

The Federation of Arab Journalists has adopted the decision of filing suit, in the International Criminal Court, against Israel and its crimes committed against Palestinian journalists.The federation called, previously, to file a suit against Israeli war crimes at the ICC, at a session held in Tangier over a two day […]

07 Feb

UN: Mladenov Replaces Serry as Mideast Envoy

A United Nations spokesman has announced that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Nickolay Mladenov, from Bulgaria, as the top Mideast envoy, replacing Robert Serry.UN spokesman Farhan Haqq stated to the press that Mladenov, who has occupied the position of top envoy in Iraq since August of 2013, was Bulgaria’s […]

05 Feb

Ashrawi: Canada Engaged in Political Blackmail against Palestinian Civil Institutions

PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, in response to the Canadian government’s recent decision to terminate a contribution agreement it had between MIFTAH and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, says that Canada is indulging in political blackmail at the expense of Palestinian civil institutions.The project was terminated shortly […]