Category Archives: Palestinian Politics

20 Aug

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

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

13 Aug

Campaigners Demand Google Add Palestine to Map

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

13 Aug

In Gaza: Palestinian Injured by Live Fire During Protests, Al Qassam Fighter Dies of Electric Shock in Tunnel

Israeli forces, on Friday, injured a Palestinian with live fire in the eastern part of al-Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, during clashes with Israeli forces deployed near the border between the besieged enclave and Israel. Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, told Ma’an News Agency […]

02 Aug

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

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

28 Jul

Arab Summit in Mauritania: PFLP Stresses “No Confidence”

nsnbc : In response to the final statement of the 27th Arab Summit, in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) stressed that it has no confidence in what it describes as a carbon copy of the resolutions of the Arab summits, in recent […]

27 Jul

Army Kidnaps Five Palestinians, Including One Woman, In Hebron

The Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, on Wednesday at dawn, four Palestinians, including one woman, in Surif town, northeast of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and one Palestinian in Hebron city. The PPS said that soldiers kidnapped Mohammad […]

23 Jul

Palestinian Municipal Election Registration Kicks Off: Mashal, Hamas ‘Unafraid’

The registration process for the Palestinian municipal elections began on Saturday, and is to continue over the next five days. The Central Committee for Municipal Elections has called on Palestinian citizens to register their names according to their place of residence. The registration process will continue until next Wednesday, the […]

16 Jul

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

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

16 Jul

Condolences and Sympathies Extended to Victims of Terrorist Attack in France

In a recent phone call to French Consul General HervĂ©  Magro, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi extended her “deepest condolences and sympathies to the victims of the brutal terror attack that occurred last night, in Nice. “Our heartfelt thoughts go out to everyone who was affected by this […]

10 Jul

Palestinian Government Calls For Lifting The Israeli Siege On Hebron

The Palestinian government called on the international community and various human rights groups to intervene, and pressure Israel into lifting its siege on the southern West Bank district of Hebron, the ongoing home invasions and abductions. Spokesperson of the Palestinian government Yousef al-Mahmoud said that what Israel is doing, its […]

08 Jul

PFLP’s Leila Khaled Speaks at Resistance Festival in Greece (VIDEO)

nsnbc : Leila Khaled, member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian National Council, delivered a keynote speech at the Resistance Festival in Greece. Khaled also joined seminars and met a number of political leaders. Leila Khaled stressed the […]

04 Jul

Gaza: Gunmen Attack Fateh Meeting, 10 Injured

Ten Fateh-affiliated Palestinians were injured on Sunday, when unidentified gunmen attacked a meeting for the political party’s internal elections in the eastern Gaza Strip. A Fateh leader in the besieged coastal enclave and in charge of the internal elections, Nayif Khuweitir, told Ma’an News Agency that the voting process started at […]

02 Jul

Erekat: ME Quartet Report Does Not Meet Palestinian Expectations

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

01 Jul

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

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

30 Jun

Zoabi: Netanyahu Requests Expulsion of MK from Knesset (VIDEO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Wednesday, spoke with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit regarding the possible expulsion of Arab MK Hanin Zoabi from the Knesset. Netanyahu’s demand came following Zoabi’s condemnation of the continued Israeli crimes against Palestinians and calls for lifting Gaza siege. “With her actions and lies she […]

25 Jun

Abbas: Reports of Rabbi Calling for Poisoning Palestinian Wells are False

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas back peddled on controversial statements he made during a speech in front of the European Union parliament, on Thursday, that alleged Israeli rabbis had incited citizens to poison Palestinian water wells. A statement released by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), late Friday evening, asserted that the […]

23 Jun

PA to Request Entry into WTO

The Palestinian Minister of National Economy, Abeer Odeh, on Wednesday, said that Palestine will apply to enter the World Trade Organization (WTO), with an observer status, soon. Odeh’s statement came during a meeting with the members of the National Technical and special teams to prepare for Palestine’s accession to the WTO, according […]

23 Jun

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

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

21 Jun

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

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

16 Jun

$570m Underground Wall to Block Gaza Tunnels Underway

Israeli news site Ynet, on Thursday revealed the Israeli state’s plans to build a concrete wall along the Gaza-Israeli borders, reportedly to halt the use of tunnels from Gaza. According to Ynet, the wall will be dug to a depth of several dozen meters underground and will also be built above […]

16 Jun

Meeting between Fateh and Hamas in Doha

On Thursday, Palestinian Arabic dailies focused on a gathering between Hamas and Fateh officials in Doha, last night, as part of an effort to forward intra-Palestinian reconciliation talks. According to the reports, two delegations from Hamas and Fateh gathered in Doha, the capital of Qatar, for talks on achieving Palestinian national reconciliation. […]

14 Jun

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

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

12 Jun

Greece to Recognize Palestinian State

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

10 Jun

Al-Sisi to Mediate Between Palestinian Factions

nsnbc : Egyptian intelligence and Egypt’s President Abdel Fateh Al-Sisi will attempt to mediate the dialog between Palestinian factions, including Al-Fateh, PFLP, DFLP the PPRM as well as Hamas. Abbas reiterates that he would accept NATO troops in the West Bank and along the Jordanian border as part of a peace […]

08 Jun

Gaza Strip: Continued Power Cuts Over Ramadan

With the arrival of Ramadan, the most densely populated area on the planet – the Gaza Strip – is now facing the added pressure of increasing power cuts amid the hot summer weather. The cuts have affected the live of Gazans at all levels, with  resulting damages to electrical devices adding further dismay to […]

07 Jun

Hundreds of Arab Party Members Summoned by Israeli Police

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

06 Jun

EU to Alot €15M for May Salaries and Pensions

The European Union announced, Sunday, a contribution to the PA of €15.0 million for the payment of May’s salaries and pensions for over 66,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This contribution is being channeled through the PEGASE mechanism, the EU said according […]

06 Jun

Six PLC Members Remain Detained

Following the release of Khalida Jarrar, prominent leftist and feminist legislator and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, six members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) remain imprisoned in Israeli jails. Two are serving sentences issued to them by Israeli military courts – Palestinian national leaders Ahmad Sa’adat and Marwan Barghouti, […]

30 May

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

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

26 May

Hamas Approves Execution Of 13 Convicted Palestinians  

Hamas legislators in the Gaza Strip, and the Hamas movement, said they intend to allow the execution of 13 Palestinians, convicted with several crimes, without the approval of the president, as stated in the Palestinian Law. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights calls for abolition of capital punishment. Thirteen Hamas […]

20 May

Hamas: “Lieberman’s Threats Do Not Scare Us”

Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said Friday that the threats of the newly appointment Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, against the movement and the Gaza Strip, do not scare it, and that it will always remain steady. Member of the Political Bureau of Hamas Fathi Hammad said during a massive procession […]

05 May

While Factions Call For De-escalation, Tension On Gaza Border Warns Of An Impending War

Various Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Fateh movements, have warned that the latest Israeli military escalation on Gaza, including the Wednesday bombardment of border areas in the southern part of the coastal region, could lead the area into a new full-fledged military escalation and war. Yet, while calling of de-escalation, […]

03 May

Erekat: “All Security Meetings With Israel Have Been Ceased”

Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated Tuesday that all bilateral security coordination meetings with the Israeli side have been ceased. Erekat told the Palestine Radio that the decision to suspend all security coordination with Israel was made after Israel clearly and […]

15 Apr

British MPs Motion to Release Barghouthi

Leading British MPs, from all parties, have signed a parliamentary motion calling on the Israeli parliament to release the Palestinian MP Marwan Barghouthi who has been in jail continuously for the last 14 years. They call for his release so that he can “play a part in the process of […]

15 Apr

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

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

14 Apr

Dr. Ashrawi Denounces Israel’s Decision To Build Hundreds Of Colonialist Units

Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, strongly denounced the Israeli decision to build hundreds of colonialist units in the occupied West Bank, and described the move as part of Israel’s force displacement, and ethnic cleansing, of the Palestinian people. In a statement […]

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30 Mar

Walking Bethlehem

March 30, 2016 6:13 PM Saed Bannoura Palestinian Politics 0

Mentioning Bethlehem, the first thing that comes to mind is visiting the Church of the Nativity for a pilgrimage. If you take time to wander the streets of Bethlehem, you will discover so much more!

25 Mar

Four Palestinian-backed Resolutions Passed by UN

In a landmark victory for Palestinian leadership, the UN Human Rights Council, Thursday, passed four resolutions pertaining to the occupied Palestinian territories, one of which will draw up a “blacklist” of companies who do business in illegal Israeli settlements.The PLO Negotiations Affairs Department said in addition to the resolution regarding […]

13 Mar

Schoolteachers Halt Month-Long Strike

More than 25,000 public schoolteachers, on Sunday, agreed to end a month-long strike after President Mahmoud Abbas urged them to go back to work and pledged to improve working conditions.A statement by the Teachers Union said that the teachers agreed to suspend the strike and resume classes for a week, […]

12 Mar

Ashrawi Meets with Washington Officials

This week, PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi conducted a series of meetings in Washington D.C., and accompanied by Palestinian Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, Chief Representative of the General Delegation of the PLO to the U.S.Ashrawi first met with Anne Patterson, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Near East […]

12 Mar

Gaza: Fateh Committee to Submit Resignation to Abbas

The Fateh High Leadership Committee in the Gaza Strip reportedly plans to submit its resignation to defacto Palestinian President and Fateh leader Mahmoud Abbas, a Fateh official in the besieged enclave said, Friday.The official told Ma’an News Agency that the committee has announced the potential for their collective resignation following […]

25 Feb

Why It’s Dangerous to Conflate Hamas and ISIS

While Israel’s efforts to link Palestinian resistance to its military occupation to global terrorism are not new, it has expanded its propaganda to address Arab as well as Western audiences. By so doing, it is clearly seeking to exploit the global aversion to movements that have drifted towards extremism and […]

18 Feb

The Ethnic Cleansing of the Knesset

On February 8th, the Knesset Ethics Committee suspended three Joint List Members of Knesset (MK) for several months. The committee suspended the MKs for visiting Palestinian families that were mourning a relative killed by Israeli forces but had yet to receive their bodies for burial from the Israeli authorities.The MKs’ […]

08 Feb

Al-Qassam Executes One Of Its Former Members

February 8, 2016 10:54 AM IMEMC News Gaza Strip, News Report, Palestinian Politics 0

The al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, has executed one of its former members for what it deemed “behavioral and moral violations.”Al-Qassam said, on its Arabic Twitter account (see below), that its military and Sharia prosecution executed the Palestinian Mahmoud Roshdi Eshteiwy on Sunday, February 7, at 4 p.m., […]

03 Feb

New Unity Government Bid Announced

A senior Hamas official, on Tuesday, announced details of the latest initiative for national reconciliation between rival Palestinian movements Fateh and Hamas.Ahmad Bahr, a member of Hamas and deputy speaker for the Palestinian parliament, the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), said during a press conference in Gaza City that the initiative […]

27 Jan

PM Hamdallah: Hotovely Using Fiction to Whitewash Occupation

In response to an op-ed written for The Wall Street Journal by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely accusing Palestinians of utilizing foreign aid to support terrorism, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: “Israel’s Deputy FM is using fiction to whitewash Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and the crimes committed […]

24 Jan

Member of Qassam Brigades Killed in Gaza Tunnel Collapse

A Hamas-affiliated militant died on Saturday, after a tunnel collapsed west of the city of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, medical and local sources in Gaza said.Gaza’s Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra identified the victim as Ahmad Ashour al-Najjar, 26. Locals said that the tunnel was used […]

11 Jan

(co)Resistence: Abdel Alim Da’ana

Dany Sail, an Israeli Black Panther, worked alongside the Palestinian resistance to end Israeli colonial occupation in the early 1970s. He managed to escape from Israel when his comrades were arrested. Later, he disappeared and he is thought dead. Abdel Alim Da’ana, a Palestinian activist who collaborated with Sail back […]

07 Jan

Abbas: PLO to Decide Next Week on Israeli Security Coordination

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, on Wednesday, announced that the PLO would officially make a decision next week regarding the upholding of contractual relations with Israel.The president made the announcement during a speech delivered in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem during Orthodox Christmas celebrations. Abbas reiterated past statements made […]

04 Jan

Vatican: Historic Accord with Palestine Takes Effect

The Vatican’s first accord with the Palestinians — an agreement that Israel has attacked as counter-productive to the Middle East peace process — has come into force, the Holy See announced Saturday, according to Al Ray.The accord was signed in June, just over two years after the Roman Catholic Church […]

24 Dec

VIDEO: Dr. Tibi’s Response to Racist Anti-Christian Statement by Gopstein

December 24, 2015 2:54 AM IMEMC News News Report, Palestine, Palestinian Politics 0

This video is from a speech made by Arab Member of Knesset, Dr. Ahmad Tibi, head of the Arab Movement for Change, who denounced recent racist statements of the leader of the right-wing group, Lehava, who called for the expulsion of non-Jews from Israel, and described the Christians as “bloodsucking […]

21 Dec

Ashrawi on Former ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Settlement Comments

It was recently reported in the Jerusalem Post that former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Louis Moreno-Ocampo, allegedly claimed that the Israeli High Court’s rulings could safeguard Israel from being prosecuted for war crimes, and, in an interview with Times of Israel, he praised an Israeli Foreign […]

26 Nov

Five Resolutions in Favor of Palestine Approved by UN

The overwhelming majority of General Assembly of the United Nations, Wednesday, voted on five draft resolutions in favor of Palestine. The decision comes after the Assembly discussed the two articles, ‘the Palestinian Cause’ and ‘the Conditions in the Middle East.’According to Al Ray, the first resolution was entitled, ‘Using Amicable […]

24 Nov

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (Statement by Riyad Mansour)

In a meeting commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, to be observed 29 November, the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine, Riyad H. Mansour, called on the international community to stop selective and biased policies in applying justice, stressing that the lack of implementation of […]

22 Oct

Jewish Historians Refute Netanyahu’s Holocaust Accusations against Palestinians

Leading Jewish historians, according to the PNN, have rubbished Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims that the Holocaust was caused by Palestinians.Netanyahu blamed the slaughter of millions of people during World War II on the then Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, in a controversial speech at the 37th World Zionist Congress […]

11 Oct

Erekat: ‘Stop talking about a Third Intifada – Israel’s occupation must end.’

Over the past few days, many have wondered whether this is the beginning of a third Intifada. For the Palestinian people, this question is no longer relevant. There has not been a single day, in almost half a century, that we haven’t suffered from the Israeli occupation; the main source […]

11 Oct

Israeli Authorities Claim their ‘Iron Dome’ Defense Intercepted Shell Fired From Gaza

October 11, 2015 10:10 AM IMEMC Agencies Israel, News Report, Palestinian Politics 0

Israeli authorities claimed that the US-funded ‘Iron Dome’ defense system intercepted a shell fired from the Gaza Strip on Saturday night.An Israeli army spokeswoman said that sirens sounded across southern Israel, before a single homemade shell was intercepted south of Ashkelon. No injuries were reported, and she said she was […]

02 Oct

Ashrawi: “Netanyahu’s Speech, A Smokescreen, Cloud Concealing Lies And Manipulation”

Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, stated Friday that the UN speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is deceptive, manipulative, and based on lies. In a press release, Dr. Ashrawi said Netanyahu’s attempts to present Israel as the victim, and casting […]

01 Oct

Abbas: “We Cannot Remain Committed To Peace Accords While Israel Continues To Violate Them”

In his Wednesday speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Authority cannot remain committed to peace accords signed with Israel as long as the Israeli government continues to violate the agreements and continues escalating attacks against the Palestinians.Abbas stated that […]

30 Sep

Palestine Cries ‘We exist’ as UN Raises its Flag, says Erekat

By Dr. Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. For decades the flag of Palestine has represented the struggle of a whole nation for its human and national rights. Whether it is from the ruins of Gaza, in Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Syria, over the walls of Jerusalem’s […]

20 Sep

9 PA Officers Called Out for Excessive Use of Force (VIDEO)

September 20, 2015 8:27 PM IMEMC Agencies Bethlehem, News Report, Palestinian Politics 0

The commander of the Palestinian Authority’s security forces announced disciplinary action, on Sunday, against nine security officers, including five high-ranking officers who were involved in an attack on Palestinian civilians during a protest on Friday.Nidal Abu Dukhan said disciplinary action had been decided on after a fact-finding mission submitted its […]

16 Sep

Ashrawi: ‘Israel is provoking a global holy war.’

September 16, 2015 4:03 AM IMEMC Agencies News Report, Palestine, Palestinian Politics 0

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with Dr. Alastair McPhail at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah, September 14, 2015.Both parties discussed the latest political developments, including Israel’s persistent assaults and escalating incursions and violence on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound (Al-Haram Al-Sharif) and its Palestinian worshipers. Dr. Ashrawi said, […]

08 Sep

PNC Convocation Postponed

The Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) decided, Monday, to postpone holding the convocation of Palestinian National Council (PNC), which was to be held mid-September, in Ramallah. Al Ray reports that Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of executive committee, said to Anadalou news agency that the executive committee […]

05 Sep

This Time, Abbas’ Resignation May Be Serious

September 5, 2015 11:39 PM IMEMC Agencies News Report, Palestine, Palestinian Politics 0

Israeli sources reported that Israel fears that the threat of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ resignation could be serious, this time.The sources reported that the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed their concerns over Abbas’s resignation this time. Meanwhile, Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and Israel’s […]

04 Sep

UN to Back Raising of Palestinian Flag

A draft resolution on raising the Palestinian flag at the United Nations will likely be adopted next week in time for president Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to New York, the Palestinian envoy said on Thursday.According to AFP, the UN General Assembly will vote on September 10th on the measure that is […]

26 Aug

Vatican Not to Participate in UN Palestinian Flag Initiative

The Vatican, on Tuesday, asked the Palestinian UN mission to remove all references to it from a draft resolution the Palestinians have prepared for the General Assembly calling for the flags of Palestine and the Holy See to fly at the UN.The Palestinian draft resolution, which was seen by Reuters, […]

26 Aug

US Court: Palestinians Must Pay $10m to Americans Killed in Israel

Palestinian authorities found liable in a high-profile lawsuit over Americans killed in terrorist attacks must pay $10m in cash – and an additional $1m monthly payment while the case is on appeal – to secure the hundreds of millions awarded by a jury, a US judge said on Monday.The Guardian/Al […]

23 Aug

PNC to Elect New PLO Executive Committee Members

The Palestinian National Council, the PLO’s legislative body, is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting in the next few weeks, to elect new members to the PLO’s Executive Committee, a committee member told Ma’an News Agency.Ahmad Majdalani told Ma’an, overnight Saturday, that PLO institutions would witness major changes. Majdalani was […]

22 Aug

PNC to Reassemble, 1st Time in 7 Years

The Palestinian National Council, the PLO’s legislative body, will hold an emergency meeting — the first in seven years — at some point in the next month, a member of the PLO Executive Committee said Saturday.Bassam al-Salhi told Ma’an News Agency that the exact date for the meeting would be […]

20 Aug

AIC Report: Beit Jala

The Palestinian Authority is the most significant enabler of the occupation today.August 20, 2015 | The Alternative Information Center (AIC) | Beit Sahour Seventy years ago, at the height of the manmade tragedy of World War II, two bombs (‘Little boy’ and ‘Fat man’) were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. […]

20 Aug

Mashal Invited to London for Long-term Truce Talks

Azzam Tamimi, head of Hamas-affiliated institution said on Wednesday that former British prime minister and Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair invited Hamas leader Khaled Mashal to London, for discussing a long-term truce with Israel.Tamimi said that Mashal’s visit did not take place because Hamas wanted to know the details […]

15 Aug

Carter says Israel Killed Two-state Solution

Former US president Jimmy Carter said, recently, that the two-state solution has “zero chance” of being realized in the present day, pointing to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu for the plan’s failure.In a wide-ranging interview with Prospect Magazine published on Thursday, Carter accused Netanyahu of adopting a “one-state solution,” and lamented […]

05 Aug

Hamas Official: No Deal with New Palestinian Ministers

A senior Hamas official said, Tuesday, that his movement will not deal with the new ministers sworn into the Palestinian government in a reshuffle, last week.Hamas political bureau member Moussa Abu Marzouq said, on the movement’s official website, that there is a national agreement on removing the incumbent Prime Minister […]

31 Jul

UN Envoy Denounces Child’s Brutal Murder By Israeli Fanatics In Nablus

UN envoy to the “Middle East Peace Process” Nicholai Mladinov denounced the latest Israeli crime against a Palestinian family in the occupied West Bank, leaving an18-month old infant dead, and his family seriously injured after Israeli extremists firebombed their home as they slept.Mladinov said “the crime in Douma village, south […]

31 Jul

PA Reshuffles Government, Hamas Denounces Move As A ‘Coup’

The Palestinian Authority, on Thursday, announced that a long awaited reshuffle of the Palestinian cabinet had been agreed upon, Palestinian officials told Ma’an News Agency.Hussein al-Araj, formerly the Deputy Minister of Local Governance and Governor of Nablus and Hebron, will serve as the Minister of Local Governance, sources said. Sabri […]

30 Jul

The New US Consul General Meets President Abbas

Donald Blome, the new American Consul General to Jerusalem, meet on Thursday the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential compound in Ramallah. During the meeting, President Abbas and Mr. Blome discussed the recent development of the peace process and the new Israeli plans to construct more units in illegal […]

30 Jul

Hamas Rejects Fateh’s Demand for Gaza Rule

Hamas officials on Wednesday rejected demands by Fateh leadership to hand over rule of the Gaza Strip and called for an ‘uprising’ against Palestinian Authority security forces.Fateh leader Azzam al-Ahmad had said on Sunday that Hamas ‘foiled’ efforts towards a unity government, and that the group must hand over rule […]

27 Jul

Foreign Ministry Denounces Murder Of Abu Latifa

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued statement, Monday, strongly condemning the death of a young Palestinian man, who was shot and killed at dawn, by Israeli army fire in the Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem.The Foreign Ministry said Mohammad Ata Abu Latifa, 20 years of age, “was murdered in […]

26 Jul

Hamas Military Wing Offers Thousands Combat Training

The armed wing of Hamas opened its Gaza summer camp, Saturday, aiming to provide basic combat training for 25,000 Palestinians in the embattled coastal enclave.Hamas, the de facto power in Gaza, is reportedly engaged in indirect contacts with Israel to try to reach a long-term truce, but a year after […]

26 Jul

Fateh Colonel Slain in Lebanese Refugee Camp

A senior Fateh member was shot dead in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp near Sidon in south Lebanon Saturday, a security official said.Colonel Talal al-Ourdouni was shot dead by in a drive-by shooting involving four men on two motorcycles, a Palestinian security officer in Lebanon told Ma’an News Agency. Al-Ourdouni […]

22 Jul

UN Overturns Israeli Resolution, Recognizes Palestinian Center

The United Nations, on Monday, approved UN accreditation for the London-based Palestinian Return Center in a defeat for Israel, which claimed the organization “openly promotes terrorism”.The center, which researches and monitors issues related to dispersed Palestinians and their right to return, denied all Israeli allegations. Last month, the U.N. committee […]

14 Jul

Erekat Steps Up as New PLO Secretary-General

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat took office as secretary-general of the PLO on Monday, prompting speculation he is being lined up to succeed Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian president.Erekat, who has served on the PLO negotiating team on-off for more than two decades, replaced Yasser Abed Rabbo after he was dismissed […]

11 Jul

Hamas: No Talks on Exchange Deal

A Hamas leader said Friday that talks will only take place with Israel regarding an exchange deal after Israel releases Palestinians who have been rearrested, despite being released in past prisoner swaps.Hamas’ Ismail Radwan said in a statement that “Israel must pay for everything,’ referring specifically to the Palestinians released […]

10 Jul

Hamas Announces Development of New Missiles

Hamas’ military wing announced, on Wednesday night, that it developed two new homemade rockets, and gave them names of slain leaders.In a rally held in the central square of the Gaza City to mark the first anniversary of latest Israeli onslaught against Gaza, Hamas Military Wing Al-Qassam Brigades announced developing […]

09 Jul

Ghassan Kanafani’s Ongoing Resistance

Thank to Kanafani the Palestinians started to believe more and more in their struggle. It is therefore easy to understand why the Israeli Mossad killed him: he was not just a writer, but a leader.On 8 July 1972, the Israeli Mossad murdered Ghassan Kanafani, of the most prominent Palestinian writers, […]

30 Jun

VIDEO: Interview with Jerusalem Affairs Minister

On January 25, 2006 Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem elected delegates to the Palestinian parliament. After the elections the Change and Reform (Hamas) party headed a national unity government. Khaled Abu Arafe was appointed as the Minister for Jerusalem Affairs. This is his story. Also from AIC: […]

27 Jun

Vatican Signs Historic Accord with Palestine

The State of Palestine signed an historic accord with the Vatican on Friday, two years after the Catholic body recognized it as a state.’For the first time, the agreement includes an official recognition by the Holy See of Palestine as a State, in recognition of the right of the Palestinian […]

24 Jun

New Unity Government in the Works

The PLO will discuss forming a new unity government next week, a Palestinian Authority spokesperson said Tuesday, after an announcement on June 16 that the consensus government formed last year would be dissolved.PA spokesman Ihab Bseiso told Ma’an News Agency that the national unity government has not yet resigned and […]

17 Jun

Unity Government Pulls Up Stakes

The Palestinian unity government formed last year in a bid to heal rifts between Hamas and president Mahmoud Abbas’ Fateh party resigned on Wednesday, an official said.According to AFP, an aide to president Mahmoud Abbas said that prime minister Rami Hamdallah ‘handed his resignation to Abbas and Abbas ordered him […]

09 Jun

Russia Offers to Host New Fateh/Hamas Reconciliation Meeting

Russia has offered to host a reconciliation meeting between Hamas and Fateh in Moscow, Lebanese newspaper as-Safir reported Monday.The offer was reportedly made by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is also the Russian President’s Special Representative for the Middle East. According to as-Safir, Hamas had accepted the […]

09 Jun

Al-Maliki: “Files Of Settlements, Gaza, To Be Submitted To ICC On June 25”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, stated that the files of Israel’s illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, and the repeated Israeli aggression on the besieged coastal Gaza Strip, will be submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on June 25.Al-Maliki said that all preparations for submitting […]

03 Jun

Alleged ISIS-supporters Give Hamas 48 Hours to Stop Crackdown

Proponents of ISIS in the Gaza Strip have issued Hamas a 48-hour deadline to stop its crackdown on them, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.In a statement sent to the media, the ISIS supporters claimed responsibility for a rocket fired at Israel from Gaza, last week. The claim could not […]

02 Jun

Deputy Head of Hamas: No Progress in Gaza

The Deputy Head of Hamas says there has been no humanitarian or economic progress in the Gaza Strip since the national consensus government was formed a year ago.According to Ma’an, Ismail Haniyeh says that the situation in Gaza has not changed at all due to the ongoing Israeli blockade, as […]

01 Jun

“160 Files On Israeli Settlements To Be Submitted To ICC,’ Expert Says

Khalil Tafakji, a Palestinian expert in Maps and the head of the ‘ and Geographic Information Systems Department’ of the Arab Studies Center in Jerusalem, said the Palestinian Authority intends to submit 160 files to the International Criminal Court (ICC), documenting Israel’s illegal settlement activities.Tafakji said the files will be […]

20 May

Sweden to Give $4.8m in PA Salaries and Pensions

On Tuesday, the Swedish State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, Ulrika ModĂ©er, who is currently visiting Palestine, announced a contribution of SEK 40 million ($4.8 million) to the Palestinian Authority.The contribution will be channeled through the European Union’s PEGASE mechanism, according to WAFA, and will help the PA pay for […]

19 May

PA Demands Fixed Date for ICC Lawsuit Submission

The Palestinian foreign minister, Riyad Al-Maliki, said on Monday that he asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to set a date for submitting the case files pertaining to the settlements and war crimes lawsuits against Israel to the court.’I filed a request two days ago to the ICC to set […]

13 May

Vatican to Recognize Palestine

After years of negotiations, the Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), as well as the Palestinian Authority have agreed on a draft treaty for the Vatican’s recognition of the Palestinian State. The treaty is expected to be signed and come into effect later this year. PA President Abbas is […]

12 May

Israeli General: ‘Israel and Hamas have common interests.’

The general responsible for Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip says that continued rule by Hamas is necessary for its stability, Israeli media reported Tuesday.’The alternative would be the Israeli military and chaos in governance,’ top-selling Yediot Aharonot quoted Major General Sami Turgeman as telling heads of southern Israel local […]

08 May

Human Rights Watch: Palestinian Students Abused over Politics by PA Forces

Human Rights Watch, on Thursday, accused Palestinian security forces of arresting or questioning West Bank students over their political opinions, saying several had been mistreated.’It is deeply worrying that students are being held by Palestinian forces for no apparent reason other than their connection to Hamas or their opinions,’ said […]

30 Apr

US Pressuring France to Postpone UN Resolution on Palestine?

Israeli newspaper ‘Haaretz’ has published a report saying that the United States and several other countries – including Arab states – have asked the French government, over the past two weeks, to postpone its initiative for a United Nations Security Council draft resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian issue – at least […]