Category Archives: Palestinian Politics

29 Mar
6:47

Analysis: Palestine Is Occupied, Segregated, And About To Face COVID-19

Israel’s military control of Gaza and the West Bank has only grown more brutal during the pandemic. Workers are held in quarantine, prisoners have been infected, and Israel is withholding money that could be used to help contain the outbreak. By Taya Graham for The Real News Network Israeli Journalist […]

26 Mar
11:01

Israel Releases Post Packages for Palestinian Territories

Israeli authorities released on Thursday a large shipment of postal packages sent to the occupied Palestinian territories, from abroad. A statement, released by the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology, said that the released shipment includes posts, delivered directly by three new countries to the Palestinian Authority’s […]

26 Mar
6:56

PCHR Calls upon Palestinian Government to Find Mechanisms to Protect and Support the Poor and Low-Income Families in light of the State of Emergency in the Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in light of the state of emergency announced to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). PCHR warns of catastrophic deterioration in the living conditions of the Gaza Strip population if the state of […]

26 Mar
2:12

Human Rights Council Appeals to Red Cross: Protect Palestinian Prisoners

On 24 March 2020, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) letters to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and to the Palestinian diplomatic community, Palestine News Network reported. The letters were urgent appeals with regards to the deteriorating conditions of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails, […]

08 Mar
8:15

PCHR: On International Women’s Day – Renewed Calls for Justice, Protection and Equality for Palestinian Women

The 8th of March marks International Women’s Day (IWD) which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1977. This day symbolizes women’s ongoing fight and struggle for their rights, justice and equality and to ensure women exercise their rights, codified in all international laws and standards. This year […]

13 Feb
10:26

Deir Al-Balah, Bethlehem Rank Highest in Unemployment

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics “PCBS” issued its 2019 Labour Force Survey Results, which showed the unemployment rate among labour force participants in Palestine, in 2019, to be 25%; the total labour underutilization was 33%. Using the latest Revised ILO standards ICLS 19th, the number of unemployed was 343,800 […]

12 Feb
12:04

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

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

11 Feb
11:05

Fateh Standing behind Abbas following Threats by Israeli UN Delegate

The Fateh movement said, today, that it stands behind PA President Mahmoud Abbas and fully supports the positions expressed in his speech before the United Nations Security Council, warning of the implications rendered by the Israeli delegate’s portrayal of Abbas as an obstacle to peace, in calling for him to […]

11 Feb
4:41

Archbishop Hanna: “Jerusalem Is Not For Sale”

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

09 Feb
5:37

UPDATE: Palestinian Government Seeking Legal Action in Response to Israeli Ban on Palestinian Agricultural Products

Minister of National Economy, Khaled Osseili, said on Sunday, that the Palestinian government was pursuing political, diplomatic and legal action to reverse Israel’s recent ban on the export of Palestinian agricultural abroad, which is aimed at stifling the Palestinian economy, WAFA reported. At an emergency meeting of the Palestinian Exports […]

31 Jan
6:59

Abbas: Palestine Free to End Security Cooperation with Israel

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

28 Jan
3:05

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

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

27 Jan
4:55

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

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

26 Jan
8:41

Fateh IRC: Ethnically Cleansed Palestinians Like Victims of Nazi Occupation

The Fateh International Relations Commission said, in a statement commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, that the Palestinian people, ethnically cleansed by Jewish militias since 1948 and occupied by Israel since 1967, are like the victims of the Nazi occupation of Europe. Fateh said that open or […]

19 Jan
8:15

Abbas Visits Bethlehem’s Walled Off Hotel

PA President Mahmoud Abbas, on Saturday, along with Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, visited Banksy’s ‘Walled-Off  Hotel,’ in Bethlehem, which is surrounded by the Israeli apartheid wall, describing it as a significant achievement in delivering the Palestinian national message by art. The visit came upon the president’s arrival in Bethlehem to […]

02 Jan
8:35

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

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

02 Jan
5:29

Thousands Attend Fateh Anniversary Rally in Gaza City

Thousands of people gathered at al-Wihdeh Street in downtown Gaza City, Wednesday afternoon, to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the launch of the Fateh movement, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. WAFA correspondent said that Palestinians from all over the Hamas-controlled and Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, joined the rally […]

02 Jan
5:14

On 55th Anniversary of Fateh Movement, Israel Detains Two of its Members, Summons One

Israeli forces detained, Wednesday afternoon, Fateh secretary general, Shadi Mtour, hours after invading his home and handing his family a summons for him, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Mtour was detained in Wadi al-Joz neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, in an effort to prevent any activities by the […]

31 Dec
12:27

Palestinian FM: “Systematic Economic War Waged by the Israeli Occupation”

The Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ministry, on Monday, slammed Israel’s decision to deduct millions of dollars from the Palestinian tax revenues, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. The ministry denounced Israel’s decision to deduct 150 million Israeli shekels ($43 million) from the taxes it collects on behalf of […]

30 Dec
7:47

Palestinian PM: Israel Decision to Withhold Tax Revenues “Brings us Back to Square One of the Crisis”

Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh said today that the Israeli cabinet’s decision to deduct additional amounts from the Palestinian tax revenues amounting to 150 million shekels ($43 million), under the pretext of making payments to the families of the prisoners and those killed by Israel, “brings us back to square […]

30 Dec
1:30

Ashrawi: Withholding of Tax Revenues “Criminal Act of Collective Punishment”

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) stated, on Sunday, that the Israeli government’s decision to withhold 150 million shekels ($43 million) from Palestine’s tax revenues is a blatant act of theft and political extortion. “This is a clear violation of Palestinian rights […]

29 Dec
9:22

Al-Qanua: Bennett’s West Bank Decision a “War Crime”

Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif al-Qanua has described, as “a war crime,” the Israeli decision to have the settlements and outposts in Area C of the occupied West Bank registered with the Israeli Ministry of Justice instead of the army’s Civil Administration. In a press release on Saturday, Qanua said that war […]

27 Dec
6:35

Israel Accused of Attempting to Poison Archbishop Hanna

The head of Hamas’s political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, has denounced what appears to be a possible attempt to assassinate Father Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of the Palestinian Orthodox Church in Occupied Jerusalem. Father Hanna, on Monday, suggested that the Israeli occupation was responsible for the incident that happened to him last […]

27 Dec
12:43

Palestinian President: “No Elections Can be Held Without Jerusalem”

Presidential spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudainah condemned, on Thursday, calls by some parties for President Mahmoud Abbas to issue an order for legislative and presidential elections, irrespective of whether Israel will allow voting in occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. “The call by some for holding elections […]

25 Dec
7:32

Palestinian Prisoner Barghouthi to Run for Prime Minister

Prominent Fatah leader, and prisoner, Marwan Barghouthi, has decided to run for the presidential election in Palestine, Quds News Network reported. Hatem Abdel Qader, a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, said that Barghouthi would be Fatah’s most likely candidate if Abbas decides not to run for the election. “We need […]

21 Dec
10:17

Al-Qanu: Gaza Border Rallies Will Not Stop

Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif al-Qanu has affirmed that the March of Return and Breaking the Siege will continue and will be held using new tools as part of the ongoing Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation. “The battle with the occupation is open and the March of Return is one of […]

21 Dec
9:56

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

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

13 Dec
6:58

Hamas Official: No Long-Term Truce with Occupation

Member of Hamas’ political bureau, Khalil al-Hayya, has described the information about a long-term truce between the Palestinian resistance in Gaza and the Israeli occupation state as “false and unfounded.” In an interview conducted with him by Al-Aqsa satellite channel, on Wednesday, Hayya expressed his belief that “talking about a […]

11 Dec
7:43

Jerusalem Governor Prevented from Holding Activities

Israeli occupation intelligence, on Monday evening, delivered the Jerusalem governor, Adnan Ghaith, a decision issued by the Minister of Internal Security, Gilad Erdan, to prevent him from holding meetings, seminars and activities inside the occupied city of Jerusalem, for a period of six months. The decision included preventing Governor Ghaith […]

16 Nov
6:17

Opinion: The Infallible Warrior: Honest Reflections on the Legacy of Yasser Arafat 15 Years After His Death

Ramzy Baroud – Middle East Monitor 15 years after the passing of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian people continue to reflect on his legacy. Thousands of images of “Abu Ammar” have been shared across numerous social media platforms remembering a man whose nom de guerre has been affiliated with […]

15 Nov
5:45

Palestinians Reject Israeli Attempts to Politicize UNRWA

A statement by the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday, said that the State of Palestine firmly rejects Israel’s cynical attempts at the politicization of the UNRWA and it’s concerted efforts to incite against its mandate. “This Agency, created by the General Assembly [by resolution 302 (IV) in 1949] […]

12 Nov
6:38

Dr. Ashrawi: Israel’s Return to Illegal Policy of Assassination “Reckless and Criminal”

“Israel’s return to the illegal and criminal policy of extrajudicial assassination and its willful disregard for the lives of the Palestinian civilian population is reckless and criminal,” today said Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). “Netanyahu is exploiting the culture of impunity to […]

12 Nov
4:45

Opinion – Palestinian Elections Unlikely to be Held

Abdul Sattar Qassem – Middle East Monitor Finally, it appears that the two major factions, Fatah and Hamas — or rather the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas — are preparing for elections. What’s more, both sides reaffirm their willingness to hold elections that are 10 years overdue. Presidential elections were […]

11 Nov
8:14

Restructuring the Palestinian Authority: It’s Now or Never

by Dana El Kurd, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Overview The Palestinian Authority (PA) has perhaps never been so embattled, polarizing, or internally fragmented. In the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the PA has cut itself off from Gaza, and reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah continues to be elusive. Regionally, the […]

03 Nov
7:37

The PA Is Doing Israel’s Dirty Work; That’s Why It Was Created

by Asa Winstanley Despite what you may have heard, the Palestinian Authority is not a “Palestinian government”. Indeed, “Palestinian Authority” is a misnomer, as the entity has no genuine authority, and does not act in the interests of most Palestinians. Above all else, it is certainly not a democratic body. […]

03 Nov
7:10

Balfour 102: Erekat Calls on UK to Realize Palestinian Rights

Marking the 102nd Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on Saturday, Senior Palestinian Official, Dr. Saeb Erekat said Britain has the responsibility to make a qualitative shift towards realizing the political rights of the people of Palestine and recognizing their State.   Erekat, in an official statement, said that this date […]

28 Oct
3:57

Augusta Victoria Hospital Out of Service, PA Refuses to Pay Debts

Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH), in occupied Jerusalem, Sunday evening, launched a distress call entitled “The Future of AVH Hospital is in Danger,” which has reached a dead end, according to administration. The hospital said, in a statement, that the Palestinian government did not transfer any funds to the hospital and […]

24 Oct
3:09

Palestinian Authority Blocks Dozens of News Outlets

by Tamara Nassar The Palestinian Authority has blocked 59 Palestinian and Arabic-language news websites and social media pages. The Ramallah magistrate’s court issued the order on 17 October at the request of the PA attorney general, Akram Ismail Khatib, but it was not reported until Monday. The court order claims […]

12 Oct
12:10

How Hamas Made Palestinian Factions In Gaza Its Fans?

by Motasem Ahmed Dalloul In the late of 1970s, Islamists began to emerge as an effective group in the battle against the Israeli occupation. Their rise led to the formation of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas in the 1980s which became an effective Palestinian national movement along with secular […]

11 Oct
11:37

MADA: Violation of Media Freedoms Continues, Facebook Taking The Lead

September 2019 has witnessed a noticeable increase in the number of violations against media freedoms in Palestine. MADA has documented a total of 53 attacks compared to 36 during August. It should be noted that two thirds of the violations documented this month are mostly the closures and blocks by […]

07 Oct
3:05

PA to Again Accept Israeli Tax Collection

After months of having refused tax money collected by Israel, on behalf of the Palestinian state, the financially starved PA has decided to once again start accepting the funds. The PA’s unwillingness to receive the specific tax income is based on a dispute over stipends paid to the families of […]

04 Oct
8:54

Israel To Release 1.8 Million Of Held Palestinian Money

Following a Thursday meeting between the Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and his Palestinian counterpart Hussein Sheikh, the former stated that Israel will be transferring 1.8 Billion Shekels from the Palestinian tax money Israel has been withholding and refusing to transfer. Israeli TV Channel 13 said the money is part […]

03 Oct
5:07

Abbas Congratulates Rivlin on the Jewish New Year

PA President Mahmoud Abbas today called his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin, to congratulate him on the Jewish New Year. During the call, they exchanged views on the latest developments in the Palestinian-Israeli relationship, and the two presidents expressed their hope to achieve peace between Palestinians and Israelis as soon as […]

23 Sep
12:06

Palestinian Opposition to Social Security: Revolution or Devolution?

September 23, 2019 12:06 PM Al-Shabaka Opinion/Analysis, Palestinian Politics, West Bank 0

by Karam Omar for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Overview Social security functions as a safety net to protect workers in cases of illness, injury, and disability, and as a source of income after retirement. Its origins can be traced to the end of the nineteenth century, when Germany introduced the first mandatory social […]

23 Sep
11:18

MoH: Israeli Power Cuts Threaten Medical Patients’ Lives

Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila has publicly warned of the consequences which will result from Israel’s power cuts in three Palestinian governorates, the impact on the lives of patients in specific, and all citizens in general, in addition to the effect on medicines and vaccines stored in refrigerators. In a […]

19 Sep
3:50

Ashrawi Condemns Israel’s “Field Executions Policies” On Roadblocks

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), issued a statement strongly condemning the ongoing field executions carried out by Israeli soldiers on military roadblocks across the occupied West Bank, especially when the soldiers refuse to allow medical treatment to wounded Palestinians, who eventually […]

17 Sep
5:15

Dr. Amal Jadou First Female Undersecretary of Palestine MOFA

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on Sunday, signed a presidential decree appointing Ambassador Amal Azmi Jadou (PhD) as Undersecretary of the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). By this decree, Dr. Jadou became the first Palestinian woman to fill this post. Dr. Jadou started her career with the Palestinian Authority in […]

05 Sep
6:57

OpEd: The Palestinian Authority Needs to Oppose Israel

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing everything possible to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Authority is still doing everything possible to coordinate with Israel’s security agencies, suppressing every new resistance cell, most recently the one in Nablus. If the PA can preserve the Arab […]

02 Sep
4:28

Ashrawi: Netanyahu’s Annexation Plan Requires International Action, Including Sanctions

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that the Palestinian leadership views, with utmost seriousness, Netanyahu’s declaration that he would annex illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. “This is a clear announcement of intent to carry out a war crime, […]

19 Aug
6:45

BREAKING: Abbas Fires Advisors

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, today,  issued an order terminating the services of all his advisors, in their capacity as advisors, regardless of their title or ranking. He also decided to abolish all decisions and contracts related to them, and to suspend the rights and privileges they received in […]

16 Aug
5:26

Samidoun Condemns Palestinian Authority’s Normalization Meetings

Photo: Inminds Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joins organizers and activists throughout occupied Palestine in condemning the normalization meetings undertaken by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with a delegation from the so-called “Israel Democratic Party” and it alliance, the Democratic Union. This meeting comes amid the approach to the Israeli elections scheduled […]

05 Aug
10:09

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

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

01 Aug
1:53

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

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

15 Jul
8:03

Hamas: “Our Struggle Is Against the Israeli Occupation, Not The Jews”

The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, the ruling party in the besieged Gaza Strip, said in a statement following a speech by Fathi Hammad, a member of its political bureau, that the movement’s official stance is to struggle against the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine, and not the Jews. The official […]

07 Jul
8:34

PLO to UNHRC: Without Accountability, Israeli Impunity Will Prevail

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

13 Jun
2:36

Melhem: ‘Israeli attack on PA security HQ is a dangerous escalation’

Palestinian Government Spokesman, Ibrahim Melhem said that the attack on the Palestinian Preventive Security headquarters, in the city of Nablus, represents a dangerous escalation aimed at undermining the most important pillars of the establishment of a Palestinian state, and endangering internal security. PNN reports that Melhem, in a statement on […]

03 Jun
11:28

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

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

15 May
10:25

Israeli Occupation Exploiting Eurovision to Consolidate Colonialism

The Palestinian 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 respect for the rights of the Palestinian people and international law. The […]

15 May
1:31

Fares: “Israeli Courts Grant Green Light To Fanatics To Kill More Palestinians”

Qaddoura Fares, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has stated, Tuesday, that the Israeli court that “acquitted the Israeli terrorist, who participated in the firebombing of Dawabsha family home in 2015, killing the father, mother and one of their children, and seriously wounding the only surviving child, is […]

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 […]

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 […]

05 May
6:15

Ashrawi Expresses Gratitude to Courageous Journalists

On World Press Freedom Day, PLO Public Diplomacy & Policy Department Head Dr. Hanan Ashrawi  said, in a statement: “We reach out in gratitude all journalist, who endeavor to speak truth to power, expose injustice, and protect the pillars of democracy, namely accountability and transparency. Dr. Ashrawi added :”Throughout our […]

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 […]

29 Apr
9:25

Patients in Need of Specialized Care May Go to Hospitals in Jordan, Egypt

Mai Alkaila, the newly appointed Palestinian Minister of Health said Sunday that the government is seeking a replacement option to the specialized care offered in Israel, reported Wafa News. Last month the Palestinian Ministry of Health stopped transferring patients to Israeli hospitals, this was in response to the Israeli refusal […]

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 […]