Category Archives: International Politics

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 […]

07 Jan
5:41

Jerusalem Municipality Member Proposes Destruction of Historic Wall

A Jerusalem municipality member advanced, on Sunday, a suggestion to demolish the historic wall of Jerusalem’s Old City district, under the pretext of easing the traffic crisis. Israel Hayom news quoted King as saying that the wall was built in the 16th century, by one of the Ottoman caliphs, to […]

06 Jan
9:51

Adalah: Israel’s Social Equality Ministry Provides Free Psychometric Prep Course in Hebrew Only

One-third of all students in Israel take the higher education eligibility exam in Arabic; Adalah: Ministry must live up to its name and narrow gaps rather than widen them. Israel’s Ministry for Social Equality is discriminating against Palestinian Arab high school students, citizens of Israel, by offering a free online […]

06 Jan
9:14

Abbas: Door of Palestine Closed to US

President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Cairo for a three-day visit on January 4, 2019. He will meet with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and is also scheduled to attend the inauguration of El Fattah El Aleem Mosque and the Nativity of the Christ Cathedral, in the New Administrative Capital of […]

02 Jan
6:29

Israel & US Formally Ditch UNESCO

More than a year after announcing their withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Israel and the United States’ decision officially went into effect at the last second of December 31, 2018. UNESCO was the first UN body to grant full membership to Palestine in 2011, which […]

01 Jan
8:01

2018: Year in Review

by Mohan Chen- Bethlehem/PNN/ From a series of border protests in the Gaza Strip to thousands of new settlement units in the West Bank, 2018 has indeed been an eventful year in Palestine. As the year draws to a close, we have taken a moment to look back and compiled […]

31 Dec
5:15

Israeli Media: Brazilian Embassy Move Only A “Matter of Time”

Israeli media, on Saturday, assured that newly elected Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro  has assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he will not back down from his promise to move the embassy to the occupied city of Jerusalem. According to the Israeli 14 channel, Brazil is under pressure from Arab countries not […]

27 Dec
8:09

Erdogan: Netanyahu Is An ‘Oppressor, Cruel, At The Head Of State Terror’

Tensions between Turkey and Israel were ratcheted on Sunday, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be an “oppressor”. Netanyahu hit back in a speech, later the same day, calling Erdogan an “anti-Semitic dictator” who is “obsessed with Israel.” Speaking to a group of […]

27 Dec
7:35

Palestine Initiates Application Process for Full UN Membership

Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister Riyad al-Malki, this Wednesday, announced that Palestine would initiate an application to gain full state membership at the United Nations. Speaking to Voice of Palestine radio station, al-Malki stated that he would initiate the application to upgrade Palestine’s status, from an observer state to a […]

23 Dec
3:15

Palestinian Factions Call for Protest against Australian Decision on Jerusalem

The Palestinian Nationalist and Islamic Forces called, on Saturday, for a protest at the Australian Representative Office in Ramallah City, in the central occupied West Bank, against Australia’s decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The protest will be taking place next Wednesday, December 26th, at noon […]

23 Dec
3:07

Syrian Rights Group Denounces US Senate Call on Golan Heights

Al-Marsad Arab Human Rights Centre in the Golan Heights strongly denounced, on Saturday, a United States Senate resolution calling for recognition of “Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.” A press release by Al-Marsad said it “vehemently and unequivocally” rejects the recently submitted resolution, introduced by Senators Ted Cruz and Tom […]

21 Dec
4:12

Senators Sneak Amendment to Make Israel Boycott Illegal

While Senators Cardin and Portman are trying to sneak a last-minute amendment into the budget bill to make BDS illegal – violating free speech – 26 states are also moving to make boycotts of Israel illegal. TRNN speaks to IPS’s Phyllis Bennis about the anti-BDS efforts in the US. Phyllis […]

21 Dec
3:12

Head of Sinn Fein Pays Solidarity Visit to Official Palestinian Media

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald with Ahmad Assaf, General Supervisor of the official media (WAFA Images).  An Irish delegation headed by Mary Lou McDonald, leader of the Irish Sinn Fein (shin-FAYN) party and member of the Irish parliament, met on Thursday, in Ramallah, with Ahmad Assaf, General Supervisor of […]

21 Dec
2:58

Mladenov: ‘We are nowhere closer to peace than a year ago’

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, briefed the Security Council yesterday, on the situation in Palestine, stressing that negative developments have greatly overshadowed any positive steps towards peace. Mladenov pointed out that the reported developments take place within a concerning overall context: ‘Israel’s continued military […]

19 Dec
5:03

Palestinians Have A Legal Right To Armed Struggle

by Stanley L Cohen (edited for the IMEMC by c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g) Long ago, it was settled that resistance and even armed struggle against a colonial occupation force is not just recognised under international law but specifically endorsed. In […]

19 Dec
4:51

Plot to Depopulate Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon

(photo: Ein al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon) by Ramzy Baroud An eerie video composed of a recorded audio prayer and a photo of one “Hajj Jamal Ghalaini” occasionally pops up on Facebook. The voice is that of an alleged religious sheikh, praying for the well-being of the man in the photo […]

18 Dec
5:59

Israel Disappointed by Australia’s Decision on Jerusalem

Australia’s announcement on Saturday, that it would only recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reportedly left the Israeli occupation disappointed, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency.     In his speech to Channel 10, a senior official said that the Israeli occupation was disappointed that Australia didn’t recognize the […]

16 Dec
7:48

While Israel Kills, The US Condemns Hamas

by Jihad Al-Khazen, Middle East Monitor/Days of Palestine Last week, the United States submitted a resolution to the UN General Assembly condemning Hamas for attacking Israel. The resolution was supported by 87 countries but opposed by 57, with more than 30 abstentions, and so was not adopted because it did […]

15 Dec
4:44

Canadian Court Hands Important Victory to BDS Movement

A Canadian Court has ruled that Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) activists were denied free speech and campaigning rights when the city of Montreal tore down their posters highlighting an Israeli atrocity, during an election campaign in Canada. TRNN discusses the case with Bruce Katz, one of the main plaintiffs in […]

14 Dec
6:46

PLO: Israeli Field Executions and Organized Terrorism Require International Action

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi, on Thursday, denounced the series of war crimes committed by Israel against defenseless Palestinian people, the latest of which being the killing of three West Bank citizens in cold blood. “This persistence in field executions, intentional killings, collective punishment and the […]

13 Dec
7:57

Qatar Proposes Airport be Built in Gaza Strip

Palestinian officials were reportedly concerned over reports that the country of Qatar is aiming to establish a separate Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip; allegations which came following Qatar’s proposal of creating an international airport in Gaza. According to Qatari ambassador Mohammad al-Emadi, Israel is yet to respond. However, they […]

12 Dec
7:45

Australia to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

The Australian government intends to announce its recognition of the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Tuesday, after receiving approval from the National Security Council on the move, The Australian newspaper reported. The running options are either to keep the Australian embassy in Tel Aviv with a small consulate office […]

11 Dec
5:15

India to Pull Out of $500m Israeli Missile Deal

The Indian defense ministry has announced plans to withdraw from a deal with Israeli army contractor Rafael, for the Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM). The deal was originally agreed upon in 2014, but the Indian defense ministry scrapped the deal in January of this year, reportedly planning to develop missiles […]

10 Dec
5:47

US Evangelicals Have Donated Some $65M to Illegal Settlements

Right-wing evangelical organizations have raised tens of millions of dollars, over the past 10 years, to fund settlement projects in the West Bank, a report published by Haaretz newspaper reported, on Sunday. According to the PNN, the newspaper said that it had conducted an audit of the funds, estimated to […]

08 Dec
11:27

UN General Assembly Adopts Another Pro-Palestine Resolution

After rejecting the US-backed anti-Palestinian resistance resolution, the General Assembly voted, on Thursday night, in favor of another text dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The brief resolution, proposed by Ireland, called for “the achievement, without delay, of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the […]

08 Dec
10:41

ICJ to Consider Palestinian Lawsuit against United States

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced, this week, that it will consider a lawsuit filed by Palestinian officials, over the United States administration’s violation of international law, in moving its embassy to occupied Jerusalem. A statement from the court, based in the Dutch city of The Hague, said it […]

07 Dec
4:13

Israeli Government-Linked Creative Community for Peace’s Confidential Report

12/06/18 Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / US, UK The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights continues to make long strides in effectively challenging Israel’s regime of occupation and apartheid. The cultural boycott of Israel is supported by thousands of artists around the world, with pledges to uphold […]

07 Dec
4:04

Foreign Ministry Issues Complaint to ICC over Investigation into Israeli Crimes

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Malki, presented a complaint, on Wednesday, to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, for procrastination in opening an investigation into Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people. The ministry said, in a statement, that al-Malki expressed his disappointment to Bensouda […]

07 Dec
3:13

Irish Senate Approves Boycott of Goods Made in Settlements

The Irish Senate voted, on Wednesday, to pass a bill to boycott the trade and importing of goods originating from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The bill was submitted to the Senate by independent Senator Francis Black who hopes that, with support, the vital bill will become law. Palestinian […]

06 Dec
3:32

Energy Authority Rejects Israeli Threats against Renewable Energy Projects

The Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority confirmed, on Wednesday, that it is continuing to develop the electricity sector in Palestine, especially in the field of renewable energy, despite Israeli threats. In a statement received by WAFA agency, the Energy Authority said it is “continuing to develop this sector despite […]

05 Dec
4:48

Rashida Tlaib To Head US Congressional Delegation To West Bank, Endorses BDS

US Democratic Representative-elect Rashida Tlaib plans to lead a delegation of American lawmakers to the West Bank, the congresswoman-to-be has told the Intercept. Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, told the publication that the delegation will focus on “Israel’s detention of Palestinian children, education, access to clean water, and poverty” and that the […]

05 Dec
4:14

West Bank EU Missions Condemn Death Sentences Issued in Gaza

As the West Bank Palestinian Cabinet welcomes the adoption five new UN resolutions in favor of the Palestinian people, the European Union Representative and the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah, Tuesday, condemned the death sentences issued in the Gaza Strip, on Monday, against six Palestinians convicted of […]

05 Dec
3:44

Israel Will No Longer Recognize Degrees from Al-Quds University

After the initial hope that degrees from Al-Quds University, located in Abu Dis town, East Jerusalem, would be officially recognized by the Israeli government, the latter’s Ministry of Labor and Welfare Services has revoked its decision. This retracting decision comes within the pretext that the Palestinian Authority-administered college named after […]

04 Dec
8:34

UN: No Connection Between Judaism and Al-Aqsa Mosque

In a vote held on Friday, the General Assembly passed six resolutions condemning Israeli violations against Palestinians. Among them was Resolution A/73/L.29 entitled “Jerusalem” which called for “respect for the historic status quo at the holy places of Jerusalem, including Al-Haram Al-Sharif.” According to Days of Palestine, the use of […]

03 Dec
7:20

Information War between Palestinian Resistance and Israel Heats Up after Botched Raid

Motasem Ahmed Dalloul is a staff writer at the Middle East Monitor. He is a specialist in Middle East affairs. The war between Hamas (which leads the Palestinian resistance) and Israel is now also being fought online. Israel’s recently failed attack on Gaza was an important victory for Hamas. “Palestinians […]

02 Dec
4:33

Dr. Saeb Erekat: “Trump administration is trying to divide Palestinians.”

by Dr. Saeb Erekat, for Ma’an (Saeb Erekat is the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and chief Palestinian negotiator.) A year ago, the Trump administration decided to recognise the illegal Israeli annexation of occupied Jerusalem and move the US embassy to Jerusalem, in violation of its obligations under […]

01 Dec
5:57

UN General Assembly Adopts 5 More Resolutions in Favor of Palestine

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted, on Friday evening, in favor of five resolutions on Palestine and a sixth resolution on the Golan Heights, WAFA correspondence reported. One of the most important resolutions adopted today, by the UNGA, called on member states not to recognize any measures taken by […]

30 Nov
6:05

PLO: Solidarity with Palestinians not Just an Abstract Expression of Empathy

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said, while marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that coincided on Thursday, that solidarity is not just an abstract expression of empathy; rather, it is an active, positive and concrete engagement. “On November 29, 1947, the United […]

29 Nov
7:04

Amnesty International Urges Revocation of Israeli Cyber Firm’s Spyware License

Amnesty International has called on the Israeli ministry of military affairs to suspend the license of a cyber firm which was reportedly in talks with Saudi Arabia, to sell super-stealth spyware to the country and amid revelations that the company’s software had been used in “a series of egregious human rights violations.”   […]

27 Nov
8:55

The EU and Jerusalem: The Potential for Pushback

by Yara Hawari , for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Overview The US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018 set a dangerous precedent that both encouraged Israel to continue its annexation and colonization of Palestinian land and invited third states to join in violating their obligations under international law. Although condemned […]

27 Nov
8:03

UN Deputy Envoy Arrives in Gaza

UN Deputy Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Jamie McGoldrick, arrived in Gaza on Tuesday morning, through Beit Hanoun crossing, local Al Ray sources reported. The sources didn’t clarify as to whether his arrival is to arrange for a visit from the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace […]

26 Nov
4:06

British Palestinian MP Criticizes US Foreign Policy

by Yvonne Ridley Layla Moran, the first British Member of Parliament of Palestinian descent, has urged the UK to “step up to the plate and lead” over the issue of Palestine given that the US President “can now in no way be considered an honest broker.” The MP launched her scathing attack […]

23 Nov
12:25

UK Bill to Recognize Palestine Submitted to House of Commons

A bill to officially recognize Palestinian state has been submitted to the House of Commons by the first British Palestinian MP, Laula Moran, on Wednesday. The Liberal Democrat MP said, in a video she shared before submitting the bill, that she is very proud of being elected as the first […]

22 Nov
4:16

KrĂ€henbĂŒhl Applauds International Contributions to UNRWA

Addressing the delegates at the Advisory Commission of host governments and leading donors of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl, applauded the resolve and creativity with which the agency and the international community addressed its […]

20 Nov
2:29

AirBnB announces: No more listings in Israeli colonial settlements

On Monday, the international crowdsourced bed and breakfast company AirBnB announced that they will no longer allow listings that are located in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. The decision comes after a two year campaign of Human Rights Watch and other organizations, who pointed out that the promotion of […]

17 Nov
6:48

UN General Assembly Votes in Favor of 8 Resolutions on Palestine

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted, early Saturday, in favor of eight resolutions on Palestine and a ninth on the Syrian Golan Heights. Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the UN, Riyad Mansour, commented on the vote, saying that it is proof that the international community stands behind and supports the […]

15 Nov
7:10

Abbas Signs Accession Papers to International Conventions

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas signed, on Thursday, accession papers to a number of international organizations and conventions. According to Ma’an, Abbas signed accession papers to 11 international organizations and conventions, which included the Universal Postal Union, the Convention on the Nationality of Married Women, the Optional Protocol to […]

15 Nov
3:16

Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes Israel-Backed Attacks on US Activists

Al Jazeera’s undercover film The Lobby – USA, censored by Qatar, has finally been published by The Electronic Intifada. Editor Ali Abunimah discusses the documentary’s explosive revelations, exposing Israel-backed attacks on US activists. Contextual Content Watch trailer. Watch all four parts here and here. Video Interview & Transcript (Download the mp3 here.) BEN […]

15 Nov
12:15

UN Security Council Fails to Adopt a Decision on Gaza

The Kuwait mission to the UN, Mansour Al-Otaibi, has declared that the Security Council decisions on the situation in the Gaza Strip have failed to lead to an outcome.   Al-Otaibi stated, on Tuesday evening, at a conference which followed, “Our situation is clear
We have invited with Bolivia to hold […]

11 Nov
8:59

US Envoy: Neither Side Will Like “Deal of the Century”

US White House Envoy Jason Greenblatt said, in a closed meeting, that the US administration will soon be presenting President Trump’s peace plan in the Middle East that “neither side will like.” According to Israel’s Channel 10, the meeting was held in London, and organized by the UK Association for […]

10 Nov
6:46

Palestinians Condemn Hollywood Fundraiser for Israeli Army

Palestinian citizens have condemned the actions of several Hollywood stars who celebrated and raised millions of dollars to fund the Israeli army, last week. The London-based news outlet Middle East Eye reported, according to Ma’an, that the gala was organized on November 1st, by Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces, […]

10 Nov
10:52

France Denounces Israel’s Decision to Build 792 New Units in Jerusalem

France has denounced an Israeli decision to building 792 new units in the illegal Ramat Shlomo and Ramot colonies, in occupied Jerusalem. The statement came after the so-called “Planning and Construction Committee” approved the plans, in the two colonies, located north of occupied East Jerusalem. France said it condemns the […]

07 Nov
7:53

First Palestinian Elected to US Congress

On Tuesday, November 6, the first Palestinian-American was elected to the U.S. Congress, marking an historic day for Palestinians living in exile in the United States. 42 year old Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian refugee who lives in Dearborn, Michigan, is known as  an advocate for minority groups. She was elected […]

07 Nov
6:47

Israel Proposes Plan to Connect Israel to Middle East Countries (VIDEO)

Yisrael Katz, the Israeli Transportation and Intelligence Minister, traveled to Oman, for an international conference, to discuss his proposal for a new system of shipping by sea, in addition to a rail connecting Israel and the Middle East. During Muscat’s World Congress of the International Road Transport Union, Katz presented […]

04 Nov
8:08

Palestinians Struggle Under Arab World Apathy

by Ray Hanania This week, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) voted to reverse its recognition of the State of Israel until Israel recognizes the State of Palestine. Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who must approve the PLO decision, announced he would end security cooperation with Israel. Both are justified actions […]

02 Nov
5:23

Irish Lawmakers Call for Arms Embargo on Israel

In a letter published in the Irish Times newspaper, Minister of State Finian McGrath and fifty other Irish TDs and Senators have called for an arms embargo to be placed on Israel, and for “an end to the bi-lateral arms trade between Ireland and the apartheid state”. In addition to independent Minister McGrath, the signatories […]

02 Nov
12:00

Netanyahu Welcomes Brazilian President-Elect’s Decision To Move Embassy To Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed statements by the right-wing Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, regarding his decision to move the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem. Netanyahu’s statements came after Bolsonaro stated, shortly after his election, that he is fulfilling his campaign promises to move the embassy to […]

31 Oct
7:40

On 101st Anniversary of Balfour Declaration, World Campaign Demands Britain Bear Responsibility

The Palestinian Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad has stated that an ongoing global, legal, and political campaign has been initiated for demanding Britain to bear its legal and political responsibilities, due to the dramatic effects of the Balfour Declaration on the Palestinian people. The declaration is regarded as a crime, […]

31 Oct
1:34

Erekat: “Trump And Netanyahu Continue To Act On Destroying Peace”

The Secretary of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated that U.S. President Donald Trump, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are ongoing with their politics to destroy the two-state solution, and replace it with their own facts on the ground, in violation of International Law. His statement came […]

30 Oct
6:31

Australia and Palestine-Israel: The Threat of the Far Right

by Noura Mansour on October 28, 2018 for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. The government of Australia, along with Israel and the US, recently voted against the UN resolution to elect Palestine as chair of the Group of 77, enabling it to act like a full member state during 2019. That same week, Australian Prime Minister […]

30 Oct
6:08

Israeli Nation-State Law is ‘Apartheid,’ Says Democratic Congresswoman

Coverage by Forward of US Representative Betty McCollum’s groundbreaking speech at USCPR’s 2018 national conference, Together We Rise: A US Democratic Party congresswoman described Israel’s nation-state law as “apartheid” at a Palestinian rights event, Mondoweiss reported. Accepting a leadership award at the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights conference on September 30, Rep. Betty […]

30 Oct
5:50

Central Council Decides to End All Commitments with Israel

The Palestinian Central Council (PCC), which met in Ramallah over two days, decided on Monday to end all commitments in the agreements the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has signed with Israel, suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine, end security coordination and end the Paris Economic […]

28 Oct
5:51

Investigate and Prosecute Pillage, Appropriation and Destruction of Palestinian Natural Resources

On 26 October, 2018, Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) submitted, to the International Criminal Court (ICC), a 500-page file on alleged crimes committed by Israelis, in particular high-level Israeli officials, and individuals associated with corporations that are extracting and destroying […]

23 Oct
8:12

Barkat Raids Shu’fat Refugee Camp

The Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, raided the Shu’fat refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem City, escorted by Israeli forces, on Tuesday afternoon. Spokesperson of the Fateh movement in Jerusalem, Thaer Fasfous, said that Barkat raided and toured the camp. Barkat’s raid to Shufat comes a few hours after teams […]

23 Oct
12:57

Will Qatar Finance An Agreement Between Hamas And Israel?

According to the Israeli Kaan News Agency, it appears that Qatar will be financing an agreement between Israel and Hamas, in order to end the Great Return March processions. It said that Qatar would be transferring money to the Gaza Strip to pay salaries, and provide aid, in exchange for […]

22 Oct
3:30

Jordan to Cancel Israeli Annexes from 1994 Peace Treaty

Jordanian King Abdullah II informed Israel, on Sunday, that he will not renew two annexes of the 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, with regard to territory leased to Israel. The territories in question are al-Baqura and al-Ghamr, which are also known as Naharyaim and Zofar in the Hebrew […]

21 Oct
5:57

PA to UN: “Gaza is Not a Humanitarian Problem, it is a Political Problem.”

The following is a summary of the opening comments of the United Nations Security Council Meeting #8375 on October 18, 2018,  Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, the representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, made the following points (summarized below). According to Mladenov, Demolitions OCHA (United […]

20 Oct
8:40

Dark Money: Palestine, Mega Donors, and the 2018 Midterm Elections

Originally published by Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. The 2018 mid-term elections are expected to be the most expensive in American history. Four years ago, the 2014 mid-term elections had fewer donors than in previous elections but spending still surpassed previous elections. To fill their campaign coffers, Democrats and Republicans […]

19 Oct
7:33

US to Merge New Embassy with Jerusalem Consulate

The United States announced, on Thursday, that it will merge the US Consulate General, which serves Palestinians, with its new embassy into a single diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, to solely “improve the efficiency and effectiveness.” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, in a statement, “This decision is driven by […]

19 Oct
12:00

Palestinian-American Student Allowed Entry After Appeal to Israeli Supreme Court

A Palestinian-American student who was prevented entry to study in Israel has claimed victory at the Israeli Supreme Court. The court ruled today that 22-year old Lara al-Qasem will be allowed entry to study in a graduate program at Hebrew University. al-Qasem, whose grandparents are Palestinian, is an American student […]

17 Oct
10:19

Lieberman: Israeli Government ‘Must’ Attack Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed, on Tuesday, that Hamas had crossed all red lines, stressing that Israeli cabinet “must” take a decision to launch a “serious blow” on the Gaza Strip, to topple Hamas. During a meeting with Israeli commanders and Israeli soldiers in charge of the Gaza division, […]

17 Oct
10:05

Mansour Hails UNGA Vote as ‘New Victory’

Palestine’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, hailed as “a new victory” the UN General Assembly vote in favor of a resolution granting the State of Palestine additional powers in the possibility of assuming the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China, on Wednesday. The UNGA voted […]

17 Oct
9:55

Press Release by Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Resistance Factions on Israeli Attacks on Gaza

On the heels of the Israeli arbitrary bombardment on the Gaza Strip, this morning, the Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Factions state the following,  Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency has reported: The Palestinian people have been involved in their peaceful battle against the Israeli occupation through the Great Return […]

17 Oct
9:45

ICC Prosecutor: Eviction of Civilians under Occupation Constitutes War Crime

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has warned that transfer of population in an occupied territory constitute war crime. “I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank. Evacuation by force now appears imminent, and […]

17 Oct
9:39

Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators Confront UK Israeli Ambassador in Belfast

Angry scenes were reported to have developed as pro-Palestinian protesters confronted the UK’s Israeli ambassador, Mark Regev, at Queen’s University, in Belfast. A protester was restrained as several attempted to follow Regev’s car as he left the historic institution following a visit to speak to students. Around 70 pro-Palestinian protesters […]

16 Oct
7:45

Australia Considers Embassy Move to Jerusalem

After the infamous move, of the United States, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Australia now is considering moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as well. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, […]

13 Oct
7:16

Israel’s Defence Minister Cuts Fuel to Gaza

Despite the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Friday, ordered a halt to any further fuel deliveries to the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip. Tuesday was the first delivery of Qatari bought fuel. MWC news reports that this UN-brokered deal allows fuel paid for by Qatar to enter […]

11 Oct
8:12

UNESCO Adopts New Resolutions on Palestine

By consensus, the Program and External Relations Commission (PX), of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on Wednesday, adopted two resolutions on Palestine, in the framework of its 205th plenary meeting.   The resolutions, sponsored by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and […]

11 Oct
7:13

Nikki Haley Announces Her Resignation

United States President Donald Trump announced that United Nations Ambassador, Nikki Haley, will be stepping down at the end of the year. Trump and Haley held a press conference during which the US envoy to the UN announced that she would be leaving her position at the end of the […]

11 Oct
3:41

P.A. Mission in Washington Officially Shuts Down

The Palestinian Representative Office at the United States in Washington D.C. has officially shut down, Wednesday, after the deadline by the Trump Administration for closing it went into effect at 4:30 PM. Dozens of Palestinians and peace activists stood in front of the Palestinian Mission’s office in protest of the […]

10 Oct
9:02

Qatari-funded Fuel Allowed into Gaza

The first truckload of Qatari-funded fuel, of three shipments (truckloads), entered the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon, via the Kerem Shalom border crossing. Three shipments of Qatari-funded fuel were allowed entry to the Gaza Strip by Israeli authorities for Gaza’s only power plant. Ma’an sources said that a total […]

04 Oct
8:07

Security Council Prepares to Visit Palestine in October

On Wednesday, Head of the UN Security Council, Bolivian Ambassador, Sacha Sergio Llorenti Soliz, said that he will seek a visit to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, in October. This came during a press conference held by Soliz, in which his country holds the rotating presidency of the […]

04 Oct
7:33

US Withdraws from Protocol to Vienna Convention over Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw from the optional protocol and dispute resolution to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, in connection to a case challenging the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, US national security adviser John Bolton said, Wednesday. “This is in connection with […]

03 Oct
6:30

Ohio Billboard Protests US Aid to Israel

A billboard has just gone up in Ohio, that says: “$10 million a day to Israel? We need that money in America.” The billboard is located in Richland County on US 30, MLK Expressway. If Americans Knew erects billboards around the United States to tell Americans how much of their […]

01 Oct
3:16

Spanish Football Team ‘Real Madrid’ Honors Teenaged Palestinian Activist Ahed Tamimi

Ahed Tamimi, who was imprisoned for eight months this year for slapping an Israeli soldier after her cousin was shot in the head, was honored Sarurday by the Real Madrid football team in Spain. Real Madrid is one of the most well-known football teams in the world, with many football […]