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Arabic Language at Heart of Israeli ‘Nation State’ Bill Debate

The US has already slammed the whole idea of the Israeli nation-state law. (RT)

Arabic could be stripped of Israel’s official second language status if a ‘tougher’ version of the controversial nation-state bill is passed. The language is already subject to discrimination. Examples of Arabic being unwelcome in Israel are plenty, according to Dadi Komem, director of education programs at the Abraham Fund Initiatives, an NGO promoting peaceful coexistence […]

EU Parliament Postpones Vote on Recognition of Palestine

A senior Fatah official on Tuesday said that a European parliament vote to recognize Palestine as a state has been postponed due to an issue of wording. “The right-wing parties, who represent a majority in the European parliament, wanted a wording similar to the Spanish decision, which reads that recognition will be declared after Palestinians […]

Israeli Bus Hits Palestinians in Jenin, 1 Dead

An Israeli bus driver ran over two Palestinian at al-Jalama checkpoint in Jenin, killing one person and injuring another, Palestinian security sources said Tuesday. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Noor Hassan Naim Salim, 22, and Alaa Kayid Salim, 20, from Nablus were injured after being ran over by an Israeli bus. Hussein was taken […]

Parents Deny Sons Planned to Assassinate Israeli FM

The father of two Palestinian men accused of plotting to kill Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday said the claims by Israeli security forces were “inconceivable.” Salim el-Zir, 65, told Ma’an that his sons Ibrahim, 39, and Ziad, 37, were detained in October by Israeli forces. “These are big and inconceivable accusations. My son […]

Israel Cabinet Votes to Enshrine ‘Jewish State’ in Law

Israel’s government Sunday endorsed a proposal to anchor in law the country’s status as the national homeland of the Jewish people, drawing fire from critics who said it weakened democracy. “The cabinet today approved a draft basic law: ‘Israel the national state of the Jewish people” said a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s […]

After Gaza, Europe Scrambles to End Its Complicity

After the massacres in Gaza, Israel may soon be facing its South Africa moment.

By Omar Barghouti While still deeply complicit in perpetuating Israel’s occupation and enabling its commission of grave violations of international law, the European Union has taken a number of measures lately that may indicate a growing appetite for sanctions against Israel for its failure to progress towards a peaceful settlement with the Palestinian Authority. The […]

Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

By Kathy Kelly News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The order authorizes U.S. airstrikes “to support Afghan military operations in the country” and U.S. ground troops to continue normal operations, which is […]

Gaza Bombings Rock Palestinian Reconciliation

Scene of one of the bombings at the home of a Fatah member in Gaza (MEE/Mohammed Asad)

By Nicola Nasser It is ironic that the annual commemoration of the death of Yasser Arafat should turn into an occasion for rekindling the flames of internal strife. This was clearly the aim of last week’s bombings that targeted the homes of Fatah leaders in Gaza, as well as the podium for the commemorative ceremonies […]

Negotiations to End All Peace

Netanyahu made it 'explicitly' clear that he could 'never, ever, countenance a full sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank'. (Via Aljazeera)

By Jamal Kanj Following the historical recognition by the Swedish government, British legislators voted overwhelmingly on a non-binding resolution urging their government to recognize the state of Palestine. Ireland’s Seanad and Spain’s parliament passed similar motions on October 22 and November 18 respectively. Sweden, the home of the Nobel Peace Prize, has positioned itself in […]

Video: Israeli Soldiers Protect Settlers Attacking Palestinian Villagers

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Israeli did nothing to stop Israeli settlers from attacking Palestinian villagers, according to videos released by the Yesh Din rights group, showing soldiers pointing guns at Palestinians while Israelis are throwing stones from behind their backs. In the three amateur videos released by the Yesh Din human rights group, the IDF soldiers appear to be […]

Israel Summons Palestinian Pathologist for Questioning

Israeli police on Thursday issued a summons order to a Palestinian pathologist who attended the autopsy of a bus driver found dead earlier this week. Dr. Saber al-Aloul received an order to go to the Russian Compound detention center for questioning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, he told Ma’an. The pathologist said that the order […]

PFLP: Israelis will Not be Safe before Palestinians

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Thursday officially mourned two of its members Ghassan and Udayy Abu Jamal who were killed Tuesday after carrying out an attack on an Israeli synagogue, saying that the attack shows that Israelis will not be safe until Palestinians are. In a statement released by the leftist […]

Israeli Forces Destroy Home of East Jerusalem Car Attack Suspect

Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished the family home of the suspect in a Jerusalem car-ramming attack last month, witnesses said. Dozens of Israeli troops raided the al-Bustan area of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem and proceeded to explode the home of Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi. The forces entered the area after midnight, surrounded the five-story […]

Outrage over UAE’s New Terror List

Islamic Relief delivers aid in partnership with the UN agencies such as UNICEF, WFP and UNHCR.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of “terrorist organizations” together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State. Islamic Relief, a respected UK-based international aid agency; the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest […]

Video: Why Is Jerusalem Always On Edge?

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It seems like every violent incident in Jerusalem could spark another massive flare-up in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But what are the policies keeping the city on edge? Aj+Lab’s Dena Takruri explains.

Israeli Shoots, Seriously Injures Palestinian Teen Near Ramallah

An Israeli settler shot and seriously injured a Palestinian teenager Tuesday after a settler demonstration on the outskirts of Beitin village east of Ramallah. Ibrahim Mahmoud, 16, was shot with a live bullet and taken to Palestine Medical Complex with serious injuries. He is now stable and was placed in the ICU. An Israeli army […]

Israel Detains 12 Relatives of Jerusalem Synagogue Attackers

Israeli forces on Tuesday detained 12 relatives of two Palestinian men who had earlier attacked a Jerusalem synagogue killing four Israelis. Ghassan Abu Jamal and his cousin Udayy, from the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of East Jerusalem, entered a synagogue armed with a gun, axes, and knives and killed four Israeli worshipers. Both men were shot […]

Palestinian Stabbed by Israelis in Northern Jerusalem

A Palestinian man was stabbed by a group of Israelis in north Jerusalem on Tuesday, relatives told Ma’an. Fadi Jalal Radwan, 22, was attacked and stabbed by four Israelis while walking in the town of Kafr Aqab, his father said. He was stabbed three times in the legs, and once in the back. The victim […]

Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from Here, Palestine?

Only the Palestinian people can tell us when they are ready for an intifada. (Tamar Fleishman/Palestine Chronicle)

By Ramzy Baroud When a journalist tries to do a historian’s job, the outcome can be quite interesting. Using history as a side note in a brief news report or political analysis oftentimes does more harm than good. Now imagine if that journalist was not dependable to begin with, even more than it being “interesting”, […]

Abbas Condemns Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday condemned an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem that killed four Israelis earlier in the day. Abbas’ office said in a statement that the presidency always denounced the killing of civilians by any party. “Consequently, today the presidency denounces the killing of worshipers at a place of worship in West […]

Haniyeh: Hamdallah Must Carry out Responsibilities in Gaza

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Monday urged Prime Minister Rami Hamallah to carry out his responsibilities in Gaza. Speaking to Ma’an on Monday, Haniyeh said that Palestinians in Gaza have been disappointed with the performance of the national consensus government. “They expected the government to rebuild Gaza, pay salaries, and lift the siege,” Haniyeh […]

Palestinian Bus Driver Found Hanged in Jerusalem, Sparks Riots

A Palestinian bus driver has been found hanged inside his vehicle at a depot in Jerusalem, with the Israeli police saying the man committed suicide, while the driver’s family claim he was lynched by Israelis. The bus driver, who has been identified as Youssef al-Ramouni from al-Tur in East Jerusalem, worked for Egged, an Israeli […]

Israel will ‘Never’ Limit Settlement Building in East Jerusalem – Israeli FM

Israel will never stop its settlement constructions in occupied East Jerusalem, according to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. “One thing should be clear: we will never accept the definition of building in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem as settlement activity,” Lieberman told a news conference. “We won’t accept any limitation on building in Jewish areas of [East] […]

UN Investigation Committee Hears Testimony in Jordan

The investigation committee of the UN Human Rights Council has listened to testimonies of victims’ families and civil society organizations, the representative of Palestine to the HRC said Saturday. Speaking to Ma’an, Ibrahim Khreisha said the committee, which has been tasked to investigate possible crimes by Israeli forces in the Palestinian territory, spent a week […]

Police: Palestinian Stabs Israeli with Screwdriver in Jerusalem

A Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli man with a screwdriver in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday, Israeli media and police reported. The victim was taken to hospital in moderate condition, police said. “Police searching for suspect who stabbed Israeli 32 year old man near central Jerusalem,” Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld wrote on Twitter. He added: […]

Vast Majority of Israeli-on-Palestinian Crime Claims Routinely Unsolved – Rights Group

Israeli police have proven vastly inept at solving reported crimes against the Palestinian population: a staggering 92 percent of complaints end up closed with no justice served, according to the Yesh Din human rights group. The organization, which also took part in assisting many of the victims, oversaw the status of some 1,045 complaints filed […]

Palestinian Activists Cross Separation Wall in Protest Action

Dozens of Palestinian activists crossed Israel’s separation wall on Friday near Qalandia checkpoint as part of a series of non-violent protest actions to demonstrate solidarity with Jerusalem. Activists used makeshift ramparts, ladders and cut through barbed wire to climb over the separation wall near Qalandia military checkpoint, which is at least six-eight meters in height.The […]

Calling It ‘One-Sided’, Israel Refuses Cooperation with UN Gaza War Probe

Israel has officially declined to cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council committee’s investigation into the country’s 50-day ‘Operation Protective Edge’ over possible war crimes committed, saying it is obvious the probe will find it guilty. The Israeli government refused entry to the investigation team on Wednesday, which arrived in Jordan’s capital of Amman with […]

Kerry Meets Abbas as Israeli-Palestinian Tensions Soar

US Secretary of State John Kerry met President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan on Thursday for talks aimed at calming a wave of violence gripping Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. The meeting in Amman came hours after fresh clashes broke out in East Jerusalem where Israeli police fired tear gas, percussion bombs and rubber bullets […]

Israeli Navy Sinks Palestinian Fishing Boat off Gaza Coast

Israeli naval boats on Wednesday evening fired at and sank a Palestinian fishing boat in the sea off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Witnesses said that army boats fired shells at a boat belonging to the al-Bardaweel family, completely destroying it in the process. People aboard the boat had jumped in […]

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