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26 Jun

Lieberman says Gaza Can Have Cyprus Seaport if Israeli Prisoners Released

Plans for a Gaza seaport in Cyprus, policed by Israel, were discussed as Defense Minister for Israel, Avigdor Lieberman, met with his Cypriot and Greek counterparts, on Friday. The offer is conditional upon Hamas’ release of Israeli prisoners and remains of Israeli soldiers, with no mention of the 6036 Palestinian […]

22 Sep

Greece, Cyprus Assert Support for Palestinian State

Greece and Cyprus affirmed, Wednesday, their support for the creation of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. A joint communique, issued following a meeting for foreign ministers of the three countries, and held in New York on the sidelines of the United […]

08 Feb

Israel Seeking New Air Force Base in Cyprus

The Israeli government, under Benjamin Netanyahu, is planning to initiate talks with Cyprus in order to establish an Israeli Air Force base in the country, while affirming Israel’s “outstanding” relations with Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. Netanyahu will be heading to Cyprus later this month, and will be holding talks […]

31 Jan

Cyprus Recognizes Independent Palestinian State

Cyprus announced Sunday that it recognizes a Palestinian State in the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. Cyprus is the first European Union member country that officially recognizes the Palestinian right to statehood .The official Greek recognition came in a latter handed by its president Dmitri Christofias to […]

30 May

Gaza humanitarian aid flotilla launches from Cyprus after delay: Report from crewmember

On Sunday morning the Flotilla of humanitarian aid bound for the Gaza Strip finally set off for Gaza, after several delays from the government of Cyprus and technical issues with some of the boats. The flotilla includes thousands of tons of humanitarian aid, and 800 peace activists from a variety […]

21 Aug

‘Free Gaza’ boats set sail from Cyprus to Gaza

Despite Israeli objections and attempts to intervene, Cyprian authorities have given the go-ahead for two boats filled with humanitarian supplies and 60 international activists to set sail tomorrow for the Gaza Strip.  The boats took off at midnight Thursday morning. The 'Free Gaza' movement has been collecting money and supplies […]

15 Aug

Challenging the siege from Rafah to Cyprus

On Sunday, hundreds of Hamas supporters, many stranded Gaza patients, students and travelers, took part in a rally at the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing terminal in southern Gaza, against the continued closure of the terminal for the past 14 months and calling on Egypt to reopen it.Organized by […]

20 Apr

Who Lost the Arabs? Regional Relations with Palestine

by Ibrahim Fraihat, Nadine Naber, Loubna Qutami, Sherene Seikaly – on April 18, 2019 Published From al-Shabaka – The Palestinian  Policy Network  Overview: Nadine Naber For decades, progressive political analysts have critiqued Arab states for abandoning the Palestinian struggle for liberation. According to this critique, while Arab governments often claim solidarity with Palestinians, their actions […]

10 Apr

UNICEF: Don’t Plug Into Israel’s War Crimes

Photo: Children studying by candlelight in the Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestinian Territory Israel wants to build the longest submarine electricity cable to Europe via Cyprus and Greece. The EuroAsia Interconnector will unify Europe and Israel’s electricity networks, including grids powering Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. This multi-billion […]

24 Mar

Eight Thousand People for One Voice : The Free Movement Marathon Runs for Palestine

Thousands of Palestinians and internationals from 76 countries ran together for the 7th annual Free Movement Marathon on Friday morning, in Bethlehem city, and the surrounding areas. The massive participation in this unique event, which is increasing its numbers of participants every year, seems to confirm the growing interest that […]

21 Feb

EuroAsia Interconnector: “Electricity Highway” to Israeli War Crimes

February 20, 2019 / By Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) The EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the world’s longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europe’s electricity grid with Israel’s grid that incorporates the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, […]

27 Dec

Erdogan: Netanyahu Is An ‘Oppressor, Cruel, At The Head Of State Terror’

Tensions between Turkey and Israel were ratcheted on Sunday, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be an “oppressor”. Netanyahu hit back in a speech, later the same day, calling Erdogan an “anti-Semitic dictator” who is “obsessed with Israel.” Speaking to a group of […]

20 Nov

Israeli Forces Wound 25 Palestinians, Including AP Cameraman, in Gaza Boat Protest

The weekly protest at the Gaza beach to protest the ongoing Israeli closure of sea access to Gaza was met with violence from Israeli forces today, who fired live ammunition at protesters in boats and along the shore. 25 were wounded with live bullets, including an AP camera operator. The […]

12 Jul

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05 – 11 July 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 05 – 11 July, 2018. Shooting:   Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking […]

01 Jun

The UN Database on Business in Israeli Settlements: Pitfalls and Opportunities

by Valentina Azarova, for the Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. As Israel ramps up construction of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) with added cover from the Trump administration, we should recall that not only does the establishment and maintenance of the settlements constitute violations of international law, but so do all private […]

31 May

Israeli Military Prevents Palestinian Attempt to Break Gaza’s Naval Blockade

Palestinians in Gaza mounted a flotilla of small ships to take 17 injured to Cyprus, for medical treatment, but Israel’s navy halted the expedition. Meanwhile, Israel also launched massive strikes on Hamas positions, in retaliation for mortar fire from Gaza. Noor Harazeen reports from Gaza. Story Transcript & Video NOOR […]

The Gaza “Freedom Boat” in port in Gaza, before attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade. May 29, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun/
30 May

Updated: Armed Israeli Gunships Intercept Gaza Boat Carrying Cancer Patients

On Tuesday, a humanitarian flotilla from the Gaza Strip was stopped nine miles from the shore of Gaza by the Israeli navy. The boat was seized, and its passengers returned to the prison of the Gaza Strip. Update: The Israel Navy released the passengers of the humanitarian flotilla, after transferring […]

29 Jan

Slovenia Moves to Recognize Palestinian State

The Slovenian government decided to move ahead with plans from the past week, to recognize the Palestinian state, media sources reported. The Slovenian parliament is due to file, on Wednesday, a draft resolution recognizing the state of Palestine. The Slovenian government hopes that MPs will vote in favor of recognition […]

27 Jan

Slovenia Nixes Plans to Recognize Palestinian State

Slovenian President Borut Pahor expressed doubt, on Friday, that his country would recognize state of Palestine, days after his foreign minister pointed to such a move taking place in March. Pahor’s office said, in a statement, that the conditions to recognize Palestine as a state had not materialized yet. Foreign […]

25 Dec

Gas in Palestine: An Introduction

Via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. The following is an English translation of the introductory piece on a new Dutch-language blog exploring the relationship between the colonization of Palestine, natural gas and the Palestinian revolution.  The original article was published in Dutch on 24 December 2017, Fifteen gas fields […]

04 Nov

Shir Hever on Balfour: How 67 Words Shaped the Middle East

One hundred years after the Balfour Declaration, Britain’s colonial legacy endures, says TRNN’s Shir Hever. Shir Hever is an economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid to the Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation […]

31 Jul

The “Apolitical” Approach to Palestine’s Water Crisis

by Muna Dajani  Overview Earlier this month, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) announced a new deal in which Israel will sell the Palestinians 33 million cubic meters of desalinated Red Sea water per year, with 10 million cubic meters transferred to the Gaza Strip and the rest to the West Bank. The […]

17 Jun

Netanyahu Not Welcome to Greece: KOE

nsnbc : A number of left-wing, anti-war and anti-imperialist organizations, including the Communist Organization of Greece, have responded to the call of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to protest the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and demanded his expulsion from Greece. Demonstrations are scheduled in […]

20 Jun

Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Four Palestinians In Bethlehem And Ramallah

A number of Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Monday at dawn, the town of Beit Fajjar, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, searched homes and kidnapped two Palestinian teenagers. The soldiers also kidnapped two journalists in Ramallah. Local sources said the soldiers searched a few homes in Beit […]

15 Jun

26 Violations against Media Freedoms in May

The month of May, 2016, has reportedly witnessed a limited decline in the number of violations against media freedoms in Palestine, compared to the previous month. According to the PNN, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” monitored a total of 26 violations against media freedoms (where 16 violations […]

29 Jan

U.S. and British Spies Hacked Israeli Air Force

The United States and Britain have monitored secret sorties and communications by Israel’s air force in a hacking operation dating back to 1998, according to documents attributed to leaks by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.Israel voiced disappointment at the disclosures, published on Friday in at least two media […]

21 Dec

Greece To Officially Recognize Palestinian State

December 21, 2015 3:37 PM Saed Bannoura Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

The government of Greece has announced that it will officially recognize the Palestinian state in a parliament session on Tuesday that will include the participation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. President Abbas started an official visit to Greece, Sunday, in preparation for the official vote and recognition of the State […]

19 Dec

Gaza Siege: No Deal with Ankara

December 19, 2015 10:41 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

On Thursday, it was reported that Israel and Turkey, in secret talks in Switzerland, had reached ‘understandings’ to normalize ties that were downgraded, in the aftermath of the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that talks with Israel were ongoing, though Israel had met only one […]

11 Nov

US State Department v Edward Said

Richard Falk is an American professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University. In 2008, the UN Human Rights Council appointed Falk to a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on “the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.In these remarks, I will present […]

11 Sep

UN General Assembly Votes For Raising Palestinian Flag

The United Nations General Assembly voted, Thursday, in an overwhelming majority for raising the Palestinian flag at the United Nations, despite aggressive opposition led by the United States and Israel.The UN proposal achieved 119 votes out of the 193 UN member states, while only eight countries, headed by the United […]

17 Aug

Mashal: Gaza-Israel Talks to be Mediated by Tony Blair

August 17, 2015 10:29 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

On Sunday, a senior adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Yasin Aktay, said that there will be a truce between the Gaza-based Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and the Israeli occupation authorities, regarding the lifting of the blockade on Gaza. “Gaza is heading towards a comprehensive agreement on the issue […]

05 Apr

Palestinian Christian leaders criticize Israeli restrictions on Easter celebration

April 5, 2015 5:33 AM Celine Hagbard Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

The archbishop of the Sebastian Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna, addressed crowds in the town of al-Ezzariya (Lazarus) on Saturday, condemning the Israeli restrictions on Easter celebrations, and calling on Christians around the world to pray and to voice their support for their Christian brethren in Palestine.The speech by Archbishop […]

05 Apr

Archbishop Hanna Invokes Peace Amid Holy Week Chaos

Orthodox Christian pilgrims from around the world have begun arriving in Jerusalem to take part in Easter celebrations.Pilgrims included Christians from Russia, Greece, Romania, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Serbia and other countries. The archbishop of the Sebastian Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna, addressed crowds of pilgrims celebrating Lazarus Saturday in the al-Eizariya […]

31 Oct

Israel recalls ambassador after Swedish government recognizes Palestine

After the Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine Thursday, Israeli officials announced the withdrawal of the Israeli ambassador from the northern European nation.The recognition by Sweden’s newly elected government marks the largest Western European nation to recognize the state of Palestine. Malta and Cyprus have also recognized Palestine […]

13 May

Freedom Flotilla Update: ‘We Will Sail in the Fall!’

Following is a statement by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition regarding the April 29th attack on Gaza’s Ark. Statement from the Freedom Flotilla Coalition regarding the attack on Gaza’s Ark, for immediate release. London, May 12, 2014 The Freedom Flotilla Coalition met in London over the last two days to discuss […]

08 Mar

Sweden Upgrades Palestine Mission To Embassy Status

Thursday March 7, 2013; with an overwhelming vote of 299 to 20, the Swedish Parliament upgraded the status of the Palestinian representative office in the country to a full status granting the mission the title of embassy. The parliament failed to recognize a Palestinian State.The vote ratifies that June 28 […]

30 Nov

150 Countries To Vote “Yes” For Palestine

As the vote approaches, the Palestinians seem to be garnering all needed support to be recognized as a nonmember observer state at the United Nations General Assembly with more than 150 countries supporting the Palestinian bid, while Israel and the United States are heading the short list of “No”.The bid […]

29 Nov

Abbas Meets UN Secretary General In New York

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, met on Wednesday at night with the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and discussed the Palestinian nonmember state application (observer state) that will be submitted and discussed Thursday. Abbas told the UN Secretary General that the Palestinians are determined to achieve their internationally guaranteed rights […]

28 Nov

Palestine Today 11 28 2012

November 28, 2012 11:51 PM IMEMC & Agencies Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 3 m 51s || 3.52 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday November 28th, 2012. Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas arrives in New York submit the Palestinian application at the […]

23 Jul

EU to Upgrade Relations With Israel

UK daily the Guardian, is reporting on Monday that relations between the European Union and the State of Israel are to be upgraded. The EU is to offer improvements on both trade and dimplomatic relations, including upgrades on migration, energy and agriculture.The move follows Israel’s inclusion to the Organisation for […]

08 Feb

Palestine Today 02 08 2012

February 8, 2012 8:15 PM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 3 m 27s || 3.16 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday February 8th, 2012. Israel contemplates the setting up of an Air Force Base in Greece, and Price […]

16 Dec

Iceland Recognizes Palestine as a State

During a special ceremony at its capital, Reykjavik, Iceland’s Foreign Minister, Ossur Skarphedinsson, officially informed his Palestinian counterpart, Riyadh Al Maliki, that his country officially recognized Palestine as a state within the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.Skarphedinsson stated that his country will be establishing full diplomatic relations […]

24 Sep

Full Transcript of Netanyahu’s Speech at UN General Assembly

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly Friday evening shortly after the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, handed over the Palestinian UN membership application to the UN chief, Ban Ki-Moon, and delivering his speech to the UN General Assembly. Ladies and gentlemen, Israel has extended […]

27 Jun

Israel: Flotilla will be prevented from reaching Gaza

June 27, 2011 9:43 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

Israel has declared that the Freedom Flotilla 2 will not be allowed to enter into the besieged Gaza Strip by sea. Israeli and Egyptian officials have agreed that the Flotilla will be allowed to unload its cargo at the Egyptian port El-Arish, where the humanitarian goods will be transferred by […]

27 May

Second Freedom Flotilla To Set Sail in June

The international Gaza aid flotilla that was at the centre of an international Israeli diplomatic crisis last year is due to set sail again for Gaza in the coming months. The aid flotilla will set sail from Cyprus in the third week of June, according to YNet. Organiser’s claim it […]

12 Apr

Netanyahu: “Gaza Flotilla, A Provocation”

April 12, 2011 1:29 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claimed Monday that the Freedom Flotilla solidarity ships, planning to send aid and humanitarians supplies to the Gaza Strip, are a provocation that must be stopped.During a meeting with European Union ambassadors, Netanyahu claimed that the flotilla planned for May is a “provocative voyage meant […]

22 Mar

Israel To Launch A Campaign Against New Flotilla Heading To Gaza

March 22, 2011 7:06 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

As the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) and a number of European solidarity groups declared intentions to send a relief flotilla to the besieged Gaza Strip this coming May, Israel will be declaring a campaign on Tuesday to counter the flotilla.May marks one year after the Israeli Navy and army […]

05 Feb

This Week in Palestine week 5 2011

February 5, 2011 6:44 AM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Cick on Link to download or play MP3 file || 8 m 05s || 7.40 MB || Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for January 28 to February 4th 2011. Nonviolence Lets us begin our weekly report as usual with […]

01 Feb

Palestine Today 01 31 2011

February 1, 2011 3:55 AM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 1 m 55s || 1.75 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday, January 31 2011 Cyprus announced Sunday that it recognizes a Palestinian State in the 1967 borders with […]

29 Dec

Palestinian Developer Intends To Buy Settlement Construction Firm

December 29, 2010 4:22 PM Saed Bannoura Miscellaneous, News Report, Ramallah 0

A construction firm headed by Palestinian businessman, Bashar Al Masry, intends to buy an Israeli Construction Firm that builds Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. The news angered residents of Nuf Zion settlement neighborhood in Jabal Al Mukabber, in East Jerusalem, as the firm supervises the construction there. Israeli Yedioth […]

04 Dec

Efforts Continue As Fires Spread

December 4, 2010 9:11 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Firefighters continued their efforts to control the fires in Haifa; more firemen were injured due to smoke inhalation while the fires reached Ein Hoad and Nir Tzion areas.The Israeli Police stated that four firemen were moved to Rambam Hospital and that there injuries were described as mild. The Police added […]

04 Dec

As Fires Continue To Consume More Areas in Haifa, Extremists Torch Islamic Graveyard

December 4, 2010 7:24 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Al Aqsa Foundation told the Maan News Agency that a group of Jewish extremists torched the Al Qassam Graveyard in Haifa under the guise of the ongoing fires that started Thursday in the area and continues to spread.The Foundation said that there were two attempts to burn the graveyard […]

03 Dec

Controlling Carmel Fire Could Take At Least Several Days

December 3, 2010 9:50 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

As the fires continue to consume more areas in Al Karmel, and with 41 residents dead, 14.000 evacuated from their homes, and more than 20.000 Dunams burnt, Israeli sources stated that controlling the fires could take at least several days while the devastating environmental effects of the fires could last […]

03 Dec

Fires In Haifa Continue, 40 Dead, 13.000 Evacuated

December 3, 2010 2:43 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

40 persons died on Thursday, dozens were injured and at least 13.000 were evacuated in Haifa and other areas north of the country as huge fires continued to spread across the Carmel Mountain and in other northern areas. Israel called for international aid to suppress the fires. The fires are […]

22 Oct

Turkish Government Denies Direct Support to Gaza Flotilla

October 22, 2010 2:49 AM IMEMC News Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The Israeli government reported Thursday that documents found in one of the laptops confiscated by the Israeli Defense Forces suggest that the flotilla organizers received assistance from the Turkish government — a claim that the Turkish government vehemently denies.Israeli authorities said that extracted documents, which were allegedly pulled from laptops […]

29 Sep

Palestine Today 09 28 2010

September 29, 2010 4:31 AM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file|| 4 m 30s || 4.12 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Tuesday September 28th, 2010. Israeli settlers attacks in a number of locations in the West Bank as navy commandos […]

29 Sep

Jewish Boat To Gaza Captured

The Irene, known as the Jewish Boat to Gaza, has been intercepted by the Israeli navy, on Tuesday, and is currently in transit to the Israeli port city of Ashdod.The Irene, known as the Jewish Boat to Gaza, has been intercepted by the Israeli navy, on Tuesday, and is currently […]

21 Aug

Barak: “We Will Intercept Lebanese Ships Heading To Gaza”

August 21, 2010 12:07 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, threatened that Israel will intercept and, if needed, use force against two Lebanese solidarity ships heading to the besieged Gaza Strip.He claimed that the Lebanese ships are not on a humanitarian mission but are considered a provocative act. “If they insist to sail to Gaza, […]

22 Jun

Candle Light Rally In Gaza In Support of Aid Ships

Hundreds of Gaza women held a rally on Monday evening at the Fishermen Port in Gaza City and lit candles in a display of solidarity with the Lebanese Aid Ship, Miriam, and Naji al-Ali Ship, both of which are transporting humanitarian aid. The activists onboard Miriam are all women.The ship […]

05 Jun

Communication Cut With MV Rachel Corrie Ship; Hundreds Rally Outside Israeli Consulate In Dublin

As the Irish-Malaysian aid ship MV Rachel Corrie approaches within 25 miles of Gaza, communication with the passengers and crew has been cut. This development occurred just after 6:30 am Saturday morning, after passengers on board the ship notified their support team in Cyprus that they were being followed by […]

05 Jun

The ‘Rachel Corrie’ is on Her Way

[Cyprus, June 4, 2010] The Rachel Corrie is 150 miles away from Gaza in international waters and on her way. They will arrive on Saturday morning. The 1200 ton cargo ship is the last ship from the Freedom Flotilla and is loaded with construction materials, 20 tons of paper and […]

01 Jun

Israel Tows Aid Ships to Ashdod, Detains 700 Activists Including Foreign Members of Parliament

16 hours after the attack on the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla that killed at least 19 passengers, Israeli naval vessels towed the convoy’s ships to the port of Ashdod. The Israeli military has constructed an extemporaneous jail there to hold the activists until they are deported to their counties of origin.16 […]

31 May

Israeli commando pirates attack Gaza flotilla in international waters

OK, where do we start? how many international laws were being breached, violated, broken, trampled?Ten activists, maybe up to sixteen by the latest reports, were killed today when Israeli commandos launched a brazen attack against the Gaza flotilla which was sailing to “break the siege” with humanitarian aid and hundreds […]

29 May

Under Israeli Threats, Freedom Flotilla Prepares To Sail To Gaza

The Freedom Flotilla started gathering in international waters near the coast in Cyprus in preparation to sail to the Gaza Strip while Israel continued its threats to intercept and even attack the flotilla and arrest the participants should they decide to reach the Gaza coast. Meanwhile, the authorities in Cyprus […]

28 May

Salah: “We Don’t Need Israel’s Permission To Break The Siege”

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, stated that solidarity ships heading to Gaza, all acts of solidarity with the Palestinians people and breaking the illegal siege, do not need Israel’s approval. He stated that the Freedom Flotilla is heading to Gaza, and […]

27 May

Israeli Government: “Solidarity Ships Will Not Be Allowed To Reach Gaza”

The Israeli government’s political cabinet decided to instruct the army and the navy not to allow the Freedom Flotilla from reaching the Gaza coast under no circumstances, and said that it will now allow anybody to break the siege.It stated that should human rights groups and activists want to send […]

25 May

Solidarity Ships Sail To Gaza Thursday

The Greek-Swedish solidarity ship, carrying humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip, sailed earlier on Tuesday morning after several hours delay due to technical difficulties, while the rest of the ships will sail to meet in Cyprus before heading to Gaza. The delay was due to routine checks and to finalize […]

21 May

Fundamentalists In Israel To Counter Freedom Flotilla

Israeli sources reported that two Israeli boats will be sailing Saturday from northern Israel in order to counter the Freedom Flotilla bringing 600 peace activists and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli Yedioth Aharonoth reported that the two Israeli vessels will sail waving banner labeling Hamas as a […]

06 May

Biggest Solidarity Convoy To Sail To Gaza In Three Phases

Independent Palestinian Legislator, head of the Popular Committee Against the Siege, Jamal El Khodary, stated that the biggest convoy of solidarity ships aimed at breaking the Israeli siege on Gaza will be sailing on three phases.In a press released issued Thursday morning, El Khodary said that the first solidarity ship […]

21 Jan

Israel: Global NATO’s 29th Member

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is pressuring its 28 member states and dozens of partnership affiliates on five continents to contribute more troops for the war in Afghanistan, the Jerusalem Post reported on January 13 that “Israel is launching a diplomatic initiative in an effort to influence the outcome […]

30 Nov

The Artery Of Life Expected in Gaza in Mid-December

November 30, 2009 4:00 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, News Report, Non-violent action 0

The Artery of Life 3 humanitarian convoy, led by member of parliament in the British House of Commons, George Galloway, is expected in the Gaza Strip in mid-December, as part of the efforts to break the illegal Israeli siege on the Coastal Region.The convoy is expected to enter Gaza through […]

07 Nov

Un General Assembly Urges Israel To Conduct Credible Investigations Into War Crimes In Gaza

The United Nations General Assembly thursday, by a recorded vote of 114 in favour to 18 against, with 44 abstentions, adopted a resolution giving Israel and the Palestinians three months to undertake ‘independent, credible investigations’ into serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed during the conflict in […]

28 Aug

Palestine Today 082708

August 28, 2008 3:13 AM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 4 m 0s || 3.66 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Wednesday August 27th, 2008. Israeli military forces continue to invade West Bank cities and kidnap Palestinian civilians, meanwhile […]

24 Aug

Gaza people welcome the two boats to break Gaza siege

Thousands of Palestinians welcome the two boats, SS Liberty and Gaza Free which arrived at the Gaza port Saturday evening coming from Cyprus to break the siege on the Gaza Strip.This is a report from IMEMC ‘s correspondant in the Gaza Strip Rami Al-Meghari about the arrival of the boats […]

23 Aug

The Free Gaza Boats under electronic pirates attack

The SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty boats sailing from Cyprus reported that their electronic safety systems came under electronic attack causing them to jam.Below is an communiquÊ released by the Free Gaza Movement, the organizer of the boats’ trip. At 10am this morning, the Cyprus team of the Free […]

23 Aug

This Week in Palestine week 34 2008

August 23, 2008 5:12 AM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 12 m 0s || 10.9 MB || This Week In Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for August 16th, through August, 22nd, 2008. Lead: The ruling Hamas party in Gaza announced its rejection of any […]

22 Aug

Palestine Today 082108

August 22, 2008 2:26 AM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 4 m 0s || 3.66 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Thursday August 21st, 2008. Nine Palestinian civilians wounded by army fire in Nil’in; in addition Israeli troops kidnap […]

19 Aug

Palestine Today 081808

August 19, 2008 3:02 AM George Rishmawi Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 3 m 24s || 3.11 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Monday August 18th, 2008. Death toll in Gaza due to the Israeli siege reaches 237, meanwhile Israeli troops […]

18 Aug

Greta Berlin: We are determined to sail to Gaza

In the upcoming days, Gaza will welcome a group of international activists who are set to sail from Cyprus to Gaza. The internationals have come from various countries worldwide to break the siege of Gaza and send out a message of solidarity with its people who have suffered under a […]

18 Aug

Israeli sources: Israel may attack ‘Free Gaza’ boats

As a group of non-violent activists and journalists from Israel, the U.S., Europe and around the world set sail from Cyprus to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza by boat, Israeli officials have told Israeli media sources that they will not hesitate to use force against the boats. Tom Nelson, a […]

08 Aug

Small Plane crashes in Haifa airport, three Israelis killed

August 8, 2008 8:55 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Israeli sources reported that a private small plane crashed while attempting to land in Haifa airport, on Thursday afternoon, killing three Israelis and wounded three others. Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported that that Rony Aita, a police officer who was at the scene, informed the Israeli Channel 2 news that […]

07 Aug

Free Gaza Movement invites Israeli FM to welcome them as they sail to Gaza

A group of international peace activist invited the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni to welcome them in the Gaza Strip as they arrive from their planned sail from Cyprus to Gaza.The group are planning a boat trip from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip to break the siege imposed […]

04 Aug

Israeli army invades Khan Younis in Gaza

Local sources reported that the Israeli army invaded the city of Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza strip on Monday midday. A group of Israeli military vehicles accompanied by two bulldozers invaded the city. Israeli troops shot intensive gunfire randomly at civilians and their homes. No casualties have […]

01 Aug

Lebanese MAG worker wounded by a cluster bomb is southern Lebanon

August 1, 2008 9:16 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

A Lebanese citizen working with the Mine Advisory Group (MAG) was moderately wounded on Thursday when a cluster bomb dropped by Israel during the 2006 war detonated near him as he was attempting to disarm landmines in a village in southern Lebanon.  The UN worker was identified as Abbas Akout, […]

27 Jul

Solidarity boats to arrive in Gaza shores soon

Jamal Alkhudari, chairman of the local popular committee to break the Gaza siege, confirmed on Sunday that two international boats, loaded with internationals and assistance packages, will arrive in Gaza between August 5-10. In a press conference in Gaza city, Alkhudari pointed out that two boats will arrive in Gaza […]

22 Jul

60 Peace Activists to sail to Gaza in August to break the siege

Around 60 Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals from 15 countries will sail to Gaza during the sixty-year anniversary of the Nakba “the forcible expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their lands to create Israel” to challenge Israeli control over the open-air prison called Gaza, a press release issued by the […]

05 May

Three Women from Haifa

–>To download or listen to these interviews, visit: –>These interviews will also be airing as part ‘Radio Free Palestine’, an international radio broadcast to be held on May 15, 2008, to commemorate 60 years of the Palestinian Nakba. For more information: in the north of what is now […]

30 Apr

EU Parliament Delegation Visits Palestine

A high-level European Parliament delegation started today a six-day visit to Palestine. The delegation, headed by Mr Kyriacos Triantaphyllides (Cyprus), would discuss the relaunching of the Arab League initiative that have raised hopes for a breakthrough and progress towards a solution of the Palestinian problem, the European Commission office in […]

21 Dec

Hezbollah: “Portuguese plane arrived from Tel Aviv to Beirut’

December 21, 2006 4:26 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Al Manar TV, run by the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party, reported that the party is in possession of documents that state that a Portuguese military plane carrying eleven passengers, who remained unidentified, made a direct flight from Tel Aviv to Beirut.    The party said that this flight was the first […]

06 Nov

Lieberman says there is no hope for peace with the Palestinians

November 6, 2006 12:27 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

An Israeli far-right politician has called for a near-total separation of Jews and Arabs in the country, saying Israel should follow the example of the divided island of Cyprus. Avigdor Lieberman, the newest addition to the Israeli Cabinet, said on Sunday that separation was necessary because there was no hope […]

29 Aug

Annan Tours Devastated South Lebanon Before Heading to Israel

August 29, 2006 9:14 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited U.N. peacekeepers in south Lebanon on Tuesday, a day after Italy and Turkey moved to join the international force there. Annan and his entourage left Beirut Tuesday morning in two white United Nations helicopters, and landed in Naqoura, a town on the Mediterranean coast about […]

19 Aug

Annan: Israel must end air, sea blockade. Aid, Environmental Cleanup Delayed

August 19, 2006 5:53 PM IMEMC & Agencies Jerusalem, News Report, Palestine 0

Echoing an earlier appeal from U.N. deputy humanitarian chief Margareta Wahlstrom, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that Israel must immediately lift its air and sea blockade on Lebanon so hundreds of thousands of Lebanese can quickly receive aid that is desperately needed.   Walstrom referred to the enormous damage to […]

23 Jul

Two Israelis killed, 14 injured in Haifa

Israeli medical sources reported on Sunday morning that two Israelis were killed and at least 14 others were injured as ten Katusha rockets fired by Hezbollah gunmen hit Haifa, Israel’s third largest city. According to Israeli military officials, Hezbollah gunmen fired over 1100 shells at Israeli town in the last […]

23 Jul

Israeli soldiers occupy a Lebanese village

As Israel continues its military attacks in Lebanon, Israeli soldiers occupied Maroun Al Ras village in southern Lebanon and claimed that the village was used by Hezbollah fighters. Major-General Benny Gantz, the spokesperson of the Israeli ground forces, said on Saturday that “after a fierce battle with Hezbollah fighters, the […]

20 Jul

The racist subtext of the evacuation story

Israel has opened "windows" for the foreign powers to evacuate their terrified nationals from Lebanon. Obligingly, the foreign media have turned these "windows" into an opportunity to avert their gaze further from the death and destruction in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. On BBC World, for example, we have […]

19 Jul

Letters from Lebanon: LEBANON IS KIDNAPPED!

Dear Family and Friends, Ha! I think I am becoming a reporter now! First, we are still safe, but hardly anyone sleeps. The bombing has been continuous, day and night with no reprieve. We are in the mountains and we are awakened by the sound of the explosions. And it’s […]

12 Jul

Americans of Palestinian origin denied entry to Israel

"It must be a mistake, the caprice of a clerk at border control," Aadel Samara responded when his wife Enayeh informed him by phone on May 26 that her entry to Israel, through the Sheikh Hussein Terminal (near Beit She’an), was not permitted. There was no reason to suspect anything […]

27 May

Lieberman suggests transferring 90% or the Arabs out of Israel

National Union Party, reiterated his extreme ideas, which call forSaed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies, May 27, 2004 Israeli minister of Transportation, Avigdor Lieberman, from the National Union Party, reiterated his extreme ideas, which call for transferring the Arab residents of Israel out. Lieberman suggested Thursday transferring 90% of the Arabs in […]

27 Apr

Easter in Beit Sahour

Easter should be a time of joy and celebration, yet for Christians in Beit Sahour and other parts of Palestine it is a time that tests one’s faith. It is a time to give thanks to God in the midst of endless uncertainty, humiliation, confinement and growing poverty. It is […]