Category Archives: Palestinian Politics

17 Aug
4:33

Abbas: Gaza to Face Further Cuts if Hamas Refuses PA “Reconciliation” Terms

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated threats against the Hamas movement, the de facto ruling party in the besieged Gaza Strip, on Tuesday, threatening further repressive measures should Hamas not unconditionally abide by the PA’s demands to resolve the decade-long intra-Palestinian conflict. Numerous attempts have been made in the […]

15 Aug
5:23

Hamdallah Meets with Hamas to Discuss Reconciliation

Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met with a delegation of Hamas deputies of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) on Monday to discuss ways to end the decade-long political rivalry between the Hamas movement, the de facto ruling party in the blockaded Gaza Strip, and the Fateh-led PA in […]

11 Aug
4:19

Palestinian Government Offices Raided by Israeli Forces

Israeli forces, on Thursday, raided and searched a number of Palestinian government offices in Hebron’s old town district, Palestinian security sources told WAFA. They said that forces raided offices for the ministries of interior, justice and labor. The soldiers also searched a number of Palestinian homes in the same area, […]

10 Aug
5:24

Hamas Detains Gaza Journalist

Hamas militias, on Wednesday, detained a journalist in the Gaza Strip after summoning him for questioning, according to sources at the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, and a call has been made for the release of a TV correspondent held by Hamas for two months. The syndicate said, according to WAFA, that […]

09 Aug
1:27

PA Reluctant to Resume Security Coordination with Israel

Palestinian officials said, on Monday, that the Palestinian Authority (PA) would not consider resuming its controversial security coordination with Israel unless the latter acceded to a number of demands. The PA’s security coordination with Israel has been denounced as a “revolving door” policy funneling Palestinian activists from PA jails to […]

23 Jul
7:06

Journalists Syndicate, Ministry of Information Protest Israeli Treatment of Palestinian Journalists

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) and the Ministry of Information denounced, in two separate press releases, on Saturday, treatment by Israeli security forces of Palestinian journalists doing their work in the field. The two organizations accused Israeli security of intentionally targeting Palestinian journalists, some of whom were hit by rubber-coated […]

22 Jul
9:26

Barghouti on Jerusalem Protests: Israel Incites, Palestinians Unite

The deadly Israeli crackdown on Palestinians protesting restrictions at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of an effort to divide the holy site and undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom, says Dr. Mustafa Barghouti. Mustafa Barghouti was born in Jerusalem, 1954. He is a leader of the Palestinian National Initiative, founded […]

22 Jul
6:21

Abbas Suspends Contacts with Israel over Al-Aqsa Mosque

PA President Mahmoud Abbas said,, on Friday, that he has decided to suspend all contacts with Israel until the latter cancels all measures implemented against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Abbas, who cut short a trip to China and returned home following the deterioration in the situation at the mosque, headed an […]

21 Jul
7:04

Victims of Abbas’ Gaza Travel Restrictions Raised to 20

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced, Thursday morning, the death of the 20th patient case in Gaza, due to the ban on travel abroad for treatment. Spokesperson for the Ministry, Ashraf al-Qedra, said in a statement that the patient Baha Radee,aged 14, died today because he could not receive treatment […]

16 Jul
7:57

Gaza Power Cuts Unprecedented: 30 Hours Off, 2 Hours On

Gaza’s power distribution company said that supplies to Gaza two million residents has dropped to unprecedented lows, as blackouts now last for more than 30 hours. While the Palestinian enclave needs at least 500 megawatts of power a day, only 70 are available since Gaza’s power plant shut down, late […]

15 Jul
5:46

In Gaza: 3-year-old Child Dies after PA Delays Referral for Israeli Treatment

Children playing in the besieged Gaza Strip (AFP/Mahmud Hams/File) The latest victim of the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s dramatic reduction in medical referrals for residents of the besieged Gaza Strip was a three-year-old girl, who died on Thursday after the PA failed to respond to an urgent request for treatment in […]

13 Jul
8:13

Gaza is Headed for a Deeper Political and Humanitarian Crisis

by Haidar Eid, Ayah Abubasheer on July 13, 2017 Download Facebook Twitter Google Email Print Political players both in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the region are repositioning themselves after the recent emergence of a coalition between Hamas and Mohammed Dahlan, the former leader of Fatah in Gaza and Hamas’s long-standing enemy, as […]

13 Jul
8:02

Popular Front: MP Jarar’s Administrative Detention Will Not Weaken Resistance

The Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) described the decision of the Israeli occupation court, on Wednesday, to hold the leader of the Front, MP Khaleda Jarrar, under administrative detention for 6 months, as a systematic Israeli crime against the leaders of the Palestinian people. In a press statement, […]

12 Jul
5:33

PCHR Calls upon Palestinian Government to Annul Unfair Early Retirement of 6,145 Civil Servants

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is seriously concerned over the decision of the National Unity Government in Ramallah against civil servants in the Gaza Strip. The decision stipulates early retirement of thousands of civil servants without any legal justification and in violation of the Amended Civil Service Law […]

10 Jul
1:17

Who is Served by Militarized Aid to Palestine?

Nora Lester Murad warns that aid to Palestine serves the Israeli occupation. Nora Lester Murad, PhD, is a writer and activist from the US living in Jerusalem, Palestine. She co-founded Dalia Association, Palestine’s community foundation, and Aid Watch Palestine, a civil society initiative to make aid accountable to Palestinians. She […]

10 Jul
12:36

Governor of Jenin Announces New Power Plant

Governor of Jenin Ibrahim Ramadan, Sunday, announced that the newly established power plant in the village of al-Jalameh will be operated for the first time on Monday. The inauguration of the power plant, which is going to be attended by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, will take place after the signing […]

09 Jul
11:47

Journalists Protest Outside Hamdallah’s Ramallah Office

Dozens of Palestinian journalists organized a protest outside of the Palestinian prime minister’s office in Ramallah on Saturday, urging both the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank and Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip to immediately release all imprisoned journalists. The protest came after PA forces arrested Jihad Barakat […]

09 Jul
5:30

Palestinian Journalists Demand Freedom for Jihad Barakat, Jailed by PA

Palestinian journalist Jihad Barakat was detained by Palestinian Authority Preventive Security forces on Thursday, 6 July, accused of “taking photos” of the motorcade of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah near a checkpoint east of Tulkarem. Palestinian journalists and activists have launched a social media campaign demanding the immediate release of Barakat. Barakat, […]

09 Jul
5:01

Gaza Power Authority: Egypt Slashes Fuel Delivery following Banking Freeze by Palestinian Authority

The ongoing electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip deepened on Saturday, after fuel purchased from Egypt was reduced by between 33 and 50 percent, with Gaza’s power authority claiming the Palestinian Authority (PA) froze all bank transfers, to Egypt, that were paying for fuel used to operate the besieged coastal […]

02 Jul
8:45

Abbas to Meet with Macron

President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to visit France later this week and meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as Palestine’s ambassador to Jordan, Attallah Khairi. The declared purpose of the meeting is to continue the international Mideast peace conference. WAFA reported, according to the PNN, that Abbas is […]

30 Jun
4:05

Al Haq: Blocking of Websites Critical of PA is a Violation of International and Domestic Laws

Beginning in early June, Palestinian internet providers began blocking approximately sixteen websites allegedly on grounds of a decision made by the Attorney General. Since then, these websites have been blocked and inaccessible to the public. The blocked websites often post news or opinions that are critical of the Palestinian Authority. […]

28 Jun
4:49

Report: PA Barring Travel for Gaza Medical Patients

As the humanitarian situation in the besieged Gaza Strip continues to raise alarms, reports emerged on Monday that the occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA) has been preventing Palestinians in the coastal enclave from leaving the territory for medical treatment. Palestinians in Gaza have provided testimonies to Israeli daily Haaretz, […]

21 Jun
8:36

Gaza: Electricity Supply Cut for 3rd Day as Egypt Provides Fuel

Israeli authorities implemented a third round of electricity supply cuts to the Gaza Strip on Wednesday — honoring a request from the Palestinian Authority (PA), which announced, last month, that it would drastically reduce its payments to fund the Hamas-run territory’s electricity bill — as the Egypt government started to […]

20 Jun
8:50

Total Collapse in Gaza due to Electricity Crisis

Days of Palestine reports that the reduction of power to the Gaza Strip has caused a “total collapse” in all the service sectors across the tiny coastal enclave, which has been under strict Israeli siege for 11 years. The Gaza Strip is home to some two million people, more than […]

17 Jun
7:02

PA Blocks 11 Websites in West Bank

At least 11 Palestinian news websites — all allegedly affiliated with either the Hamas movement or Muhammad Dahlan, political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas — have been blocked in the occupied West Bank, with top-level officials from the Palestinian Authority (PA) insisting that the sites were not shut down […]

16 Jun
4:42

PA Cuts Gaza Medical Supplies by 90%

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has slashed medical supplies to the Gaza Strip; along with reduction of power supplies, Gaza’s medical services are at stake, Days of Palestine reports. The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said: “One-third of essential medicines and more than 270 medical equipment items for operating rooms and […]

16 Jun
4:13

Ashrawi Criticizes Attempts to Expel UN Assistant Secretary General by Israel

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Thursday, criticized Israeli efforts to expel Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the Humanitarian Coordinator for OPT, Robert Piper. In response to media inquiries regarding the topic, Ashrawi said “Israel insists on escalating its language of threat and […]

13 Jun
7:52

Birzeit University Ranked Among Top 3% Best Universities

Birzeit University students walking on campus. (Photo courtesy of Birzeit University) Birzeit University (BZU), north of Ramallah, was among the top three percent of the best universities in the world, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings, a BZU press release said on Monday. For the first time, Birzeit University […]

13 Jun
6:55

PLO Releases Report on Israel’s Transgressions: Silence at the Security Council and Security Cooperation

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) released a report detailing Israel’s aggression and transgressions in Palestine and against Palestinians from January 1 through May 31, 2017. The report does not show an unprecedented rise in the incidence of killings and other transgressions against fundamental rights; Instead, it provides a […]

11 Jun
7:26

Former Hunger Strikers Suffering Serious Health Crises

Serious health symptoms have appeared on a number of prisoners who joined the recent hunger strike, indicating that a number of prisoners have suffered brain damage and other psychological and neurological problems as a result of pressure and repression practiced against them, which led to a serious deterioration in their […]

11 Jun
7:16

PFLP Demands PA Release Youth Activist Nassar Jaradat and End “Security Cooperation” with Israel

nsnbc : The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) demanded that the Palestinian Authority (PA) immediately release Palestinian youth activist Nassar Jaradat and ends the so-called security cooperation with the Israeli occupation. Security services of the Palestinian Authority seized youth activist Nasar Jaradat in Ramallah four days ago. The […]

11 Jun
7:55

Ashrawi Deems Adoption of UN Resolution a Victory for Palestinian Women

PLO Executive Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi welcomed the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) adoption of a draft resolution entitled, “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women,” which was recommended by the Commission on the Status of Women in its sixty-first session in March: “On behalf of the Palestinian […]

06 Jun
5:41

Tracking the Trends of the Palestinian Cause Since 1967

by Nadia Hijab, Mouin Rabbani  The Palestinian cause today has in some respects reverted to where it stood before the 1967 War. It is worth retracing this trajectory to understand how we reached the current situation, and derive insights on where to go from here. Looking Back On the eve […]

05 Jun
1:29

50 Years of Israeli Occupation a Shame for the International System: PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat

nsnbc: Marking 50 years of Israeli occupation, Dr. Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), stressed that the anniversary puts to shame the international system. In a statement released by the PLO negotiations Affairs Department on June 4, 2017, Dr. Saeb Erekat notes that “We are marking […]

03 Jun
7:05

Yildirim Vows to Solve Gaza Electricity Crisis

Turkish Prime Minister Ali Yildirim vowed, Wednesday, in a telephone call to the Head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, that Turkey is working on finding a solution for the ongoing electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip. A statement issued by Hamas explained […]

02 Jun
5:40

Israel: Palestinian Power in Area C to be Expanded

Israel has agreed to expand the powers of the Palestinian Authority in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli military and civil control, government spokesman Yousef al-Mahmoud said on Thursday. (Image: United Nations oPt official map, Wikipedia) He said, according to WAFA, that Prime Minister Rami […]

29 May
9:06

PA: No Agreement on Gaza Electricity Crisis

Responding to reports by the Hamas-run energy authority in Gaza regarding an agreement reached between Gaza and Ramallah to solve Gaza’s worsening electricity crisis, the Ramallah-based Energy and Natural Resources Authority denied Monday reaching any such agreement. It said, in a statement that “after reviewing the proposal submitted by the […]

29 May
8:49

Hunger Strike: New Agreement Details Released

New details have been released regarding the agreement under which Palestinian detainees suspended the 40-day hunger strike on Saturday morning, 27th of May, providing elaboration on the specific issues addressed in the detainees’ negotiations with the Israeli occupation prison administration. Issa Qaraqe, director of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission spoke in […]

27 May
5:08

British Labour to ‘Immediately’ Recognize Palestine if Elected

Britain’s Labour party announced, in its 2017 elections manifesto, that, if elected in June, the party would immediately recognize the state of Palestine. The manifesto stated,according to Ma’an, that the party was committed to a two-state solution to solve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding that “there can be no military […]

27 May
4:48

Human Rights Watch: Executions in Gaza not Rule of Law

In response to the execution, today, of three men convicted of charges related to the killing of Hamas leader Mazen Fuqaha, Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East division of Human Rights Watch, said, according to the PNN: “Rushing to put men to death based on an unreviewable […]

24 May
11:46

The Palestinian Authority Security Forces: Whose Security?

by Alaa Tartir, for Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. “To speak of Israeli-Palestinian “cooperation”
is to use no less than a misnomer. This is not, however, simply because “the outcome of cooperation between an elephant and a fly is not hard to predict,” as Chomsky so pithily writes
but because under Oslo, […]

24 May
3:07

Ali Abunimah: Trump’s Mideast ‘Peace Opportunity’ Ignores Palestinian Rights & Threatens Iran

On a visit to Israel, President Donald Trump claims to see “a rare opportunity for peace” in the Middle East, but Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Trump is only offering more U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestinians and hostility towards Iran. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of […]

15 May
7:18

VIDEO: Economic Dimensions, Militarized Palestine

Alaa Tartir explains that the Palestinian Economy is unable to grow or develop because the Israeli occupation controls all aspects of the economy.  Alaa Tartir is the Program Director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Tartir is also a Research Fellow at the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding (CCDP), The […]

12 May
7:46

Hamas Claims Arrest of Fuqaha Assassin

The Hamas movement, on Thursday, said that it has arrested the assassin of one of its top military chiefs, Mazen Fuqaha. The announcement came during a conference in Gaza today, by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyyeh. “Everyone knows Israel wants to harm Hamas
 we’ve stopped the assassin who pulled the trigger following […]

06 Apr
10:50

Update: Israeli Soldier Killed, One Mildly Wounded, Near Ramallah

Update: Israeli sources initially did not release the name of the soldier, or even information indicate that he was a soldier, but hours later identified him as sergeant Elichai Taharlev, 20, of the Golani Brigade. He was buried in occupied Jerusalem at Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, in occupied Jerusalem, while several […]

03 Apr
12:50

PFLP Reiterates Call to Confront Oslo Accords, Criticizes Al-Fateh, Palestinian Authorithy and Hamas

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has reiterated its call for confronting the Oslo Accords. The PFLP is the second-largest Palestinian party organized in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and has repeatedly called for the discontinuation of policies under the […]

31 Mar
5:29

Empire Files Rewind: How Palestine Became Colonized

First published on September 28, 2016. Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants. Giving critical historical context to the occupation today, this timeline explores the creation of the state of Israel and […]

31 Mar
12:35

Hamas Publishes Video Threatening Israeli Officials

The Hamas movement released a video on Wednesday, threatening top Israeli security officials, as the group continued to vow revenge for the alleged assassination of Mazen Fuqaha, a senior member of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades — Hamas’ armed wing. According to Israeli news outlet Ynet, the video displays images […]

25 Mar
6:30

Senior Militant Hamas Leader Mazen Fuqaha Assassinated – Beyond the “Israel did it” PR

Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : Mazen Fuqaha, one of the senior leaders of the armed wing of Hamas, has been assassinated, confirmed Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades. On their website, the brigades blame Israel, but the list of possible and probable suspects is longer than the PR-laundry list. (Photo: Mazen Fuqaha during the 2011 […]

25 Mar
12:52

Hamas Commander Assassinated in Gaza

Unknown gunmen assassinated, on Friday evening, a commander of al-Qassam Brigades and ex-detainee in Israeli jails, Mazen al-Fuqaha. According Hamas Interior Ministry in Gaza spokesman, Iyad al-Bezem, policemen found the body of Fuqaha with four bullets in his head. An inquiry has been opened into the incident, he said. A statement by the […]

19 Mar
4:40

Ashrawi on UN Decision to Remove Report on Israeli Apartheid

Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi denounced, in a statement released Saturday, the decision by the United Nations to remove the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) report from its website, which concluded that “Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime […]

13 Mar
8:23

PA to Investigate Police Actions during Ramallah Demonstration

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah meeting with members of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate at his office to discuss police assault against reporters the day before during a demonstration in Ramallah. (WAFA photo/ Maen Khalifa) At orders from President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah established, on Monday, a committee to investigate […]

09 Mar
12:59

Ashrawi on Women’s Day

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi marked International Women’s Day (March 8) by issuing the following statement: “On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we honor all women, in particular Palestinian women for their steadfastness and significant role in the national struggle for self-determination, freedom and dignity in spite […]

03 Mar
5:39

US Senators Reintroduce Bill to Cut PA Funding

United States senators re-introduced a bill which calls for cutting funds provided to the Palestinians Authority (PA) as it still supports “terrorism”. The bill, according to Haaretz, was reintroduced by Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, in addition to two other senators, demanding a cut on US funding to the PA […]

02 Mar
7:08

Fateh Page Closed by Facebook Administration

The Palestinian Ministry of Information protested, on Wednesday, Facebook’s closure of the official page of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fateh party — apparently over a picture of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat carrying a weapon — as well as the page of a local radio station. The Ministry, according […]

28 Feb
7:56

Palestinian Leadership and Citizens Mourn Death of British MP Kaufman (VIDEO)

Palestinians are mourning the passing of British Member of Parliament and long time friend of the Palestinian people, Gerald Kaufman. “On behalf of the Palestinian leadership and the people of Palestine, we mark with deep sorrow the passing of Sir Gerald Bernard Kaufman, the longest-serving British MP from the Labor […]

25 Feb
9:38

Reports of Shooting on President Abbas’ Beirut Motorcade Denied by Palestinian Security

A senior Palestinian security source has denied  reports that PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ motorcade was exposed to shootings during his departure from the Lebanese capital Beirut, today. According to the PNN, the source said that the news is baseless and  suspicious,  aiming to disrupt a successful visit of President in Lebanon, […]

17 Feb
10:11

Erekat: “Only Alternative to Israeli Apartheid is a Secular One-State Solution”

nsnbc: Following a meeting with the Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, John Bercow, PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat noted that the PLO consistently stated that the PLO consistently supported a two-State solution, but that the only alternative to a de-facto Israeli Apartheid State is a secular one-State solution. Erekat […]

14 Feb
3:08

Revised Version of ‘Azan Bill’ Approved by Knesset

A revised version of the controversial ‘Muezzin Bill’, which imposes further restrictions on the Muslim call to prayer, traditionally known as the Azan, in Israel and occupied Jerusalem, was approved for vote in the Knesset by Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation, on Sunday afternoon. A draft of the bill, which […]

14 Feb
12:05

Hamas Secretly Elects New Leadership in Gaza

The ruling party in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas movement, today announced its new leader following “secret” elections in the strip. The new leader, Yahia Sanwar, is a senior commander who was released from Israeli prisons in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal in 2011, and is considered one of the […]

10 Feb
7:39

Palestinian Intelligence Chief Met with US Officials

Palestinian chief of intelligence,  Majed Faraj, has reportedly met with US security and intelligence officials, in Washington, in the first meetings between the Palestinians and the Trump administration. High-level Palestinian sources told the PNN  that the meeting was “good” and took place in a positive atmosphere, and that it came upon […]

08 Feb
10:01

Al-Qassam Brigades: “We received Israeli proposals of new swap deal.”

The Izz al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas political movement, revealed on Wednesday that they had received Israeli offers, through mediators, to carry out a new prisoner swap deal, according to Al Ray. The brigades reported to Al-Jazeera’s Qatari channel that the formula presented by Israel does […]

05 Feb
11:55

Statement: “The Lie Of Amona Eviction”

This is a translation of a statement posted by Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, regarding the “eviction of Amona illegal Israeli colony.” At the same time as the eviction, Israel approved thousands of new units for illegal colonizers, living on stolen Palestinian land. “The Lie […]

03 Feb
10:55

Khader Adnan Calls for Intifada

Khader Adnan, leader of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, and an ex-detainee, has called for an intifada inside and outside prisons.   Adnan demanded during his interview with” voice of prisoners” radio all Palestinians to be united in order to support the prisoners.   He confirmed that the conditions inside […]

28 Jan
3:50

Hamdallah Calls on Apple and Google to Include Palestinian Communities in Online Maps

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has, today, urged both the Apple and Google computer companies to include all Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank in their online maps. “It is baffling that, while Palestinians in Area C canÂŽt even find their own community on either maps, Israeli settlers can […]

25 Jan
11:08

Palestinian Foreign Ministry Condemns Accelerated Israeli Colonization of Jerusalem

The Jerusalem municipality has approved the construction of 560 new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the West Jerusalem municipality’s approval of a plan to construct 560 settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday. The Jerusalem Planning and Housing Committee approved […]

24 Jan
11:25

2,500 Houses Approved for Illegal West Bank Settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman approved plans for the construction of 2,500 housing units in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, Israeli media reported. According to The Times of Israel, the vast majority of the new housing will be built in […]

24 Jan
10:51

Ashrawi Calls on Norway to Recognize Palestinian Statehood

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Tuesday, has called on Norway to recognize Palestine in the immediate future. Ashrawi, in a meeting at her office with Norwegian Representative to the Palestinian Authority, Hilde Haraldstad, expressed her appreciation to the Norwegian government for its continued economic […]

16 Jan
9:27

Hamdallah: Hamas Must Hand Over Energy Authority to Solve Crisis

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, on Monday, demanded that Hamas relinquish the power authority it currently presides over, in the Gaza Strip, to the national unity government, in order to solve the ongoing energy crisis. He said, in a press conference held at the Energy and Natural Resources Authority in Ramallah, that for the […]

10 Jan
2:03

Foreign Ministry: “Salhi’s Execution, Sate-Sponsored Terrorism”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, Tuesday, strongly denouncing the Israeli army’s execution of a former political prisoner, in front of his family in his home, and described the attack as a “state-sponsored terrorism.” The Ministry said dozens of soldiers invaded the al-Far’a refugee camp, in Tubas, and terrorized […]

30 Dec
6:06

Ashrawi: Greek Orthodox Patriarch Well Informed on Israeli Religious Violations

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Thursday, expressed concerns regarding the statement of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, who recently praised Israel for being a “democracy” that “respects freedom of worship.” In an official statement, Ashrawi said that “Theophilos III is very well informed of […]

19 Dec
5:13

GMO Declares Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Journalist

Head of the Palestinian government media office in Gaza, Salama Ma’rouf, has announced a day of solidarity with Palestinian journalists, coinciding on December 31st, and to include various activities in support. Ma’rouf said, during a press conference on Sunday, that the activities would continue for ten days, with cooperation from several […]

13 Dec
6:54

(Video Series) The General’s Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights – RAI

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay of Baltimore’s Real News Network that his father, a famous Israeli General, was ostracized for saying it was necessary to negotiate with the PLO and respect Palestinian self-determination; but, he never gave up his belief that the expulsion of 1948 and […]

08 Dec
6:41

Barghouthi: Legitimizing Settlement Outposts a Declaration of War

Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa al-Barghouthi, on Tuesday, said the legitimization of settlement outposts, by the Israeli Knesset, is “a war on the Palestinian people.” In a press statement, the leader of the Palestinian National Initiative said that the misappropriation of private Palestinian land in favor of illegal settlements amounts to “a […]

08 Dec
5:29

(VIDEO) Growing Voices Among Palestinians Calling for a Single Democratic Secular State

With negotiations for a two state solution going nowhere, more Palestinians are calling for a single state solution. TRNN transcript: YOUSEF ALHELOU, TRNN CORRESPONDENT, GAZA: Ever since the Israeli occupation of historic Palestine in 1948, the Palestinians, who are the natives of the land, have been struggling for self-determination, which […]

03 Dec
5:50

Yasser Arafat Commemorated with $7m Museum

Israel and its western allies may call him “terrorist,” or “irrelevant,” but, for his people and millions around the world, Yasser Arafat was a hero, a freedom fighter, a man of principles and, most certainly, a very relevant person. (image source: palmuseum.org) Arafat, who dedicated his life to keeping the […]

01 Dec
2:03

Economic Collapse in East Jerusalem: Strategies for Recovery

Nur Arafeh , November 30, 2016 Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network In an unusual move, and after years of neglect, American and European delegations and development agencies have recently been visiting East Jerusalem and showing an increased interest in “doing something” about its deteriorating socioeconomic conditions. Moreover, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is, […]

29 Nov
6:43

Abbas Re-elected Leader of Fateh Movement

After a two-year delay, Fateh’s seventh congress kicked off in Ramallah, today, where the movement has re-elected President Mahmoud Abbas to a new five-year term. Abbas said that 60 delegations from 28 countries will be joining the conference tonight. Party official Salim Zanoun asked the gathering Monday to elect Abbas […]

27 Nov
5:13

Qedwa to Expose Security Breaches Leading to Arafat’s Assassination

The committee in charge of investigating Yaser Arraft’s death is to submit its report to the Seventh Conference of the Fateh movement, which will held on 29 November, according to Naser al-Qedwa, a member of Fateh’s Central Committee. He said, to Ayyam newspaper, that the committee will report the security breaches […]

20 Nov
9:08

Palestinian Statistics Bureau: Approximately 1/2 the Population Comprised of Children

The estimated number of children less than 18 years old mid 2016 is about 2,207,535 children in Palestine, representing about 45.8% of the population, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said on Sunday. It said that among those children there are 1,127,283 males and 1,080,252 females, adding that the […]

16 Nov
7:25

Erekat on Independence Day: The International Community Has Failed to Correct Injustice

(PNN archive image) On Tuesday, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, said that the international community has failed in its responsibility for correcting the historical and continuing injustice of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. On the 28th occasion of the declaration of independence of the […]

11 Nov
5:08

Salfit: Home of Palestinian Public Prosecutor Office Head Raided by Israeli Forces

Israeli forces raided the home of the head of the Palestinian public prosecutor’s office before dawn, on Thursday, in the village of Jammain, in the occupied West Bank district of Salfit. Ahmad Hannoun said, according to Ma’an News Agency, that he was very surprised when Israeli forces cut off the […]

10 Nov
6:08

Palestinian Parties React to Trump’s Election

(photo: Getty images) The US and Israel have been long term allies and have had an unbreakable military bond, over the years, a relationship that has always affected the Palestinian political ground. However, the reactions of Palestinian political parties to the election of Trump as president  have varied, according to […]

06 Nov
4:46

PA Security Forces Detaining Students, Former Prisoners for Political Activity

via Samidoun  Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network Several former political prisoners in Israeli jails have been arrested recently, by Palestinian Authority security forces, including brothers Imad and Abdullah Amlah of al-Khalil, who were detained on 2 November, following the arrest of former prisoner Issam Ramadan of Nablus. Khader Adnan, the prominent former prisoner and […]

23 Oct
2:12

Gaza: Qassam Fighter Killed in Tunnel Collapse

A member of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, was killed in Gaza on Saturday, after an underground tunnel collapsed on him. According to a statement released by the Brigades, Anas Salameh Abu Lashin, from al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, was […]

20 Oct
5:49

MADA Report: Social Media a “New Venue to Censor and Prosecute Journalists”

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has released a special report regarding the prosecution of Palestinian journalists, in relation to what they post on social media sites. The report, entitled “Social Media 
 A New Venue to Censor and Prosecute Journalists” — which, according to the PNN, […]

15 Oct
6:07

Jerusalemite Palestinian Organizer Nasser Abu Khdeir Freed after 5 1/2 Years Imprisonment

(via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network) Longtime Palestinian struggler, Nasser Abu Khdeir of Shuafat, was released yesterday, 13 October from Israeli prison after serving a sentence five and one-half years. Abu Khdeir, 55, was arrested by occupation forces on 15 April 2011, and subject to a prolonged and cruel […]

15 Oct
5:38

Palestinian FM Refutes UNESCO Director-General’s Comments

Palestinian Foreign Minister, Dr. Riyad al-Maliki, has reportedly refuted UNESCO Director-General’s comments on the last resolution adopted by  the Executive Board of the organization, with regard to the state of affairs in Jerusalem. In a press statement sent by the Ministry of Foreign affairs Dr. al-Maliki stated, today, according to the […]

13 Oct
5:14

PCHR: 20 Years Against Death Penalty; Facts on Death Penalty in Palestine and PCHR’s Position

World Day against Death Penalty, 10 October 2016, The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) – “On the World Day against Death Penalty, we stress that our struggle will continue on all levels to abolish this penalty
 We believe, as everybody else do, the purpose of this punishment is reform and deterrence. However, […]

12 Oct
5:30

Gaza Population Exceeds 2 Million

The population of the Gaza Strip reportedly exceeded two million, on Tuesday night, following the birth of Walid Jihad Shaat, from the Rafah district, southern Gaza. Official sources stated, according to Al Ray, that the Gaza Strip broke the barrier of 2 million yesterday evening, when the newborn baby was […]

03 Oct
10:05

Supreme Court: Local Elections to be Held in West Bank, Called Off in Gaza

The Palestinian Supreme Court in Ramallah, during its Monday session, decided to carry on with local elections in the occupied West Bank, and call them off in the Gaza Strip. Lawyer Tony Salman told the PNN that the court decided to go on with the elections in the West Bank because […]

01 Oct
9:45

Palestinian Investment Fund Launches First Cement Factory

The Palestine Investment Fund (PIF), the investment arm of the Palestinian Authority, launched phase one of the new cement factory on Saturday, the first in the Palestinian areas. Ceremonies were held on this occasion, at Jaser Palace, in Bethlehem, under the patronage of President Mahmoud Abbas and in the presence […]

29 Sep
7:53

Israeli Authorities Approves Investigation of Arab MKs

Legal advisor of the Israeli occupation government, Afihai Mendiltit, approved the decision of investigating Arab Members of the Knesset Jamal Zahalqa and Hanin Zoabi. Isareli media reports said, according to Al Ray, that both of them will be summoned to the office of the Lahaf 433 unit. According to Israeli […]

22 Sep
10:34

Distortions of Palestinian Identity: ‘The Merry Christmas People’

When Palestinian Minister of Sports and Youth Jabril Rajoub called Palestinian Christians ‘the Merry Christmas people’ he fueled the problematic debate of who is truly Palestinian. by Nassar Ibrahim Usually I do not engage in discussions that challenge my sense of national or social dignity. For instance, I am not […]

21 Sep
11:16

Local Elections Canceled Again Due to Court Decision

The Central Elections Commission (CEC) said, on Wednesday, that local elections planned for October 8 cannot be held as scheduled, after the Supreme Court of Justice postponed hearings on holding the elections to October 3. The court ruled, on September 8, to temporarily halt all activities related to holding local […]

10 Sep
9:59

Ashrawi Meets with Delegation from Chile

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi recently met with a visiting delegation of Palestinian business and civil society leaders from Chile at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah, and welcomed them to Palestine. At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Ashrawi called on the members of the delegation to maintain […]

08 Sep
10:35

Local Elections Suspended upon Supreme Court Decision

The Central Elections Commission (CEC), on Thursday, said that it received a Supreme Court decision, issued in its session held in Ramallah, to temporarily halt the cabinet’s decision to hold local elections until the court decides on the case raised before it. In light of this, the CEC announced immediate […]

02 Sep
10:42

Marzouk: Hamas Will Never Recognize Israeli State

Member of Hamas’s political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk has reiterated his movement’s rejection of any call for recognizing the state of Israel, expressing its dismay at some Arab attempts to normalize relations with the ongoing occupation. Abu Marzouk, who is on an official visit to Algeria, made his remarks during […]

Funeral of Halaweh (image by Maan)
29 Aug
10:43

Funeral of Palestinian killed by PA Security Forces draws a thousand mourners

Over a thousand people gathered in downtown Nablus Sunday for the funeral of a Palestinian man who was apparently beaten to death in prison by Palestinian Authority security forces after his arrest for the shooting death of two Palestinian Authority officers. Ahmad Izz Halaweh was a leader in the al-Aqsa […]

20 Aug
11:09

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 […]