Category Archives: International Politics

22 Feb
1:02

Trump-Kushner “Peace” Plan ignores elephants in the room: Israel created this mess

The Trump-Kushner “Peace” Plan is slick and businesslike, with an aura of objectivity and balance – but it is exactly the opposite, and something about it stinks. by Kathryn Shihadah There is a giant herd of elephants circling the Trump-Kushner Peace Plan, and they’re not going away. The fragrance of […]

21 Feb
9:52

EU Reaffirms its Support for Palestinian State

Josep Borrell, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union/Vice-President of the European Commission, on Thursday, met with the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Dr. Riyad Al-Malki. Borrell stressed the EU’s continued commitment to a negotiated two-state solution, and welcomed the Palestinian commitment […]

20 Feb
12:14

Archbishop Hanna: “We Urge All Churches Globally To Reject Deal Of The Century”

Archbishop of Sebastia Diocese Of the Greek Orthodox Church in occupied Jerusalem, Attallah Hanna, welcomed a delegation of the World Council of Churches at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the adjacent cathedral, and urged them, along with all churches, to denounce the so-called “Deal of the Century” and […]

16 Feb
11:11

US Administration Names Panel for West Bank Annexation

The US government has appointed members of a committee tasked with mapping out areas of the occupied West Bank that Israel plans to annex as part of President Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed “Deal of the Century.” A senior Trump administration official told Israel Hayom daily that US ambassador to Israel David […]

16 Feb
5:46

Fateh Warns Germany and Czech Republic Against “Standing in the Way of Justice”

The Fateh movement, on Friday, called on both Germany and the Czech Republic in particular to rescind their requests to become an “amicus curiae” with the intention to argue that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has no jurisdiction over the occupied Palestinian Territories. In a statement, Fateh’s spokesperson, Jamal Nazzal, […]

16 Feb
4:34

Pro-Israeli Lobbying Group Urges UK Government to Oppose ICC Probe

Westminster lobby group – Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) has urged the UK government to directly oppose the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s decision to open an investigation into Israeli war crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territory, Middle East Monitor reports. Writing to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary, […]

15 Feb
9:11

PM Shtayyeh Calls on ICC to Expedite Israeli War Crimes Investigation

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh with ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in Munich. (WAFA Images) Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, today, called upon the International Criminal Court to expedite its litigation procedures, especially after the ICC’s chief prosecutor announced, in December, its desire to launch a full investigation into Israeli war crimes in […]

14 Feb
9:18

EU Lawmakers: Trump’s Mideast Plan Unlawful

An overwhelming majority of the European Union’s parliamentary lawmakers have censured a US-devised Middle East proposal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the contentious plan flies in the face of international law. During a session in Strasbourg, on Tuesday, EU lawmakers said the plan that the administration of US President Donald […]

13 Feb
10:59

Official BNC Statement on Release of Long-delayed UN Settlement Database

Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) We welcome this long-delayed UN list of complicit companies. Some major firms involved with illegal settlements are not in the database and must be added. All these companies must be held to account. Palestinian civil society welcomes this long-awaited UN list of companies that are complicit […]

13 Feb
10:44

Israel Further Severs Ties with UN over Settlement Blacklist

Israel has suspended its ties with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Israeli Foreign Ministry (FM) announced on Wednesday, several hours after the UN body published a list of 112 companies that do business in West Bank settlements. FM Israel Katz’s office said he ordered the “exceptional […]

13 Feb
10:07

BDS is the Most Effective Response to Trump’s Apartheid Plan

BDS Movement: Trump’s “deal of the century” aims to cement Israel’s apartheid rule over the Palestinian people, and is the final nail in the coffin of the moribund “peace process” The plan Trump hatched with Israel’s far-right government aims to cement Israel’s apartheid rule over the Palestinian people. It is […]

12 Feb
7:55

‘This Will Affect Everyone’: Israel And Palestine Ramp Up Escalating Trade War

Palestinian farmers fearful for their future, as Israeli ban on agricultural imports leaves piles of fruit and vegetables unsold. by Akram Al-Waara in Tammoun, Occupied West Bank It has been five days since the last Israel-bound truck took away its container of produce from the Palestinian village of Tammoun, in the […]

12 Feb
12:04

Hamas Calls for Massive Campaigns and Rallies against “Deal of Century”

The Hamas party has called on all Muslim peoples to widely organize and actively participate in campaigns and rallies in support of the Palestinian people and strengthen their steadfastness in the face of the US administration’s recent proposal, known as the “Deal of the Century.” In a statement, on Monday, […]

11 Feb
10:52

REPORT: Lands to be Annexed following Knesset Elections

(photo: Oranit settlement near Qalqilya, northern occupied West Bank) The National Bureau for defending land and resisting settlements stated, in its latest weekly report, that US President Donald Trump’s adviser, Jared Kushner recently announced that Israel won’t annex Palestinian lands before the upcoming Knesset elections, thereby explaining the controversy among […]

11 Feb
7:21

Analysis: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s “Apartheid” Deal

Palestine News Network On 28 January 2020, the US released its permanent “apartheid” plan for Palestine, which was mainly authored by Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, and David Friedman – all three are ardent supporters of Israel’s illegal colonial-settlement enterprise. Over the past two years that preceded the announcement of this […]

11 Feb
6:19

Analysis: Crisis and Opportunity: The ‘Deal of the Century’ Challenge for Palestinians

By Ramzy Baroud for the Palestine Chronicle After several postponements, US President, Donald Trump, has finally revealed the details of his Middle East plan, dubbed ‘Deal of the Century’, in a press conference in Washington, on January 28. Standing triumphantly beside Trump, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, must have surely […]

11 Feb
6:01

Opinion: The Future of the Palestinian People is Being Decided Without Their Input

By Robert Fantina for Palestine News Network (PNN) Under the shadow of his trial in the senate, and accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the very day he was indicted on criminal charges in Israel, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his ‘Deal of the Century’ that is supposed […]

11 Feb
4:41

Archbishop Hanna: “Jerusalem Is Not For Sale”

Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Father Atallah Hanna, stated on Tuesday morning, that the so-called “Deal of the Century” of U.S. President D. Trump, is a conspiracy and an attempt to eliminate all inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, and added that “Jerusalem is not […]

11 Feb
12:37

Jordan Restates its Firm Support for Palestine

The Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi, reiterated, on Sunday the country’s firm support of Jordan for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to an independent state of their own, WAFA reported. Safadi’s remarks came during a meeting with the Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation […]

11 Feb
11:46

100 US Congress-Members Oppose Trump/Kushner Deal

More than 100 Democrats in the US House of Representatives, on Friday, signed a letter rejecting Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, dubbed the “deal of the century” the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. The Democratic Congress-members joined leaders around the world who have opposed the deal, saying […]

06 Feb
10:53

Trump’s Peace Plan Is a ‘Galvanizing Shock’ for Palestinians

Donald Trump says his “Deal of the Century” is a new basis for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. But, ironically, he’s driving hopelessly divided factions in the Arab world to unite against the plan, says Arab Studies professor Rashid Khalidi. TRNN Video & Transcript: This is a rush transcript and […]

06 Feb
1:55

Proposed United Nations Resolution Condemns Trump’s “Peace Deal”

A draft United Nations Security Council resolution condemns Israel’s plan to annex the settlements it has built illegally on occupied Palestinian territories, in a rebuke of a US-devised “peace plan” that endorses the Israeli land theft of Palestinian-owned property. The draft, which was reported on by Reuters, on Tuesday, has […]

06 Feb
5:41

Opinion: Peace Plans Have No Function Except to Serve Israel’s Colonial Takeover of Palestine

By Nasim Ahmed for Middle East Monitor It will prove to be Israel’s misfortune that the Zionist project to take over Palestine got underway at a period when settler-colonialism was coming to be viewed with moral and legal contempt. Nevertheless, such has been the effectiveness if its hasbara — propaganda […]

06 Feb
4:53

13 Years of Closure, PCHR Condemns Enhanced Closure on the Gaza Strip

On February 2, 2020, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) announced tightening restrictions on the movement of goods into the Gaza Strip and on the movement of merchants/businesspersons in response to incendiary balloons and projectiles fired towards Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip. In a press release, Coordinator of Government Activities in […]

04 Feb
7:06

Pressure Campaign Launched by US against Palestinian Administration, EU Responds

The US government has begun a campaign to pressure the Palestinian National Authority and President Mahmoud Abbas to accept the “Deal of the Century” launched by US President Donald Trump, in the form of criticism made by his adviser, Jared Kushner, adviser during an interview with CNN. In the interview, […]

03 Feb
10:10

Report: Netanyahu Plans to Extend Israeli Sovereignty Over Jordan Valley and Settlements

By: Madeeha Araj for PNN The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated in its latest report, that over the last decade, Arabs and international community have done their utmost to reach a just and lasting peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis under UN resolutions, international law […]

03 Feb
9:18

Former US President Carter: “US Plan Undercuts Prospects for a Just Peace”

Former US president Jimmy Carter, on CNN, said the country’s current President Donald Trump’s initiative for resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict serves instead to compromise any prospect of “peace” and violates international law, Palestine News Network reported. “The new US plan undercuts prospects for a just peace between Israelis and […]

03 Feb
7:09

Russia: Trump ‘Peace Plan’ Violates UN Resolutions

Russia has expressed serious doubts over the viability of the US-devised Mideast plan, known as the so-called “Deal of the Century,” on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying it contravenes several UN Security Council’s resolutions on the issue. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “It’s plain enough that some of this […]

02 Feb
8:43

Euromed: Peace Plan Strips Palestinians of Their Rights and Protects Israel From Accountability

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor followed the US President Donald Trump’s announcement of a plan to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict entitled “Peace for Prosperity” which was celebrated by Israel and rejected by the Palestinians. The Geneva-based Euro-Med Monitor highlighted in a press statement, on Wednesday, the American plan, which calls […]

01 Feb
6:43

Analysis: Palestinians Have Indeed ‘Missed an Opportunity’ – to Surrender to Zionism

By Joseph Massad for Middle East Eye Western and Israeli propaganda never tire of telling the world of the age-old Israeli quest for peace, and how much Israel longs to be accepted by Palestinians and the rest of the Arab peoples as a Jewish state – an oasis of European […]

01 Feb
10:41

Israeli Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians In Tulkarem

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, dozens of Palestinians during a nonviolent procession, west of Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. Media sources said dozens of Palestinians marched in condemnation of the so-called “Deal of the Century,” presented by U.S. President Donald Trump, stripping the Palestinians of their […]

01 Feb
1:51

Gaza Journalists Reject So Called ‘Deal of the Century’

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

31 Jan
8:03

Adalah: Trump Plan Normalizes Israel’s Apartheid Regime in West Bank

Adalah: Plan is no more than joint U.S.-Israel effort to impose Israeli government’s vision for territory in flagrant violation of international law, and Palestinian right to self-determination. U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” gives a green light to permanently establish an Israeli apartheid regime in the West Bank, […]

31 Jan
6:59

Abbas: Palestine Free to End Security Cooperation with Israel

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly sent a note to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warning that Palestine now feels free to stop security cooperation with the regime as part of the Oslo accords, which are “disavowed” by a contentious US-devised Middle East plan. Israel’s Channel 12 TV reported, […]

31 Jan
5:13

Kairos Palestine: “Deal Of The Century, An Insult To History And Humanity”

The American declaration on peace in the Middle East made on 28/1/020 “Peace, peace, they say when there is no peace” (Jeremiah: 6:14) Kairos Palestine: The position announced by the U.S. administration regarding what they termed as the ‘deal of the century’ was, in fact, an insult to history, humanity, […]

31 Jan
10:30

Trump’s Deal Reminiscent of Apartheid South Africa

By Niall Ó Brolcháin – IMEMC – 30 January 2020: Donald Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ got the endorsement of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Houses of Parliament yesterday. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, quite rightly, warned that it ‘would lock-in illegal colonization’ and deny the Palestinian people their fundamental […]

30 Jan
10:58

Lutheran World Federation: Peace Cannot Be Unilaterally Imposed

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has expressed grave concern over the “Peace to Prosperity” plan for Israel and Palestine presented by the U.S. administration, this week. “Peace can never be unilaterally imposed,” writes LWF president Archbishop Panti Filibus Musa, and LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge, in a statement […]

30 Jan
10:22

Israeli Rights Group: Trump “Peace Plan” not Peace but Apartheid

The Israeli human rights organisation, “B’Tselem,” said, in statement, that US President Donald Trump’s plan drains the principles of international law of any meaning and completely neuters the concept of accountability for breaching them. B’Tselem added that the American administration’s plan, branded as the “Deal of the Century,” is more […]

30 Jan
2:21

PCHR: “Trump’s Middle East Plan Violates Rights and Legitimizes War Crimes”

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): While the Oslo Accords sacrificed human rights and the international law for more than a quarter of a century, the U.S president Donald Trump’s Middle East plan constitutes a full destruction of international law, and legitimizes more than 50 years of Israeli violations of […]

29 Jan
4:23

Samidoun: Colonial “Deal of the Century” sure to fail; time to fight back and defend Palestine

Protest against so-called “Deal of the Century” Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joins our voice with that of Palestinians and all people of conscience around the world in rejecting and condemning Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu’s racist, colonialist, so-called “Deal of the Century.” This “deal” blatantly enshrines settler colonialism and […]

29 Jan
4:10

How Israel Exploits the Holocaust to Justify War Crimes Against Palestinians

On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu asked world leaders to condemn the International Criminal Court for investigating Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity. (Transcript not available.) Via The Real News Network. Opinion/Analysis 01/23/20 In the Name of ‘Israel’s Security’: Retreating US Gives […]

29 Jan
4:07

Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ Ensures Israeli Domination and Palestinian Oppression

Trump’s Kushner Plan, also known as the ‘Deal of the Century,’ gives Israel control of Palestinian land, makes settlements part of Israel, ensures endless Palestinian Occupation, and is a recipe for disaster. (Transcript unavailable.) Via The Real News Network.

29 Jan
3:42

Mass Rallies in Several Countries in Protest of Trump Deal

Many Arab and European countries, on Tuesday, witnessed mass rallies in protest against US Preseident Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century.” Protests are to continue into Wednesday, in many European countries. In Gaza, rallies took place in a number of cities, rejecting the plan announced by Trump from Washington. According […]

29 Jan
3:36

Updated: Dozens Injured as Israeli Soldiers Attack Protests In West Bank

Dozens of Palestinians were wounded by Israeli military attacks on protests in several parts of the occupied West Bank, denouncing the Trump “peace plan” announced last night. Updates: – Soldiers shoot a Palestinian child, 14, with a rubber-coated steel bullet i8n the head, and cause dozens of residents to suffer […]

29 Jan
4:12

US Democrats Denounce Trump-Kushner Plan as “Legitimizing Theft”

From Middle East Eye: As Donald Trump hailed his so-called “deal of the century” as a historic opportunity to achieve peace between Palestinians and Israel, Democratic members of congress poured scorn on the plan that has been rejected by Palestinians. The proposal, which was drafted without the input of any […]

28 Jan
3:10

Military Seals Main West Bank Junction

Israeli forces, Tuesday, sealed off the Jeet junction, which connects the Nablus district to the Qalqilia district, according to local sources. Witnesses told WAFA that Israeli soldiers closed the junction, restricting Palestinian movement and causing traffic jam. Palestinians traveling from the southern and central West Bank to the northern West […]

28 Jan
3:05

Haniyeh Calls for Cairo Meeting to Confront US “Peace Plan”

The head of Hamas’s political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, has reiterated his movement’s rejection of the US “Deal of the Century” which Washington intends to announce soon, describing it as “a new battle which the Palestinian people must fight.” “Palestine is our homeland and the nation’s precious jewel that cannot be […]

28 Jan
2:57

Saudi Foreign Minister: Israeli Residents Not Permitted to Visit Arab Kingdom

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister says that residents of the Israeli regime are not welcome to visit the Arab country, a day after Tel Aviv announced that it would, for the first time, allow Israelis to travel to the kingdom under certain circumstances.   On Sunday, Israel announced that Interior Minister […]

28 Jan
3:37

Eden Place Arts Centre, Derry, Ireland

 January 27, 2020, 7pm – By Niall Ó Brolcháin – IMEMC: As part of The Bloody Sunday March Committee’s annual events, Eden Place Arts Centre launched an exhibition of paintings and fine art prints by artist Nadia Kaczmarczuk  on the theme of the oppression of the Palestinian people in Gaza […]

27 Jan
10:54

Commission Calls for National Resistance to “Deal of the Century”

On Monday, the Commission of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege in Gaza, called for Palestinians to participate in national events rejecting the “Deal of the Century”, Shehab News Agency reported. In a press statement, the commission encouraged all Palestinians to unite in total rejection of the […]

27 Jan
5:21

Shu’fat Revealed as Capital of Future Palestinian State under US Plan

The forthcoming US Middle East peace plan, known as the “Deal of the Century,” includes a transition period of four years, as the US administration believes that Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian president will refuse the plan but his successor may accept it, Hebrew media reported, according to Al Ray. The “deal” […]

27 Jan
4:55

PA Threatens to Give up Oslo Accords over US “Deal of Century”

A high-ranking Palestinian official has threatened that the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority would withdraw from key provisions of the Oslo Accords in the case that US President Donald Trump unveils his so-called “Deal of the Century” to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat said, […]

26 Jan
7:40

REPORT: Trump “Peace Plan” to be Published This Week

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, on Sunday, that US President Donald Trump will publish the “Deal of the Century” plan this week. During his weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu indicated that he will fly to the United States today, to meet President Trump tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, to […]

23 Jan
5:02

Analysis – In the Name of ‘Israel’s Security’: Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Aid

By Ramzy Baroud for Palestine Chronicle Billions of US taxpayers’ dollars will continue to be funnelled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently ensured just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion […]

22 Jan
4:09

UN’s Mladenov says Jordan Valley Annexation Would Have Devastating Effects

Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, today, expressed concern regarding Israeli plans to annex the occupied Jordan Valley, stressing that such a step would have devastating effects on the region. “The annexation of some or all of Area C in the West Bank, if […]

22 Jan
4:04

Palestine Urging EU to Take Tougher Stance on Israeli Policy for Jerusalem

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has criticized the European Union for its “weak and late” measures vis-à-vis Israel activities across the Palestinian territories, particularly in Jerusalem, calling on the 28-member bloc to adopt a firmer stance on Israel’s “open battle” against the occupied holy site. Israel has […]

20 Jan
8:34

UN Experts Unveil Letter Condemning Germany’s Targeting of BDS Movement

Five United Nations special rapporteurs have unveiled a letter to the German government censuring a German law that targets a pro-Palestinian boycott movement while insisting that criticism of the Israeli regime “is not anti-Semitic.”   The UN experts made the letter public this week, after the 60-day reply period ended […]

20 Jan
8:26

UN Calls for International Support to the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Following a six-day visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, called on the international community to ensure continued commitment and consistent and sustained funding to help alleviate the challenges faced by Palestinians in Gaza […]

20 Jan
8:14

Report: Israel Steals Land, Erects Nature Reserves and National Parks to Expand Settlements

Madeeha Araj/PNN The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated, in its latest weekly report , that the far-right Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett announced, last week, the approval of seven nature reserves in the West Bank, with an area of 130,000-State dunams — 20,000 of which ones […]

19 Jan
8:57

Maps, Technology, and Decolonial Spatial Practices in Palestine

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

18 Jan
4:00

UN Officials: German Anti-BDS Resolution Infringes on Freedom of Expression, Basic Political Rights

United Nations Special Rapporteurs / Germany UN officials say it is not anti-Semitic to criticize the government of Israel. UN letter is now public, as Germany did not respond within mandated 60-day period. PALAIS DES NATIONS • 1211 GENEVA 10, SWITZERLAND Mandates of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and […]

13 Jan
9:05

France Calls on Tel Aviv to Comply with International Law

France has strongly denounced the Israeli regime’s recent plans to build some 2,000 settler units in the occupied West Bank, stressing that all Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. In a statement released on Sunday, the French consulate in occupied Jerusalem called on Israel to comply with the international […]

13 Jan
7:46

After original bill stalled in 2019, Rubio & Coons introduce new bill expected to give Israel at least $38 billion over the next 10 years – over $7,000 per minute

News analysis by Alison Weir – Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Chris Coons have introduced legislation expected to give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over the next 10 years. (The text for the bill, S.3176, is not yet available on the Congressional website.) The new bill has been introduced because a […]

12 Jan
8:45

Israeli Cabinet Warns of Secret Arrest Warrants

Members of the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet are said to be “profoundly concerned” that the International Criminal Court (ICC) may issue secret arrest warrants for Israeli officials it considers suspects, as it will launch a war crimes investigation against Israel within the next 90 days. Last month, ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda […]

11 Jan
7:18

International Criminal Court Prepares to Try Israelis over War Crimes

Shawan Jabarin of the Al-Haq human rights organization discusses the International Criminal Court decision to prepare a lawsuit against the state of Israel regarding war crimes committed against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli authorities are already panicking. (Transcript unavailable.)   Via The Real News Network. […]

09 Jan
3:01

Israel Forms Committee To Boost Colonialist Activities In Occupied West Bank

Israeli Defense Minister, Neftali Bennet, has formed a special committee tasked with boosting and strengthening the colonialist activities on Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that Naftali’s “Task Force” aims at legalizing the colonialist outposts, which were built on Palestinian […]

09 Jan
2:13

Jordan Denounces Israeli Decision To Build 1936 Colonialist Units In West Bank

The Jordanian government denounced, Wednesday, the Israeli decision to build additional 1936 units in its illegal colonies in the occupied West Bank. Ambassador Daifallah al-Fayez, the spokesperson of the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, said that all of Israel’s colonies are illegal as they also constitute a serious […]

08 Jan
4:16

Israeli Elections: Netanyahu Vows More Settlements, Annexation

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated, in its latest weekly report, that the Israeli government still ignores the international community’s stance, along with resolutions of international legitimacy which consider Israeli settlements a war crime. Israel acts as a state above the law, as a result of […]

07 Jan
4:22

Why Did Hamas Mourn Qassem Soleimani?

by Motasem Ahmed Dalloul, Days of Palestine As soon as the assassination of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani was confirmed by the Pentagon, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement was among those mourning him and blaming the US for causing chaos in the region through its violations against the “resistance axis” in […]

07 Jan
4:13

Fateh Official: Israel’s Settlement Colonization is an Illegal Presence That Must Be Removed

Fateh spokesman and member of its Revolutionary Council, Osama al-Qawasmi, said that Israel’s settlement colonization of Palestinian occupied land is the illegal presence that must be removed, and not the Palestinian buildings and properties. He said, in response to statements made by Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, in which he […]

05 Jan
9:52

The Growing Gap between Jordan and Israel, After 25 Years of “Peace”

by Oraib Rantawi for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Several recent incidents underscore the cooling in Jordanian-Israeli relations 25 years after the two signed the Wadi ‘Araba peace agreement. Israel’s imprisonment without charge of two Jordanian nationals of Palestinian origin during the summer led to Jordan’s withdrawal of its ambassador “for consultations” […]

05 Jan
8:13

Israeli PM Rushes Home from Greece, Closes Ski Resort Over “Possible Threats”

The Israeli military closed a ski resort in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, on Saturday, due to concerns over what it calls possible threats from Iranian-backed groups in Lebanon and Syria, or Palestinian resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Days of Palestine reported. The closing of the Mount […]

04 Jan
9:58

Opinion: Israel’s Plans to Replace UNRWA Schools are a New War on the Agency

By Imad Freij for WAFA Six UNRWA-run schools in Jerusalem are now facing the threat of closure, after the Israeli municipality green-lighted the establishment of a school complex affiliated with the so-called Israeli Ministry of Education as an alternative to the UNRWA-run schools, paving the way to end the operations […]

03 Jan
11:15

PLO Official: Palestinians Reject Attempts to Criminalize Legitimate National Struggle

Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), called upon the European Union, on Friday, to reconsider its new conditions for funding Palestinian civil society organizations, calling for fair and equal access for all, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Erekat’s call came in response to recently […]

02 Jan
8:35

Dr. Ashrawi: Israel’s Plan to Replace Jerusalem UNRWA Schools a Part of War on Palestinian Rights

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Thursday, condemned the announced plan of the Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem, to replace UNRWA-run schools. “The announced plan of the so-called Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem, to replace UNRWA-run schools, is an extension of […]

31 Dec
11:40

Netanyahu Claims Arab States to Normalize Ties with Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will soon have normal ties and formal peace agreements with a number of Arab countries.   “I intend, in the coming years, to conclude normalization and peace agreements with a number of Arab countries,” he said Sunday night, recalling in particular his trip […]

29 Dec
9:35

ICC Prosecutor: No Charges against Israelis nor Palestinians as of Yet

The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, said that no charges have been filed against any Israeli or Palestinian, and the investigation has not been opened. In an interview with the Hebrew-language paper, Maariv, Bensouda said: “The International Criminal Court is acting according to the principle […]

28 Dec
7:23

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

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

28 Dec
2:50

Palestinian officials: Israeli plan on land registration proves the ICC is on the right track

RAMALLAH, Saturday, December 28, 2019 (WAFA) – Palestinian officials said today that an Israeli plan made public by Defense Minister Naftali Bennett to enable settlers to register Palestinian lands in occupied West Bank areas classified as “C” in the land registry of the Israeli Ministry of Justice proves that the […]

24 Dec
8:19

Trump Demonstrates Again Why Zionism Is Anti-Semitism

by Asa Winstanley You have to hand it to Donald Trump, he knows which side his bread is buttered. Spewing out disgusting remarks that some of the commentariat deemed only “controversial” at worst, Trump attended the Israeli-American Council’s (AIC) national summit earlier this month. A major pro-Israel lobby group, the IAC, is bankrolled by anti-Palestinian […]

24 Dec
8:05

Netanyahu Freezes Plans to Annex Jordan Valley

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave instructions to freeze the plans to annex the Jordan Valley to Israeli sovereignty, Ynet revealed Tuesday. The Israeli paper explained, according to Al Ray, that Netanyahu made his decision following that of the International Prosecutor to conduct an investigation into war crimes, carried out […]

23 Dec
4:55

Qasim: “US is Encouraging Israel to Commit Crimes by Opposing ICC Probe”

In an official statement, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said: “We firmly oppose this and any other action that seeks to target Israel unfairly.” the Anadolu Agency reported. He also claimed that Washington does not believe that Palestine qualifies as a “sovereign state”, hence it should not be able […]

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23 Dec
7:00

PCHR: Human Rights Organisations Welcome Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Racial Segregation and Apartheid on Both Sides of the Green Line

Joint Statement Al-Haq – Law in the Service of Man BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights The Palestinian Center for Human Rights Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel Civic […]

23 Dec
6:48

Switzerland Resumes UNRWA Funding

The Swiss foreign ministry has lifted its temporary freeze on payments to the UNRWA, the UN agency providing support for Palestinian refugees. Switzerland had suspended payments to UNRWA in July, following allegations of misconduct among its top management. On Friday, the foreign ministry confirmed Swiss news reports that it had […]

23 Dec
6:15

Israeli Media: Top Officials ‘Liable to Prosecution’ for War Crimes

Senior Israeli political and military officials are likely to be prosecuted before the International Criminal Court (ICC), after the court’s decision to launch an investigation into war crimes committed against Palestinians, according to a report released by Yedioth Ahronoth, on Sunday.   The newspaper pointed out that Benny Gantz, who […]

21 Dec
10:24

ICC Responds to Mounting Calls for Action, Opens Official Investigation into War Crimes in Palestine

“End impunity!” 29 November protest calls for action by ICC. Photo: EuroPalestine The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, issued a statement on 20 December 2019 that the ICC will be opening an official investigation into Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity in occupied Palestine. The announcement comes […]

21 Dec
9:56

Palestinian Officials Respond to ICC Decision: “A Positive and Encouraging Step”

Saeb Erekat, head of the National Committee responsible for following up on the International Criminal Court (ICC), today, confirmed that “the decision announced by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to request an opinion by the Pre-Trial Chamber regarding the scope of the Court’s territorial […]

20 Dec
6:15

Report: UN Body Criticizes Israel’s Racial Segregation Policies

A United Nations human rights committee has called on Israel to “ensure equal treatment for all persons on the territories under its effective control and subject to its jurisdiction” – inside Israel, in the Occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem, and in the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to a press […]

20 Dec
6:00

Trump’s Executive Order Targets Federal Funding to Universities in Suppression of Speech on Palestinian Rights

(photo: A classroom in Gaza destroyed in Israel’s 2014 attacks. Credit: Active Stills, Basel Yazouri) U.S. President Donald Trump’s recently announced executive order would continue his dangerous attacks on hard-fought democratic rights. Abusing federal funding to bully universities into suppressing academic freedom and freedom of speech in support of Palestinian rights under international […]

20 Dec
5:24

Congress Rejects Funding for Trump’s “Deal of the Century”

The United States Congress has rejected a request, from the White House, for $175mn in funds that would go towards pushing the Trump administration’s failed Middle East “peace plan”. In a bipartisan decision, on Monday, lawmakers rejected having funds be set aside, in the government’s 2020 budget, for the so-called […]

18 Dec
1:14

Anti-Semitism Envoy Elan Carr Puts Israel (Not Jews) Front And Center

Trump’s anti-Semitism envoy inaccurately equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, and considers Israel “a central tenet” of Judaism – despite vocal opposition from within the global Jewish community… Carr demands: “Every law enforcement office and every prosecutorial agency must force everybody who has even a hint of antisemitism to undergo a tolerance […]

17 Dec
4:38

Trump’s Executive Order on Anti-Semitism Attacks Free Speech, Palestinians, and Jews

Dima Khalidi discusses the legal and civil ramifications of President Trump’s executive order adopting the controversial IHRA working definition on antisemitism, defining Judaism as a race or nationality, which would threaten free speech on US campuses, sow divisions among US Jews, and criminalize the BDS movement. TRNN Video & Transcript […]

17 Dec
1:41

UNRWA Signs $20.7m Agreement with Qatar

The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) signed an agreement today, under which the State of Qatar will contribute US$ 20.7 million to support the access of Palestine refugees to basic services in Syria. With […]

14 Dec
5:09

Samidoun Releases Statement in Support of SAIA York and Palestinian Students’ Right to Organize

Photo credit: Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses our strongest solidarity with Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University (SAIA York) and denounces the decision of York University president Rhonda Lenton to suspend SAIA as an organization after its members were the victim […]

14 Dec
4:57

Canada’s Latest UN Stance Fails To Affirm Commitment To Palestinians’ Political Rights

by Ramona Wadi, Days of Palestine UN resolutions on Palestine are given more prominence than the Palestinian people themselves. What happens within the UN premises sets an agenda that is difficult to challenge, mainly because international consensus rarely makes it beyond resolution texts to implementation. As a result, an unexpected […]

14 Dec
4:47

200 International Organizations Support Call to ICC on Palestine

An impressive international coalition of 185 civil society organizations has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a formal investigation, into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, without further delay. The ICC has been engaged in a preliminary investigation for almost […]

13 Dec
3:30

Senior PLO Leader: Israel Trying to Terminate the Two-State Solution

Senior Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) leader, Dr. Saeb Erekat said “Palestinians have the right to feel betrayed by the silence of the international community over the racist practices committed by Israel and the US, which violate international law.” Palestine News Network (PNN) editor in chief, Monjed Jadou, reported that Dr. […]

11 Dec
3:49

EU to Discuss Recognition of Palestine

Foreign Ministers of the European Union are expected to exchange views, next month, on whether the 28-nation bloc should recognize Palestine as a sovereign state as the US pushes ahead with pro-occupation policies, undermining the prospect of the so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ireland and Luxembourg are among […]

09 Dec
4:38

Luxembourg Pushes for European Recognition of Palestine

Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. European Union foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday Feb. 26 to debate ways to revive Middle East peace efforts and discuss the crisis in Venezuela. […]

07 Dec
7:47

Palestinian President Commends US Congress for Support

The Palestinian Presidency applauded the US Congress, on Friday, for supporting the two-state solution and rejecting the annexation of occupied Palestinian land, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. President Abbas praised congress for their solidarity against Israel’s settlement policy, the fait accompli, and for recognizing the aspirations of the […]