Category Archives: International Politics

17 Aug
5:28

Dangerous Bill in Congress to Crush the PLO and PA

by Zaha Hassan for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international mechanisms, as well […]

17 Aug
5:21

Meet Rashida Tlaib’s Grandma: ‘Who wouldn’t be proud of a granddaughter like that?’

BEIT UR AL-FAUQA, WEST BANK — Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother does not understand why her granddaughter, a sitting U.S. congresswoman, could not visit her as originally planned. Muftiyah Tlaib — who says she is somewhere between 85 and her early 90s — lives in the village of Beit Ur al-Fauqa, about 15 […]

17 Aug
4:02

PLO Calls on UN to Accelerate UNRWA Corruption Probe

Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, today, called upon the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to accelerate the ongoing investigation into suspicions of corruption within the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In the meantime, Erekat sent identical letters to […]

16 Aug
4:58

Tlaib to Visit Palestine on Condition of BDS Silence

Israeli occupation authorities announced, today, that they will allow US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib to visit her family in the occupied West Bank on “humanitarian” grounds, hours after the Israeli government said it would ban her from entering Palestine for a planned political trip. Israel said, earlier. that it would block […]

16 Aug
7:20

PLO Official Calls Israel’s Denial of U.S. Congresswomen an ‘Outrageous Act of Hostility’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced, Thursday, the decision to ban U.S. congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering Israel. Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said in a statement, “The Israeli decision to ban the 2 Congresswomen, is an outrageous […]

14 Aug
1:17

Prime Minister Shtayyeh Meets With US Congress in Ramallah

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, met with 37 U.S. Congress members, Tuesday, to discuss several issues, according to Palestinian WAFA News Agency. The meeting was held in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, where the PM reviewed the many challenges of the Palestinian leadership, such as the payment of […]

12 Aug
3:00

Rights group: Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes amounts to ethnic cleansing

GENEVA, Saturday, August 10, 2019 (By The Palestinian News & Info Agency – WAFA) – The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor and HUMENA for Human Rights and Civil Participation said in a statement today that the systematic destruction of Palestinian homes and property in occupied East Jerusalem amount to ethnic cleansing […]

08 Aug
10:13

Success: UIC Reverses Ban on Palestine Event

By Palestine Legal: A community group in Rockford, Ill., that had been blocked from renting space for an event featuring Israeli-American activist and author Miko Peled successfully held their event on Saturday after Palestine Legal intervened. In June, the Truth Squad of Rockford attempted to rent an auditorium at the […]

08 Aug
6:45

Israel Approves 300 Units In Etzion Colonialist Bloc

The so-called “Civil Administration Office” the executive branch of Israel’s illegal occupation, has approved the construction of 300 additional units in Gush Etzion illegal colonialist bloc, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. Israeli Channel 7 has reported that the Civil Administration Office has made the official approval of […]

06 Aug
9:01

Palestinian Security Services Continue to Cooperate with American Counterparts

by Adnan Abu Amer (photo: Chief of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Intelligence Services Majed Faraj, Twitter) Despite the American-Palestinian estrangement since December 2017, leading to the imposition of American sanctions on the PA, this did not stop the two parties from holding meetings both in secret and in public. This contradiction raises […]

05 Aug
10:09

Opinion: Abbas’ La-La Land And The Evolution Of The American Love Affair With Israel

by Ramzy Baroud Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to “go to the White House and continue what [he] started with [US President] Donald Trump.” With this and other confusing statements, Abbas tried to articulate the new Palestinian political agenda to foreign reporters in Ramallah last month. According to Abbas, the […]

05 Aug
9:56

Israel Excluded from UN “List of Shame”

The Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations expressed his dismay at the fact that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres didn’t include Israel in its “List of Shame,” which includes countries that commit grave violations against children. Riyad Mansour said Israel wasn’t included despite figures and statistics in the report about […]

01 Aug
9:35

Euro-Med Calls Out Switzerland, Netherlands For Suspension of UNRWA Funding

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights, today, criticized Switzerland and the Netherlands’ decision to suspend their support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The decision came after the leaking of a report on corruption in the UN organization. Ashrawi: UN Failure to […]

01 Aug
9:27

Israeli NGO Petitions to Bar Ilhan Omar from Entering Israel

A right-wing Israeli NGO filed, on Wednesday, a petition to have US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar barred from entering Israel, when she arrives for an upcoming tour, because she supports the international boycott of Israel (BDS). The organization, Shurat HaDin, asked the Israeli Jerusalem District Court, on Tuesday, to demand that […]

01 Aug
1:59

Conference to be Held to Discuss ‘Peace Plan’

Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner is set to invite Arab Mideast leaders to a peace conference in the U.S., during his visit to the region, launched on Wednesday. Ynet Israeli newspaper reported, according to Al Ray, that the peace conference is to take place in Camp David, and U.S. […]

01 Aug
1:53

Ashrawi: UN Failure to Recognize Israeli Crimes against Palestinian Children Inexcusable

For the fourth year in a row, and despite the urging of several leading human rights organizations and experts, including United Nations Special Rapporteurs, the United Nations has failed again to include Israel in its annual blacklist of armed forces that commit atrocities against youth, said Hanan Ashrawi, member of […]

28 Jul
1:13

Palestine Advocates Slam Symbolic US Resolution Condemning US Boycotts

Middle East Eye quotes Yousef Munayyer, USCPR executive director, in an article covering the responses of Palestinian advocates to H. Res. 246, a non-binding resolution that condemns BDS and is intended to chill speech for Palestinian rights. H. Res. 246 passed the House of Representatives on July 23, with 398 votes […]

26 Jul
8:48

Netanyahu Becomes Longest-Serving Prime Minister in Israel History

Shir Hever compares the world of founding Israeli Prime Minister Ben Gurion, who pushed a collective spirit and built an Israeli security elite, to that of populist Benjamin Netanyahu, who has profited from the spoils of colonialism while building a cult of personality. Shir Hever is an economic researcher in […]

25 Jul
11:06

Olmert Cancels Trip to Switzerland Fearing Arrest over War Crimes

Israeli ex-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, on Thursday, canceled a visit to Switzerland for fear of being arrested on charges of the war launched on the Gaza Strip in 2008. Ynet newspaper reported, according to Al Ray, that Swiss authorities informed the Israeli Ministry of Justice that Olmert will be questioned upon […]

25 Jul
12:10

US Blocks Attempt to Condemn Demolition of Palestinian Houses at UN

NEW YORK,  Thursday, July 25, 2019 (WAFA) – The US blocked an attempt to get the United Nations Security Council to issue a formal statement condemning Israel’s demolitions of Palestinian homes Sur Baher neighborhood, southeast of Jerusalem, earlier this week. The draft statement, circulated by Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa to […]

19 Jul
4:25

UN Officials Call On Israel To Halt Sur Baher Demolitions

UN officials, on Wednesday, called on Israel to halt plans for mass demolitions in the neighborhood of Sur Baher, East Jerusalem. This came in a statement by Jamie McGoldrick (Humanitarian Coordinator), Gwyn Lewis (Director of West Bank Operations for UNRWA), and James Heenan (Head of OHCHR in the occupied Palestinian […]

18 Jul
5:23

UN officials call on Israeli authorities to halt plans for demolitions in Sur Bahir

                    Published By: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Statement by Mr. Jamie McGoldrick (Humanitarian Coordinator), Ms. Gwyn Lewis (Director of West Bank Operations for UNRWA), and Mr. James Heenan (Head of OHCHR in the occupied Palestinian […]

14 Jul
4:50

African Group Calls On UN to Hold Israel Accountable for Crimes Against Palestinians

The African Group has called on the United Nations (UN) to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against Palestinians. The African Group – sometimes known as the Group of African States – is a regional assembly within the UN comprised of 54 member states from the African continent. It represents […]

10 Jul
11:14

16 Palestinian Children Killed in First Term of 2019

The Israeli occupation army has killed 16 Palestinian children from the Gaza Strip during the first term of 2019, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights reported on Wednesday. The center said, in the report, that some 1,233 Palestinian children were injured while participating in the Great March of Return, and 17 […]

08 Jul
5:33

Adalah: Israeli Students Required to Pass Test Promoting Racist Ideology

High school students in Israel must pass an online test promoting racist ideology before being allowed to travel overseas for school trips, legal rights center Adalah has revealed. Adalah said that the the course, which was created by Israeli education authorities, “requires students to watch a series of videos after […]

07 Jul
9:06

Khaled Barakat on Anti-Palestinian Repression in Germany

Khaled Barakat, the Palestinian writer who has been subjected to a political ban in Germany for his support of the Palestinian liberation movement, spoke out about the repression of Palestinian activism in Germany in an interview with the “Scope” program on Indus News on 4 July 2019. The program is hosted […]

07 Jul
9:00

Bahrain Was A Workshop Of Betrayal

by Dr. Amira Abo el-Fetouh During the rule of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid, Theodor Herzl made an offer to buy Palestine in order to move the Jews of the world there, but the Sultan rejected the offer. Last week, Herzl’s ideological grandson, Jared Kushner, went to Bahrain to ask […]

07 Jul
8:34

PLO to UNHRC: Without Accountability, Israeli Impunity Will Prevail

Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), today, called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to act in holding Israel accountable for violating international law; otherwise, Israeli impunity will prevail and there will be no peace in the Middle East. “Last […]

06 Jul
3:20

Jordanian Delegation Leaves OSCE Conference Because Of Israel

A Jordanian parliamentary delegation, on Wednesday, withdrew from the annual five-day conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is being held in Luxembourg. The Jordanian delegation, led by assistant speaker of the house of representatives MP Ibrahim Al-Qar’an, withdrew from the first day of the […]

02 Jul
6:30

Why is Aid to Palestine Ineffective?

Policy analyst Jeremy Wildeman discusses his study of aid effectiveness to Palestine through the perceptions of development organizations and donors, highlighting how they tend to ignore the impact of the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian economy. TRNN Video & Transcript GREG WILPERT It’s The Real News Network and I’m Greg Wilpert […]

02 Jul
6:23

Journalist Threatened with Prison for Speaking about Palestine

German authorities barred Palestinian-Canadian journalist Khaled Barakat from speaking at a Palestine solidarity event in Berlin, claiming his “anti-Semitic” speeches posed a threat to public order and could undermine relations between the country and Israel. The activist has been prohibited from attending future political events and threatened with up to […]

01 Jul
3:58

US Ambassador to Israel Participates in Israeli Underground Settlement Expansion

The US Ambassador to Israel, and longtime Israeli settlement financier, David Friedman, participated on Sunday in an underground excavation under the Palestinian town of Silwan, in East Jerusalem, actively participating in the illegal settlement action by bashing with a hammer a section of ancient underground wall located beneath Palestinian homes. […]

30 Jun
7:19

The Lie Of The Century

by Jafar M. Ramini Well, it’s happened. It’s real. Mr. Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and Senior Advisor of President Trump has delivered 136 pages of lies, suppositions and conjuring tricks to seduce or compel us Palestinians to accept our fate and surrender our rights. What rights? As far as this document […]

30 Jun
6:52

UN Human Rights Official: Any Peace Plan Will Fail without Framework of International Law

Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestine, said in a statement, yesterday, that without the framework of international law, any peace plan is destined to fail. “Without the framework of international law, any peace plan, including the forthcoming proposal from the United States, will crash upon […]

29 Jun
6:31

Outstanding Support for UNRWA by International Community

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) received the outstanding support of the representatives of states and institutions at its annual international Pledging Conference, held on 25 June, in New York. Representatives of states and institutions unanimously commended the Agency’s role in […]

28 Jun
3:47

VIDEO: No For The Deal Of Century

Palestinians are rejecting Donald Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century” as an impediment to Middle East peace, rather than a solution. Video courtesy of Days of Palestine.

25 Jun
9:17

General Strike against Manama Conference

Palestinian factions, today, announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, in protest against Bahrain’s hosting of the “Peace to Prosperity” conference. The conference kicked off today in Bahraini capital of Manama, to discuss the economic aspects of the long-awaited “Deal of the Century”. Last […]

25 Jun
9:09

Over 1 Million Settlers Living in 503 West Bank & East Jerusalem Settlements

Latest statistics show that the number of Israeli settlements, established on Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, has reached 503, of which 474 are located in the West Bank and 29 others in Jerusalem, says Hanna Issa, Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and […]

24 Jun
5:05

Berri: Lebanon Will Not Be Lured Into Settling Palestinians

Lebanon will not be lured by a US plan to invest billions in the country, in return for settling Palestinian refugees, Lebanese parliament speaker, Nabih Berri said on Sunday (Jun 23). “Those who think that waving billions of dollars can lure Lebanon, which is under the weight of a suffocating […]

23 Jun
6:10

Anti-Palestinian Repression in Germany: Palestinian Writer Khaled Barakat Banned from Speaking

The repression of Palestinian rights advocacy in Germany continued last night, Saturday, 22 June, as Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat was banned by the Berlin authorities from delivering a speech on the so-called “deal of the century” spearheaded by Donald Trump and the Arab and Palestinian response. He was also banned from engaging […]

23 Jun
5:58

Abbas: Trump’s Deal ‘Humiliating Blackmail’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas once again rejects, as “a humiliating blackmail,” US President Donald Trump’s upcoming deal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hours after Washington released details about the economic aspect of the highly-controversial plan. Speaking to officials of his Fateh party in Ramallah, on Saturday, Abbas said, “there can be […]

23 Jun
5:43

US Economic Revival Plan Rejected as ‘Illusion’

Palestinian Finance Minister Shukri Bishara has rejected the recently-released details about the economic section of a US-devised plan, on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as an “illusion” that will fail to bring about peace. Addressing an Arab League meeting in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo, on Sunday, Bishara slammed a June […]

21 Jun
10:44

Donor Perceptions of Palestine: Limits to Aid Effectiveness

by Jeremy Wildeman for Al Shabaka Palesinian Policy Network Overview Funds from Western donors have comprised the majority of the more than $36.2 billion in development assistance spent on the Palestinian economy from 1993 to 2017. This spending, done in support of the Oslo peace process under US political leadership and World Bank technical guidance, has largely been disbursed […]

21 Jun
10:18

Israeli Journalists to Cover Manama Conference upon US Request

Following mediation by Jared Kushner, adviser and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, Bahrain announced, on Wednesday, that it would allow six Israeli media outlets to cover the US-led “Bahrain Workshop,” scheduled for next week. Bahrain does not have official diplomatic relations with Israel, and, for the first time, allows […]

19 Jun
11:38

Jordan To Head UNRWA

Turkey has handed over the chairmanship of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to Jordan, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday. “The Chairmanship of the Advisory Commission will be assumed by Jordan as of July 1, 2019,” the ministry said in […]

19 Jun
1:46

Japan, UNDP Support Solar Power to Treat Gaza Wastewater

Inaugurating the Photo Voltaic Solar System for the Rafah Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Plants project. (Credit: UNDP)  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the government of Japan, in partnership with the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority (PENRA) and the Costal Municipalities Water Utility have […]

18 Jun
12:15

PLO Denounces US Endorsement of oPt Annexation

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) strongly denounced, today, the endorsement of Israel’s annexation of occupied Palestinian territory, by senior United States officials . “The public endorsement of Israel’s annexation of occupied Palestinian and Syrian territory, by the US Ambassador (David Friedman) to Israel and the so-called ‘Middle East envoy’ (Jason Greenblatt), […]

15 Jun
10:43

Angry Reaction from Abdullah as US Suggests Jordan as Homeland For Palestinians

Jordan’s King Abdullah is reacting angrily to any suggestion that he might accept a US peace deal that would make his country a homeland for Palestinians. Speaking to the armed forces, he rejected the idea of Jordan as an alternative state for Palestinians, saying: “Don’t we have a voice in […]

14 Jun
5:08

Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, AOC Sign Bill to Stop US Aid to Israel (VIDEO)

Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) said they would be signing a bill to stop funding Israel, due to its abuse of Palestinian children. The bill was introduced by Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum, and would prohibit aid from being used by Israeli authorities to detain Palestinian minors. Congresswoman […]

14 Jun
2:35

Morocco & Lebanon Back Boycott

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil says his country is boycotting the forthcoming US-led conference in Bahrain, in support of President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for “peace” between the Israeli regime and Palestinians, dubbed “The Deal of the Century,” because Palestinians are not taking part in the event. “We will not […]

13 Jun
3:01

70 Civil Society Organizations Send UN Letters Of Rejecting The Deal Of The Century

70 civil society organizations held a press conference in front of the United Nations Office in Gaza City, on Tuesday. They sent a written message to the UN expressing their rejection of the so-called American “peace plan,” which is meant to help Israel consolidate its control over all Palestinian territories, […]

13 Jun
2:46

PLO, Foreign Ministry Condemn Moldova’s Embassy Move to Jerusalem

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned, in two separate statements, the decision by Moldova’s premier to move his country’s embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, considering the decision a blatant violation of international law. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the PLO Executive Committee, said […]

10 Jun
6:22

Palestinian Diplomats Respond to David Friedman’s Comments About Annexing Parts of West Bank

In response to U.S. ambassador to Israel’s remarks that “Israel has the right to annex some of the occupied West Bank”,the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates announced that it is considering filing a complaint to the International Criminal Court. U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman’s statement, the ministry […]

07 Jun
12:01

Facing The Facts: Israel Cannot Escape ICC Jurisdiction

The Chief Military Advocate General of the Israeli army, Sharon Afek, and the US Department of Defense General Counsel, Paul Ney, shared a platform at the ‘International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict’, which took place in Herzliya, Israel between May 28-30. Their panel witnessed some of the most […]

06 Jun
11:48

Abbas: Deal of the Century Will ‘Go to Hell’

PA President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his hopes that the US-proposed peace plan, dubbed the “Deal of the Century”, will go to Hell. “I hope that the next Eid al-Fitr would come with us, the Palestinian people, having liberated our country from the Israeli occupation, established our independent state, with East […]

03 Jun
11:28

Palestinian President’s Office Strongly Condemns Escalating Violations Against Al-Aqsa

The office of the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, issued a statement strongly denouncing the ongoing and escalating Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, and the worshipers. President’s spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, said the president and the government hold Israel accountable for this serious escalation, especially amidst […]

02 Jun
6:25

Jordanians Protest Visit by Jared Kushner

The Islamic Movement, activist youth and other groups staged a protest sit-in, in the vicinity of the US embassy in Amman, this past week, to express their rejection of a visit byJared Kushner, US President Donald Turmp’s senior adviser. Jordanian security forces closed the square facing the embassy and prevented […]

29 May
5:25

Palestinians Call for Boycott on US Conference in Bahrain

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has called on the international community to boycott a forthcoming US conference in Bahrain which Palestinians view as a platform to sell out their rights. Washington announced, last week, that it would co-host the June 25-26 meeting in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama, purportedly to […]

27 May
12:29

UNRWA Rejects US Demands to Dismantle

The head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has rejected a US call to dismantle the agency, saying it cannot be blamed for the stalemate in the so-called “peace efforts”. “I unreservedly reject the accompanying narrative that suggests that, somehow, UNRWA is to blame […]

23 May
3:50

Palestinians Rally Against Germany’s Criminalization of BDS

Dozens of Palestinians, representing political factions, civil society organizations, labor and trade representatives, and the National Boycott Committee, demonstrated, Wednesday, outside the German representatives office in Ramallah, Palestinian Wafa News Agency reported. The Palestinians were there to protest the bill adopted in the German parliament, the Bundestag, labeling the Boycott, […]

22 May
12:46

Army Abducts Three Palestinians In Ramallah And Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, two Palestinians from their homes in the central West Bank governorate of Ramallah, and one near Jerusalem. Many army jeeps invaded Ramallah at-Tihta area, in Ramallah city, searched homes and Abducted Ehab Masoud. The soldiers also invaded and searched homes in Safa village, […]

22 May
10:31

Palestinian Foreign Ministry Condemns Germany for Calling BDS “Anti-Semitic”

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned, Sunday, the German parliament’s decision to designate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign as “anti-semitic”, Maan News reported. The majority of German legislators voted in favor of the resolution, entitled “Resisting the BDS movement decisively – fighting antisemitism”, which claims the peaceful […]

19 May
5:30

Dutch Politician Arrested in Jerusalem

A Dutch politician was arrested, Friday, by Israeli security forces, while carrying a Palestinian flag, after Friday prayers in the occupied Old City East Jerusalem al-Quds. Israeli soldiers arrested Tunahan Kuzu, the leader of Dutch political party DENK and a parliamentarian, as he was walking toward the al-Aqsa Mosque with […]

13 May
3:51

Jeremy Corbyn: We Cannot Stay Silent At Continued Denial Of Justice To Palestinians

The leader of the UK opposition Labour Party, MP Jeremy Corbyn, reiterated, this weekend, his party’s support for the Palestinian cause, condemning human rights violations by Israel. In a Facebook post, Corbyn wrote, “We cannot stand by or stay silent at the continuing denial of rights and justice to the Palestinian […]

13 May
2:57

Golan Heights Settlement to be Named after Trump

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that a plot of land, in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights,  was allocated to be named after US president Donald Trump, saying that it will be approved, in the Knesset, next week. Last month, PNN reports, the Prime Minister revealed that he wants to […]

11 May
6:36

Foreign Ministry: Israel exploits Eurovision contest to consolidate its colonialism

RAMALLAH, Saturday, May 11, 2019: The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates sent several letters calling on the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to withdraw any promotional materials for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, filmed in the occupied city of Jerusalem, to demonstrate […]

10 May
9:12

Canada contributes $2.4m to vulnerable Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA): JERUSALEM, Thursday, May 09, 2019 – The Government of Canada has provided the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) with a contribution of CAD$3.2 million (approximately US$2.4 million) to support 128,000 vulnerable Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, according to a press […]

10 May
9:06

New Zealand pledges $2 million to support UNRWA vital programs

By The Palestinian News & Info Agency – WAFA – JERUSALEM, Thursday, May 09, 2019: The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl, and the Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations, Craig Hawke have signed […]

09 May
2:13

P.A: “Deal Of The Century; An Official American Recognition of Israeli Apartheid In Palestine”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, Thursday, denouncing the so-called “Deal of the Century,” proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, and stated that this “deal” is an official American recognition, and sponsorship of Israel’s illegal colonization and apartheid in occupied Palestine. In its statement, the Foreign Ministry said the […]

09 May
7:34

Details of Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Revealed by Israeli Media

The main points of the United States’ anticipated Middle East peace plan, the so-called “Deal of the Century,” were revealed by a Hebrew-language news outlet, on Tuesday. Israel Hayom news outlet published the main points of the “Deal of the Century” from a leaked document, which was circulated by the […]

06 May
6:56

UN Calls For Calm, Avoiding Further Escalation In Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General, AntĂłnio Guterres, stated that he is following the escalation and developments between Israel and the Gaza Strip “with deep concern”, and called on all parties to “exercise maximum restraint” to avoid further tension and casualties. Although his statement ignored the death of four Palestinians, who were killed […]

02 May
10:47

Saudi Crown Prince Offered Abbas $10b to Accept Trump’s “Deal of the Century”

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly offered Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas 10 billion dollars, in return, for accepting US President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, dubbed “The Deal of the Century”. The Lebanese daily Arabic-language newspaper al-Akhbar reported, according to Press TV/Al Ray, that Abbas […]

02 May
10:38

US Congresswoman McCollum Reintroduces Bill to Protect Palestinian Children

U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) has reintroduced a historic bill to promote the human rights of Palestinian children who face detention, interrogation, abuse and violence by Israel through its military court system in the occupied West Bank. According to Defense for Children International, the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living […]

01 May
7:39

On May First: Palestinian Detainees are Part of the International Workers’ Struggle

Classic Palestinian revolutionary poster for 1 May. Artist Marc Rudin On the First of May – International Workers’ Day – Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes Palestinian workers and the workers of the world. This is a day of struggle for the liberation of the working class from exploitation, racism, […]

01 May
7:13

Ambassador Mansour: Situation in Palestine Going “From Bad to Worse”

The UN Security Council discussed, on Monday, in an open meeting chaired by Germany (the President of the Security Council for this month), the situation in Palestine over the past four months. The Palestine envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, said, in his address to the Council, that […]

30 Apr
4:11

Gaza Farmers Get €3.7m Support Package from EU and PA

The Palestinian Authority’s programme, “Private Sector Reconstruction Gaza – Agriculture,” is providing an integrated package of support to Palestinian farmers in the Gaza Strip. This EU-funded programme is helping Palestinian farmers, throughout the Gaza Strip, affected by the Israeli occupation, in restoring their businesses. The new contribution of €3.7 million […]

29 Apr
1:43

PA Rejected 660m Shekels of Incomplete Israeli Tax Revenues

Israeli channel 11 revealed, on Sunday, that the Israeli Finance Ministry, prior to the elections,had transferred NIS 660 million to Palestinian banks as an attempt to impose a fait accompli on the Palestinian Authority to accept the incomplete tax revenues. In February, Israel decided to cut the sum of money […]

23 Apr
11:01

Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians Supported by American Administration

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said, in its latest weekly report , that the Israeli government continues with ethnic cleansing and Judaization policies in occupied Jerusalem, so violating the International Law, International Humanitarian Law and the International Legitimacy’s resolutions. It was revealed that the Israeli Central […]

20 Apr
12:35

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 […]

17 Apr
3:18

EU Rejects Israeli Claim to Syrian Golan

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has once again expressed the 28-nation bloc’s disapproval of the Israeli regime’s claim of “sovereignty” to Syria’s Golan Heights and other Tel Aviv-occupied territories. Speaking at the plenary session of the European Parliament, in the French city of Strasbourg, on Tuesday, Mogherini […]

15 Apr
12:10

How The Left Also Dehumanizes Palestinians In Gaza

by Susan Abulhawa Along the political spectrum, from the far left to extreme right, and spanning racial and ethnic lines, nearly everyone who has something to say about protesters in Gaza seems to fail the task of recognizing Palestinian humanity. If it’s coming from the right, the narrative is of terrorists, […]

14 Apr
11:47

Trump Warns ICC against Followup on American and Israeli War Crimes

US President Donald Trump has warned the International Criminal Court (ICC) of “swift and vigorous response” if the Hague-based tribunal investigates Americans and Israelis for war crimes. Trump issued the warning on Friday, after ICC judges rejected a request by the court’s prosecutor to probe atrocities committed by US forces […]

02 Apr
5:37

A Dangerous Precedent: US Recognition of Israel’s Annexation of the Syrian Golan

Phyllis Bennis explains that Trump’s decision is a setback for peace all over the world. The US has isolated itself diplomatically, in support of Netanyahu’s campaign to win the elections, but recovery will be long. Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow and the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the […]

02 Apr
5:15

United States and Israel Complete THAAD Missile Defense Exercises

The European Command of the United States Army (EUCOM) completed its four-week air defense exercise, including the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system into Israel for the first time. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) air defense system was deployed in Israel on March 4th 2019, following extensive […]

30 Mar
7:03

Brazil Reneges on Jerusalem Embassy Move

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will apparently not move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Instead, he may announce the opening of a “business office” in West Jerusalem, during his upcoming two-day visit to Israel, on Thursday. In January, Bolsonaro promised to follow in the footsteps of United States […]

29 Mar
4:24

Palestine Holding Chair for European Mediterranean Regulators Group in 2020

Palestine was unanimously elected as vice chair of the European Mediterranean Regulators Group (EMERG), for the current year, and chair for 2020. The Palestinian Ministry of Telecommunications said, on Thursday, that the vote took place during the EMERG plenary assembly held in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some 30 […]

29 Mar
4:20

UK Provides $2.6m for Gaza Hospitals

The United Kingdom announced, today, a new package of $2.6 million to provide urgently needed medicines and surgical supplies to hospitals in Gaza. The funding will help keep Gaza’s hospitals functioning as they face increasing demand from the number of trauma patients, as a result of more than 23,000 Palestinians […]

28 Mar
10:15

Egyptian Officials Arrive in Gaza to Negotiate Truce, While Israel Sends More Troops to Border

The Israeli government authorized even more troops and weaponry to be deployed to the Gaza-Israel border on Wednesday evening, as Palestinians in Gaza prepare for the one-year anniversary of the weekly protest movement known as the ‘Great March of Return’ on Saturday. Meanwhile, Egyptian officials crossed the Erez border crossing […]

26 Mar
11:44

Israeli Military Continues Bombarding Gaza Despite Egyptian Attempts to Negotiate Ceasefire

Israeli forces continued to pound Gaza with bombs late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, including the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyya in Gaza City. After the Israeli military began its bombardment campaign, dropping close to 100 bombs in the first three hours of Monday evening, Palestinian resistance […]

26 Mar
3:22

Trump Signs Decree Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Syrian Golan

US President Donald Trump, Monday evening, signed a decree recognizing Israel’s sovereignty on the Syrian Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967. This came following a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the White House, in Washington, DC, WAFA reports. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov […]

24 Mar
5:06

Syrian Rights Group says Trump’s Call on Golan Heights Will Destabilize Region

The Arab Human Rights Center in the Golan Heights condemned United States President Donald Trump’s tweet calling for the US to fully recognize Israel’s “sovereignty” over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, saying it signals a major shift in US policy that runs contrary to facts, logic, and international law, while […]

23 Mar
4:08

Democratic Hopefuls Reject AIPAC

So far, no Democratic presidential candidates have committed to speaking at this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. Is this a shift in Democratic foreign policy towards Israel? What does this mean for AIPAC, one of the country’s most influential lobby groups? Shir Hever is an economic researcher in […]

23 Mar
3:40

UN Votes To Adopt Gaza HRC Report

The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to adopt a report accusing Israel of War Crimes committed against civilians during Gaza demonstrations. The report was adopted with 23 votes in favor, 8 against and 15 abstentions. Despite the statements of UK foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, the UK abstained from […]

23 Mar
3:33

Vienna Museum Cancels Palestine Event with South African Anti-apartheid Leader

Ronnie Kasrils: South African anti-apartheid leader and former Government Minister March 21, 2019  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / Austria, South Africa, Europe March 21, 2019 —  A Vienna museum, Volkskundemuseum, has cancelled an event on Palestinian rights where former minister in Nelson Mandela’s government Ronnie Kasrils was scheduled to speak (Video by Ronnie […]

23 Mar
3:09

PSC Condemns UK Government Vote at UN Human Rights Council

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has responded to the UK government’s voting decisions at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council taking place in Geneva. On Friday morning, the UK abstained on an accountability resolution which moved to adopt the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry report condemning Israel’s “intentional use of unlawful […]

21 Mar
5:35

UN to Vote on Report Confirming Israeli Perpetration of Crimes against Palestinian Protesters

The UN Human Rights Council voted, on March 15, to conduct an investigation into the Israeli army’s killing of peaceful Palestinian protesters along the eastern parts of Gaza, near the Israeli separation fence. The council voted 29 in favor and two against, while 14 countries abstained. Australia and the US […]

19 Mar
6:38

The Attack on Ilhan Omar and Pelosi’s Unconditional Support for Israel

Nancy Pelosi pledged support for Israel “even if the Capitol crumbles,” as major Democratic Party funder and pro-Israel advocate Haim Saban looked on – TRNN’s panel discusses anti-Semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay. Jeff Cohen was the director of the Park […]

18 Mar
4:33

Campaign Calls on UN to Release Names of Companies Involved in Settlement Activities

Al-Haq Human Rights organization launched an action alert urging the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Council and Member States to abide by their commitments and publish the UN Database on companies involved in Israel’s illegal settlements. The campaign mentions that, in 2016, the UN Human Rights Council voted in […]

17 Mar
11:40

Alison Weir: 18 Years of Advocacy and Support for Palestinian Rights

The IMEMC would like to extend our best wishes to Alison Weir, who began her work for the advocacy of Palestinian equal rights 18 years ago, in March 2001. Alison is the founder of If Americans Knew, and more recently the Israel Palestine Timeline, which tracks the deaths of Israelis […]

17 Mar
6:31

Malki Condemns Bullying and Intimidation of the ICC

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki, today, criticized attempts by the United States administration to bully and intimidate the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) and obstruct justice. “Today, the Secretary of State of the United States, acting on a threat delivered in September by US National Security Adviser John Bolton, stated […]