Category Archives: Palestinian Politics

11 Apr
3:53

PLO On Israeli elections: Israelis Voted No To Peace, Yes To Apartheid

By the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA): RAMALLAH, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officials said today in reaction to the results of the Israeli elections that Israelis have voted no to peace and yes to apartheid. PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said that after […]

09 Apr
12:27

Abbas’ Security Forces Assault Student from Al-Najah University

A group of human rights organizations have condemned the recent attack on student Musa Dweikat, and his abduction, in front of the campus of An-Najah University, by members of Palestinian intelligence, and calls for an end to similar cases of kidnapping off  the streets and arbitrary arrests. The Association of […]

08 Apr
11:24

Zoo Animals Evacuated from Gaza to Jordan

Dozens of neglected animals were evacuated from a ramshackle Gaza zoo on, Sunday, in the fourth and largest such rescue mission in the blockaded Palestinian enclave. Vets and volunteers from Four Paws International transported some 40 animals, into Israel, from the neglected zoo, located in the southern town of Rafah. […]

03 Apr
1:16

PA Foreign Ministry: “Settlers’ Terror, An Integral Part Of Israel’s State-Sponsored Terrorism”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, Wednesday, condemning the dangerously escalating Israeli violations and crimes, including the killing of a Palestinian near Nablus by an armed illegal colonist, and said that the “terrorist attacks carried out by the colonists are an integral part of Israel’s ongoing illegal occupation of […]

02 Apr
5:43

PA to Pay 50% of Salaries for Second Month

The Ministry of Finance announced, on Monday, that the Palestinian Authority (PA) it will pay 50% of the monthly salaries to its employees, for the second month in a row, following the Israeli tax cuts. Last month, employees also received 50% of their salaries, after the PA refused to accept […]

02 Apr
5:25

Human Rights Institution Association Calls for Investigation into Murder of Al-Hamlawi

The Human Rights Institutions Association has sent a letter to Amnesty International, Human rights Watch, the Committee against Torture, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, regarding the torture practices in the prisons of the Palestinian Authority security services in Ramallah.  The […]

20 Mar
7:22

MADA Demands Release of Journalists

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) condemned, in a statement, the large-scale arrests and attacks that have been carried out by security forces in the Gaza Strip, over the last three days, against journalists and workers in human rights organizations — citizens who took part in peaceful […]

18 Mar
5:03

Hamas Police, Gunmen, Raid Homes in Gaza

Hamas police and armed members, early this morning, raided homes of activists in the Gaza Strip and detained dozens of people involved in the popular movement against high prices and tax hikes, according to witnesses. Witnesses told WAFA that masked Hamas gunmen and security officers raided homes in Gaza City […]

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
6:28

Rights Group Condemns Repression of Gaza Protests

For the second day in arrow, hundreds of Gazans took to the streets today demanding better economic conditions and protesting rise in taxes. Protests were reported in the north, center and south of the Gaza Strip against tax hikes and high cost of living, and for the second day in […]

11 Mar
5:00

PA to Pay 50 Percent of Monthly Payroll due to Israeli Tax Move

Minister of Finance, Shukri Bishara, said on Sunday that the government will be paying only 50 percent of the monthly payroll of the Palestinian civil servants for February 2019, in the aftermath of the crisis resulting from Israel’s withholding of the tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian […]

04 Mar
6:18

PA to Pay Full Salaries after Major Israeli Deduction

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that the government is determined to pay the full salaries of the Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli custody, and of the families of those killed by Israeli forces, on Sunday afternoon. Hamdallah said that the government would only be able to pay a portion […]

01 Mar
4:00

Israel Releases Palestinian Lawmaker After Twenty Months of Administrative Detention

56 year old Palestinian, and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Khalida Jarrar, was released from Israeli prison Thursday, after twenty months of administrative detention, WAFA reported. Jarrar was released at the Salem military checkpoint, near the Northern West Bank city of Jenin, hours earlier than announced. Arrested from her […]

27 Feb
10:35

Israeli Officials Remove 41 Million NIS From Palestinian Authority Funding

Palestinian officials on Wednesday announced that they will not accept the illegal confiscation of NIS 41,000,000 by Israeli officials. This money was taken out of the tax funds that Israel collects for the Palestinian Authority. It is supposed to be transferred directly to the Palestinian Authority, according to the Oslo […]

26 Feb
7:55

Palestinians Furious and Fed Up with Corruption of ‘Mafia’ PA

by Megan Giovannetti in Ramallah, occupied West Bank Ali was incredulous. “You call them a government?” he asked. “I call them mafia.” For the 22-year-old Palestinian resident of the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, the Palestinian Authority (PA), headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, is a corrupt institution that […]

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 […]

22 Feb
7:49

The Escalation of Israeli Collective Punishment of Palestinians

by Nada Awad, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The Israeli authorities forcibly transferred Palestinian Nadia Abu Jamal from Jerusalem in 2017, following the demolition of her family home in 2015. Israel’s National Insurance Institute also revoked healthcare and other social security entitlements from Abu Jamal’s three children, two of whom suffer […]

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 […]

18 Feb
6:26

Palestinian Authority Suspends Pay for Hundreds in Gaza

Hundreds of Palestinians have demonstrated in Gaza City, as protests proceed against the Palestinian Authority’s decision to suspend their salaries, as Abbas’s arbitrary procedures against Gaza continue. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has decided to stop paying salaries and social welfare to hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including many […]

18 Feb
2:05

Economics Minister Denounces Israeli Piracy Of Palestinian Tax Revenue

Palestinian Minister Of National Economy Abeer Odeh has denounced, Sunday, what she called the Israeli piracy of Palestinian Tax revenue, which is also another violation of the “Paris Protocol on Economic Relations.” Minister Odeh said that Israel’s ongoing deductions and expropriation of Palestinian revenues are illegal acts of piracy, aimed […]

13 Feb
4:20

PCHR Warns of Deterioration of Health and Education Services in the Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned over the repercussions of the sanctions imposed by the Palestinian Authority (PA) against the Gaza Strip population for 2 years on the economic and social conditions and service sectors in the Gaza Strip. PCHR believes that impact of these sanctions […]

10 Feb
5:28

Ashrawi: Serial Violations of Human Rights by Israel Must be Investigated Thoroughly

On Wednesday 6 February, Fares Mohammed Baroud, age 51, from al-Shati’ refugee camp in western Gaza City, died from health complications brought on by prolonged and deliberate medical negligence on the part of Israeli prison authorities. The 51-year-old Gaza resident has been incarcerated in Israeli prisons for 28 years, during which […]

09 Feb
6:59

PCHR Calls on PA to Withdraw Decision on Gaza Salaries

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), in a statement, said it was strongly concerned over the Palestinian Government’s decision, against Palestinian Authority (PA) employees in the Gaza Strip, to cease the payment of salaries for thousands without any legal basis and in violation of the amended Civil Service Law […]

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 […]

05 Feb
6:10

Court of First Instance in Khan Younis Issues Death Sentence

On Tuesday, 29 January 2019, the Court of First Instance in Khan Younis sentenced to death Y.A., 30, a resident of Al-Jneena neighborhood in Rafah district, after he was indicted of murder of Mrs Mahasen Abu Shallouf, 79, also a resident of Rafah.   Documentation by Al Mezan Center for […]

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 […]

02 Feb
4:54

Ashrawi: Netanyahu Coalition Generates Culture of Hate and Racism

Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Hanan Ashrawi, said in a statement on Friday that the Israeli hardline coalition government led by Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for practicing blatant discrimination and generating a culture of hate and racism. According to WAFA, Ashrawi was referring to recent […]

30 Jan
5:09

Abbas and the Farce of Palestinian Democracy

by Yara Hawari, for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Since Mahmoud Abbas’s accession to the Palestinian Authority (PA) presidency in 2005, he has dominated the Palestinian political scene by consolidating his grip over various institutions while constraining opposition parties and figures. In addition to the split between Hamas and Fatah, which has been […]

30 Jan
4:25

Hamdallah Government Submits Resignation to Abbas

The government of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah submitted, on Tuesday, its resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas. The Palestinian Cabinet said, in a statement, following its weekly meeting in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, that the government “will continue to serve our people wherever they are and […]

28 Jan
4:19

Ashrawi: Israeli Government and Allies Responsible for Rise in Settler Terrorism

Member of the PLO Executive Committee, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Saturday evening, said that the Israeli government and its allies are responsible for rise in settler terrorism, referring to the fatal shooting by Jewish settlers of a Palestinian man in the village of al-Mughayer, near Ramallah, earlier on the day. […]

25 Jan
4:43

Ashrawi: Attacks against Political Prisoners Cruel and Unconscionable

Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned, on Thursday, Israeli attacks against Palestinian political prisoners, calling them “cruel and unconscionable”. On January 21, Israeli military prison authorities carried out a vicious attack against Palestinian political prisoners, including child detainees, at the Ofer military prison in the occupied […]

19 Jan
7:17

What are the Elements of a Strategic Palestinian Narrative and Discourse?

by Amjad Iraqi, for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. This commentary is part of Al-Shabaka’s Narrative and Discourse Policy Circle, convened in 2018, in which a team of Al-Shabaka policy analysts worked together across borders to tackle the question of whether Palestinians should have a sole, legitimate narrative and, if so, what it […]

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 […]

16 Jan
7:41

Private Sector Employees Strike over Social Security Law

Employees of the Palestinian private sector, in the occupied West Bank, observed a general strike on Tuesday, as thousands staged a sit-in protest outside the Social Security Corporation headquarters in al-Bireh, calling for scrapping the controversial Social Security Law. Shops, businesses, factories, financial institutions and private schools were shuttered in […]

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 […]

12 Jan
3:36

Dr. Ashrawi: Israeli Apartheid Threatens International Peace and Security

PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly condemned, on Friday, Israel’s opening of a new ‘Apartheid Road’ in occupied Jerusalem and its surrounding areas, segregating Palestinians from Israeli settlers by an eight-meter-high wall. “The creation of this new apartheid road affirms Israel’s willful intent to entrench its racist colonial […]

07 Jan
5:51

Family of Wanted Palestinian Threatened with Expulsion

The Israeli army informed members of the al-Barghouthi family, from Kobar village, northwest of central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah and al-Bireh, on Saturday, that the family would be expelled to the Jericho district, if their son, Assem, does not turn himself in to the Israeli army. Israel accuses […]

07 Jan
5:23

5 Arrested by Hamas in Suspicion of PBC Office Attack

Gaza authorities arrested five men, on Saturday, in suspicion of raiding the headquarters of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), in Gaza City. The five armed assailants destroyed furniture, cameras and broadcasting equipment in the office. According to Hamas, the five were former PA employees whose salaries were suspended. The PBC is […]

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 […]

05 Jan
6:20

Palestinian Factions Condemn Attacks on Fateh Members in Gaza

Leaders and representatives of various Palestinian factions condemned Hamas and its security apparatuses, in the Gaza Strip, for attacks against the Fateh movement, its supporters and institutions. Sources in Gaza said that Hamas began an arrest campaign against Fateh movement members, threatening to force dozens not to participate in the 54th celebration of […]

29 Dec
5:54

Neopatrimonialism, Corruption, and the Palestinian Authority: Pathways to Real Reform

by Marwa Fatafta,  for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Overview Palestinians recently ranked corruption as the second largest problem they face after the economic crisis – higher than the Israeli occupation, which ranked third. Indeed, Palestinians generally view Palestinian Authority (PA)officials as a self-serving, elitist group disconnected from the Palestinian national struggle and the daily sufferings […]

24 Dec
5:06

Leftist Factions Unite to Form The Palestinian National Democratic Assembly

Five leftist Palestinian political factions announced on Sunday the establishment of the Palestinian National Democratic Assembly, consisting of all five factions, in addition to senior social figures. The assembly is composed of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), […]

12 Dec
10:48

Palestinian Cabinet Appeals To France to Recognize the State of Palestine

Tuesday’s weekly meeting of the Palestinian Cabinet in Ramallah, in the central occupied West Bank, headed by Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah, strongly condemned the Israeli army invasions of the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Al-Biereh in which the Israeli military injured many citizens with rubber coated steel […]

12 Dec
7:39

Ahmad Sa’adat: Palestine Will Be Freed By The People, Not The Elites

Via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. The following interview with imprisoned Palestinian leftist leader, Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was published first in the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto on November 9, 2018. Sa’adat has been imprisoned in Israeli prison since 2006, when he was seized […]

07 Dec
3:26

Jerusalem Governor Banned from Entering West Bank

Israeli authorities, on Thursday, banned Jerusalem’s Governor, Adnan Gheith, from entry into the West Bank, for six consecutive months. Gheith was summoned Thursday morning, to al-Maskobieh detention and interrogation center, where he was handed a military order banning him entry to the West Bank for six consecutive months. The order, […]

01 Dec
6:11

PLO Calls on Eurovision Organizers to Not Broadcast Contest in Israel’s Illegal Settlements

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: “We call on the EBU to respect the Palestinian people’s rights and to not broadcast any Eurovision Song Contest events in Israel’s illegal settlements…” Giving Israel the privilege of hosting the 2019 Eurovision amounts to rewarding it for and helping it to conceal […]

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 […]

27 Nov
7:57

Economic Empowerment Institution Law Passed

The Palestinian government passed, on Tuesday, the draft law for the National Palestinian Institute for Economic Empowerment, and sent it to President Mahmoud Abbas for ratification, according to a statement issued by the cabinet, following its weekly meeting in Ramallah. The aim of the law, according to WAFA, is to […]

23 Nov
12:31

Jerusalem Governor Banned from Interaction with Palestinian Officials

The central commander of the Israeli army issued an order, on Thursday, banning the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, from interacting with a number of Palestinian officials, according to WAFA correspondence. Under the order, Gheith must not interact or directly or indirectly communicate with a listed set of Palestinian […]

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 […]

18 Nov
8:32

Israeli Sources Admit Hamas in Possession of “Game Changing” Missiles

An Israeli website known for its close links to the regime’s military intelligence services has admitted that the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas is now possessing “game-changing” missiles that could hit targets in Israel with considerable ease and precision. The Debka file said, in a report on Saturday, that its […]

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 […]

10 Nov
6:32

14 Years Since the Passing of Yasser Arafat: His Legacy Lives

The 14th anniversary for the passing of President Yasser Arafat (Abu Ammar) coincides on Sunday, WAFA reports. On November 11, 2004, Arafat died at a French hospital where he was flown to after suffering from a sudden illness, following a tight and inhuman Israeli military siege of the presidential headquarters […]

08 Nov
9:48

Report: Economic Disengagement and National Development in Palestine

by Dr. Mohammad Mustafa – Chairman of Palestine Investment Fund Given the political deadlock we have reached, the Palestinian leadership is in the process of reviewing the framework governing our relationship with Israel. The notion of economic disengagement from Israel is top of mind for the Palestinian leadership; and with […]

07 Nov
5:58

Ashrawi Warns against Imposing Solutions on Gaza

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi with an Olive Tree Initiative delegation from the University of California. (Photo courtesy of Ashrawi’s office.) Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Wednesday, warned against attempts to impose an economic or humanitarian solution on Gaza, […]

07 Nov
5:48

Fateh Member Denies PA Approval of Truce in Exchange for Funds through Gaza

Member of the PLO Executive Committees of the Fateh and the Central Committee of the Fateh movement, Azzam al-Ahmad, denied rumors circulated by Israeli media that the Palestinian leadership had agreed to the truce in exchange for the entry of funds into Gaza through Israel, saying it was unfounded. Al-Ahmad, […]

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
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 […]

25 Oct
7:35

Abu Rodeina: “No Peace, No Security, Without An Independent Palestinian State”

In response to statements by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the official spokesperson of the Palestinian President, Nabil Abu Rodeina, said that there can be no peace or security without establishing an independent and contiguous Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Abu Rodeina stated that Israel, and its […]

23 Oct
8:05

Human Rights Watch: Palestinian Authorities Crush Dissent (VIDEO)

Palestinian riot police confront demonstrators protesting security coordination between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 23, 2014. © 2014 Mohamad Torokman/Reuters PNN – The Fateh-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas authorities in Gaza routinely arrest and torture peaceful critics and […]

22 Oct
8:02

Egyptian Delegation Arrives in Gaza to Complete Negotiations

An Egyptian security delegation, led by the head of the Palestinian file in the Egyptian intelligence, Ahmed Abdel Khaliq, arrived in Gaza on Monday, to complete the series of visits and contacts in order to complete the reconciliation process and the ceasefire truce files. The visit comes to complete what […]

22 Oct
3:08

Erekat: Abduction of Jerusalem Governor a New Step against Palestinian Presence

On Saturday, October 20, at around 7:00 pm, three vehicles carrying Israeli occupation authorities intercepted the car of the governor of Jerusalem, Mr. Adnan Gheith, pulling him out of the vehicle and taking him to an unknown location. Governor Gheith was in Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem, at the time of […]

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 […]

16 Oct
8:51

Erekat: Netanyahu Uses Christianity to Distort Facts

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday, for using Christianity to distort facts. “Israel’s Prime Minister continues to distorting facts even by using Christianity to support his racist and xenophobic claims,” Erekat said in a statement in reference to Netanyahu’s comments on […]

16 Oct
12:13

Mayor of Bethlehem: PM Netanyahu’s Statement on Bethlehem and Palestinian Christians is Another Attempt at Distorting the Reality of Israeli Occupation

Mayor of Bethlehem, advocate Anton Salman said, in response to Sunday’s statements by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Bethlehem and the situation of Palestinian Christians, that such a statement “is another Israeli attempt at distorting the reality of the Israeli occupation and particularly the effects that Israeli policies have […]

15 Oct
3:10

Updated: “Palestinian, Who Was Killed In Alleged Stabbing Attempt, Identified”

The Palestinian, who was killed by Israeli soldiers near an illegal colony, north of Salfit, in the occupied West Bank, Monday, has been identified as Elias Saleh Yassin, 22, from Biddya village, west of Salfit. The Palestinian was shot dead by soldiers stationed at the “Gitai” Junction, close to Ariel […]

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
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 […]

08 Oct
12:50

Al-Qassam Fighter Succumbs to Wounds

October 8, 2018 12:50 AM IMEMC News Gaza Strip, News Report, Palestinian Politics 0

A Palestinian member of the Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, succumbed to his wounds, on late Saturday. In a statement, al-Qassam said Hasan Na’im Abdul-Hamid Salah, 31, was a member of the group, and “died from wounds he suffered several years ago.” It added that […]

06 Oct
4:54

Yahya al-Sanwar: Israeli Journalist Introduced Herself as Italian

On Thursday, the head of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, Yahya al-Sanwar,  in a statement, said that the reporter who published an interview with him on the Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, introduced herself as an Italian journalist. Al-Sanwar’s office explained that the journalist had applied to meet the Hamas […]

28 Sep
2:16

WAFA: “Full Text Of Abbas’s Speech At The United Nations General Assembly”

Published By the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA): President Abbas at UN calls on US to rescind decisions on Jerusalem, refugees. NEW YORK, September 27, 2018 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United States administration to rescind its decision on Jerusalem and refugees in order to salvage […]

25 Sep
2:21

P.A. Foreign Ministry: “Netanyahu’s Government Affirms Its Hostility To Peace”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has reported that the Israeli government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, has yet again affirmed its hostility towards peace, and all real Palestinian and international efforts to resume direct peace talks, based on international legitimacy resolutions. The Ministry stated that Netanyahu and his government are openly rejecting […]

25 Sep
5:16

Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network: Advancing A Global Palestinian Policy Voice

Al-Shabaka is pleased to share with you Al-Shabaka’s latest annual report, which covers our achievements in 2017 as well some of of our progress in 2018. This year’s annual report is dedicated to the memory of Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan, who was the first to support Al-Shabaka’s mission, and who passed away […]

23 Sep
6:48

Secretary of Fateh Movement Detained in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces detained the Secretary of the Fateh movement, Yasser Darwish, predawn Sunday, in the Palestinian neighborhood of al-Eesawiyya, in occupied East Jerusalem. According to Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, prior to the detention of Darwish, large numbers of Israeli forces stormed the neighborhood and raided his home. PPS confirmed that, during […]

23 Sep
6:32

Education Minister Barred from Entering Jerusalem Village

Israeli occupation authorities, on Sunday, banned the Palestinian Minister of Education, Sabri Saydam, from entering the village of Beit Iksa, to the northwest of Jerusalem. In a press release, the Ministry said that Israeli occupation forces banned Saydam, and the accompanying delegation, from entering the village through its main gate, […]

21 Sep
8:52

Abbas Says Leadership Willing to Resume Negotiations with Israel

President Mahmoud Abbas said, in a press conference on Friday, following his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, in Paris, that the Palestinian leadership is willing to begin confidential or public peace negotiations with Israel. “We have not rejected negotiations, as the Israelis say, but [Benjamin] Netanyahu always refused,” the […]

17 Sep
3:49

US Expels Palestinian Envoy And His Family

After shutting down the Palestinian Representative Office in Washington D.C., the Trump administration on Sunday ordered the Palestinian Envoy, Ambassador Dr. Husam Zomlot, and his family, out of the country, after cancelling their Visas and closing their US bank accounts. Zomlot and his family, consisting of his wife and two […]

14 Sep
7:20

Reclaiming the Political Dimension of the Palestinian Narrative

Originally published by Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. by Hazem Jamjoum on September 12, 2018 Editor’s Note: This piece launches Al-Shabaka’s Narrative and Discourse Policy Circle, in which a team of Al-Shabaka policy analysts are working together across borders to tackle the question of whether Palestinians should have a sole, legitimate narrative and, if so, […]

14 Sep
1:07

Hanna: “Israel Is Practicing Ethnic Cleansing In Al-Khan Al-Ahmar”

Archbishop Attallah Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in occupied Jerusalem, said that what Israel is doing against the Palestinians in the al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community is an act of ethnic cleansing, part of Israel’s illegal policies against the Palestinians. His statements came during a meeting with the European Parliament […]

12 Sep
2:15

P.A. To Head To ICC Over Al-Khan Al-Ahmar Demolition

The Palestinian Authority (P.A.) has announced, Tuesday, its in tension to head to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Israel over the pending illegal demolition on al-Khan al-Ahmar Palestinian village. Chief Palestinian negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, said the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has submitted a report to Prosecutor Fatou […]

11 Sep
2:43

Abu Rodeina: “Jerusalem Is More Important Than Relations With The U.S.”

The official spokesperson of the Palestinian Presidency, Nabil Abu Rodeina, stated on Monday evening that the Palestinians will remain steadfast in the struggle for their legitimate rights, especially in occupied Jerusalem, and added that the holy city is more important than the relations with the United States. Abu Rodeina said […]

06 Sep
9:43

Palestine To Open Embassy In Paraguay

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has reported that President Mahmoud Abbas has instructed the ministry to immediately inaugurate the Palestinian Embassy in the capital of Paraguay, AsunciĂłn. Al-Maliki said that President Abbas issued a statement of gratitude to Paraguay after it rescinded its previous decision of opening its Embassy in […]

04 Sep
8:28

Colombian President: Recognition of Palestine ‘Irreversible’

Colombia’s new President, Ivan Duque Márquez, on Monday, told a local radio station that the decision to recognize Palestine, made by Juan Manuel Santos in the last few days, was “irreversible” because “the president of the republic is the person designated by the constitution to manage foreign relations.” Any government […]

01 Sep
1:40

PA To Head To General Assembly After U.S. Cut Aid To UNRWA

After the United States announced cutting all aid to the United Nations Relief and Words Agency (UNRWA), the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) said it is weighing all options to counter the American move, including heading to the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council. Palestinian Presidency spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, […]

29 Aug
10:26

Abbas Agrees to Demilitarized State

PA President Mahmoud Abbas told a delegation of Israeli academics that he is committed to achieving peace through a demilitarized state, and agreed that security would be maintained by police and not military. Abbas’s statement came during a visit by a delegation of Israeli academics, at his office in the […]

28 Aug
8:41

PA Condemns Trump Decision to Strip Palestinian Refugees of Historical Rights

Following its recent decision to cut drastically more than $200 million in aid funds allocated to benefit the Palestinian citizens directly, the Trump administration continues to dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and strip millions of Palestinians of their refugee status. “After using humanitarian aid to blackmail […]

23 Aug
1:03

Erekat: “Israel’s Illegal Expansion Of Colonies, Direct Outcome of American Greed”

Dr. Saeb Erekat, a member of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) strongly denounced Israel’s approval of hundreds of new units in its illegal colonies in the occupied West Bank, and said the move is an outcome of the American greed, and the U.S. support to Israel’s apartheid […]

19 Aug
6:28

Tension Mounts Over Truce Deal between Israel and Hamas: Report

Disagreements within the Netanyahu administration have increased tensions between Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Israeli media reports. Yedioth Ahronoth daily writes, according to the PNN, that Education Minister Bennett, head of the Jewish House Party, thinks Lieberman’s surrender to Hamas would lead to war, while […]

16 Aug
9:20

Abbas Firm on Rejection of US ‘Peace Deal’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday rejected the U.S. political plan referred to as “Deal of the Century”. The deal suggests, according to Andalou/Al Ray, addressing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by forcing the Palestinians to make concessions, including the status of East Jerusalem. “We are the first to stand against it […]

14 Aug
2:59

PA Sends Needed Cancer Medication to Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that medications were transported into the besieged Gaza Strip, on Monday, for the treatment of cancer. The Palestinian Minister of Health, Jawad Awad, said that, upon instructions from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, medications were transported on Monday, to the […]

14 Aug
2:08

PLO Seeks to Expel Israel from United Nations on Grounds of Apartheid

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said, on Monday, that it has started a process to kick Israel out of the United Nations, on ground of being an apartheid state. Ahmad Majdalani, member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, said that the request for suspending Israel’s membership in the United […]

09 Aug
8:43

Colombia to Recognize Palestinian State

Colombia has reportedly decided to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, only days before Ivan Duque took office, according to an official letter by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Aria Angela Holguin, to the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Malki. The recognition came a few days before the end […]

09 Aug
8:16

Abbas Appeals to International Community in Halting Attacks on Gaza

PA President Mahmoud Abbas held intensive meetings, today, with international contacts at all levels to stop the Israeli military escalation against the people of Gaza. According to the PNN, he called on the international community to intervene immediately, to stop the violence and prevent further destruction and instability in the region. Three citizens, including a pregnant woman and her infant daughter, were […]

06 Aug
10:58

Rise in PA Standing following Rejection of U.S. “Deal”

A public opinion poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, showed that out of the majority of Palestinians polled, 60.6% support the Palestinian Authority leadership’s position not to accept the United States as the sole mediator in the peace process. However, 28.1% […]

05 Aug
5:57

EU, Netherlands Contribute Over €10 Million to PA

The European Union (EU) made a contribution amounting to €10 million and another €0.62 million, from the Netherlands, to the Palestinian Authority (PA), for the salaries and pensions of Palestinian civil servants in the occupied West Bank. The EU and the Netherlands made such a contribution to the PA’s payment […]

31 Jul
9:40

Palestinian Cabinet Urges World Support for UNRWA

During its weekly meeting held in Ramallah, today, the Palestinian Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Dr. Rami Al- Hamdallah, condemned the latest Israeli escalation against Al-Aqsa Mosque, and considered it part of the plans of the occupying power to Judaize Jerusalem, alter its historical features, and obliterate its Arab and […]

26 Jul
6:52

Palestinian Intelligence Official Discusses National Security Cooperation with Russian Minister

Head of Palestinian General Intelligence Service Major General Majid Faraj reviewed the latest developments in security, for the Palestinian region, with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, in Moscow. According to the PNN, they also discussed recent developments in the deterioration of independent Palestinian sovereignty caused by Israeli practices such […]

24 Jul
11:25

Back to the Future: The Great March of Return

This piece was originally published by Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law.  by Haidar Eid on July 24, 2018 The Great March of Return – which began on March 30 […]