Category Archives: Diplomacy

13 May

South Africans Engage in 24-hour Solidarity Hunger Strike

As the mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners continues, several South African politicians, journalists and activists have declared a 24-hour hunger strike between the 14th and 15th of May, in a show of solidarity, PNN reports. According to the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI), multiple people of high stature in the […]

12 May

Bethlehem: Putin Foundation for Culture and Economics Launched

A new complex named after Russian President Vladimir Putin was inaugurated on Thursday, in Bethlehem. Speaking via video conference from Sochi, in Russia, where he is meeting with Putin, President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas thanked Russia for its continuous support for the Palestinian people. He said, according to […]

10 May

Dublin City & Sligo County Councils to Fly Palestinian Flag, Marking 50 Years of Occupation

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) welcomed today’s announcements that Dublin City Hall will fly the Palestinian flag between 15th May and June, this year, following a vote by Dublin City Council, this evening. Sligo County Council also voted to fly the flag from the Council Building between 15th May and […]

06 May

Over 170 Sports Clubs in the Occupied West Bank Call on FIFA to Suspend Israel’s Membership

In a letter issued on May 4th, over 170 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations urged FIFA to immediately suspend the Israeli Football Association’s (IFA) membership for its inclusion of seven football clubs that are  based in illegal settlements. The letter comes just days before FIFA’s annual Congress where FIFA […]

21 Apr

FIFA Called to Action over Clubs in Illegal Settlements

More than 100 sports associations, trade s, human rights organizations and faith based groups from 28 countries joined football champions, scholars, film directors, politicians and government officials in calling on FIFA’s Council members to insist that Israel’s national football league revoke the affiliation of seven clubs based in illegal Israeli […]

12 Apr

Duchess of York Visits Bethlehem, Stresses Support to Palestinians (VIDEO)

Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, as a part of her charity and human rights work, visited Bethlehem on Tuesday, notably in the healthcare sector, where she met with Palestinian personalities and visited different sites. The visit included a tour of the Nativity Church and the Old City district of Bethlehem, […]

31 Mar

Empire Files Rewind: How Palestine Became Colonized

First published on September 28, 2016. Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants. Giving critical historical context to the occupation today, this timeline explores the creation of the state of Israel and […]

29 Mar

UK Medical Team Carries Out Special Training in Gaza

A British surgical team has launched a medical training program for Palestinian doctors working in the hospitals of the Gaza Strip. The team, from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh (RCSEd), arrived in Gaza on Friday to implement the training at Al-Shifa Hospital, the main and largest hospital in […]

15 Mar

Actor Richard Gere: Settlements an Absurd Provocation

American actor and humanitarian activist Richard Gere has described illegal Israeli settlements “an absurd provocation,” Haaretz reported on Sunday. In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Gere said: “Obviously, this occupation is destroying everyone. There is no defense of this occupation.” About the illegal Israeli Jewish settlement in the […]

26 Feb

After Appeal by Leading Writers, Major US Literary Festival Will Proceed without Israeli Government Sponsorship

Human rights advocates welcome the decision by PEN America to hold PEN’s annual World Voices literary festival without funding from the Israeli government. The decision followed a campaign and a call supported by leading literary figures asking the organization to reject Israeli government sponsorship. PEN America accepted Israeli government support for the World Voices […]

08 Feb

UK Invites Netanyahu to Balfour Centennial Celebrations: Palestinian Presidency Protests

By Christof Lehmann (nsnbc): Nabil Abu Rodeina said Britain is responsible for the disaster that befell the Palestinian people a hundred years ago. “Instead of correcting the historic mistake and recognizing the Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, it is preparing to celebrate an incident considered by the […]

07 Feb

Majaz Ensemble Tells Stories of Palestinian Hope and Pain through Music

A candle flame is extinguished, following the second anniversary of founding Mazaj Ensemble, a Jerusalemite musical band. Mazaj Ensemble kicked off its third year with youthful energy, enthusiasm, and with a completely different musical vision which infuses both Oriental and Western classical music. Mazaj Ensemble adapts melodies and arrangements to merge […]

14 Jan

FM Lavrov to Meet Delegates of Palestinian Parties in Moscow: Zakharova

nsnbc : Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with representatives of Palestinian parties in Moscow on January 16, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the press on Thursday. Zakharova said: “On January 16, the Russian top diplomat will receive representatives of the leading Palestinian organizations who are expected […]

21 Dec

Global Foundation Renews Commitment to Gaza Youth, Awards 265 New Scholarships

Education Above All (EAA), through its program “Al Fakhoora”, has awarded 265 new scholarships to young leaders in the Gaza Strip. This will help to enable young people in attending university, build a better future for themselves and their families, and lead their communities toward a more peaceful future. These […]

19 Dec

Jewish Students and Scholars Object to “Antisemitism Awareness Act”

Jewish scholars and students have released statements urging the US House of Representatives and President Obama to reject the controversial “Antisemitism Awareness Act”. In a recent initiative by US based organization Jewish Voice for Peace, Jewish scholars and students signed statements urging both the House of Representatives, as well as President Obama, […]

19 Dec

GMO Declares Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Journalist

Head of the Palestinian government media office in Gaza, Salama Ma’rouf, has announced a day of solidarity with Palestinian journalists, coinciding on December 31st, and to include various activities in support. Ma’rouf said, during a press conference on Sunday, that the activities would continue for ten days, with cooperation from several […]

14 Dec

Netanyahu Refusing to Meet Swedish FM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly refused to meet with pro-Palestinian Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, who is due to visit on Thursday. According to Haaretz, Wallstrom will arrive in Israel on Thursday, but will be met by no Israeli officials, who claimed the move is due to scheduling conflicts, but […]

13 Dec

(Video Series) The General’s Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights – RAI

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay of Baltimore’s Real News Network that his father, a famous Israeli General, was ostracized for saying it was necessary to negotiate with the PLO and respect Palestinian self-determination; but, he never gave up his belief that the expulsion of 1948 and […]

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. […]

19 Nov

20-year-old Palestinian-Australian Footballer, Nadeem Farhoud, on the Formation of Aida United FC

Nadeem Farhoud, a young man of Palestinian origins, born in Australia: a Palestinian at heart, a soccer player, college student, and an activist who created a fundraising campaign for Palestinian children through the annual Futsal competition, in October of 2016, aiming to raise funds for Palestinian children in Palestine. Through […]

15 Oct

British Consulate to Support Palestinian Olive Harvest

(photo: Wikipedia) British Consulate General in Jerusalem, Alastair McPhail, announced on Friday that, for the second year in a row, the British Consulate General will be supporting the Palestinian olive harvest in Area C and East Jerusalem. McPhail made the announcement during an olive picking event in the village of […]

07 Oct

Outrage as Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Bank Accounts Closed

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign announced, on Monday, that its accounts had been closed by the Bank of Ireland. (photo: 2014 Dublin protest in solidarity with Gaza, Palestine — Paul The IPSC is seeking answers from the bank, which would only say the organization no longer met its “risk appetite.” In […]

06 Oct

Bahar Warns Israeli Navy against Intercepting ‘Zaytouna’

The first deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Ahmed Bahar, warned Israeli forces against intercepting the Zaytouna relief ship coming to Gaza. Bahar said, in a statement, that intercepting the ship is a kind of privateer since the ship is sailing in the international waters. “There are Arab […]

29 Sep

Supporter of Palestinian Rights Terry McIntosh Running for U.S. Congress

Recently, the Obama administration has signed a $38 billion deal to Israeli military aid for the fiscal years 2019- 2028. Following the announcement, an IRmep poll fielded by Google Consumer Surveys revealed that 80.8% of the U.S. adult Internet user population says they would redirect the proposed spending toward other priorities. However, […]

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 […]

20 Sep

US College Course on Palestine Reinstated after Cancellation

University of California, Berkeley, has reinstated a course on Palestine that was cancelled under pressure from pro-Israel groups, according to a press release. Palestine Legal said, according to WAFA, that the university reinstated the student-led course titled “Palestine: A Settler-Colonial Analysis”, following an outcry from students and faculty describing the […]

19 Sep

‘I don’t identify:’ Palestinian-Israeli Fans of Israel’s National Football Team

The Zionist symbolism of Israel’s national football team creates a quagmire for its Palestinian Israeli fans. Support for Israel’s national football team indicates that while Palestinian citizens of Israel have an unusual opportunity to identify with an Israeli national symbol, this identification is, it goes without saying, far from being […]

06 Sep

Belgium Allocates €10 million for Humanitarian Aid in Palestine

Belgium has decided to allocate more than €10 million in extra humanitarian aid to address the needs of the Palestinian people, a statement by the Belgium Ministry for Development Cooperation said on Monday. “To respond to the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development […]

25 Aug

Israel Lobby Smears Black Lawmaker for Meeting Palestinians

08/24/16 Rhania Khalek (Photo: Florida Senator Dwight Bullard has faced onslaught from pro-Israel groups for joining this Dream Defenders delegation to Palestine in May — via Instagram.) Dwight Bullard, a progressive African American state senator representing Florida’s 39th district, is under attack from Israel lobby groups for visiting the Israeli-occupied West […]

23 Aug

Palestine Says #ThanksCelticFans

Author: Poppy Liuba-Carmichael, Alternative Information Center (AIC) An explosion of solidarity On Wednesday, the 15th of August, fans of Scottish football team the Glasgow Celtic Football Club showed Palestine that the world has not forgotten about its struggle under Israeli occupation. Hundreds of fans raised the Palestinian flag during a […]

20 Aug

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

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

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. […]

09 Aug

Black Lives Matter Endorses BDS: “Israel is an apartheid state.”

Black Lives Matter and The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 50 organizations representing African Americans, published a comprehensive platform, Friday of last week, which addresses the systemic racism, violence, oppression and discrimination faced by black communities in the United States. Along with calling for ‘an end to the […]

08 Aug

Israel Launched Anti BDS Task Force to Crush Any Boycott

By Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The Israeli government formed a ministerial task force to track down any foreigners in Israel who are engaged in activities linked to the international Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The government compares these subversive elements with terrorists that aim at destroying Israel from within. The launch […]

07 Aug

Solidarity Ships to Sail for Besieged Gaza in September

Two “solidarity ships” are set to sail towards the besieged Gaza Strip from Barcelona, Spain, in mid-September. Named ‘Amal’ and ‘Zaytouna’ — meaning ‘Hope’ and ‘Olives’ in Arabic, respectively — the ships will be led by an all-female crew of 24, including Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire. According to Issam […]

02 Aug

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

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

01 Aug

Football In Ireland for Gaza Youth

Children from the Al-Helal club, in the besieged Gaza Strip, are in Ireland and enjoying a 10-day visit of fun and football! The footballers, aged from 10 to 14 years old, are staying and playing in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, as well as in Maynooth, Dublin, Limerick, Kinvara and Wexford over […]

29 Jul

Triumphant UK Debut for Palestine Youth Orchestra

Palestine Youth Orchestra at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 26 July 2016 Sarah Irving – Electronic Intifada: True to form, the rain is hammering down on Glasgow. In the foyer of the Royal Concert Hall, young men in sharp black, wearing scarves bearing the unmistakable checkered print of the Palestinian kuffiyeh, are […]

22 Jul

European Parliamentary Members Call on EU in Support of Boycott Movement

More than 30 members of the European parliament have called on  EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to take measures assuring freedom of expression regarding the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality and recognizing Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, as a human rights […]

18 Jul

Gaza Band Gains Global Audience Despite Siege (VIDEO)

It’s taken a long time and demanded patience and perseverance. But slowly, and in spite of all the obstacles, Gaza’s Watar Band is gaining international recognition. The soft rock pop group recently completed a tour of France, organized by the French Institute of Jerusalem, a branch of France’s official international […]

16 Jul

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

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

01 Jul

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

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

Ban ki-Moon in Gaza (image from UN)
28 Jun

UN Secretary-General visits Israel and Gaza

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon traveled to Gaza Monday, following a meeting with the Israeli President in Tel Aviv. In a press statement following his meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Ban condemned an attack by a Palestinian several weeks ago in which four Israelis were killed. In 2016 […]

27 Jun

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Obama to Appoint Envoy for Palestinian Children

Israeli authorities released Mohammad, 15, from the West Bank city of Qalqilya, in April after he served six months in prison. (Photo: DCIP / Cody O’Rourke) New York, June 20, 2016—Twenty members of the United States Congress signed a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, urging the appointment of […]

25 Jun

€154,000 in EU Support for West Bank Farmers and Agro

The European Union has agreed to provide nearly €154,000 to support West Bank farmers and agricultural businesses directly affected by Israeli occupation, a press release issued by the Office of the European Union Representative in Jerusalem stated . The release noted, according to WAFA, that this EU contribution, the first […]

19 Jun

Dr. Ashrawi on the Death of British MP Jo Cox

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Saturday, expressed the grief of Palestinian leadership and the people of Palestine over the death of ‘Palestine’s dear friend and peace and justice activist,’ British Labour MP Jo Cox, who was brutally murdered outside a West Yorkshire library on Thursday. “MP Cox, a devoted humanitarian […]

14 Jun

Irish Support of Boycott Welcomed by Human Rights Campaigners

In an open letter, published in today’s Irish Times and Irish Independent, thirteen of Ireland’s best-known musicians, writers, artists and sports stars have called on the Irish government to join them in supporting the growing worldwide boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The statement has been welcomed by […]

12 Jun

Greece to Recognize Palestinian State

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry (image from wikimedia)
02 Jun

Israeli authorities hold secret meetings with US in advance of Friday’s peace talks

As thirty nations prepare representatives to meet in Paris Friday for talks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday that high-lecel Israeli officials have been meeting secretly with US agents in advance of the talks. Publicly, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has condemned the talks, saying “If the […]

11 Mar

US VP Joe Biden: Israel Cannot Stop Violence through Physical Force Alone

United States Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, said that Israel could not stop violent acts carried out by Palestinians solely through physical force, the Associated Press reported.Biden landed in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, as multiple attacks were reportedly carried out by Palestinian individuals in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. […]

04 Mar

Belgian MPs Barred from Entering Gaza

Israeli authorities have denied a delegation of six Belgian MPs entry into the blockaded Gaza Strip to visit local NGOs, this week.The delegation, which represents different political parties in Belgium, said in a statement, on Wednesday, that they had arranged the visit for the day before with the United Nations […]

04 Mar

Ireland: Gino Kenny Raises Palestinian Flag Upon Election Victory

New Irish Parliament Member Gino Kenny, from the Anti-Austerity Alliance, celebrated his election victory, this past Saturday, by waving a Palestinian flag.Kenny, aged 42, is a local Irish activist that has been a People Before Profit Alliance councilor on South Dublin County Council since 2009. He also has been an […]

24 Feb

Berlin Film Festival: Israeli Government is ‘Fascist’, Says Israeli Winner

February 24, 2016 2:59 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Human Interest, International 0

Israeli film-director Udi Aloni, who won the top audience at Berlin Film Festival on Saturday, has labelled the Israeli government “fascist”, and has urged Germany to cease its military support to Israel.At a Q&A session about his award-winning film Junction 48 hours before being presented with the Panorama Audience Award […]

16 Feb

Japan to Aid Palestine

February 16, 2016 5:20 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, announced that the Government of Japan has committed Japan’s new assistance of USD $78,210,200 to the Palestinian people through international organizations and Japanese NGOs, on the occasion of his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on 15 th February in Tokyo, Japan. This […]

09 Feb

HCEF: Bringing Together Hundreds of Palestinians from the Diaspora

The Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) is now prepping for the National Conference for the Palestinian youth in the Diaspora, as part of the Know Thy Heritage program that is taking place for the fifth consecutive year, now.CEO and Founder of HCEF, Sir Rateb Rabie, told PNN that this year’s […]

07 Feb

Palestinian Embassy Opens in Brazil

February 7, 2016 12:27 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

The Palestinian Authority has inaugurated its first diplomatic mission in the Western Hemisphere, in Brazil, as diplomatic tensions escalate between Israel and the South American state.Palestinian Ambassador Ibrahim Alzeben led the opening ceremony in the Brazilian capital city of Brasilia. The event was attended by Brazilian government officials, representatives of […]

14 Jan

Real Madrid Invites Ahmad Dawabsha to Visit Team

January 14, 2016 7:28 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Real Madrid football club, on Wednesday, said that they have invited the arson attack survivor, five-year-old Ahmad Dawabsha, to visit the team and meet star player Cristiano Ronaldo.Ahmad is the only member of the Dawabsheh family who survived the Israeli terrorist arson attack on his home in Douma, near Nablus, […]

11 Jan

Brazilian Senior Diplomats Issue Joint Statement against Diplomatic Israeli Appointment

January 11, 2016 1:37 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

The Israeli government’s nomination of Dani Dayan as its next ambassador to Brazil, and Brazil’s delay in approving the appointment, is heightening diplomatic tensions between the two governments.One of the Brazilian government’s main criticisms over the chosen Israeli ambassador is that Benjamin Netanyahu skipped all diplomatic protocols when announcing Dayan’s […]

22 Dec

Two Palestinian-Americans killed in December – no U.S. government response

December 22, 2015 2:47 PM Celine Hagbard Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

The U.S. government has yet to respond to the killing of two of its citizens by the Israeli military over the past three weeks – the latest being Mohammad Abdul-Rahman Ayyad, 21, shot while driving his car near Silwad on Friday December 18th.On December 4th, Abdul-Rahman Wajeeh Barghouthi, 27, was […]

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 […]

21 Dec

UN : “Stop unacceptable harassment of human rights defenders in occupied Palestinian Territory”

December 21, 2015 3:18 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

United Nations independent experts have expressed grave concerns at continued reports that human rights defenders are being subjected to physical attacks, harassment, arrest and detention, and death threats, particularly in Hebron in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), in an apparent bid by Israeli authorities and settler elements to stop their […]

11 Dec

East Jerusalem Hospitals Network Sets Targets to Improve Health System

December 11, 2015 1:51 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Human Interest, Jerusalem 0

The East Jerusalem Hospitals Network (EJHN) announced, during its 4th annual conference in Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, plans to improve the entire health system in the city of Jerusalem. The 2015 conference was held under the title “Challenges & Achievements”, and tackled major issues facing hospitals in Jerusalem, most […]

09 Dec

Sweden: Palestinian Resistance not Terrorism

December 9, 2015 10:45 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said, on Monday, that Palestinian resistance in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem are not to be classified as “terror attacks.”Israeli occupation forces have been facing the current wave of Palestinian resistance with excessive force which has killed more than 100 Palestinian civilians in two months. […]

05 Dec

Wallström Slams Israel’s Extrajudicial Executions

December 5, 2015 9:55 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, is once again racking up criticism for her accusations against the Israeli government, this time in regard to the execution of Palestinian assailants without trial.On Friday, when asked by a Swedish parliamentarian why she refused to condemn Palestinian acts of violence against Israelis, Margot replied […]

30 Nov

November 29th: International Day of Solidarity with Palestine

November 30, 2015 1:44 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Today is the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.Thirty years after the UN partition plan of Palestine, the General Assembly passed a new resolution proclaiming an annual observation, on November 29th, to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The Palestine News Network (PNN) […]

28 Nov

Africa: Palestinian Flag Raised at UN Headquarters

November 28, 2015 11:33 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

On Friday, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) — the UN’s biggest entity in Africa — hoisted the flag of the state of Palestine at its headquarters, in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, to show solidarity with the cause of the Palestinian people in securing their right […]

28 Nov

EU Official Martina Anderson Calls for International Protection of Palestinians

November 28, 2015 11:24 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, a European Union official, Friday, called for placing Palestine and the Palestinian people under international protection.“Ahead of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people I would like to reiterate my call to place Palestine and its […]

28 Nov

Abbas Meets with Greek Prime Minister

November 28, 2015 3:19 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

In a joint address, delivered Thursday with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, PA President Mahmoud Abbas warned Israel not to turn the ongoing Palestine-Israel conflict into a “religious” dispute.Abbas briefed Greek Prime Alexis Tsipras on the “intolerable, unacceptable and harsh conditions” of the Palestinians as a result of Israel’s […]

18 Nov

US Ambassador to Israel: ‘Settlement Product Labels Not Boycott’

November 18, 2015 7:25 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

American Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro has said that the labeling of Israeli settlement products is not a boycott.Ambassador Shapiro was speaking Monday at the Israel Journalists Association conference in the southern city of Eilat. In remarks not part of his official speech, Shapiro was reported by the settler-affiliated new […]

18 Nov

Swedish FM Likens Israel to ISIS, Accused of Being “Hostile”

November 18, 2015 7:03 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Following the Paris attacks on Friday, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom made a connection between Islamic State extremism and the Israeli occupation, causing a feud between the two governments, that the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned its Swedish envoy on Monday.In an interview with a Swedish TV channel, following the Paris […]

04 Nov

Lawyer Hassan Ajaj Reflects on Epic Tear Gas Kick

November 4, 2015 11:46 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Interview, Palestine 0

One of the most memorable images of the current Israeli-Palestinian confrontations shows young Palestinian lawyer Hassan Ajaj in dark shades, a suit and formal legal robe as he kicks away an Israeli tear gas canister, his legs flying high above billowing white gas.According to Al Ray, the Associated Press photographer’s […]

24 Oct

Kerry in Jordan to Discuss Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

October 24, 2015 10:20 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Jordan, renewing his push to ease violence and tension between Israelis and Palestinians.Kerry meets Saturday, in Amman, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, they are exploring ideas first raised during a […]

22 Oct

Fact-checking Israel’s Statement to the UNSC

On 16 October 2015, Israeli Ambassador Roet addressed the UN Security Council in an emergency session on the escalating situation in Israel and Palestine. Below are his statements followed by facts disproving the statements.“Israel is facing an onslaught of terrorism; men, women and children are being stabbed to death on […]

16 Oct

VIDEO: Black-Palestinian Solidarity

Black-Palestinian solidarity: a choice of life and resistance.Black-Palestinian solidarity is neither a guarantee nor a requirement – it is a choice. We choose to build with one another in a shoulder to shoulder struggle against state-sanctioned violence. A violence that is manifest in the speed of bullets and batons and […]

11 Oct

Quartet Delegation to Visit Palestinian Territories

October 11, 2015 10:22 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

A delegation of the Middle East Quartet is to visit Palestinian territories, including the occupied West Bank, this week, in an attempt to calm the escalated wave of violence, Israeli radio reported on Saturday. According Al Ray, this visit aims to stop the recent developments in West Bank and occupied […]

25 Sep

Nazareth Cinema Lady

September 25, 2015 3:26 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Human Interest, Israel 0

The challenging situation of Palestinian women was created by the establishment of Israel.An article by Nirit Anderman appeared in Ha’aretz about a new film, to be screened next week at the Haifa International Film Festival. The film, Nazareth Cinema Lady, directed by Nurit Jacobs-Yinon, portrays the character of Safaa Dabour, […]

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 […]

06 Aug

Zvi Ben Dor Benite: Arab Jews

August 6, 2015 4:43 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, Interview 0

Saying you are an Arab Jew is the most subversive statement possible against Zionism. Professor Zvi Ben Dor Benite speaks with the Alternative Information Center (AIC) about the history and identity of Jews from Arab countries. Touching upon issues such as the place of Arab Jews in Arab politics, the […]

05 Aug

UNRWA to Possibly Suspend Education Program Due to Financial Burdens

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, has warned in a report addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, that “unless funding for the full amount of the Agency’s General Fund shortfall of $101 million is secured by the middle of August, the financial crisis may force the […]

17 Jul

Teaching Tolerance: Five Israeli Schools Unite Jews and Palestinians

July 17, 2015 4:11 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Human Interest, Israel 0

Paper lanterns crafted for Ramadan are hanging over the heads of children as they run between a snack table and a cartoon playing on the television.On first glance, this could be any other kindergarten in the city of Jaffa, where over a third of the population are Palestinians. But unlike […]

09 Jul

Israel Barred from Viewing Treaty between Vatican and Palestine

Appeals submitted by Israeli officials to view the treaty signed between Palestine and the Vatican have been refused by the Holy See, the representation of the Roman Catholic Church abroad.According to the PNN, Haaretz reported yesterday that the Vatican rejected four separate appeals by Israeli officials to read details of […]

16 Jun

UNRWA Facing Worst Financial Crisis in 65 Years

According to an official source, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is facing a financial crisis due to a widening gap between the needs of the agency and support from donor nations, reported US News.Jordanian Minister of State of Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said, at a UNRWA committee […]

03 May

Carter: ‘We will push to apply Fateh and Hamas agreements’

Former US President Jimmy Carter says that he, along with a non-governmental organization which describes itself as a group of ‘independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights’, known as The Elders, will exert great effort to accomplish the reconciliation that Hamas and Fateh agreed upon last April.Carter […]

03 May

Shimon Peres Disinvited to Clinton Event in Morocco

The name of former Israeli President Shimon Peres has been removed from the official guest list of the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and North Africa Conference in Marrakech.It was announced last week that Israel’s former president, Shimon Peres, would be in attendance at the CGI MENA Conference beginning May […]

30 Apr

Carter Cancels Visit to Gaza, Palestinian Authority Implicated

April 30, 2015 6:50 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

After Israeli occupation obstacles, the Palestinian Authority (PA) sought to impede former US President Jimmy Carter’s planned visit to Gaza Strip.Carter has called off the planned visit to the region, scheduled to take place on Thursday, Days of Palestine reports. He had planned to make the visit in an attempt […]

30 Mar

Report: Palestinian Authority will not file charges against Israel in International Court

March 30, 2015 11:35 AM Celine Hagbard Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

A new report by the Israeli newspaper ‘Jerusalem Post’, based on unnamed sources within the Palestinian Authority, claims that the PA has agreed to pursue no formal charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC), in exchange for the release of tax money that had been illegally seized by […]

06 Feb

African Republic of CĂŽte d’Ivoire Supports Palestine Statehood

February 6, 2015 10:03 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

The West African country of CĂŽte d’Ivoire affirmed support of Palestinian statehood on Thursday.The Prime Minister of the West African Republic of CĂŽte d’Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan, affirmed his country’s support of Palestinian statehood on Thursday. In a meeting with Palestinian Ambassador Atef Oudeh, Prime Minister Kablan Duncan said that […]

19 Jan

Canadian Foreign Minister Met With Protests In Ramallah

January 19, 2015 1:41 PM Alexandra Halaby Diplomacy, News Report, Ramallah 0

Palestinian organizers of a protest in Ramallah tossed eggs and shoes at the convoy of Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird on Sunday. Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Foreign Ministry in Ramallah holding signs protesting Baird’s visit to the West Bank. Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird was met with protests […]

08 Dec

Sinn Fein Leader Banned from Visiting Gaza by Israel

December 8, 2014 2:52 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

The Irish Journal, on Friday, reported that Israel has denied leading Irish politician Gerry Adams permission to enter Gaza. According to the PNN, Adams, president of the Catholic Sinn Fein party, is currently on a three-day tour of Israel and Palestine. He had reportedly been invited to visit Gaza by […]

30 Nov

Russian Leadership Declares Continued Support for Palestinian Statehood

November 30, 2014 1:25 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Russian president Vladimir Putin has vowed continued support for Palestinians’ legitimate right to establish an independent, territorial and viable state as soon as possible.’We believe that Palestine’s acquisition of national sovereignty on the common international legal base will be an important factor in ensuring comprehensive, just settlement in the Middle […]

27 Oct

U.S Lifts Ban Over Meeting Palestinian Officials

October 27, 2014 4:31 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

American White House announced Thursday that National SecurityGhassan Andoni-IMEMC & agencies, May 7, 2004 As a move to end the U.S. ban on meeting Palestinian officials, American White House announced Thursday that National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, will meet Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia in Germany on May 17. U.S. […]

27 Oct

U.S. Official: Lifting the Ban on U.S.-PA Relations, Excludes Arafat

October 27, 2014 4:31 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

renewed American effort to establish ties with the PalestinianGhassan Andoni-IMEMC & Agencies, May 8, 2004 State Department official David Satterfield said on Friday that renewed American effort to establish ties with the Palestinian leadership would not include direct relations to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. Few Israeli officials expressed concerns that […]

23 Sep

Hamas Official: Indirect Talks with Israel to Continue in the Last week of October

September 23, 2014 10:08 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Eizat Al Rishq, a member of Hamas political bureau, announced on Tuesday that the indirect talks with Israeli mediated by Egypt will resume in the last week of October. Al Rishq added that the round of talks on Tuesday have ended by both the Israeli and Palestinian delegations submitting their […]

21 Aug

Abu Ubaida Calls Delegation Out of Cairo

August 21, 2014 2:28 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Ubaida said over television, on Wednesday, that Israel had ‘failed’ in its assault on the Gaza Strip, and called upon the Palestinian negotiating team in Cairo to return home.The speech came just following a series of Israeli airstrikes which killed at least 22 Palestinians over the […]

18 Aug

Italian MP: Palestinian Solidarity Campaigns to Continue

August 18, 2014 12:30 PM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Former Vice President of the European Parliament and Italian Parliamentary Member, Luisa Morgantini, has stated that European campaigns in solidarity with the Palestinian people are increasing, particularly after the war crimes committed, by Israel, in Gaza.The statement comes as Morgantini met with Deputy Minister of Local Government, Mazen Ghnaim, also […]

17 Aug

Delegations Return to Cairo for Indirect Talks

Palestinian and Israeli delegations are returning to Cairo, late Saturday, in continuance of indirect talks to reach a long-term ceasefire agreement before the current temporary truce expires at midnight on Tuesday.Head of Fatah’s delegation, Azzam al-Ahmad, told Ma’an that the negotiations session would begin on Sunday. Additionally, sources close to […]

11 Aug

Israel & Palestinians Agree on 72-hour Ceasefire

August 11, 2014 12:11 AM Celine Hagbard Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

A 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip is set to begin at midnight Monday morning, after Palestinian factions and Israeli authorities agreed to hold fire while negotiators work on terms for a longer truce.In the hours leading up to the ceasefire, however, Israeli forces continue to pound the Gaza Strip […]

05 Aug

Palestinian Groups & Israel Agree to 72-hour Ceasefire on Tuesday

August 5, 2014 1:15 AM Celine Hagbard Diplomacy, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

Despite the Israeli refusal to participate in ceasefire negotiations, in Egypt, Palestinian resistance factions have agreed to engage in a 72-hour truce beginning 8 am Tuesday. Israeli officials, who have not participated in the negotiations, they say they will respect a temporary ceasefire Tuesday, but will not agree to any […]

22 Jul

Ecuador Recalls Ambassador from Israel

The Ecuadoran Ambassador has been recalled from Israel, citing the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza which began nearly two weeks ago, and has killed over 550 Palestinians.South Africa considered a similar move last week, but stopped short after meeting of ejecting the Israeli ambassadors after meeting with Israeli officials. On […]

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 […]