Category Archives: International Politics

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 […]

16 Mar
6:51

Climate Change and the Palestinian Authority

by Zena Agha, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Climate change is among the greatest threats currently facing human life. Its effects are global, wide-ranging, and unequally distributed. Despite Palestinians and Israelis inhabiting the same physical terrain, Palestinians under occupation will suffer the effects of climate change more severely. The single […]

16 Mar
6:37

PA Slams US for Dropping “Occupation Status” of Palestine

The Palestinian Authority (PA), this week, slammed the United States for dropping the status of occupation for the Palestinian territories and the Golan Heights of Syria. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, PA presidential spokesman, said in an official statement that “the US decision is a continuation of the U.S. anti-Palestinian approach and […]

15 Mar
7:02

Ashrawi: US Human Rights Report Meant to Whitewash Israeli Occupation

The US Human Right Report is intended to whitewash the Israeli occupation and excuse human rights violations against the Palestinian people, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said today. “After the release of the so-called Human Rights Report, by the US State […]

14 Mar
8:31

Israeli Policies Force Family Separations

Al Haq’s director Shawan Jabarin discusses a new report exposing the complex system of restrictions Israeli authorities impose to control access to Palestinian territory and to stop family reunification. The consequences is to slowly force Palestinians out to preserve a Jewish majority in areas controlled by Israel. Story Transcript MARC […]

11 Mar
5:41

Can the Jewish National Fund Dedicated to Ethnic Cleansing be Considered a Charity in Canada?

Rabbi David Mivasair, Corey Balsam, and Ismail Zayid discuss their joint efforts to revoke the JNF’s charity status in Canada, but the Canadian authorities have a long history of supporting Israeli colonization in Palestine. www.stopthejnf.ca Sharmini Peries is a journalist and executive producer for the National and International News Bureaus at […]

11 Mar
5:31

Foreign Ministry: UN Agency Not Affected by US Aid Cut

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has says that the U.S. decision to stop financial aid, to a UN agency which supports Palestinian refugees, has not affected its works. “Thanks to the contributions of many countries led by Turkey, UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency ] continues its services,” al-Maliki […]

11 Mar
4:55

South Africa to Downgrade Israel Embassy Status

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his country is planning to downgrade the status of its embassy in the occupied territories, in response to Israel’s violation of Palestinians’ rights. Speaking to the parliament in Cape Town, Ramaphosa said South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was working on […]

07 Mar
6:17

Phyllis Bennis: Ilhan Omar’s Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism

Democrats’ resolution denouncing anti-Semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-Semitic – Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner. Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow and the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC.  […]

07 Mar
5:40

EU not to Transfer Any Headquarters to East Jerusalem

The European Union has affirmed the commitment of the Member States not to transfer any of its headquarters to East Jerusalem, in response to the recent American step of merging its consulate with its embassy in Jerusalem.   Al Ray reports that EU spokesman Shadi Othman said, in a press […]

05 Mar
7:35

US Announces Merger of Embassy and Consulate General in Jerusalem

The US Department of State announced, on Monday, the merging of the US Consulate General into the US Embassy in Jerusalem, a step that is evoking the anger of Palestinian leadership.  This step follows Secretary Pompeo’s October 18, 2018 announcement that the two missions and teams would be combined. The […]

04 Mar
6:28

Trump and Netanyahu Scandals: A Very Dangerous Moment

Desperate men do desperate things; two leaders facing corruption charges may more aggressively push their Iran regime change agenda – Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay. Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy Lawrence Wilkerson’s last positions in government were as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff (2002-05), […]

04 Mar
6:11

Report: Downgrade of Palestinian Mission to ‘Take Effect on Monday’

The United States is scheduled to move ahead with a downgrade of its mission to the Palestinians, on Monday, by merging its Jerusalem consulate with the embassy to Israel, a US official said. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Saturday, said the announcement to merge the two offices in October was intended […]

04 Mar
5:55

Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Nixes Palestinian State

The Trump administration’s “Deal of the Century”, or so-called Middle East Peace Plan does not include the establishment of an independent Palestinian state., but rather calls for Palestinian autonomy in the Gaza Strip, with political and economic links to the West Bank, the Palestinian newspaper al-Quds reported on Thursday. The […]

03 Mar
5:27

Israel’s Termination of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron

by Belal Shobaki for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently discontinued the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, or TIPH, which had monitored human rights in the city for more than two decades. “We will not allow the continuation of an international force that acts against us,” Netanyahu said. In […]

03 Mar
4:33

Jeremy Corbyn Calling for UK-Israeli Arms Freeze

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the United Kingdom Labor Party and the country’s opposition, on Friday, called upon the UK to freeze arms sales to Israel and to condemn it for killing Palestinian civilians in Gaza. In a tweet, Corbyn said, “The UN says Israel’s killings of demonstrators in Gaza – […]

01 Mar
6:23

UN Security Council: Israel Intentionally Shot Disabled, Children & Journalists in Gaza

The investigative committee of the United Nations Human Rights Council that has been looking into the 2018 Israeli attacks on Gaza protestors, in a report, said it found that Israeli forces had violated international law. The committee’s chairman, Santiago Canton, said, at the beginning of the session, that his panel […]

28 Feb
5:08

EU Announces €82m for UNRWA

UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre KrĂ€hebĂŒhl (left) and EU Representative Ralph Tarraf (right) shake hands after signing the EU-UNRWA contribution agreement of EUR 82 million at UNRWA headquarters in East Jerusalem on 27 February 2019. © 2019 UNRWA Photo by Marwan Baghdadi The European Union Representative, Ralph Tarraf, and the Commissioner-General of […]

27 Feb
3:58

Israeli Interference in British Politics: Targeted against Corbyn

Asa Winstanley discusses the coordinated incitement campaign against critical voices in the UK. On the same day that the Israeli lobby attacked Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in the U.S, British right-wing activists launched an attack on Human Rights Watch, and later on Jeremy Corbyn. Asa Winstanley is an Investigative Journalist and […]

27 Feb
3:07

US Supporting Settlement Expansion as Israeli Elections Draw Near

by Madeeha Araj/ NBPRS/ The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said, in its latest weekly report, that  the ruling Israeli right-wing in Israel is racing time in order to get the votes of the Israelis, particularly those of the settlers. It escalates land confiscation campaigns throughout the […]

26 Feb
7:20

Japan Funds Vital West Bank Projects

Japan’s Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Takeshi Okubo. on Sunday, signed  grant contracts for three electricity and water rehabilitation projects across the West Bank. The Representative Office of Japan to Palestine said, in a press release, that Okubo signed grant contracts for two Grassroots Human […]

26 Feb
7:09

UN Report: Israel Using Syrian Golan for Radioactive Nuclear Waste Dump

The UN has been adopting resolutions condemning the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights for decades; however, Tel Aviv hasn’t changed its policies and is continuing to exercise sovereignty over the disputed territory, including holding municipal elections. Secretary-General of the UN Antonio Guterres has presented a report to the UN […]

25 Feb
8:05

Dr. Alaa Tartir: Palestine and Rule of Power

Alaa Tartir discusses his new edited anthology: Palestine and Rule of Power: Local Dissent vs. International Governance. A new look into how international aid and also the Palestinian security reform are mechanisms which are used to crush Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation. Dr. Alaa Tartir is the Program Director of […]

21 Feb
5:24

Abbas: Palestine Won’t Take Tax Money from Israel

Palestine will not receive tax money Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday. Palestine “will not take any deducted funds” from Israel, Abbas said, while addressing a delegation of J Street advocacy group and U.S. Congressmen in Ramallah. The move came after the […]

20 Feb
9:40

UK Signs Trade Continuity Agreement with Palestine

A trade continuity agreement will see Palestinian businesses and consumers benefiting from continued trade, after the UK leaves the European Union, UK International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said, on Monday. In Ramallah, the UK-Palestinian Authority agreement was signed by both the International Trade Secretary and Her Excellency, Abeer Odeh, […]

20 Feb
9:12

Israel to Withhold $138m over Prisoner Payments

Israel said that its security cabinet, on Sunday, decided to withhold $138 million (€122 million) in tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority, over its payments to prisoners jailed for attacks on Israelis. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the withheld cash would be equal to that paid […]

19 Feb
3:57

Poland Pulls Out of Jerusalem Meeting over ‘Racist’ Remark

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that his country is not sending a delegation to the V4 summit in Jerusalem, following comments by an Israeli foreign minister who said that Poles “collaborated with the Nazis” and “sucked anti-Semitism from their mothers’ milk”. Acting Israeli foreign minister, Israel Katz made the […]

17 Feb
4:02

Palestine and the Israel-Saudi Arabia Alliance

by Ibrahim Fraihat, for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The October 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi by agents of the Saudi government in Istanbul brought into sharp relief the deepening relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel: Israel had supplied Pegasus spyware to the Saudi government, which it used to surveille Khashoggi, and […]

16 Feb
6:19

7 New UN Resolutions against Israel Up for Review in March

The United Nations Human Rights Council is planning to issue seven resolutions against Israel, during March, according to Israeli news outlets. Israeli Channel 2 reported that a report of the Commission of Inquiry into the “Gaza Fence” and the blacklist of businesses operating inside illegal Israeli settlements and beyond the […]

16 Feb
5:50

NĂ­ Riada Calls on EU to End Funding to Israel

Sinn FĂ©in MEP Liadh NĂ­ Riada has called for the ending of all EU funding to Israel. The Ireland South MEP made the call as she tabled an amendment designed to close the loophole allowing Israel to use EU funds for military purposes. “Israel must be completely excluded from receiving […]

15 Feb
7:02

Ilhan Omar: Anti-Semitism? Or Fear of Open Debate on Israel?

Why Are They Really Mad At Ilhan Omar? What does being a woman of color have to do with it? She said no more than other critics of American policy in the Middle East. Marc Steiner, Charles Lenchner, and Phyllis Bennis discuss the issue. Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow and […]

15 Feb
5:56

UN Visit to Occupied Territories Opposed by Israel

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Gaza in August of 2017, but several proposed Security Council visits to the Palestinians territories have been blocked. Israel has told the UN Security Council that it opposes a planned visit by the top UN body to the Palestinian territories, for a close-up look at […]

13 Feb
4:30

Samidoun Urges Broad Support for Ilhan Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands with Ilhan Omar, a strong supporter of Palestine elected to the United States House of Representatives last November, and urges a broad mobilization to defend her against media and political incitement by Israel and its allies. Rep. Omar is one of only […]

12 Feb
4:31

Support for Israel Divides Democrats, A Division Fomented by Republicans

Republican Senator Marco Rubio pushes a pro-Israel agenda, while new and younger Democrats question US support for the right-wing government in Israel, says Israeli-American journalist Mairav Zonszein. From the time he began work as a civil rights organizer at age 14, Marc Steiner has dedicated his life to issues of […]

12 Feb
3:46

US Media: Trump’s “Deal of the Century” is Ready

The Trump administration has completed its  ‘Deal of the Century’, or what it called the ‘Middle East Peace Plan’, framework for a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Fox News reported Sunday, from the United States, citing two senior administration officials. According to the report, the final draft of […]

09 Feb
7:35

Israeli and US Forces to Begin Major Military Drills

Amid growing tension along the northern border, Israeli and US forces will hold their annual joint exercise next week, to test the level of coordination between the two armies, in the event of future conflicts. The exercise is part of a long standing agreement, between the US and Israel, to […]

08 Feb
5:51

Foreign Ministry: Warsaw Conference is an American Conspiracy

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said, on Thursday, that the upcoming Warsaw conference called for by the United States is an American conspiracy intended to get the participants to adopt the US views on issues of the region, particularly the Palestine question. The ministry said in a […]

08 Feb
5:29

US Blocks UN Motion against Israeli Expulsion of TIPH Monitors

The US has blocked yet another UN Security Council draft resolution that would condemn Israel for expelling an international observer group tasked with safeguarding Palestinians, in the flashpoint West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron). Kuwait and Indonesia presented the motion on Wednesday, after a closed-door Security Council meeting on Tel […]

07 Feb
7:44

Israeli Tender for Jerusalem Railway Rejected by Spanish Company

A Spanish company announced, yesterday, that it had rejected an Israeli tender to build part of the Jerusalem railway, which will cut deep into occupied Palestinian territory. Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF or Construction and Other Railway Services) announced that it “refuses to build a section of the railway […]

07 Feb
7:38

US Court Throws Out Lawsuit Against Academic Boycott Of Israel

by Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books. A federal judge in Washington, DC, on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against the American Studies Association over its decision to support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The ruling is […]

07 Feb
7:30

Anti-BDS Bill Passes US Senate

The Republican-controlled United States Senate has passed legislation that would allow state and local governments to sanction those who support the BDS movement (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) against Israel, with a 77-23 vote in favor. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives, currently ruled by a Democratic majority. […]

06 Feb
4:02

Abbas: PA Will Not Take Part in Any Conference Not Based on UN Resolutions

Mahmoud Abbas welcoming in Ramallah his Austrian counterpart Alexander Van der Bellen. (WAFA Images / Thayer Ghanayem)  PA President Mahmoud Abbas said, on Tuesday, that he will not take part in any peace conference on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that will not be based on international United Nations resolutions. Speaking at […]

05 Feb
6:05

Mayor Hailing from Palestine Becomes President of El Salvador

Nayib Bukele, whose family is originally from the occupied Palestinian territories, won El Salvador’s presidential elections, getting more votes than his three rivals combined to usher out the two parties that dominated politics for a quarter century in the crime-plagued Central America nation. Born in 1981, Bukele was elected as […]

04 Feb
6:50

Erdogan: Turkey Will Not Turn Its Back On Palestine

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Saturday, said that Turkey will not “turn its back” on the Palestinian cause or people, adding that Ankara will share “all means available” for ending the occupation and establishing peace. Erdogan made the remarks during his meeting with the visiting Palestinian members of the Israeli […]

03 Feb
5:14

Why did Hamas Refuse Aid Money from Qatar?

Scholar Imad Al-Soos discusses the massive changes in the relationship between the Israeli government and Hamas in Gaza, over past months, and how Hamas’ new policies affect the lives of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Dr. Imad Alsoos wrote his PhD at the Free University of Berlin. He’s a […]

30 Jan
5:00

DFLP Stands with Venezuelan President

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) organized a rally in Gaza City, on Monday, January 28, to show solidarity and support for the Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, who is facing a coup to unseat him from power. A US-backed move has declared opposition leader Juan Guaido as […]

30 Jan
4:17

Senior PLO Official Calls on UN to Deploy Permanent International Presence in Palestine

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, today, decided not to renew the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), which has existed since 1997  and established upon the adoption of UNSC resolution 904, which followed the massacre that took place in 1994, during the dawn prayers on a Ramadan morning, […]

24 Jan
4:04

Mladenov Addresses Security Council

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, stated that Gaza is currently facing a real catastrophe, pointing out that the possibility of establishing an independent Palestinian state have dwindled.   Al Ray reports that the coordinator renewed his rejection to Israel’s expansion of illegal settlements […]

23 Jan
6:40

UN Officials Reaffirm that Forcible Transfers are In Breach of Geneva Convention

After visiting the Palestinian Sabbagh family, who is facing eviction from its home, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem, for the benefit of Israeli settlers, United Nations and other officials have again warned that forced eviction and transfer of Palestinians are a breach of Fourth Geneva Convention. Jamie […]

21 Jan
4:19

Israel Allows Qatari Cash Transfer to Gaza

The Israeli government has allowed the transfer of Qatari funds to the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to Israeli army radio. The radio said a Qatari envoy will arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, on Sunday or Monday, before heading to the Palestinian territory. The move came two weeks […]

20 Jan
5:35

Justin Trudeau’s Description of BDS: ‘A Pack of Lies’

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his belief that the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement is anti-Semitic. TRNN speaks to Ali Abunimah, who says that Trudeau has adopted Israeli PM Benamin Netanyahu’s talking points. Ali Abunimah, Al-Shabaka Policy Adviser, is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to […]

20 Jan
5:16

DCIP Report: Killing of Palestinian Children by Israeli Army Amounts to War Crimes

Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) submitted a joint report to United Nations investigators, last week, detailing Israeli forces’ killing of Palestinian children during mass protests in the Gaza Strip, conduct amounting to war crimes, said DCIP in a press release. The 57-page report, drafted in collaboration with the […]

17 Jan
8:42

Palestine Launches Bid for Full UN Membership

Palestine will launch a bid to become a full member of the United Nations, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said on Tuesday. The bid will go ahead despite the United States having said it will veto Palestine’s membership plans. “We know that we are going to face a US veto but that won’t […]

16 Jan
7:52

82 Civil Society Organizations Send Letter to Group of 77+1 Regarding Abbas’ Legitimacy

82 civil society organizations in the Gaza Strip sent a letter to the UN Group of 77 + 1, stating that Mr. Mahmoud Abbas no longer has any legal status in representing the Palestinian people and talk in their behalf in accordance with the Palestinian Basic Law, which set the […]

15 Jan
6:43

Ashrawi Calls on American Civil Society to Speak Out

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi called on members of American civil society “to stand up and speak out courageously, against the US administration’s unconditional support of Israel and its unilateral and irresponsible measures that are antithetical to the requirements of a just peace and stability.” During a meeting […]

15 Jan
6:38

Abbas Assumes Chair for Group of 77 + China

PA President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in New York on Monday, and is set to formally assume the chair for the Group of 77 and China. A ceremony will be held on Tuesday, at the United Nations General Assembly. The PA President is also scheduled to meet with the UN Secretary General Antonio […]

13 Jan
8:00

PLO Official: ‘Settlements are expanding rapidly, encouraged by U.S. administration’

Tayseer Khaled, a member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, has raised concerns about the early Israeli elections, which are being utilized by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu as a launching pad for a massive settlement plan in the West Bank, including Jerusalem. The Israeli government is also implementing a large-scale […]

10 Jan
4:07

Anti-Boycott of Israel Bill Pushed Back in US Senate

The US Senate voted down, in a cloture vote on Tuesday, a bill aimed at impeding the international boycott of Israel spearheaded by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, according to a press statement by the Institute For Middle East Understanding (IMEU). Republican Senators Marco Rubio, James Risch, Cory […]

09 Jan
11:55

Birmingham Honors Angela Davis after Israel Lobby Sabotages Award

(from the Electronic Intifada) American academic Angela Davis says she is “stunned” at the decision of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama to revoke a human rights award it was planning to give her at a gala next month. In a statement on Facebook, the iconic Black intellectual and activist said that the […]

08 Jan
5:39

Durham NC Becomes First City to Ban Training By Israeli Police and Then be Forced to Reconsider It

Jazmynne Williams of Jewish Voices for Peace discusses the organizing efforts underway to ensure the ban remains. TRNN Video & Transcript MARC STEINER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Marc Steiner, great to have you with us. Israel has become the hub to train the world’s police in military tactics, […]

08 Jan
12:12

PLO Condemns US National Security Advisor’s Visit To Occupied Jerusalem

Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, Monday, condemned U.S. National Security Advisor, John Bolton’s trip to Israel. Along with Israeli officials, John Bolton, toured the Old City of occupied Jerusalem. Erekat criticized Bolton for “supporting the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine, including […]