Category Archives: Palestinian Politics

21 Jun
9:34

Bethlehem Protests PA Sanctions on Gaza

A protest took place in Bethlehem, yesterday evening, against  Palestinian Authority (PA) sanctions on the Gaza Strip. Around one hundred people gathered at six pm, filling the island between Bethlehem’s Hebron Road and Children’s Road. “We are protesting the sanctions that the PA has put on Gaza, including withholding money, […]

19 Jun
1:48

Soldiers Attack A Celebration Of The Palestinian Russian Friendship Society In Jerusalem

A large police force and intelligence officers invaded, on Monday evening, a hall at the Ambassador Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem, attacked a celebration held by the Palestinian Russian Friendship Society, and detained several Palestinians. The participants were celebrating the Russian National Day, before the officers stormed the hotel and […]

18 Jun
8:12

Hamas Members Suppress Anti-division Protest in Gaza

Members of the ruling Hamas movement, on Monday, reportedly assaulted citizens who took part in a rally headed by the Prisoners and ex-prisoners Committee  and factions in the Strip,  on the 11th anniversary of the Hamas coup against the Palestinian Authority. The protest called for the end of the division […]

17 Jun
8:25

Tayseer Khaled: American Envoys to the Region are Unwelcome

Tayseer Khaled, member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization ( PLO ) and of the Politbureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, posted a tweet on social networking sites entitled, ”The American envoys to the region are not welcome.“ He added, according to the […]

15 Jun
4:35

Palestinian Security Breaks Up Ramallah Protest

Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse a rare anti-government protest in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, on Wednesday, as hundreds demonstrated against Palestinian punitive measures against the Gaza Strip. According to local PNN sources, dozens were beaten and detained, including foreign journalists, in […]

11 Jun
9:36

Ramallah Protesters Demand PA to Cancel Sanctions on Gaza

Hundreds of Palestinians held a protest in Ramallah, last night, demanding that the Palestinian Authority (PA) cancel its sanctions against Gaza, describing these measures as punitive measures against the Palestinian people in Gaza. The participants in the demonstration called on PA President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership to lift […]

11 Jun
3:33

Lies Will Not Save Israel from the Responsibility of Killing Razan Al-Najjar

By Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, President- Palestinian Medical Relief Society:  We are deeply shocked at the amount of lies that the Israeli officials and spokesperson of the Israeli army are trying to spread to justify the horrible war crime of killing the innocent young first aid provider, Razan Al-Najjar, who was […]

09 Jun
9:42

Upending the Palestinian Leadership: The Role of Youth

by Fadi Quran, Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network This analysis is part of the Al-Shabaka Policy Circle on Leadership and Accountability and is published alongside the contributions made by Dana El-Kurd, Marwa Fatafta, Inès Abdel Razek, Tareq Baconi, and Ali Abdel Wahab – to read their contributions see here.   Instead of bringing […]

09 Jun
4:06

UN General Assembly To Hold “Urgent Meeting” On Gaza Next Wednesday

The United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to hold what was described as an “urgent meeting,” next Wednesday, to discuss the Israeli escalation against the Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak sent a letter for the 193 member states, informing them of the scheduled meeting, […]

02 Jun
11:46

Dr. Ashrawi: “U.S. Veto Absolute Proof Of Moral Corruption”

On Saturday, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, stated that the U.S. Veto against a resolution demanding international protection to the Palestinian people, is an absolute proof of moral corruption of the U.S. administration, providing impunity to the ongoing Israeli crimes against […]

02 Jun
2:56

US Vetoes Resolution Calling For Providing Protection To The Palestinian People

The United States has used its veto power, Friday, against a draft resolution at the United Nations, calling for providing protection to the Palestinian People, living under illegal Israeli occupation. The Veto came after the resolution was backed by 10 counties at the UN Security Council. The resolution was sponsored […]

01 Jun
9:40

P.A. Refuses “Modified” U.S. Version Of International Protection Proposal

Permanent Palestinian Envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, said the Palestinians reject the American-modified proposal for providing international protection to the Palestinian people, adding that the American revision is utterly hostile to the Palestinians. On Friday at dawn, Mansour told the Palestinian TV that the United States is […]

01 Jun
6:53

Kite Storage Among Israeli “Terror Targets” in Gaza

An Israeli army spokesperson, on Thursday, published aerial photographs of some of the sites targeted by the Israeli air force on Wednesday, including alleged “Hamas weapon manufacturing sites” and “kite storage units”. According to the spokesperson, Israeli warplanes destroyed sites affiliated with the Hamas movement, in order to weaken the […]

31 May
3:10

Hamas Leader: Mediation to Return to Ceasefire Agreement

Hamas political bureau member Khalil Al-Hayia announced the reaching of an agreement to return back to ceasefire, in the Gaza Strip.   Al-Hayia said, in press statement on Wednesday, that Palestinian resistance factions were able to overcome the Israeli aggression and change rules of engagement, adding that several mediations have taken […]

31 May
2:14

Palestine Rejects ‘Deal of the Century’, Says “No” to Trump Administration

Tayseer Khaled, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), stated that Palestine has said “no” to the American administration, a stance which other countries and major powers were not able to take. Khaled stressed, according to WAFA, that the Trump administration moved from the site of […]

31 May
2:02

Ashrawi: Knesset Bill a Blow to the Judicial System

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Wednesday, said that the Israeli Knesset bill limiting Palestinian access to Israel’s High Court of Justice is an assault on Israel’s judiciary and Palestinian rights. “This bill is a direct blow to the judicial system and constitutes an attempt at depriving Palestinians […]

25 May
9:42

Tayseer Khaled: Prosecution of Israeli Officials Became Possible after Referral to ICC

Tayseer Khaled, member of the PLO’s Executive Committee and Head of the Palestinian Expatriate Affairs Department, has described the referral of the Palestinian situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a qualitative step, adding that the leaders have to be reckoned for the series of crimes they have committed […]

25 May
5:14

Abu Rodeina: “All Colonies Are Illegal, Violate International Law”

Palestinian Presidency spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, said that Israel’s ongoing colonialist activities in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, are illegal, violate International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention. His statements came after Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, announced approval for the building of 2,500 settlement housing units in the West […]

23 May
2:25

Erekat Says Referral to ICC a National Obligation in Absence of International Accountability

RAMALLAH, May 22, 2018 (By The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) – Referral of the situation in Palestine to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a national obligation in the absence of international accountability that deals with Israel as above the law, said Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the […]

17 May
8:07

Hamas: Military Force Will Be Used if Blockade Continues

Hamas’ chief in the Gaza Strip vowed, on Wednesday, to use military force against Israel if the blockade on the region continues. Speaking to Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV on Wednesday evening, Yahya al-Senwar stressed that the March of Return rallies, which have been taking place since March 30, on the borders […]

17 May
7:50

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

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

General strike (image by Quds News)
14 May
9:50

General Strike to Commence on 70th Nakba Day

Palestinian Authority spokesperson Yousef al-Mahmoud, on Monday, announced a general strike for Tuesday, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the day when some 700,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes and displaced by Israel, in 1948. He said, “Based on instructions by President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinians will observe […]

13 May
4:18

Foreign Ministry Condemns Blocking of EU Statement Rejecting US Embassy Move

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

08 May
8:21

PLO Official Calls for Demonstrations against US Embassy Relocation

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

07 May
7:53

Health Ministry Allocates $3 Million for Gaza Medical Convoy

(PNN archive image) The Ministry of Health, on Monday, sent a medical aid convoy worth $3 million to Gaza, announced Health Minister Jawad Awwad. Awwad said that the ministry dispatched 20 truckloads of medical supplies, from its warehouses in the West Bank city of Nablus, to the besieged Gaza Strip, […]

06 May
10:28

Ashrawi Reiterates PA’s Commitment to Democracy

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Sunday, reiterated Palestine’s commitment to tolerance, inclusiveness and democracy. She said in a press release, “As the birthplace of monotheistic religions and multiple civilizations, Palestine is and must remain an important home for religious tolerance and coexistence. It has always sought to ensure […]

03 May
6:29

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

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

02 May
3:02

Palestinian & Israeli Officials Sign Energy Agreement

After three years of negotiations, Palestine and Israel have signed on an agreement that would free the Palestinian energy sector from total Israeli control, according to the Palestinian Energy Authority. The agreement would regulate the relationship between Israel Electricity Corporation and the Palestinian National Transfer Company, which has exclusive rights […]

01 May
4:45

Jerusalem Residency Revoked for Three Palestinian MPs, One Former Minister

Israeli occupation authorities decided, on Sunday, to strip four Jerusalemite MPs of their permanent residency, under the pretext of not being loyal to Israel. Lawyer Fadi al-Qawasmi said that Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri decided to revoke the residency of MPs Mohammed Abu Tir, Ahmad Attoun, and Mohammed Toutah, as […]

01 May
4:35

364,000 Unemployed in Palestine During 2017

The number of unemployed Palestinians was marked at 364.000, for the year 2017; 146.000 in the occupied West Bank and 218.000 in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Center for Bureau Statics reported, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency. The overall rate of unemployment in Palestine, during 2017, was 27.7%, […]

27 Apr
1:00

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

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

31 Mar
10:07

Hamas: Gazans Will Continue to Protest on the Border, Will Not Give Up Right of Return

Hamas resistance leadership has announced that the protests on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel will continue, after visiting the various protest locations. Head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, was east of Gaza City. Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, was in the southern Gaza Strip […]

30 Mar
12:37

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

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

29 Mar
8:34

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

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

28 Mar
10:33

PPP Denounces Meeting Between Palestinian Labor Minister And Israeli Counterpart

The leftist Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) issued a statement strongly condemning a meeting between the Palestinian Labor Minister, Ma’moun Abu Shahla, and his Israeli counterpart Haim Katz, under German mediation. The PPP said that the meeting contradicts and violates the decisions made by the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation […]

24 Mar
5:49

UN Human Rights Council Adopts Four Pro-Palestinian Resolutions

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

11 Mar
7:58

When Left is Right: How Palestinians Can Burst Israel’s Political Bubble

by Amjad Iraqi on March 11, 2018 Overview Although no indictments have been issued yet, Israelis are speculating whether the latest developments in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption scandals finally mark the beginning of his political demise. The second-longest serving prime minister after David Ben-Gurion, Netanyahu has had a profound impact on Israel’s political scene […]

20 Feb
7:15

Abbas Proposes Peace Plan to UN Security Council

PA President Mahmoud Abbas, on Tuesday, proposed a peace plan at the United Nations Security Council that tackles core issues, which have foiled peace efforts over the past few decades. Abbas said, in his highly anticipated speech in front of the UN Security Council, that the plan calls for holding […]

19 Feb
9:37

Over 125,000 Units Needed to Overcome Gaza Housing Crisis

Palestinian Minister of Housing Mufid al-Hasayneh said that the Gaza Strip currently needs 102,000 new housing units to overcome the housing crisis, as well as the reconstruction of 24,000 existing units. In a press statement, Al-Hasayneh said that more than 70% of families are in need, as their own financial […]

18 Feb
5:32

Lieberman Warns of Continued Violence in Gaza

Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman has warned that Israeli aggression in Gaza while continue so long as ‘the score remains unsettled,’ according to a Sunday interview with Ynet. Lieberman’s warning was issued in response to an explosion along the Israel-Gaza border that wounded 4 IOF soldiers, two of which were […]

13 Feb
5:30

Ministry of Health: Operating Theatres of Gaza Hospitals Completely Paralyzed

Spokesperson for Gaza’s Health Ministry Ashraf al-Qedra asserted that operating theatres in all the city’s hospitals have been paralyzed in full, as a result of pilling trash due to the suspension of cleaning companies’ work at the ministry’s hospitals and facilities, for the second day in a row.   Al-Qedra […]

08 Feb
9:15

Report: Palestinian State Finances May Remain Unaffected by Suspension of US Aid

Economic experts believe that the Palestinian budget and its government finances will most likely not be affected by United States’ cut in aid to Palestine, because the aid was not intended for the treasury, but rather for various projects carried out by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and implemented through American agencies […]

08 Feb
4:55

Abu Rodeina: “Ongoing Israeli Occupation, The Root Cause Of Violence In The Region”

Responding to statement by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, the official Palestinian Presidency spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, said Tuesday that the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine is the root cause of all violence in the region, and denounced the American stances that destroy all chances of real peace. Abu Rodeina […]

06 Feb
7:01

Palestinian Cabinet Prepping Plans for Official Disengagement from Israeli Coordination

Following a decision by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the Palestinian cabinet of ministers today said it is starting plans to disengage from Israel. In its last meeting in Ramallah, the PLO’s Executive Committee asked the government to devise plans for disengagement from Israel politically, administratively, economically and in security. […]

04 Feb
10:20

PLO Calls for Formal Disengagement from Israel

The Palestinian  Liberation Organization is preparing, for the UN General Assembly, a call for a plan to disengage from Israel, in terms of security and economics. The Executive Committee is forming an internal “higher” committee for the purpose of implementing the decisions of the Palestinian Central Council, including the decision to suspend […]

29 Jan
10:04

Abbas Calls on Countries to Refrain from Opening Missions in Jerusalem

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, on Sunday, met with African leaders in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, where he addressed the 30th Assembly of African Heads of State and Government. In his speech, Abbas called on the international community not to open diplomatic missions in Jerusalem, after Trump declared the […]

23 Jan
1:19

General Commercial Strike in Gaza

The Gaza Strip, on Monday, is witnessing a general commercial strike in all walks of economic and commercial life, in a protest on the Strip’s economic meltdown, resulting from Israel’s immoral blockade and the Palestinian political split. President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Gaza, Waleed El- Husary […]

23 Jan
12:56

Abbas Seeks EU Recognition of Palestinian State

President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, was scheduled to deliver a keynote speech to the European Union’s 28 foreign ministers, in the Belgian capital Brussels, after meeting with the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. The ministers are being urged to officially recognize the state of Palestine, and discuss the […]

16 Jan
10:55

West Bank Schools Going Solar

An estimated 500 West Bank schools are soon going to get their electric power from solar cells. According to WAFA, the Ministry of Education and the Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF) signed, on Tuesday, an agreement to install solar cells on roofs of 500 public schools to generate 35 MW of electricity. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

09 Jan
9:11

Norman Finkelstein: Hamas Isn’t The Threat That Israel Claims (2/4)

In part 2 of TRNN’s interview on his new book “Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom,” Norman Finkelstein argues that Israeli propaganda — sometimes with Hamas’ help — has wildly exaggerated Hamas’ arsenal and the effectiveness of the “Iron Dome” missile defense system. Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 […]

09 Jan
8:57

Erekat: No Negotiations with Jerusalem Decision in Place

Palestinians officials will not agree to resume negotiations with Israel before the United States annuls its decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Tuesday. He told the official Voice of Palestine radio that US talk […]

03 Jan
9:50

Fateh: United States Rejected as Peace Broker Unless Jerusalem Decision Reversed

Azzam Al-Ahmed, member of Fateh’s Central Committee, Wednesday, said that the Palestinian side is “fighting an open political battle with the US and will not accept, under any condition, the US as a partner in a peace process before it reverses its Jerusalem decision.” He said, during a meeting with […]

03 Jan
7:39

Khalida Jarrar Among 41 Palestinians Ordered Imprisoned without Charge or Trial

The Israeli occupation military courts confirmed 41 more administrative detention orders against Palestinian political prisoners in the latter half of December 2017. There are currently over 450 Palestinians imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention orders. Administrative detention orders are indefinitely renewable and are issued for one to six months at […]

03 Jan
7:04

Gaza Health Services to Collapse Due to Siege

After 11 years of strict Israeli military siege on the Gaza Strip and the intentional procrastination of Palestinian Authority (PA), to take up its responsibilities in Gaza, healthcare services will reportedly collapse in days. Shelves of the Palestinians Ministry of Health, in Gaza, are almost empty, as hundreds of medicines […]

31 Dec
10:56

Abbas Marks 53rd Anniversary of Palestinian Revolution

President Mahmoud Abbas lit the torch on Sunday evening, in Ramallah, marking the 53rd anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian liberation revolution and Fateh movement. Speaking on this occasion, Abbas reiterated his commitment to establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on the 1967 borders […]

29 Dec
10:59

Khalida Jarrar’s Imprisonment without Charge or Trial Extended for Six More Months

The Israeli occupation military issued an order extending the arbitrary administrative detention of Palestinian parliamentarian and national leader Khalida Jarrar for an additional six months on Wednesday, 27 December 2017, four days before her detention was to expire. Jarrar was seized by occupation soldiers who invaded her home in El-Bireh on 2 July […]

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 […]

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 […]

14 Dec
10:52

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Yazouri: We Made Clear the Difference between Zionists and Jews

by Motasem A Dalloul In an exclusive interview with Dr. Ibrahim al-Yazouri, one of the seven Hamas founders, he told MEMO that his movement had made clear the difference between Zionist occupiers of Palestine and Jews. Dr. Ibrahim Fares Al-Yazouri was born in the Ptalestinian village of Beit Daras in […]

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 […]

07 Dec
2:09

Abbas: “Trump’s Decision Violates International Law, Foils All Efforts Of Peace”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated that the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump regarding recognizing occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and moving the U.S. Embassy to the occupied city, is a sharp blow to all efforts aiming at achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace. Abbas stated that this announcement also […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

23 Nov
5:55

US Palestinians Start Campaign in Protest against Closure of PLO Office

Palestinian communities in the United States are continuing with their campaign against the US State Department’s decision not to renew the license of the Palestinian diplomatic delegation in Washington and to shut down its office. Multiple meetings have been held, and a letter was written to US Secretary of State […]

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
6:44

Dr. Ashrawi: US Disqualifying Itself as Regional Peace Broker

In response to media inquiries concerning the U.S. administration’s refusal to extend the waiver of statutory restrictions on the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States, in Washington D.C., PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned such a move and said, according to the PNN: “Instead of […]

10 Nov
8:22

Anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s Death Commemorated in West Bank

Thousands of Palestinians, yesterday, held rallies in the West Bank city of Ramallah to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the death of iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Thousands of Palestinians joined a rally, organized by Fateh and other Palestinian factions, to mark this anniversary, carrying portraits of Arafat, waiving Palestinian flags […]

08 Nov
9:04

Senior Hamas Leader says Faction No longer Responsible for Gaza Residents

Senior Hamas official Mousa abu-Marzook said, on Monday, that his movement is no longer responsible for the residents of the Gaza Strip. He called for the Palestinian factions to put pressure on the Government of National Accord to carry out its duty and fulfil its responsibilities in the besieged enclave. […]

06 Nov
7:49

Position Paper: Unleashing Media Freedoms Should be Priority in Reconciliation Table Agenda

In light of the Palestinian reconciliation, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) preferably focused on media freedoms through organizing a panel discussion titled as, “The Future of Media Freedoms in light of National Reconciliation”. The panel discussion was attended by experts, decision-makers, journalists, politicians, civil society representatives, academics and […]

02 Nov
8:53

Despite His Talk Of ‘Reconciliation,’ Abbas Continues To Act In Israel’s Interests

Ramona Wadi is an independent researcher, freelance journalist, book reviewer and blogger. Her writing covers a range of themes in relation to Palestine, Chile and Latin America. The writer traces remarks by the PA and Fatah president and found that he is faking Palestinians throughout his apparent involvement in the […]

02 Nov
8:37

Newly Formed Government Officially Takes Control of Gaza Crossings

As a step towards implementing the latest reconciliation agreement made in Cairo between Hamas and Fateh, the Palestinian Government of National Consensus, early Wednesday, took control over the border crossings of the Gaza Strip, under the supervision of the Egyptian Government. During a press release held at the entrance of […]

01 Nov
6:42

Reconciled Government Ready to Take Over Gaza’s Border Crossings

The national reconciliation government has confirmed its readiness to take full responsibility over the Gaza Strip border crossings,  beginning November 1st, said Hussein al-Sheikh, head of the Civil Affairs Authority, in a press release on Tuesday. Al-Sheihk also said that, starting from November 11th, 2017, the Rafah crossing — the […]

26 Oct
8:32

Surveillance of Palestinians and the Fight for Digital Rights

by Nadim Nashif  Overview Surveillance of Palestinians has always been an integral part of Israel’s colonial project. Before the creation of the state of Israel, squads from the Zionist paramilitary group the Haganah roamed Palestinian villages and cities, gathering information on Palestinian residents. Such surveillance over Palestinian lives continued after Israel’s […]

20 Oct
7:19

Reconciliation Government: Trump Envoy Says Hamas Must Disarm

Members of the Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas march during a graduation ceremony in Gaza City on December 4, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Abed, File) US President Donald Trump’s Middle East Peace Envoy Jason Greenblatt released a statement on Thursday, echoing statements by the Israeli government on the recent Palestinian reconciliation […]

20 Oct
7:02

Ashrawi: U.S. Event Raises Funds for 18-bed Pediatric Unit in Ramallah

An event recently held in Atlanta, Georgia raised funds for an 18-bed pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) in Ramallah, a statement by the office of Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Wednesday. Ashrawi gave the keynote address at the Palestine […]

19 Oct
6:34

Pitfalls of the Fateh-Hamas Reconciliation

by Khalil Shaheen on October 18, 2017 The Fateh-Hamas reconciliation announced on October 12 may sound like a breakthrough, but many questions remain. Of course any progress bridging the two sides is a welcome development for people in Gaza, who have suffered since 2007 from Israel’s cruel blockade and, more recently, from the […]

19 Oct
6:13

Palestinian Building Demolished in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian building in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, on Wednesday morning, WAFA reported. Crews from the Jewish municipality of Jerusalem, accompanied by police escorts, raided the neighbourhood and destroyed the building under the pretext that it was built without a permit. The UN […]

18 Oct
7:53

P. A Denounces Israel’s New Colonialist Plans

The Palestinian National Authority denounced, Tuesday, the latest Israeli decision to build 300 new units in Beit El illegal colony, north of Ramallah, and 31 units in the heart of Hebron city, in the occupied West Bank. Palestinian President’s Spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, said all of Israel’s colonies are illegal […]

16 Oct
7:54

Al Mezan: Military Police in Gaza Must Stop Policing Civilian Affairs

Overstepping their jurisdiction, the military police in Gaza continue to interfere in civilian cases. In the latest instances, the military police are holding one civilian in detention and maintaining a summons to appear in another. In doing so, the military police are disregarding the ruling of the Administrative Court and […]

15 Oct
5:37

US and Israel Show UNESCO their Anti-Palestinian Bias

The U.S. and Israel are pulling out of UNESCO, over what they call an ‘anti-Israel bias,’ but the move may actually underscore their bias towards basic Palestinian rights. Meanwhile, Palestinian factions Fateh and Hamas have reached a new unity deal. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the award-winning online publication The Electronic […]

15 Oct
5:06

Bennett to Demand Cutting Ties with Palestinian Authority

Right-wing Israeli Education  Minister Naftali Bennet will demand, during a government on Sunday, to cut relations with the Palestinian Authority (PA), in light of the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fateh, Israeli Channel 2 reported Bennet  will demand the cancellation of all agreements signed with the PA, including the abolition […]

14 Oct
6:43

PLO Secretary-General Erekat Undergoes Successful Lung Transplant

Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Executive Committee Saeb Erekat, early Friday, underwent a successful lung transplant surgery in a Virginia hospital. “The medical team announced the surgery was successful and Erekat’s new lung is working and responding well,” said Head of the PLO’s General Delegation in the US […]

13 Oct
8:44

Hamas, Fateh Reach Reconciliation Deal in Cairo

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fateh have reached a consensus on reconciliation to end a decade long of national split, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh announced, Thursday morning, without providing further details. Hamas member Taher al-Nono said in a statement, on Thursday, to the pro-Hamas Palestinian Information Center, that Haniyeh announced that […]

10 Oct
4:50

PLO Condemns Israeli Plans to Build 4,000 Illegal Settlement Units

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) condemned, on Monday, Israeli plans to build around 4,000 housing units in illegal settlements throughout the occupied West Bank. “We strongly condemn Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval of the construction of 3,829 illegal settlement units in the Occupied West Bank,” said Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member […]

06 Oct
9:43

Gaza Now Officially Under Unity Government Administration

Hamas has officially declared that the Gaza Strip is under the administration of Palestinian Unity Government. They said, on Thursday, that it would work to support the national reconciliation government and strengthen its role to carry out its tasks. Hamas spokesman, Abdul Latif al-Qanoua, said in a press statement that […]

03 Oct
4:47

Celebration in Gaza over PA Reconciliation Visit

The Palestinian Authority (PA), represented by PM Rami Hamdallah, arrived in Gaza this afternoon, through Erez checkpoint, for an official welcome and made optimistic statements in regard to a national reconciliation, after 10 years of division between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The cabinet is scheduled to hold its […]

01 Oct
8:59

43 Israeli Violations against Palestinian Journalists for September 2017

The Palestinian Ministry of Information (MOI) has documented a number of Israeli violations in an ongoing systematic escalation against Palestinian journalists, perpetrated in an attempt to whitewash Israeli crimes against the Palestinians. In a report issued by the Mentoring and Follow-up Unit in the ministry, it mentioned that 43 violations […]

01 Oct
8:41

PLO Officials Criticize US Attempts to Validate Occupation

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi and the Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee Dr. Saeb Erekat both issued press releases criticizing US ambassador David Friedman, who said that Israel is occupying only 2% of the West Bank, among other statements that show his “blatant bias to Israel,” as Dr. Ashrawi […]

30 Sep
4:39

Israel Angered by Russian Hosting of Hamas Official

Israel protested after Russia hosted a senior Hamas leader in Moscow, Saleh Arouri who was part of a Hamas delegation to Moscow. For several years, Arouri was based in Turkey, where he communicated instructions to Hamas. He then moved to Doha, Qatar, and now lives in Lebanon. The Hamas delegation, […]

22 Sep
4:08

PLO Report — Palestine and the United Nations: 70 years on

The UN votes on partition, November 29, 1947 PLO Negotiation Affairs Department/ Ramallah/PNN Palestine’s story at the United Nations began on 29 November 1947, with the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) adoption of Resolution 181. The so-called “Partition Resolution” proposed, for first time in history, to divide a homeland into two […]

18 Sep
10:00

Hamas to Dissolve Administrative Committee, Hold Elections

Hamas, the de facto ruling party of the Gaza Strip, has pledged to dissolve its administrative committee that runs the besieged coastal enclave and expressed readiness to hold general elections, in a bid for reconciliation with the Fateh-led Palestinian Authority (PA). A statement from Hamas said, according to Ma’an News […]

17 Sep
6:45

Gaza Strip: MADA Denounces Sentencing of Female Palestinian Journalist Struggling with Cancer

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) released a statement, on Thursday, denouncing a Gaza court’s absentia decision to imprison a female Palestinian journalist who is currently in Jordan receiving cancer treatment. According to MADA, the Gaza Magistrate Court sentenced journalist Hajar Muhammad Abu Samra to six months […]

16 Sep
6:54

UN Official Praises Hamas’ Willingness to Recognize PA’s Reconciliation Terms

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process expressed support for Hamas’ expressed willingness to reconcile with the Fateh movement, head of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), in a statement released on Wednesday. Nickolay Mladenov said that he welcomed developments this week, after a Hamas delegation in […]

16 Sep
6:37

Dr. Ashrawi Denounces Decision to Bury Palestinians in “Numbers” Cemetery

PLO Executive Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi. in a statement on Thursday, denounced Israel’s decision to bury four of the Palestinians killed by its forces in its so-called “Numbers Cemetery.” “Such a move constitutes a blatant disregard for life and the sanctity of death, and is yet another violation of international […]

13 Sep
8:56

Ali Abunimah: Unpopular Abbas Targets Palestinian Critics

The Palestinian Authority’s arrest of prominent human rights activist Issa Amro is part of a wider crackdown on critics of Mahmoud Abbas’ rule, says Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the award-winning online publication The Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End […]

11 Sep
1:49

Palestinians Rebuild Demolished School East of Bethlehem

The Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in the Palestinian Authority, in cooperation with activists and parents restored the construction of the Jeb Al-Theeb School east of Bethlehem, which was demolished by the Israeli occupation on the 23rd of last month. Minister Walid Assaf said, according to the PNN, that the […]

Issa Amro (image from Twitter)
11 Sep
1:06

Palestinian Authority Releases Human Rights Activist Issa Amro on Bail

Amidst a flurry of controversy following the arrest of Issa Amro for ‘causing strife’ with a Facebook post, the Palestinian Authority agreed Sunday to release the Hebron-based activist on bail. Amro is the head of the organization Youth Against Settlements, which has organized many protests against Israeli settlement expansion and […]