Category Archives: Palestinian Politics

17 Oct
10:05

Mansour Hails UNGA Vote as ‘New Victory’

Palestine’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, hailed as “a new victory” the UN General Assembly vote in favor of a resolution granting the State of Palestine additional powers in the possibility of assuming the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China, on Wednesday. The UNGA voted […]

16 Oct
8:51

Erekat: Netanyahu Uses Christianity to Distort Facts

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday, for using Christianity to distort facts. “Israel’s Prime Minister continues to distorting facts even by using Christianity to support his racist and xenophobic claims,” Erekat said in a statement in reference to Netanyahu’s comments on […]

16 Oct
12:13

Mayor of Bethlehem: PM Netanyahu’s Statement on Bethlehem and Palestinian Christians is Another Attempt at Distorting the Reality of Israeli Occupation

Mayor of Bethlehem, advocate Anton Salman said, in response to Sunday’s statements by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Bethlehem and the situation of Palestinian Christians, that such a statement “is another Israeli attempt at distorting the reality of the Israeli occupation and particularly the effects that Israeli policies have […]

15 Oct
3:10

Updated: “Palestinian, Who Was Killed In Alleged Stabbing Attempt, Identified”

The Palestinian, who was killed by Israeli soldiers near an illegal colony, north of Salfit, in the occupied West Bank, Monday, has been identified as Elias Saleh Yassin, 22, from Biddya village, west of Salfit. The Palestinian was shot dead by soldiers stationed at the “Gitai” Junction, close to Ariel […]

13 Oct
7:16

Israel’s Defence Minister Cuts Fuel to Gaza

Despite the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Friday, ordered a halt to any further fuel deliveries to the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip. Tuesday was the first delivery of Qatari bought fuel. MWC news reports that this UN-brokered deal allows fuel paid for by Qatar to enter […]

11 Oct
3:41

P.A. Mission in Washington Officially Shuts Down

The Palestinian Representative Office at the United States in Washington D.C. has officially shut down, Wednesday, after the deadline by the Trump Administration for closing it went into effect at 4:30 PM. Dozens of Palestinians and peace activists stood in front of the Palestinian Mission’s office in protest of the […]

08 Oct
12:50

Al-Qassam Fighter Succumbs to Wounds

October 8, 2018 12:50 AM IMEMC News Gaza Strip, News Report, Palestinian Politics 0

A Palestinian member of the Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, succumbed to his wounds, on late Saturday. In a statement, al-Qassam said Hasan Na’im Abdul-Hamid Salah, 31, was a member of the group, and “died from wounds he suffered several years ago.” It added that […]

06 Oct
4:54

Yahya al-Sanwar: Israeli Journalist Introduced Herself as Italian

On Thursday, the head of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, Yahya al-Sanwar,  in a statement, said that the reporter who published an interview with him on the Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, introduced herself as an Italian journalist. Al-Sanwar’s office explained that the journalist had applied to meet the Hamas […]

28 Sep
2:16

WAFA: “Full Text Of Abbas’s Speech At The United Nations General Assembly”

Published By the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA): President Abbas at UN calls on US to rescind decisions on Jerusalem, refugees. NEW YORK, September 27, 2018 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United States administration to rescind its decision on Jerusalem and refugees in order to salvage […]

25 Sep
2:21

P.A. Foreign Ministry: “Netanyahu’s Government Affirms Its Hostility To Peace”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has reported that the Israeli government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, has yet again affirmed its hostility towards peace, and all real Palestinian and international efforts to resume direct peace talks, based on international legitimacy resolutions. The Ministry stated that Netanyahu and his government are openly rejecting […]

25 Sep
5:16

Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network: Advancing A Global Palestinian Policy Voice

Al-Shabaka is pleased to share with you Al-Shabaka’s latest annual report, which covers our achievements in 2017 as well some of of our progress in 2018. This year’s annual report is dedicated to the memory of Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan, who was the first to support Al-Shabaka’s mission, and who passed away […]

23 Sep
6:48

Secretary of Fateh Movement Detained in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces detained the Secretary of the Fateh movement, Yasser Darwish, predawn Sunday, in the Palestinian neighborhood of al-Eesawiyya, in occupied East Jerusalem. According to Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, prior to the detention of Darwish, large numbers of Israeli forces stormed the neighborhood and raided his home. PPS confirmed that, during […]

23 Sep
6:32

Education Minister Barred from Entering Jerusalem Village

Israeli occupation authorities, on Sunday, banned the Palestinian Minister of Education, Sabri Saydam, from entering the village of Beit Iksa, to the northwest of Jerusalem. In a press release, the Ministry said that Israeli occupation forces banned Saydam, and the accompanying delegation, from entering the village through its main gate, […]

21 Sep
8:52

Abbas Says Leadership Willing to Resume Negotiations with Israel

President Mahmoud Abbas said, in a press conference on Friday, following his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, in Paris, that the Palestinian leadership is willing to begin confidential or public peace negotiations with Israel. “We have not rejected negotiations, as the Israelis say, but [Benjamin] Netanyahu always refused,” the […]

17 Sep
3:49

US Expels Palestinian Envoy And His Family

After shutting down the Palestinian Representative Office in Washington D.C., the Trump administration on Sunday ordered the Palestinian Envoy, Ambassador Dr. Husam Zomlot, and his family, out of the country, after cancelling their Visas and closing their US bank accounts. Zomlot and his family, consisting of his wife and two […]

14 Sep
7:20

Reclaiming the Political Dimension of the Palestinian Narrative

Originally published by Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. by Hazem Jamjoum on September 12, 2018 Editor’s Note: This piece launches Al-Shabaka’s Narrative and Discourse Policy Circle, in which a team of Al-Shabaka policy analysts are working together across borders to tackle the question of whether Palestinians should have a sole, legitimate narrative and, if so, […]

14 Sep
1:07

Hanna: “Israel Is Practicing Ethnic Cleansing In Al-Khan Al-Ahmar”

Archbishop Attallah Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in occupied Jerusalem, said that what Israel is doing against the Palestinians in the al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community is an act of ethnic cleansing, part of Israel’s illegal policies against the Palestinians. His statements came during a meeting with the European Parliament […]

12 Sep
2:15

P.A. To Head To ICC Over Al-Khan Al-Ahmar Demolition

The Palestinian Authority (P.A.) has announced, Tuesday, its in tension to head to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Israel over the pending illegal demolition on al-Khan al-Ahmar Palestinian village. Chief Palestinian negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, said the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has submitted a report to Prosecutor Fatou […]

11 Sep
2:43

Abu Rodeina: “Jerusalem Is More Important Than Relations With The U.S.”

The official spokesperson of the Palestinian Presidency, Nabil Abu Rodeina, stated on Monday evening that the Palestinians will remain steadfast in the struggle for their legitimate rights, especially in occupied Jerusalem, and added that the holy city is more important than the relations with the United States. Abu Rodeina said […]

06 Sep
9:43

Palestine To Open Embassy In Paraguay

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has reported that President Mahmoud Abbas has instructed the ministry to immediately inaugurate the Palestinian Embassy in the capital of Paraguay, AsunciĂłn. Al-Maliki said that President Abbas issued a statement of gratitude to Paraguay after it rescinded its previous decision of opening its Embassy in […]

04 Sep
8:28

Colombian President: Recognition of Palestine ‘Irreversible’

Colombia’s new President, Ivan Duque MĂĄrquez, on Monday, told a local radio station that the decision to recognize Palestine, made by Juan Manuel Santos in the last few days, was “irreversible” because “the president of the republic is the person designated by the constitution to manage foreign relations.” Any government […]

01 Sep
1:40

PA To Head To General Assembly After U.S. Cut Aid To UNRWA

After the United States announced cutting all aid to the United Nations Relief and Words Agency (UNRWA), the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) said it is weighing all options to counter the American move, including heading to the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council. Palestinian Presidency spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, […]

29 Aug
10:26

Abbas Agrees to Demilitarized State

PA President Mahmoud Abbas told a delegation of Israeli academics that he is committed to achieving peace through a demilitarized state, and agreed that security would be maintained by police and not military. Abbas’s statement came during a visit by a delegation of Israeli academics, at his office in the […]

28 Aug
8:41

PA Condemns Trump Decision to Strip Palestinian Refugees of Historical Rights

Following its recent decision to cut drastically more than $200 million in aid funds allocated to benefit the Palestinian citizens directly, the Trump administration continues to dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and strip millions of Palestinians of their refugee status. “After using humanitarian aid to blackmail […]

23 Aug
1:03

Erekat: “Israel’s Illegal Expansion Of Colonies, Direct Outcome of American Greed”

Dr. Saeb Erekat, a member of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) strongly denounced Israel’s approval of hundreds of new units in its illegal colonies in the occupied West Bank, and said the move is an outcome of the American greed, and the U.S. support to Israel’s apartheid […]

19 Aug
6:28

Tension Mounts Over Truce Deal between Israel and Hamas: Report

Disagreements within the Netanyahu administration have increased tensions between Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Israeli media reports. Yedioth Ahronoth daily writes, according to the PNN, that Education Minister Bennett, head of the Jewish House Party, thinks Lieberman’s surrender to Hamas would lead to war, while […]

16 Aug
9:20

Abbas Firm on Rejection of US ‘Peace Deal’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday rejected the U.S. political plan referred to as “Deal of the Century”. The deal suggests, according to Andalou/Al Ray, addressing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by forcing the Palestinians to make concessions, including the status of East Jerusalem. “We are the first to stand against it […]

14 Aug
2:59

PA Sends Needed Cancer Medication to Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that medications were transported into the besieged Gaza Strip, on Monday, for the treatment of cancer. The Palestinian Minister of Health, Jawad Awad, said that, upon instructions from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, medications were transported on Monday, to the […]

14 Aug
2:08

PLO Seeks to Expel Israel from United Nations on Grounds of Apartheid

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said, on Monday, that it has started a process to kick Israel out of the United Nations, on ground of being an apartheid state. Ahmad Majdalani, member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, said that the request for suspending Israel’s membership in the United […]

09 Aug
8:43

Colombia to Recognize Palestinian State

Colombia has reportedly decided to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, only days before Ivan Duque took office, according to an official letter by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Aria Angela Holguin, to the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Malki. The recognition came a few days before the end […]

09 Aug
8:16

Abbas Appeals to International Community in Halting Attacks on Gaza

PA President Mahmoud Abbas held intensive meetings, today, with international contacts at all levels to stop the Israeli military escalation against the people of Gaza. According to the PNN, he called on the international community to intervene immediately, to stop the violence and prevent further destruction and instability in the region. Three citizens, including a pregnant woman and her infant daughter, were […]

06 Aug
10:58

Rise in PA Standing following Rejection of U.S. “Deal”

A public opinion poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, showed that out of the majority of Palestinians polled, 60.6% support the Palestinian Authority leadership’s position not to accept the United States as the sole mediator in the peace process. However, 28.1% […]

05 Aug
5:57

EU, Netherlands Contribute Over €10 Million to PA

The European Union (EU) made a contribution amounting to €10 million and another €0.62 million, from the Netherlands, to the Palestinian Authority (PA), for the salaries and pensions of Palestinian civil servants in the occupied West Bank. The EU and the Netherlands made such a contribution to the PA’s payment […]

31 Jul
9:40

Palestinian Cabinet Urges World Support for UNRWA

During its weekly meeting held in Ramallah, today, the Palestinian Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Dr. Rami Al- Hamdallah, condemned the latest Israeli escalation against Al-Aqsa Mosque, and considered it part of the plans of the occupying power to Judaize Jerusalem, alter its historical features, and obliterate its Arab and […]

26 Jul
6:52

Palestinian Intelligence Official Discusses National Security Cooperation with Russian Minister

Head of Palestinian General Intelligence Service Major General Majid Faraj reviewed the latest developments in security, for the Palestinian region, with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, in Moscow. According to the PNN, they also discussed recent developments in the deterioration of independent Palestinian sovereignty caused by Israeli practices such […]

24 Jul
11:25

Back to the Future: The Great March of Return

This piece was originally published by Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law.  by Haidar Eid on July 24, 2018 The Great March of Return – which began on March 30 […]

21 Jul
9:21

Hamas Fingers Kushner as ‘Spokesman for Israel’

Hamas, which won the last free Palestinian elections, held in 2006, hit back after an op-ed blamed it for plight of Palestinians, and urged it to abandon resistance. The op-ed, co-authored by Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, shows that American officials are “mere spokesmen for the Israeli occupation,” […]

21 Jul
8:54

PA: Deal of Century Conspiracy Slowed, But Not Over

Spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, on Saturday, said  that, thanks to the steadfastness of the Palestinian people the leadership’s commitment to the national constants, the US-led “deal of the century” has been thwarted. He said that, if the deal were to succeed,  it would become […]

19 Jul
6:21

PM Hamdallah: Jewish Nation-State Law Legitimizes Apartheid

The office of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah condemned, on Thursday, the adopting of the so-called ‘Jewish Nation- State’ law by the right-wing Israeli government, which strips Arabic of its designation as an official language, downgrading it to a “special status”. The racist law sees the development of Jewish settlement as […]

18 Jul
9:43

Palestinian Cabinet: “Israel’s systematic aggression aims at changing facts on the ground.”

“The Palestinian Cabinet declares that the systematic aggression on Bedouin communities aim at changing facts on the ground and undermining the two-state solution, welcomes the Irish Seanad bill banning the importation of products from illegal Israeli settlements, condemns the latest Israeli escalation of violence against the Gaza Strip and demands […]

16 Jul
9:36

School Year Begins at Khan al-Ahmar

Despite Israeli attempts to demolish the only school of the Khan al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem, the Palestinian Ministry of Education exceptionally opened the school year at the village school, on Monday. More than 170 students attended, alongside their families, as Minister of Education Sabri Saydam declared the beginning of […]

14 Jul
8:02

Abbas Discusses Latest Developments with Putin

PA President Mahmoud Abbas met, on Saturday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, in Moscow, where they discussed the latest developments in Palestine, particularly Israel’s plan to demolish Khan al-Ahmar community near Jerusalem. They also discussed issues of mutual concern for Russia and Palestine, and praised the historical […]

12 Jul
7:41

House Democrats Call for Transparency of Palestinian Aid

Nine House Democrats wrote a letter on Wednesday, to United States president Donald Trump, requesting him to update the current status of U.S. funding towards Palestinian Authority (PA). In spite being the largest single donor to UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), in January of 2018, the United States withheld $65 million from the organization, […]

12 Jul
7:11

Palestinian Government: US and Israel Work to Implement “Deal of Century”

The Palestinian government says that the US administration and Israel are working on the first stage of Trump’s Middle East ‘Deal of the Century’ by offering a humanitarian plan in Gaza, according to Al Ray. In a statement, on Wednesday, the government said that the US exploits humanitarian work in Gaza, and […]

11 Jul
7:00

Palestinian Cabinet Approves Plan to Turn Khan al-Ahmar into a Village Council

The Palestinian cabinet approved, on Wednesday, a recommendation by the Minister of Local Government to turn Khan al-Ahmar community, near Jerusalem, into a village council. Khan al-Ahmar is under threat, by Israel, of demolition and displacement of its Bedouin community, in order to build a Jewish settlement on the location. […]

11 Jul
6:55

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: US Uproar a Technique to Protect Occupation

Photo: Israel prepared mobile homes in Abu Dis town, for relocation of Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouins after the decided demolition of their village. “The American-Israeli conspiracy to perpetuate the separation between the two parts of the homeland with economic “relief” projects is doomed to fail,” says the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign […]

09 Jul
9:17

Palestine Appoints Permanent Chemical Weapons Prohibition Representative

Rawan Suleiman, Palestine’s ambassador to the Netherlands and International Organizations in The Hague, presented on Monday, in official ceremonies, her credentials to the Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Üzumcu, as Permanent Representative of the State of Palestine to this organization. Suleiman stressed, […]

07 Jul
10:13

Update: Palestinian Nationality Granted to Swedish Activist

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has granted Palestinian nationality to Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa, aged 25, and bestowed the Medal of Merit on him, in appreciation of his efforts and support of the Palestinian people. Ladraa had walked 4,800 kilometers, through 15 countries and for a period of 11 months, carrying […]

07 Jul
12:29

Palestinian Government Issues A Thank You Statement To Ladraa

The Palestinian Unity Government issued, Saturday, a statement thanking Swedish peace activist Benjamin Ladraa, who walked to Palestine to highlight the suffering of the Palestinian people living under illegal Israeli occupation. He was denied entry by Israel as he was trying to cross from Jordan into the occupied West Bank. […]

04 Jul
8:11

Netanyahu Warns Hamas of Heavy Price if No Truce

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly threatened the Hamas movement of paying an intolerable price if it does not settle for Israeli peace terms. The Israeli occupation government held an official ceremony marking four years since its offensive against Gaza in 2014. Jpost quoted Netanyahu as saying that he […]

04 Jul
4:53

Dr. Ashrawi Denounces Australian Decision To Cut Aid To The Palestinian People

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian political leader and a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), strongly denounced the Australian decision to end its aid to the Palestinian people. In a statement, Dr. Ashrawi said, “it is clear Australia has surrendered to American pressures, and […]

02 Jul
9:22

Australia Cuts Funding to Palestinian Authority

Australia announced that it will stop sending direct funds to the Palestinian Authority (PA), over concerns that the money would be used as stipends to Palestinian prisoners. According to Israeli news website Israel Today, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop requested that the PA guarantee the funds were not being given […]

30 Jun
5:10

Army Injures Many Palestinians In Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians in the center of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Media sources in Hebron said hundreds of Palestinians nonviolently marched in the city, condemning and rejecting the illegal policies of both Israel and the United States, the ongoing military occupation […]

28 Jun
3:00

Knesset Bill to Deduct PA Funds Approved

The Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved a bill, on Wednesday, to deduct funds transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Israeli Ynet news outlet reported, according to Ma’an, that the deduction would be equal to the amount of funds the PA gives to the families of killed Palestinians. […]

26 Jun
7:30

PA Spokesman: Deal of the Century Turned to Deal of Gaza, to Divide Palestinians

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said, on Tuesday, that the steadfast Palestinian position and their adherence to their national constants, as well as the Arab position rejecting bypassing the issue of Jerusalem and Arab legitimacy, have aborted the so-called “deal of the century” because it was originally based on the […]

23 Jun
10:40

Israel Turns Gaza into ‘Arms Race’ Laboratory, While Palestinians Fly Kites (pt 1/2)

As Israel mows down protesters in Gaza with brutal military technology, Palestinians respond creatively, with kites and balloons. Shir Hever discusses the hidden rift within the Israeli military. Shir Hever is an economic researcher in the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour. Researching the economic […]

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. […]