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05 Nov

Musical Ramallah Joins UNESCO’s ‘Creative Cities Network’

Ramallah joined UNESCO‘s global network of “Creative Cities”, a move announced by the Secretary General Audrey Azoulay, said a statement issued by Ramallah’s municpality. Ramallah is becoming a member in the field of music alongside 65 other cities from around the world, this year, making a total of 246 cities […]

04 Jul

Church of Nativity Removed from UNESCO List of Endangered World Heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) removed, at the request of the state of Palestine, Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity from UNESCO’s list of endangered world heritage sites following restorations. The church was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2012 and placed on its endangered list […]

02 Jan

Israel & US Formally Ditch UNESCO

More than a year after announcing their withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Israel and the United States’ decision officially went into effect at the last second of December 31, 2018. UNESCO was the first UN body to grant full membership to Palestine in 2011, which […]

11 Oct

UNESCO Adopts New Resolutions on Palestine

By consensus, the Program and External Relations Commission (PX), of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on Wednesday, adopted two resolutions on Palestine, in the framework of its 205th plenary meeting.   The resolutions, sponsored by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and […]

15 Oct

US and Israel Show UNESCO their Anti-Palestinian Bias

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

13 Oct

USA and Israel Quit UNESCO over Alleged Anti-Israeli Bias

nsnbc : The United States and Israel have both withdrawn from the UN Science, Culture and Education Agency UNESCO after accusing it of having an anti-Israeli bias. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at […]

12 Jul

UNESCO Decision on Hebron Praised by Council for International Relations, Scorned by Israel

Palestine appreciated the UNESCO decision of designating Hebron and the two adjoined shrines at its heart –  Tomb of the Patriarchs and the Muslim Ibrahimi Mosque – as a “Palestinian World Heritage Site in Danger”. The Council for International Relations said, in a press release, that  the decision halts the […]

06 Jul

UNESCO Adopts Resolution Reaffirming Israel’s Lack of Sovereignty over Jerusalem

The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted, on Tuesday, a resolution which confirms Israel’s lack of sovereignty over occupied Jerusalem. The organization condemned, in a meeting in Krakov, southern Poland, the excavations carried out by the Israeli Antiquities Department, in Jerusalem. According […]

04 May

$1m in Israeli Aid for UNESCO Cut over Jerusalem Resolution

Israel said, on Wednesday, that it will cut back $1 million in aid for UNESCO, in response to a recent resolution which is critical of Israeli policy in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who announced the decision at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, said that he had ordered the […]

18 Oct

Mexico Seeks to Withdraw UNESCO Vote, New Session Refused

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced that it will not hold the new vote on the Jewishness of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, proclaimed Israeli “Temple Mount”, despite Mexico changing its stance. Mexico, who voted Thursday in favor of the resolution that denies Israeli ties to the […]

17 Oct

Israelis Exert Pressure to Cancel UNESCO Vote

Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Michael Worbs, says that communications have been underway to reach a consensus over a recent resolution denying Jewish ties to al-Aqsa Mosque, in annexed East Jerusalem. Worbs said, according to the PNN, that more time and dialogue between the members of the board are needed […]

15 Oct

PA Welcomes Passing of UNESCO Resolution

Photo: The Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of East Jerusalem during a regional dust storm, September 8, 2015. (AFP) Following a controversial UNESCO vote which saw the adoption of a draft resolution sharply criticizing Israeli policies around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while supposedly rejecting Jewish ties to the holy […]

15 Oct

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

UNESCO to Vote on Resolution Refuting “Jewishness” of Al Aqsa Mosque

October 13, 2016 4:32 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is expected to vote on a resolution proposal that ‘denies Jewish connections to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound & the Dome of the Rock, which is called the Temple Mount and Western Wall by Israelis,  in Jerusalem, the Ha’aretz daily reported. The […]

23 Apr

New UNESCO Motions Against Israeli Violations in Palestine

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

30 Oct

UNESCO Condemns Israeli Violations in Jerusalem

The Executive Board of UNESCO has approved, upon its 195th session, the recommendation of Jordan and Palestine to redefine Israel, according to international law, as an occupying power.According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, Jordan and Palestine, supported by Arab, Islamic and international consensus, submitted a set of recommendations with […]

10 Nov

Israel and US lose voting rights at UNESCO after refusing to pay dues for last two years

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has decided to suspend the voting rights of the U.S. and Israel after the two nations refused to provide a justification for their failure to pay dues.The US and Israel have withheld their dues since a UNESCO vote to recognize the […]

01 Oct

Palestine Participates In UNESCO Meeting As Member State

For the first time, Palestine is participating at the UNESCO meeting, held in Oman’s capital, Masqat, with the participation of secretary-generals of the national committees of the UNESCO in the Arab world.The sessions will be discussing Mediterranean Strategies Polices for the period between 2014 and 2021. Strategies and budgets for […]

14 Dec

Fayyad Asserts That UNESCO Membership Was An Important Step

December 14, 2011 1:40 PM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, News Report, Ramallah 0

During his participation in an official ceremony to light the Christmas tree in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr. Salaam Fayyad, stated that raising the Palestinian flag at the UNESCO headquarters is an important step. He claimed that this will be followed by other similar […]

11 Nov

UNESCO Lodges Complaint Over Haaretz Cartoon

November 11, 2011 3:40 PM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, Israel, News Report 0

Eric Falt, a senior official at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, sent for Israel ambassador to UNESCO, Nimrod Barkan to admonish Israel over a cartoon published in Haaretz on Wednesday, the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an reported.The cartoon that was published on November 4 as an expression of Israel’s […]

03 Nov

After US, Israel Freezes Support To UNESCO

November 3, 2011 8:36 PM IMEMC News International, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israel has frozen its financial support to the UNESCO after the latter extended Palestine’s status to a full membership at the international body, the Maan News Agency reported on Thursday afternoon. In a statement released Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister spokesperson, Ofir Gendelman, stated that Netanyahu vowed to freeze $2 Million […]

01 Nov

Following P.A Admission to UNESCO; Netanyahu’s Government To Discuss Sanctions

November 1, 2011 5:42 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

After the UNESCO voted Monday to allow Palestine to become a full member, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, decided to convene with his “cabinet of eight” on Tuesday to discuss a series of sanction against the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.Israeli online daily, Haaretz, quoted a senior cabinet members […]

31 Oct

Palestine Becomes Full Member Of UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, voted Monday to extend full membership to Palestine, despite promises by the US and other donor nations that this decision would cost the Organization some of its funding.The delegates of UNESCO voted overwhelmingly to include Palestine as a member, with a […]

29 Oct

UNESCO To Vote On Palestinian Membership Monday

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be holding a vote on Monday on the Palestinian request to become a full member. The move is part of the Palestinian demands of international recognition as a state.On October 6th, The Executive Council of the UNESCO decided to allow the […]

06 Oct

UNESCO Decides To Put Statehood Bid To A Vote

The Executive Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted Wednesday in favor of putting the issue of granting Palestine a full membership, to a vote. PACE grants Palestine “partner for democracy” status.The vote passed by 40 of the 58 member countries. Four countries (the United […]

14 Mar

UNESCO Demands that Israel Halts Digging at the Al-Aqsa Mosque

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) demanded that Israel halts the current excavations being carried out near the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. A UNESCO team of experts headed by the director of UNESCO, Francesco Bandarin, criticized the digging for stirring large-scale protests in the […]

31 May

Israeli Forces Evict Palestinians from Ibrahimi Mosque, Permit Settlers

Israeli forces, on Friday, blocked Palestinian Muslim worshipers from performing the dawn prayer, evicted hundreds of worshipers and banned the call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron/Al-Khalil, Quds News Network reported. Sheikh Hifzi Abu Sneineh, the head of the local Waqf Department, stated that military barriers were placed […]

31 May

Armed Israeli Settlers Invade Local Markets in Hebron

Armed Israeli settlers in the Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron, reportedly invaded, on Saturday afternoon, some local markets in the city, causing panic among local Palestinians. Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported that a large group of armed colonists invaded the Allaban, Alqasaba and Ein Alaskar local markets and began […]

28 May

Israeli Troops Block Maintenance of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

Israeli troops blocked, earlier on Thursday morning, maintenance works at the Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, an ancient United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-recognized part of Palestinian heritage. Palestinian chief for the Holy Shrine and Muslim scholar, Hefdi Abusnaina, told media outlets that Israeli troops blocked, by force, some construction and […]

01 Feb

Gaza Journalists Reject So Called ‘Deal of the Century’

Palestinian journalists in Gaza applied their blood to the map of Palestine to symbolize their dedication to their home land. The Government Media Office (GMO) in Gaza organized, on Thursday, a protest for Palestinian journalists, in front of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters, to show […]

19 Jan

Maps, Technology, and Decolonial Spatial Practices in Palestine

by Zena Agha for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Overview The practice of mapping in Palestine-Israel has long been an exercise in power, imperialism, and dispossession. From the British Mandate to the present day, Zionist (later Israeli) cartographers have used maps to obfuscate and eradicate physical, geographic, and social markers of Palestinians’ […]

28 Dec

A Year In Review: Will 2020 Be A Game Changer In Palestine?

by Ramzy Baroud This has been a defining year for Palestine and Israel. Despite the usual political stagnation of the Palestinian leadership, two factors contributed to making 2019 particularly eventful and, looking ahead, consequential as well: The unprecedented political power struggle in Israel, and the total US retreat from its […]

11 Nov

ISM Offers Training in London, UK, November 30, 2019

ISM UK is offering a day of pre-training for prospective volunteers who are interested in joining the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) on the ground in Palestine. Attending the training session in north London will give you a chance to get a first impression of ISM and the kind of work […]

07 Nov

Israel Approves Controversial Jerusalem Cable Car Plan

Mustafa Abu Sneineh & Sondus Ewies – Middle East Eye Residents and archaeologists decry plan, saying it will promote illegal settlement and ruin the Old City. The skyline of Jerusalem’s ancient Old City is set to be altered dramatically by a “racist” cable car that critics say would blight the […]

25 Sep

New Legislation in Congress Puts Palestinians in a Catch-22

New legislation introduced in Congress would potentially destroy the ability of the Palestinian leadership to engage in diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations. The legislation would give Palestinian leaders two options: withdraw from international bodies that are integral to their pursuit of justice or be held liable […]

07 Sep

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 August – 04 September 2019)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory  29 August – 04 September 2019   Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: 1 Civilian killed and 93 others injured, including 33 children, a woman, 2 journalists, and a paramedic.   West Bank: 4 civilians injured, including a child and […]

05 Sep

Dr. Ashrawi Calls on International Community to Protect Old City of Hebron

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said the Israeli President and Prime Minister’s provocative ‘visit’ to Hebron City is an irresponsible and offensive attempt to pander to the most extreme and racist elements of the settler movement. The intolerable reality of segregation, […]

22 Jul

The US Law Restricting Satellite Imagery of Palestine-Israel

by Zena Agha on July 21, 2019 for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Bipartisan legislation passed by the US Congress in 1997 limits the quality and availability of aerial photography of Palestine-Israel. The Kyl-Bingaman Amendment (KBA) to the US National Defense Authorization Act was passed under the pretext of protecting Israel’s national security. […]

16 Mar

Climate Change and the Palestinian Authority

by Zena Agha, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Climate change is among the greatest threats currently facing human life. Its effects are global, wide-ranging, and unequally distributed. Despite Palestinians and Israelis inhabiting the same physical terrain, Palestinians under occupation will suffer the effects of climate change more severely. The single […]

20 Feb

Israel to Withhold $138m over Prisoner Payments

Israel said that its security cabinet, on Sunday, decided to withhold $138 million (€122 million) in tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority, over its payments to prisoners jailed for attacks on Israelis. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the withheld cash would be equal to that paid […]

31 Jan

UN Officials: Right to Education in Palestine Deeply Impacted by Israeli Interference

United Nations officials, Wednesday, expressed deep concern over the rise in ongoing Israeli interference in Palestinian education. “As the second school term resumes in the State of Palestine, we remain deeply concerned by the high number of reported incidents of interference in or near schools in the West Bank since […]

31 Jan

Palestinian School Served With Demolition Order After Being Rebuilt

January 31, 2019 4:30 AM Ali Salam Hebron, News Report, West Bank 0

Israeli soldiers served, Wednesday, a demolition order targeting a school in Masafer Yatta town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. The population lives in “Area C”, under full Israel civil and military control. On Wednesday, the director of the Ministry of Education in Yatta, […]

18 Jan

ISESCO Condemns Israeli Plan to Destroy Jerusalem Heritage Site

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has condemned Israeli occupation authorities’ scheme to destroy a 1,200-year-old archaeological site in an Arab town to the north of occupied Jerusalem, as a means to build a logistic center for the “Modi’in” settlement.   ISESCO stated, according to Al Ray, that […]

17 Jan

Palestine Launches Bid for Full UN Membership

Palestine will launch a bid to become a full member of the United Nations, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said on Tuesday. The bid will go ahead despite the United States having said it will veto Palestine’s membership plans. “We know that we are going to face a US veto but that won’t […]

12 Jan

Dr. Ashrawi: Israeli Apartheid Threatens International Peace and Security

PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly condemned, on Friday, Israel’s opening of a new ‘Apartheid Road’ in occupied Jerusalem and its surrounding areas, segregating Palestinians from Israeli settlers by an eight-meter-high wall. “The creation of this new apartheid road affirms Israel’s willful intent to entrench its racist colonial […]

07 Jan

Jerusalem Municipality Member Proposes Destruction of Historic Wall

A Jerusalem municipality member advanced, on Sunday, a suggestion to demolish the historic wall of Jerusalem’s Old City district, under the pretext of easing the traffic crisis. Israel Hayom news quoted King as saying that the wall was built in the 16th century, by one of the Ottoman caliphs, to […]

05 Jan

Israel Showcases Stolen Palestinian Antiquities

A section of the “Finds Gone Astray” exhibition at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, January 3, 2019. Photo credit: Bible Lands Museum. POSTED BY: ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER JANUARY 4, 2019 The exhibit ‘Finds Gone Astray’ in Jerusalem constitutes a violation of international law, yet frames Israel as a preserver of history. […]

21 Dec

Settlers Level Palestinian Lands in Bethlehem, Ramallah

Israeli settlers razed Palestinian-owned lands in the Battir village, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, on Thursday morning. Local activist, Hassan Breijieh, representative of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee, said that Israeli settlers razed lands northwest of Battir, west of Bethlehem City, to create or open […]

25 Nov

Israel Attempts to Beautify Settlements amid International Rejection

Israel’s right-wing government, led by the Likud Party, is trying to improve the image of the settlement to the Israeli public and world opinion, aiming to encourage and settle Jewish communities including immigrants from Arab countries, Iran, Ethiopia and India in Israel, through broadcasting video clips via internet and mobile […]

09 Nov

Soldiers Attack Students during School Celebration

Israeli soldiers invaded Thursday, Beit Ta’mar Palestinian village, east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and started firing live rounds at students, teachers and officials of the Ministry of Education, during a school celebration. Media sources said the soldiers, and many illegal colonialist settlers, surrounded the area, before the […]

10 Sep

Illiteracy Rate in Palestine is Among the Lowest in the World

On the occasion of International Literacy Day, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) published a report, last week, on the illiteracy rate in Palestine ,and confirmed that it is one of the lowest in the world. The report said that the illiteracy rate in 2017 was 3.3% (7,898 illiterate) […]

04 Sep

Kushner’s Ongoing Assault on Palestinian Refugees

Originally published by Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. by Zena Agha on September 4, 2018 The US administration is waging an assault against Palestinian refugees. Diplomatic, legal, and financial measures – mainly engineered by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner – aim to take the Palestinian refugee question “off the […]

30 Aug

Satellite Imagery and the Palestine-Israel Exception

This article was originally published by Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. by Zena Agha Introduction In the United States and beyond, the rules that apply to the rest of the world have long applied differently to Palestine-Israel. In the US, this exceptionalism often manifests as censorship of Palestinian perspectives and operates […]

10 Aug

Israeli Forces Target Civilian Property, Destroy al-Mishal Cultural Center and Wound 20 Civilians in Gaza City

In New Crime of Crime Against Civilians and Cultural Objects, Israeli Forces Target Civilian Property, Destroy al-Mishal Cultural Center and Wound 20 Civilians in Gaza City In new crime of crimes against Palestinian civilians and cultural objects, Israeli warplanes targeted al-Mishal Cultural Center building, which includes the Egyptian community’s office. […]

23 Jul

Islamic Waqf Warns against Israeli Digging at Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Islamic Waqf department in Jerusalem, which is in charge of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in a recent press release, warned against Israeli digs below the Muslim holy site. Waqf director, Azzam al-Khatib, said that Israel was secretly carrying out digs below the Islamic Museum, on the western side of the […]

05 Jul

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 June – 04 July 2018)

July 5, 2018 7:58 PM PCHR Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 28 June – 04 July, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed, while another child succumbed to his […]

04 Jun

Digging Resumed at Ancient Palestinian Cemetery in East Jerusalem

Officers of Israel’s Nature And Parks Authority (INPA) reportedly resumed excavation work on Sunday, at the Palestinian Bab-al-Rahma cemetery, just outside the walls of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. WAFA reported, according to Ma’an, that INPA staff began digging up graves and land in the cemetery around 20 […]

30 Mar

Israel’s Annexation Crusade in Jerusalem: The Role of Ma’ale Adumim and the E1 Corridor

by Zena Agha Overview In recent months, Israel has made a series of relentless attempts to annex settlements bordering Jerusalem. The most ambitious: The Greater Jerusalem bill, which sought to annex Ma’ale Adumim, Givat Zeev, Beitar Illit, and the Etzion bloc – a settlement cluster between Jerusalem and Hebron –and which was […]

14 Mar

VIDEO: Palestinian Culture and History Spotlighted after Tourism Agreement with Europe

An agreement signed between Masar Ibrahim al Khalil and representatives from seven European countries, on Monday night, marks a significant step forward for Palestinian tourism, says the Mayor of Bethlehem. The agreement between the Union of European Cultural Trails operating the pan-European St. James track and Masar Ibrahim, seeks to […]

03 Mar

Long Overdue: Alternatives to the Paris Protocol

by Nur Arafeh, for the Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Overview If Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is serious about distancing himself from reliance on US mediation and from collaboration with Israel he should look seriously at alternatives to the Paris Economic Protocol – the parameters for the economic relationship between […]

03 Mar

Joint Statement: Israel’s Occupation Threatens Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem

On 25 February 2018, the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem announced the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem as a measure of protest against Israel’s deliberate violation of the status quo and its systematic campaign of targeting Churches and the Christian presence therein. […]

01 Mar

Palestinian Astrophysicist Wins International Prize

Palestinian scientist, professor and lecturer at Al-Aqsa University, Suleiman Baraka, received the Italian Renata Borlon Prize, for the year 2018, in its fourth edition, at the University of Sofia in Tuscany. Palestinian astrophysicist Sulaiman Baraka is from the town of Bani Suhaila in Khan Younis, southern the Gaza Strip. Baraka […]

09 Feb

To Achieve One State, Palestinians Must Also Work for Two

by Nadia Hijab, for the Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reinforced by Vice President Mike Pence’s promise to move the US embassy before the end of 2019, there has been a flurry of pieces heralding the imminent shift in a Palestinian strategy toward a […]

20 Dec

New Synagogue under Western Wall Unveiled, $50m to be Allocated for “Temple Mount Explorations”

December 20, 2017 11:51 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli authorities, today, unveiled a new Jewish synagogue under Al-Buraq Wall – known to Jews as the Western Wall – in occupied East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. “Following 12 years of construction, the new synagogue was opened on Monday evening,” the Heritage Foundation of the Western Wall, an Israeli governmental […]

19 Dec

Foreign Minister: Next Steps Will Involve Full Palestine Membership in UN

Foreign and Expatriates Minister Riyad Malki said that the United Nations General Assembly will meet today, to vote on a draft resolution regarding the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, stressing that work is underway to get a vote by the largest number of countries that will constitute a […]

13 Nov

Mexico to Abstain from Voting for Palestine

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Figari Casso has contacted Israel’s ambassador to Mexico, Yoni Peled, and told him that Mexico has decided to change its voting strategy in all the upcoming voting procedures related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and will turn from voting in favor of Palestine to abstaining from doing […]

10 Nov

Rights Seminar Held in Ramallah for Palestinian Journalists (VIDEO)

Palestinian journalists and human rights activists, this week, highlighted the various violations committed against them in the Palestine, whether out by Israeli occupation or the violations by the Palestinian authorities, in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip. PNN reports that the Seminar was organized by the United Nations Educational, […]

20 Oct

Facts On The Ground And Double Standard For Palestine

by Dina Badie, Huffington Post/Days of Palestine Trump’s decision to withdraw from UNESCO is a flagrant attempt to punish Palestinians for doing what Israel has done all along. Israel has monopolised the “facts on the ground” debate through government-sanctioned settlement expansions into the West Bank, including an announcement this past week about […]

17 Oct

Israel Approves 31 Colonialist Units In Hebron City

The Israeli “Civil Administration Office,” run by the army in the occupied West Bank, has approved the construction of 31 colonialist units, for Jewish settlers, in the old Central Bus Station, in the Shuhada Street, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The approval is the largest construction plan […]

25 Aug

Netanyahu Green Lights Storming of Al-Aqsa by MKs

Israel’s Channel 2 reported that, yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave authorization for Knesset members to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque next Tuesday. Netanyahu issued an order prohibiting members of the Knesset from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in October of 2015, since the outbreak of the uprising in Jerusalem. In July, he […]

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29 Jul

This Week in Palestine Week 30 2017

Download / Listen Here Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for July 22, to the 28, 2017. As Israeli end its siege on Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque, Israeli army gunfire leave three Palestinians killed this week. These stories, and more, […]

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08 Jul

This Week in Palestine Week 27 2017

July 8, 2017 4:13 AM Ghassan Bannoura Audio report, Palestine 0

Download / Listen Here Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for July 01, to the 07, 2017. As Palestinians manage another political win at the United Nations, Israeli attacks this week targeting Palestinian communities leave more than two dozen injured […]

27 Jun

Israeli Soldiers Invade Sebastia, Remove A Palestinian Flag

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, the town of Sebastia, north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and removed a Palestinian flag that was raised on a pole at an archeological site in the town. Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia, said the soldiers invaded the archeological area, removed the […]

31 May

Struggle for Jerusalem Taking a ‘Serious Turn’, says Analyst

The battle for control over East Jerusalem is taking a serious turn, as Israeli plans aim to completely change its demographic character and culture, director of the Arab Studies Society’s Mapping Department Khalil Tafakji said on Tuesday. Speaking to Voice of Palestine radio, Tafakji said that Israel is forcing Palestinian schools […]

14 Mar

Dinosaur Museum Opens in Bethlehem (VIDEO)

A natural history museum for dinosaurs and large insects opened on Tuesday, at the Convention Palace in Bethlehem. Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Minister of Culture Ihab Bseiso and Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun inaugurated the museum in the presence of Harry Leu, owner of the international exhibit, who said at […]

31 Jan

Operation Dove: A Dangerous Road to Education

Operation Dove reports negligence on the part of Israeli military escorts charged with protecting Palestinian children from settler violence in At-Tuwani during the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year. via the Alternative Information Center (AIC). (Edited for the IMEMC by chris @ Children from the West Bank Palestinian […]

01 Jan

Annotated Transcript and Video Coverage of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Historic 12/28/16 Speech

“Thank you, all. It’s good to be here, even in the middle of a holiday week. I wish you all a happy and productive new year. Today, I want to share candid thoughts about an issue that, for decades, has animated the foreign policy dialogue, here and around the world […]

29 Nov

MADA Commemorates 250th Anniversary of First Swedish Press Law Granting Access to Information

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), in collaboration with the Consulate General of Sweden in Jerusalem, and Representative Office of Finland in Ramallah, organized an event commemorating 250 years of the enactment of the first press law which granted access to information in the Kingdom of Sweden. […]

03 Nov

Looting Palestinian Cultural Heritage

Israel illegally transfers rare archaeological artifacts from East Jerusalem into a new Israeli museum. Where is the international community? by Sergio Yahni The construction of Israel’s National Archaeology Campus (NAC), designed by architects Moshe Safdie and Irit Kohavi, has slowly but steadily progressed since 2012. NAC will sit next to […]

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29 Oct

This Week in Palestine Week 43 2016

October 29, 2016 12:45 AM Ghassan Bannoura Audio report, Palestine 0

Download / Listen Here Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for October 22, to the 28, 2016. This week a Palestinian man dies his wife critically injured by settlers attack in the West Bank, meanwhile Palestinian leaders meet as part […]

19 Oct

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Celebrate Sukkot at Buraq Plaza

Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered, Wednesday morning, at Buraq plaza, to the west of Al-Aqsa Mosque to celebrate what is called Sukkot, the “Feast of Tabernacles”. By celebrating their rituals, the celebrants ignored a recent UNESCO resolution declaring the Al-Aqsa shrine an Islamic site, and nullifying a Jewish connection to it. As […]

18 Oct

Israeli Extremists Storm Al Aqsa, Ibrahimi Mosques

Around 200 Israeli extremists, on Tuesday, held provocative tours of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in annexed East Jerusalem’s Old City district, heeding calls by parent organizations to increase Jewish presence on the holy site during the Jewish holidays, according to mosque officials. The Islamic Waqf, which runs the al-Haram al-Sharif (holy sanctuary) […]

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14 Oct

This Week in Palestine Week 41 2016

October 14, 2016 9:42 PM Ghassan Bannoura Audio report, Palestine 0

Download / Listen Here Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for October 8, to the 14, 2016. A child and two adults are killed by Israeli gunfire this week. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned. The Nonviolence Report […]

24 Aug

Arab League Condemns Recent Bombing of Gaza

The Arab League, on Tuesday, condemned the recent Israeli army’s shelling of several different locations in the Gaza Strip, and the damage incurred on Palestinian property. Deputy Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Ben Helli called on the international community to immediately intervene and put an end to what he […]

19 Aug

Islamic Christian Committee: Israel Planning Jerusalem Entrance Project to Obliterate Muslim Christian Spirit

The Islamic Christian Committee to Defend Jerusalem and Holy Sites warned, on Thursday, against an Israeli project called the “New Face of Modern Jerusalem,” which targets the main western entrance of the city. The committee said, in a press release, that the plan aims to give Jerusalem a Jewish character, obliterate […]

12 Aug

In photos: Bethlehem Live!

12 August 2016, Poppy Liuba-Carmichael, Alternative Information Center (AIC) The Bethlehem Live Festival brings local and international artists to Palestine to revive historic Star Street and energize cultural resistance to Israeli occupation. This year, Bethlehem held its fourth annual Bethlehem Live Festival on Star Street from August 4th to 7th, 2016. […]

20 Jul

Federico Busonero: “The Land that Remains”

Federico Busonero is an Italian photographer currently based in the Pacific Northwest. His book, ‘The Land That Remains’, is available to purchase from Hatje Cantz publishers and his website “The Palestine I visited remained elusive, transfixed in the stillness of its own time. I felt almost like an intruder as I […]

25 May

Burqin to Arraba

May 25, 2016 9:40 AM Siraj Center Visit Palestine 0

Here, the visitor can explore an ancient stately palace with impressive architecture and hidden doors for secret passages.

Photo by: Frits Meyst
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!

24 Mar

Israeli Regional Construction Committee Approves “Kedem” Colonialist Project In Jerusalem

The Israeli “Regional Planning and Construction Council” approved, on Wednesday, the so-called “Kedem – City of David” colonialist project that would be undertaken at the main entrances of the Wadi Hilweh Palestinian neighborhood, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center, in Silwan (Silwanic), said […]

01 Mar

Mar Saba – Saint Saba

A short drive from Bethlehem can take you to one of the most beautiful desert monasteries in the Holy Land. The Greek Orthodox monastery of St. Saba, Mar Saba in Arabic, was founded on the cliffs of the Kidron Valley by Saint Saba of Cappadocia in 483 AD. After that, […]

05 Feb

Archaeological Excavation Conducted in Cremisan Valley

February 5, 2016 3:00 PM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, News Report, The Wall 0

In May of 2015, Israel commenced with the construction of the apartheid wall in the northern Bethlehem area; namely the area around the Cremisan Valley in Beit-Jala, without taking into consideration the valley’s potential of outstanding universal value. The site is an integral part of the serial nomination ‘Palestine, Land […]

11 Aug

Muslims in Jerusalem Denounce Cafe Built on Historic Cemetery

August 11, 2015 12:21 AM IMEMC & Agencies Internal Unrest, Jerusalem, News Report 0

A recently opened cafe in West Jerusalem, which is built on a park that Muslims say is the site of an ancient cemetery, is drawing outrage from religious leaders in the Holy City.The Al-Aqsa Association, a group which advocates for protecting the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other holy […]

31 Jul

Ashrawi Says Israel Now ‘Completely Out of Control’

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi has strongly condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval of 300 units in the illegal settlement of Beit El and plans to construct additional units in and around Jerusalem, including 115 units in the settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev, 300 units in the settlement […]

05 Mar

UK Bans Ad Showing Occupied East Jerusalem as Israeli Territory

A British advertising watchdog has banned an Israeli government tourism advertisement implying that the Old City of Jerusalem is part of Israel, a status unrecognized by the international community.The newspaper brochure showed a panorama of the walled Old City with the text ‘Israel has it all’, and was ruled as […]

15 Jan

MADA To Release Documentary on Israeli Violations Against Journalists

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) recently held a meeting with journalists, to announce its release of a special report and documentary film dealing with the violations against journalists and media outlets during the Israeli attack on Gaza of 2014.The Palestinian News Network reports that MADA’s general […]

05 Jan

Israeli High Court orders re-routing of Annexation Wall in Battir village

January 5, 2015 5:50 AM Celine Hagbard Bethlehem, News Report, The Wall 0

Palestinian villagers from Battir, in the southern part of the West Bank, declared a victory on Sunday in their struggle to save their village from annexation by Israeli forces for the construction of the Wall through the town.Battir has been the site of non-violent protests and resistance to the Israeli […]

04 Jan

Barghouthi: “Israel Practicing Piracy By Withholding Palestinian Tax Money”

Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, described the Israeli decision to withhold 500 Million New Israeli Shekels of Palestinian Tax money, as an act of theft and piracy practiced on the highest level of the Israeli government.“What Israel is doing is theft, piracy and illegal,’ Dr. Barghouthi […]

21 Jul

7 Nobel Laureates Among 64 Public Figures Calling for Arms Embargo Against Israel

Sixty-four public figures, including seven Nobel Peace Prize winners, published a letter in the British Guardian newspaper calling for an international arms embargo on Israel for its ‘war crimes and possible crimes against humanity’ in Gaza. The letter reads as follows: ‘Israel has once again unleashed the full force of […]

16 Apr

Multiple Assaults and Abductions Across Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem

Israeli forces, on Tuesday, fired an artillery shell toward residents’ homes in Juhr al-Deek area, to the southeast of Gaza, yet no injuries were reported, according to media sources.WAFA correspondence reports that army tanks, stationed along the borders with the Gaza Strip, fired several missiles on an agricultural area, in […]