All posts by George Rishmawi

29 Jul
10:15

Video nation

B’Tselem, a Jerusalem-based NGO, released video footage this week of a handcuffed Palestinian detainee being shot in the leg by an Israeli soldier. The footage is part of a new trend to use video footage to document abuses against Palestinians by Israeli soldiers and settlers. On July 20, Jerusalem-based human […]

27 Jul
11:31

Settlers assault Palestinian School Children and Internationals escorting the children near Hebron

July 27, 2008 11:31 PM George Rishmawi Hebron, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli settlers assaulted Palestinian school children and international peace workers as they were escorting the children in At-Tuwani in the Hebron region Sunday morning.Janet Benvie, member of the Christian Peace Makers Team (CPT) in Hebron, told IMEMC that settlers attacked the children and internationals who accompany them as they were […]

23 Jul
12:17

60 Activistas de Paz se embarcan hacia Gaza en Agosto para romper el cerco

July 23, 2008 12:17 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

Unos 60 Palestinos, Israelíes e Internacionales de 15 países se embarcarán hacia Gaza durante el 60º aniversario de la Nakba (Catástrofe) “la expulsión forzosa de más de 700.000 Palestinos de sus tierras para crear Israel”, para cuestionar el control Israelí sobre la prisión al aire libre llamada Gaza, según manifiesta […]

22 Jul
9:42

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 […]

21 Jul
4:45

Israeli soldier shoots a bound Palestinian in Ni’lin

A video showing an Israeli soldier shooting a bound Palestinian in the village of Ni'lin near Ramallah raised uproar among human rights organizations. The tape, which was released on Sunday by the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, shows an Israeli soldier shooting Ashraf Abu Rahme with a rubber coated-steel bullet […]

21 Jul
4:45

Soldado Israelí dispara a un Palestino atado en Ni’lin

July 21, 2008 4:45 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

Un video en el que se ve un soldado Israelí disparando contra un Palestino atado en el pueblo de Ni’lin cerca de Ramallah, ha levantado protestas entre las organizaciones de derechos humanos. La cinta, que fue dada a conocer el domingo por el grupo Israelí de Derechos Humanos B’Tselem, muestra […]

14 Jul
12:27

Abbas: Middle East peace essential for world peace

“France is playing a key role in pushing the Middle East peace process forward, Palestinian resident Mahmoud Abbas stated. He told reporters in a press conference in Paris together with the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, that peace in the Middle East is essential […]

06 Jul
6:56

In Palestine: 449 dead, including 66 children in first half of 2008

449 Palestinians were killed including 66 children in the first half of 2008, according to a report by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.Dr. Muawiyeh Hassaneen, a senior ministry official said that this number brought the total number of Palestinians killed since September 28, 2000 up to 5440.   Meanwhile, Dr. Hassaneen […]

06 Jul
6:56

En Palestina: 449 muertos, incluyendo 66 niños, en la primera mitad de 2008

July 6, 2008 6:56 PM George Rishmawi News Report 0

449 Palestinos fueron matados, incluyendo 66 niños, en la primera mitad de 2008, según un informe del Ministerio Palestino de Salud. El Dr. Muawiyeh Hassaneen, un representante veterano del ministerio dijo que este número incrementó el número total de Palestinos matados desde el 28 de Septiembre de 2000, a 5.440. […]

03 Jul
1:57

A Palestinian-Scottish couple are driving a ton and a half of urgently-needed medicines to Gaza

A Palestinian man and his Scottish wife will take a van loaded with 1.5 tons of urgently needed medical supplies from Scotland to the Gaza Strip.Khalil Al Niss and Linda Willis will leave from the Scottish Parliament at noon on Thursday, July 10th and are expected to arrive at the […]

03 Jul
1:57

Una pareja palestino-escocesa está trasportando una tonelada y media de medicamentos a Gaza

July 3, 2008 1:57 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

Un hombre palestino y su esposa escocesa conducirán una furgoneta cargada con 1,5 toneladas de medicinas urgentes de primera necesidad desde Escocia a la Franja de Gaza. Khalil Al Niss y Linda Willis saldrán del Parlamento escocés el jueves 10 de julio al mediodía a mediodía y se espera que […]

30 Jun
6:30

Palestinian Journalist harassed on his way back from a Europe tour

Palestinian journalist Mohammad Omer, from Rafah, was harassed by Israeli border Authorities on his way back from a speaking tour in Europe. Upon arrival to Jordan, he was informed by the Dutch embassy that he is not welcomed in Israel.  However, the Dutch embassy coordinated his entry with the Israeli […]

30 Jun
6:30

Periodista palestino acosado en su camino de regreso de una gira por Europa

June 30, 2008 6:30 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

El periodista palestino Mohammad Omer, de Rafah, fue acosado por las autoridades fronterizas israelíes en su camino de regreso de una serie de conferencias en Europa. A su llegada a Jordania, fue informado por la embajada holandesa que no era bienvenido en Israel. Sin embargo, la embajada holandesa coordinó su […]

24 Jun
10:24

Hamas publishes a letter from the captured Israeli soldier to his parents

June 24, 2008 10:24 AM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The Islamic Resistance Movement, (Hamas) published Monday evening a letter from the captured Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip Gilad Shalit to his parents.The letter, which was claimed to be written by Shalit himself, can be a sign that he is still alive.  Shalit's family refused to publish the letter, […]

24 Jun
10:24

Hamás publica una carta del soldado israelí capturado a sus padres

June 24, 2008 10:24 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

El Movimiento de Resistencia Islámico (Hamas), publicó el lunes por la tarde una carta a sus padres del soldado israelí capturado en la Franja de Gaza, Gilad Shalit. La carta, que fue reconocida como escrita por el mismo Shalit, puede ser una señal de que todavía está vivo. La familia […]

18 Jun
3:52

Second round of Israel-Syria talks completed

The second round of the indirect peace talks between Syria and Israel under the auspices of Turkey was completed in Turkey on Monday.A press statement published by the Turkish Consulate in Jerusalem said the talks were held in “a constructive and positive atmosphere.” “The two sides reiterated their common will […]

18 Jun
3:52

La segunda ronda de las negociaciones entre Israel y Siria ha finalizado

June 18, 2008 3:52 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

La segunda ronda de las negociaciones indirectas de paz entre Siria e Israel, bajo el auspicio de Turquía, ha finalizado el pasado lunes en Turquía. La prensa publicó una declaración a través del consulado turco en Jerusalén, donde se decía que las charlas habían tenido lugar bajo “ambiente positivo y […]

11 Jun
3:34

EU pays salaries and pensions of 73000 Palestinian civil servants

Around 73 thousand Palestinians received their pensions and salaries on Tuesday for the month of May after the European Union approved 23 million Euros (appx USD 34 million) in direct aid for the Palestinian Authority, a press release by the European Community Technical Assistance office for the West Bank and […]

11 Jun
3:34

La UE paga los sueldos y pensiones de 73.000 funcionarios públicos palestinos

June 11, 2008 3:34 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

Según dio a conocer éste martes un comunicado de prensa de la Oficina de Asistencia Técnica de la Comunidad Europea para Cisjordania y la Franja de Gaza, en Jerusalén, alrededor de 73.000 palestinos recibieron el martes sus pensiones y salarios del mes de mayo, después de que la Unión Europea […]

07 Jun
3:16

The Bil’in conference on popular resistance ends with anti wall nonviolent protest

The Third international conference on popular resistance which was held in Bil’in for the third year in a row, was concluded on Friday with a press conference followed by a nonviolent protest against the wall.Around midday, the participants of the conference went to watch a football match between the villagers […]

07 Jun
3:16

La conferencia de Bil’in sobre Resistencia popular acaba con protesta noviolenta contra el Muro

June 7, 2008 3:16 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

La Tercera conferencia internacional sobre Resistencia popular que ha tenido lugar en Bil’in por tercer año consecutivo ha acabado hoy viernes con una conferencia de prensa seguida por una protesta noviolenta contra el MuroAlrededor de mediodía, los participantes de la conferencia fueron a ver un partido de fútbol entre los […]

05 Jun
2:57

Third Annual Conference on Nonviolent Resistance in Bil’in starts

The third conference on popular struggle started in the village of Bil’in Wednesday morning with the presence of a number of local and international officials and peace activists.The conference is organized by the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in the village of Bil’in for the third year in […]

05 Jun
2:57

Empieza la Tercera Conferencia Anual en Bil’in sobre Resistencia Noviolenta

June 5, 2008 2:57 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

La tercera conferencia sobre lucha popular empezó en el pueblo de Bil’in el miércoles por la mañana con la presencia de personalidades locales e internacionales y activistas de paz. La conferencia está organizada por el Comité Popular contra el Muro y los Asentamientos en el pueblo de Bil’in por tercer […]

29 May
7:28

Jews refuse to celebrate the Israel’s 60, until peace prevails

At least 200 Jews, including peace and human rights activistis, writers and artists and others, representing themselves and a number of groups and organizations from a number of countries around the world, have signed a letter titled “We Will Not Be Celebrating”, to express their rejection to celebrating Israel’s 60th […]

29 May
7:28

Judíos se niegan a celebrar el 60 aniversario de Israel, hasta que la paz se imponga

May 29, 2008 7:28 PM George Rishmawi News Report 0

Al menos 200 judíos, entre ellos activistas por la paz y los derechos humanos, escritores, artistas y una serie de grupos y organizaciones de varios países de todo el mundo, han firmado una carta titulada ‘No vamos a celebrar’, para expresar su rechazo a las celebraciones del 60 º aniversario […]

17 May
12:52

Hamas to delay Cairo visit for next week

The Islamic Hamas movement delayed a visit to the Egyptian capital, Cairo until next week, a Hamas senior official stated on Friday.Hamas was to send a delegation to discuss the Israeli response to the Egyptian proposal for calm in the Gaza Strip. Ayman Taha told reporters, “We are going to […]

17 May
12:52

Hamas retrasa la visita al Cairo para la próxima semana

May 17, 2008 12:52 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

El movimiento Islámico Hamas ha retrasado una visita a la capital Egipcia, El Cairo, hasta la próxima semana, según ha declarado el viernes, uno de sus dirigentes veteranos. Hamas tenía que mandar una delegación para tratar la respuesta Israelí a la propuesta Egipcia para tranquilizar la Franja de Gaza. Ayman […]

10 May
6:17

Five Palestinians killed, Seven wounded in Gaza Air strikes

Five Palestinians have been killed and at least seven were wounded in two separate Israeli air strikes at residential areas in the Gaza Strip on Friday.Medical sources reported that three Palestinians were killed and three others were wounded in an air strike that targeted the southern Gaza Strip area of […]

10 May
6:17

Cinco Palestinos fueron matados y Siete heridos en ataques aéreos a Gaza

May 10, 2008 6:17 PM George Rishmawi News Report 0

Cinco Palestinos fueron matados y al menos siete heridos en dos ataques aéreos Israelíes a áreas residenciales de la Franja de Gaza el Viernes. Fuentes médicas informaron que tres Palestinos fueron matados y tres más heridos en un ataque aéreo cuyo objetivo era el sur de la Franja de Gaza, […]

03 May
1:22

Two Italians injured, one Palestinian kidnapped as Israeli settlers attack Tuwani

A number of Israeli settlers attacked the villagers of Tuwani, near Hebron Friday afternoon. The settlers, who were armed with automatic assault rifles, demanded the Palestinian villagers to evacuate the village claiming that the land where the village is located belongs to them.International peace activists who were in the village […]

03 May
1:22

Dos Italianos heridos, un Palestino secuestrado, al atacar colonos Israelíes Tuwani

May 3, 2008 1:22 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

Unos cuantos colonos Israelíes atacaron a los aldeanos de Tuwani, cerca de Hebron, el viernes por la tarde. Los colonos, que iban armados con rifles de asalto automáticos, exigieron a los campesinos Palestinos que evacuaran el pueblo pretendiendo que la tierra donde está localizado el pueblo les pertenece a ellos. […]

20 Apr
12:45

Three Palestinians killed, 13 soldiers wounded in Karm Abu Salem attack

Three Palestinian resistance fighters were killed and at least 13 Israeli soldiers were wounded in an attack launched by Al-Qassam Brigade, the armed wing of Hamas, at the Karm Abu Salem military base south of the Gaza Strip early Saturday morning. The Al-Qassam brigades called this military operation, "Warning of […]

20 Apr
12:45

Tres Palestinos muertos, 13 soldados heridos en el ataque a Kam Abu Salem

April 20, 2008 12:45 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

Tres combatientes de la resistencia Palestina resultaron muertos y al menos 13 soldados Israelíes heridos en un ataque lanzado por la Brigada Al-Qassam, brazo armado de Hamas a la base militar de Karm Abu Salem, en el sur de la Franja de Gaza, a primeras horas de la mañana del […]

19 Apr
11:41

Palestine Granted Full Membership in Inter-Parliamentary Union

The Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) decided on Friday to grant Palestine full membership in the Union as of next October, Palestine News Agency (WAFA) reported.The decision came during the meeting of the 118th session of the Union, which ended its work Friday in the city of Cape […]

19 Apr
11:41

Palestina reconocida como Miembro Pleno de la Unión Interparlamentaria

April 19, 2008 11:41 PM George Rishmawi News Report 0

El Comité Ejecutivo de la Unión Interparlamentaria (UIP) decidió el viernes conceder a Palestina la plena pertenencia a la Unión desde el próximo mes de octubre, informa la Agencia Palestina de Noticias (WAFA). La decisión se tomó durante la reunión de la 118ª sesión de la Unión, que terminó su […]

18 Apr
11:58

Vice Presidents European Parliament urges for end of Gaza siege

April 18, 2008 11:58 PM George Rishmawi Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

Luisa Morgantini, Vice President of the European Parliament issued a press release demanding cease-fire and an end to the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and slammed Israels decision to deny President Carter entry to the Strip.Morgantini, a well known Human Rights and peace activist, urged the International Community and […]

18 Apr
11:58

Vicepresidenta del Parlamento Europeo reclama el fin del asedio de Gaza.

April 18, 2008 11:58 PM George Rishmawi News Report 0

Luisa Morgantini, Vicepresidenta del Parlamento Europeo emitió una nota de prensa solicitando enérgicamente el alto el fuego y el fin del asedio impuesto a la Franja de Gaza y criticó duramente la decisión de Israel de denegar al Presidente Carter la entrada a la Franja. Morgantini, una activista a favor […]

17 Apr
1:58

Al-Khuzendar: las cantidades de combustible enviadas a Gaza no son suficientes

April 17, 2008 1:58 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

El Jefe Adjunto de la Sociedad del Combustible de la Franja de Gaza, D. Mahmoud Al-Khuzendar, ha afirmado que Israel permitió la entrada de pequeñas cantidades de combustible en la región costera el miércoles por la tarde. En una entrevista telefónica con IMEMC, Al-Khuzendar ha dejado claro que tan sólo […]

27 Mar
1:36

Islamist Leader found dead in Gaza Strip

A senior Islamist leader was found dead in the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning, near the evacuated settlement of Nitzarim south of Gaza city, Palestinian sources and eyewitnesses reported.Mahmoud Basal, senior leader of a group known as “Army of Islam”, was found dead after he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen […]

18 Mar
2:04

Hamas: PA arrested five of its supporters in West Bank

The Palestinian Authority security forces arrested five Palestinians affiliated with the Hamas movement from Bethlehem, Nablus and Tulkarem on Sunday, a Hamas source stated Monday.The source said that Taher Deriyeh and Saleem Abu Sarhan, from Bethlehem, were arrested by Palestinian security forces. Deriyeh who was released from jail in Israel […]

18 Mar
2:04

Hamas: La Autoridad Palestina arresta a 5 de sus militantes en Cisjordania

March 18, 2008 2:04 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

Las fuerzas de seguridad de la Autoridad Palestina arrestaron a cinco Palestinos afiliados al movimiento de Hamas, de Belén, Nablus y Tulkarem, el domingo, según declaró una fuente de Hamas el lunes. Dicha fuente dijo que Taher Deriyeh y Saleem Abu Sarhan, de Belén fueron arrestados por las fuerzas de […]

18 Mar
1:37

Suleiman postpones Israel visit, says it is not committed to calm

Head of the Egyptian intelligence service, Omar Suleiman has postponed his visit scheduled this week because Israel is not living up to commitment it has made to Egypt last week, senior Egyptian official stated on Monday.During his visit to Egypt last week, Amos Gilad, a senior Israeli military strategist promised […]

14 Mar
2:01

Gush Shalom: West Bank assassinations, “grave provocation”

March 14, 2008 2:01 AM George Rishmawi Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The Israeli Peace Bloc, (Gush Shalom), described the assassination of four Palestinians in Bethlehem and Tulkarem, on Wednesday as a grave provocation and accused the Israeli government of deliberately obstructing cease-fire efforts.“The government does not want a ceasefire, but a new flare up” a press release by Gush Shalom stated. […]

14 Mar
2:01

Gush Shalom: Los asesinatos de Cisjordania, “grave provocación

March 14, 2008 2:01 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

El bloque Israelí de Paz, (Gush Shalom), describió el asesinato de cuatro Palestinos en Belén y Tulkarem el miércoles, como una grave provocación y acusó al gobierno Israelí de obstruir deliberadamente los esfuerzos de alto el fuego. El bloque Israelí de Paz, (Gush Shalom), describió el asesinato de cuatro Palestinos […]

12 Mar
10:16

Sit-in in Bethlehem to protest the kidnapping of Journalist

The Trade Union of Palestinian Journalists organized in Bethlehem a sit-in on Wednesday morning to protest at the kidnapping of a Palestinian journalist from Bethlehem on Monday by the Israeli army.The protest was attended by a number of local Bethlehem based journalists in addition to the head of the trade […]

08 Mar
5:17

Several protesters wounded in weekly Bil’in anti-wall protest

Dozens of residents of Bil’in, a village near Ramallah, took to the streets on Friday in their weekly demonstration protesting the illegal confiscation of the village’s land through Israel's continued expansion of the wall.The residents were joined by many International and Israeli peace activists, in addition to supporters of the […]

08 Mar
5:17

Varios manifestantes heridos en la manifestación semanal contra el muro de Bil’in

March 8, 2008 5:17 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

Decenas de residentes de Bil’in, pueblo cercano a Ramallah, tomaron las calles el viernes es su manifestación semanal, como protesta por la confiscación de tierras debido a que Israel continua construyendo el muro ilegal. A los residentes se les unieron varios internacionales y activistas pacifistas israelíes, además de los partidarios […]

12 Feb
5:29

Al-Quds brigade attacks Sderot with home-made shells

Al-Quds brigade, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement declared that they have fired a number of home-made shells at the Israeli town of Sderot, northeast of the Gaza Strip.IMEMC received a press statement from the brigade stating that its armed forces fired home-made shells at 18:23. No damages […]

12 Feb
5:29

La brigada Al-Quds ataca Sderot con proyectiles artesanales

February 12, 2008 5:29 AM George Rishmawi News Report 0

La brigada Al-Quds, brazo armado del movimiento de la Jihad Islámica declaró que han lanzado un numero de cohetes caseros en la ciudad Israelí de Sderot, al noreste de la Franja de Gaza. IMEMC recibió una nota de prensa de la brigada, informando que sus fuerzas armadas lanzaron proyectiles caseros […]

03 Feb
10:46

Three boys wounded near Bethlehem

February 3, 2008 10:46 AM George Rishmawi Bethlehem, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Three Palestinian young boys were injured when Israeli troops opened fire at them in the village of Al-Khader south of Bethlehem on Saturday at night.Coordinator of the popular committee against the wall in the village Samer Jaber told IMEMC that four were injured in their legs, but their injuries were […]

27 May
3:47

Two Palestinians killed, four Israelis wounded in East Jerusalem

Two Palestinians opened fire at Israeli security guards and police in Sheikh Sa'ad neighborhood in East Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon.    Two Palestinians opened fire at Israeli security guards and police in Sheikh Sa'ad neighborhood in East Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon.  The Israelis forces fired at the two men, killing […]

25 May
10:47

Turkish government criticizes Israeli kidnapping of Palestinian lawmakers

The Turkish government condemned on Friday the kidnapping of more than 30 high officials of the Palestinian Authority including lawmakers, Mayors and a Minister of Education Nasser Eddin El-Shaer. In a press release by the Turkish consulate in Jerusalem, the Government of the Republic of Turkey said it is “deeply […]

25 May
8:58

Six wounded, two taken prisoner in Bilin’s weekly anti-wall protest

A number of Palestinians and internationals have been injured, and two others were taken prisoner in the weekly protest in Bilin, on Friday, as army attacked the protestors with tear gas, sound bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets.In their weekly nonviolent protest, the villagers of Bilin west of Ramallah, joined by […]

25 May
8:52

One taken prisoner in Nonviolent action in Bethlehem

At least two hundred Palestinians, accompanied by a number of Israeli and International peace activists marched to the confiscated land in Artas village, south of Bethlehem, on Friday after the noon prayer. A number of other international and Palestinian activists joined after they played a soccer game at the path […]

24 May
4:41

Nonviolent resistance manage to stop bulldozers in Artas

The bulldozing of the land in Artas village near Bethlehem has temporary stopped after an Israeli court ruled a preemptive halt of work in the village on Wednesday and Thursday.The bulldozing of the land in Artas village near Bethlehem has temporary stopped after an Israeli court ruled a preemptive halt […]

16 May
8:50

Students at Harvard launch a campaign against Israeli General

A group of students and professors at Harvard University in the United States have launched a campaign against the former Israeli Army Chief of Staff, reserve General Dan Halutz.A group of students and professors at Harvard University in the United States have launched a campaign against the former Israeli Army […]

16 May
1:53

A number of nonviolent protestors stop Israeli bulldozers in Artas village near Bethlehem

At least 30 Palestinian, International and Israeli peace activists and farmers are preventing the Israeli army from bulldozing land near the village of Artas south of Bethlehem on Wednesday morning.At least 30 Palestinian, International and Israeli peace activists and farmers are preventing the Israeli army from bulldozing land near the […]

16 May
2:47

Palestinian FM discusses with EU Official Palestine Situation

EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana met with Palestine Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Ziad Abu Amr in Brussels on Tuesday and discussed the latest developments in Palestine. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Abu Amr called on the international community to end the siege of the Palestinian people which […]

15 May
9:31

Bethlehem Commemorate 59 anniversary of Al-Nakba

Palestinians in Bethlehem commemorate the 59 anniversary of the expulsion of the Palestinians people in 1948 by Jewish group and the destruction of their villages.Palestinians in Bethlehem commemorate the 59 anniversary of the expulsion of the Palestinians people in 1948 by Jewish group and the destruction of their villages. On […]

09 May
9:36

Barghouthi: The World Bank Report shows Apartheid established by Israel in Palestine

The latest World Bank report shows that Israel has established an Apartheid System in Palestine and isolated nearly 50 percent of the West Bank land, Dr. Mustafa Bagrhouthi, Palestinian Minister of Information said on Wednesday.The latest World Bank report shows that Israel has established an Apartheid System in Palestine and […]

04 May
8:57

Nonviolent Anti-Wall Protest by Palestinian Workers in Bethelehm

Some two hundred peaceful demonstrators in Bethlehem protested on Friday against the construction of the annexation wall in the village of Wadi Al-Neiss. The demonstration included mostly Palestinian workers in addition to international peace activists and observers to commemorate Labor day on May 1.Some two hundred peaceful demonstrators in Bethlehem […]

25 Apr
12:55

Hamas denies reports of Egyptian travel restrictions on its officials

April 25, 2007 12:55 PM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

A spokesman for the Palestinian Hamas movement on Tuesday denied Israeli reports of Egyptian restrictions on Hamas officials who travel through Egypt, calling them “Israeli maneuvers to poison the Egyptian-Palestinian ties”.A spokesman for the Palestinian Hamas movement on Tuesday denied Israeli reports of Egyptian restrictions on Hamas officials who travel […]

24 Apr
9:09

Palestinian minister says abducted BBC journalist still in ‘good health’

BBC journalist Alan Johnston, kidnapped in the Gaza Strip more than a month ago, remains in good health according to Palestinian deputy prime minister Azzam Al-Ahmad on Tuesday. BBC journalist Alan Johnston, kidnapped in the Gaza Strip more than a month ago, remains in good health according to Palestinian deputy […]

23 Apr
4:06

Dr. Azmi Bishara resigns from Knesset, Police close his office

April 23, 2007 4:06 PM George Rishmawi Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Arab Member of Knesset Dr. Azmi Bishara submitted his resignation to the Israeli Embassy in Cairo- Egypt on Sunday. Israel closes his office in Jerusalem and his successor Sa’eed Naffa’ takes over.Arab Member of Knesset Dr. Azmi Bishara submitted his resignation to the Israeli Embassy in Cairo- Egypt on Sunday. […]

19 Apr
3:05

Second Conference on Popular Resistance in Bilin continiues

The second International conference on Popular resistance continues for the second day in the village of Bilin, northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah. The second International conference on Popular resistance continues for the second day in the village of Bilin, northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah. The morning […]

18 Apr
4:41

Hundreds join the Bilin Conferene on Popular Resistance

More than five hundred Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists arrived in Bilin on Wednesday morning to join the second international conference on popular resistance, which is held in a marquee in the heart of the village. More than five hundred Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists arrived in Bilin […]

16 Apr
10:16

Follow the Women Cycle parade arrives in Bethlehem Monday

A group of nearly 120 women from different parts of the world participating in the 'Follow The Women Cycle', organized by the Beit Sahour-based Siraj Center For Hily Land Studies, arrived in Bethlehem today to show solidarity with the Palestinian people. A group of nearly 120 women from different parts […]

14 Apr
2:54

Oxfam Survey: Financial Boycott Pushes Palestinians into poverty

April 14, 2007 2:54 PM George Rishmawi Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

The international development agency, Oxfam International released results of a survey conducted in Palestine, highlighting “how the suspension of Western aid and Israel’s refusal to transfer money owed to the Palestinian Authority (PA) has led to grave humanitarian consequences for Palestinians.”The international development agency, Oxfam International released results of a […]

12 Apr
9:08

Palestine Today 041207

April 12, 2007 9:08 PM George Rishmawi Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 3.66MB || Time 4m 0sWelcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre, www.imemc.org, for Thursday April 12th, 2007. Two Palestinian civilians killed in the Gaza strip and another five abducted by the Israeli army from […]

09 Apr
12:44

Israeli Human Rights activist warns Arab MK Azmi Bishara of Israeli security plan to indict him

April 9, 2007 12:44 PM George Rishmawi Israel, Israeli Politics, News brief 0

Israeli sources claim that Bishra will resign from the Israeli Knesset. Arab sources in Israel dismiss claims of Bishara's intention to resign. Sholamit Aloni, former MK and HUman Rights activists hinted to Bishara that the Israeli security is preparing a file to indict him. (Details to come later) 

09 Apr
12:35

Swap Deal advances, Shalit may be transferred to Egypt as first step

April 9, 2007 12:35 PM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Informed Palestinian sources reported that the Prisoners’ Swap deal, through which Israel will release a number of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the release of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, is advancing positively. According to the source, Israeli officials are considering a proposal to conduct the swap deal in […]

03 Apr
9:09

Palestinian FM accuse AFP of miss-quoting his statements

April 3, 2007 9:09 PM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

The Frnech News Agency (AFP) has miss-quoted statements made by Palestinian Foreign Minister Dr. Ziad Abu Amr twice in two days in a row, said the Palestinian Ministery of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.The Frnech News Agency (AFP) has miss-quoted statements made by Palestinian Foreign Minister Dr. Ziad Abu Amr twice […]

30 Mar
8:02

Um Salamuna village protest against the construction of the Wall

Around two hundred protestors marched in the village of Um Salamuna, south of Bethlehem, to protest the construction of the Illegal Wall on their land and to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Land Day.Around two hundred protestors marched in the village of Um Salamuna, south of Bethlehem, to protest the […]

28 Mar
9:56

Strain between Vatican and Israelis over taxation and confiscation of Catholic properties

March 28, 2007 9:56 PM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Sources in the Vatican said yesterday that at the last minute an Israeli delegation canceled its scheduled talks for Thursday. A Vatican spokesperson described it as “sudden and unexpected.” Due to scheduling difficulties in the past, the talks, which began in March of 1999, had stopped for five years. But […]

28 Mar
9:42

Arabs call on Israel to accept the peace deal

March 28, 2007 9:42 PM George Rishmawi Arab World, Diplomacy, News Report 0

Rejecting the renewed Arab Peace Initiative means rejecting peace, said Prince Saud Al-Faisal- the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia who is hosting an Arab summit. Rejecting the renewed Arab Peace Initiative means rejecting peace, said Prince Saud Al-Faisal- the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia who is hosting an Arab summit. […]

27 Mar
10:24

Prior to the Arab Summit, Abbas and Olmert agree on bi-weekly meetings

March 27, 2007 10:24 PM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have agreed to meet every two weeks to discuss what the US secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called 'initial steps that could eventually lead towards a Palestinian state'.  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have agreed […]

22 Mar
8:55

Palestinian Journalists Protest the Kidnapping of BBC Reporter, Johnston

Palestinian journalists organized on Thursday a march in the West Bank city of Ramallah to protest against the kidnapping of the British Broadcast Corporation’s reporter, Allan Johnston, in Gaza Strip.Palestinian journalists organized on Thursday a march in the West Bank city of Ramallah to protest against the kidnapping of the […]

21 Mar
10:25

Dr. Barghouthi: EU envoy to the Peace Process, Belgian FM to meet Palestinian FM soon

March 21, 2007 10:25 PM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

The European Union envoy for peace in the Middle East, Miguel Moratinos, and Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht will meet with the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian National Unity Government, Dr. Ziad Abu Amr, soon. The European Union envoy for peace in the Middle East, Miguel […]

18 Mar
3:26

Troops invade Salfit, wound three residents

March 18, 2007 3:26 PM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, News Report, Salfit 0

Three Palestinians were wounded on Sunday morning in Iskaka village near the West Bank city of Salfit, when Israeli forces opened their machine gun fire randomly in residential areas, Palestinian sources said.Three Palestinians were wounded on Sunday morning in Iskaka village near the West Bank city of Salfit, when Israeli […]

18 Mar
3:11

Israeli troops kidnap two Palestinians from Gaza Strip

Israeli army troops opened fire on Sunday morning in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources reported.Israeli army troops opened fire on Sunday morning in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources reported. The sources reported that Israeli Gunboats operating in the Tel Al-Sultan area near Rafah opened fire at Palestinian fishermen, […]

15 Mar
10:37

Education Employees to be paid, EU considers resuming PA funding

March 15, 2007 10:37 PM George Rishmawi Miscellaneous, News Report, Palestine 0

The Acting Palestinian Minister of Finance, Dr. Samir Abu Eisheh said that the ministry will pay one month’s salary to the education sector employees.The Acting Palestinian Minister of Finance, Dr. Samir Abu Eisheh said that the ministry will pay one month’s salary to the education sector employees. This payment is […]

15 Mar
6:59

Palestinian Unity Government pending Parliament Approval

Senior Palestinian leaders have almost finalized the formation of the long-waited National Unity Government and agreed on all names of the cabinet ministers. Senior Palestinian leaders have almost finalized the formation of the long-waited National Unity Government and agreed on all names of the cabinet ministers. A list of 25 […]

09 Mar
12:07

Israel imposes restrictions on foreigners entering Palestine

March 9, 2007 12:07 AM George Rishmawi Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued new restriction on Internationals visiting the Palestinian areas. The Israeli authorities sent a guide, IMEMC has received a copy of, to embassies and consulates in Israel and to the foreign missions who work or have activities in Palestinian areas.The Israeli Ministry of Foreign […]

07 Mar
10:31

King Abdullah II at Congress pleas for peace in Palestine

In a speech before the Congress, King Abdullah II of Jordan said that peace in the Middle East should be achieved, not next year or in five years, but this year.In a speech before the Congress, King Abdullah II of Jordan said that peace in the Middle East should be […]

05 Mar
10:27

Fatah, Hamas agree on Minister of Foreign Affairs

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister designate Ismael Haniyeh have finally agreed on the name of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, which was one of the issues on the agenda of the meeting that joined both of them on Sunday, informed Palestinian sources reported.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime […]

05 Mar
9:46

Villagers barred from their land in Tulkarem area

March 5, 2007 9:46 PM George Rishmawi News Report, The Wall, Tulkarem 0

Residents of the West Bank village of Far’oun near Tulkarem said that they have not been able to enter their farmland since the Israeli army closed the gate in the annexation wall, known as Gate number 708, several months ago.Residents of the West Bank village of Far’oun near Tulkarem said […]

24 Feb
12:02

Masha’al: A Historic Chance Now For Peace

Chief of the politburo of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, told reporters on Friday in Cairo that this moment carries an historic chance for peace in the region that should be well invested. Chief of the politburo of Hamas, Khaled Masha’al, told reporters on Friday in Cairo that this moment carries an […]

22 Feb
10:59

Birzeit University closes after tuition crisis escalates

February 22, 2007 10:59 PM George Rishmawi Miscellaneous, News Report, Palestine 0

Dr. Nabil Qassis, President of Birzeit University, the second largest Palestinian University, decided on Thursday to close the campus and suspend all classes until further notice after the tuition fee rows between the students and the administration escalated.Dr. Nabil Qassis, President of Birzeit University, the second largest Palestinian University, decided […]

21 Feb
5:12

Unity Government talks ongoing, face some rejection

The Palestinian Prime Minister designate, Ismael Haniyeh is still carrying out rounds of meeting with representatives of the various Palestinian political parties to form his new government.The Palestinian Prime Minister designate, Ismael Haniyeh is still carrying out rounds of meeting with representatives of the various Palestinian political parties to form […]

21 Feb
1:52

Israeli Army Assassinates leader of Al-Quds Brigades in Jenin

February 21, 2007 1:52 PM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, Jenin, News Report 0

Israeli army troops assassinated Mahmoud Abu Obeid, a leader of Al-Quds Brigades, in Jenin on Wednesday morning, Palestinian media sources.Eyewitness reports said that an undercover Israeli army unit entered the city using a civilian car with Palestinian license plates, and shot Abu Obeid at clso range in the city center […]

19 Feb
11:03

Siraj Center launches ‘Palestine Summer Celebration Program’

February 19, 2007 11:03 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Non-violent action, Palestine 0

Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies have launched their Palestine Summer Celebration; a program through which Internationals can learn Arabic, Palestinian History and volunteer at Palestinian civil society organizations.Michael Awad, director of the organization, told IMEMC that this program will be organized annually in partnership with Bethlehem University. “Three Academic […]

19 Feb
2:28

Hamas: unity government may be declared soon

February 19, 2007 2:28 PM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

The Palestinian unity government may be declared sooner than expected, said Hamas spokesperson Ismael Radwan on Monday.He added that the movement (Hamas) is considering keeping some of the current ministers in the new government. However, he failed to provide names as they are still being discussed. Radwan, however, said that […]

16 Feb
5:26

Israeli police prevent Muslims access to Jerusalem Mosque for prayer

February 16, 2007 5:26 PM George Rishmawi Jerusalem, News Report 0

Palestinian sources reported that Israel increased its military presence around Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Haram Al-Sharif area, also known as the Temple Mount, in the old city of Jerusalem on Friday. The sources added that around 3000 Israeli troops and police are preventing Muslim worshippers from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque […]

07 Feb
3:34

Olmert calls on Abbas not to form Government with Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert demanded that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t agree to form a unity government with Hamas.Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert demanded that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t agree to form a unity government with Hamas. Olmert urged Abbas not to adhere to what he […]

06 Feb
9:01

Palestinians awaiting results of Fatah and Hamas meeting in Makkah

Two Palestinian delegations representing the two rival parties, Fatah and Hamas headed to Makkah in Saudi Arabia for dialogue in a bid to end the ongoing infighting in the Gaza Strip.Two Palestinian delegations representing the two rival parties, Fatah and Hamas headed to Makkah in Saudi Arabia for dialogue in […]

05 Feb
9:21

Director of the Interior Ministry office in Ramallah kidnapped

February 5, 2007 9:21 PM George Rishmawi Internal Unrest, News Report, Ramallah 0

Unknown gunmen kidnapped the director of Ministry of Interior Office in Ramallah Arafat Nasser and wounded another employee in the ministry on Monday evening, Maan News Agency reported.Unknown gunmen kidnapped the director of Ministry of Interior Office in Ramallah Arafat Nasser and wounded another employee in the ministry on Monday […]

05 Feb
8:37

Israeli Minister calls for Barghouthi’s Release

February 5, 2007 8:37 PM George Rishmawi Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Minister of Environment, Gedeon Ezra said on Monday that Israel should release the jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi in order to give the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas support concerning Hamas, Israeli sources reported.Minister of Environment, Gideon Ezra said on Monday that Israel should release the jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi […]

02 Feb
4:06

Hamas Source: Abbas and Mashaal expected to meet in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday

Palestian President Mahmoud Abbbas and Khaled Mashal, head of the poliburo of Hamas, will meet in Mecca in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a bid to end the ongoing infighting between these two main rival parties.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mashal, head of the politburo of Hamas, will […]

01 Feb
1:30

Two Palestinians killed as Israeli Army invades Nablus

February 1, 2007 1:30 PM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, Nablus, News Report 0

Two Palestinians were killed and a third was injured when Israeli army forces invaded the West Bank city of Nablus in the early hours of Thursday morning, Palestinian sources reported. Two Palestinians were killed and a third was injured when Israeli army forces invaded the West Bank city of Nablus […]