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PA Condemns Israel’s Approval to Build New Settlement Units

The Palestinian presidency condemned on Tuesday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval of the construction of 300 housing units in the settlement of Beit El, north of Ramallah, as well as approving the construction of 31 settlement units in the heart of Hebron. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, said settlements are illegal […]

Palestinian Officials Begin Transferring Control of Gaza Borders From Hamas to Fatah

Head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) borders and crossing committee Nathmi Muhanna arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday in order “to carry out the first article of the reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo regarding taking over the crossings,” Muhanna told Ma’an. Muhanna entered Gaza through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing, and was welcomed by the […]

Israeli Jets Bomb Syrian Anti-Air Battery near Damascus

A Syrian anti-aircraft battery 50 kilometers east of the capital of Damascus was attacked by the Israeli air force. The anti-aircraft battery disabled in this attack had, according to Israeli intelligence, been the site of a confrontation in March with the Syrians. The Israeli air force alerted Russian officials prior to the attack so as […]

Following Blair’s Comments, Hamas Calls for Cancelling Condition to Recognize Israel

After former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the international community was wrong to do as Israel wanted to isolate Hamas, the movement has called for the condition that it recognize Israel before being included in negotiations to be retracted, the Safa news agency reported. On Twitter, member of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Mousa Abu-Marzouk also […]

Gaza Fishermen Union Denies Reports Saying Israel to Expand Fishing Zone

Israeli authorities reportedly announced on Monday that they would be expanding the designated fishing zone off the coast of the Gaza Strip from 6 to 9 nautical miles starting Wednesday October 18th, 2017, according to Israeli media. Reports said that Israel demanded all Gaza fishermen “not violate” the boundaries of the designated zone, threatening them […]

Former UK PM Admits, ‘We Were Wrong to Boycott Hamas’

World leaders were wrong to boycott Hamas after it won Palestinian elections in 2006, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has said for the first time according to the Guardian newspaper. In an interview with the paper, Blair said: “In retrospect I think we should have, right at the very beginning, tried to pull [Hamas] […]

Israeli Settlers Continue Assault in Nablus Villages

As the olive harvest season begins, Jewish settlers have continued to assault Palestinian farmers in the southern villages of the occupied Nablus, north Jerusalem. The anti-settlement activist, Bashar Al-Qaryouti, told Quds Press that a group of Israeli settlers from the illegal settlements of Shiloh and Elite attacked many Palestinian farmers from in the occupied village […]

The Real Reasons Trump is Quitting UNESCO

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth At first glance, the decision last week by the Trump administration, followed immediately by Israel, to quit the United Nation’s cultural agency seems strange. Why penalize a body that promotes clean water, literacy, heritage preservation and women’s rights? Washington’s claim that the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is […]

Dalal Mughrabi and the Shattered Glass Houses of Zionist Pawns

By Vacy Vlazna “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” — Proverb Western governments that have servilely abrogated to a foreign power, i.e. Israel, their responsibilities to uphold international law can no longer claim national sovereignty nor a moral high-ground. These states have become bystanders to Israeli war crimes and genocide and […]

Ashrawi: US Withdrawal from UNESCO Isolates It in International Arena

Member of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hanan Ashrawi, said on Sunday that “if the US continues to threaten to withdraw from multilateral organizations that recognize Palestine, it will find itself outside most international bodies.” She said the US and Israel “have decided to stand at odds with these basic principles and […]

Settler Assaults Two Palestinian Children in Hebron

An Israeli settler on Sunday morning physically assaulted two children while they were on their way to school in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to local sources. Noura Nasser, principal of Qurtuba school in Hebron, told WAFA that an Israeli settler who was hiding behind a vehicle parking outside the school assaulted […]

Israeli Settlers Attempt to Burn Mosque in West Bank Village

Israeli settlers from Ma’on settlement near Hebron attempted to torch the mosque of Twaneh village on Sunday night, as part of their systematic attacks on the village to intimidate and deport its residents. According to eyewitnesses, extremist settlers stormed the area and tried to set fire to the mosque. Then, a number of citizens woke […]

Israel Shoots, Injures Youth Near Gaza Border

Five Palestinian youths were injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border in the central and northern Gaza Strip on Friday, according to Palestinian sources. Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement that two youths were injured in the legs with live ammunition during clashes in central Gaza, and […]

Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump’s Strategy on Iran

By Kathy Kelly Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. He felt he had “an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs” at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually producing plutonium for nuclear […]

EU Offers Support to Reunite Gaza Strip and West Bank

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday that the EU is ready to help the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to reunite under “one single and legitimate Palestinian Authority.” Mogherini made her comment after the main Palestinian factions – Fatah and Hamas – announced an agreement ending the 11-year-old political division. “The […]

Israel Says Acceptance of Palestinian Unity Contingent on Disarming Hamas

Israeli officials presented mix reactions to the Palestinian reconciliation agreement on Thursday, with leaders both criticizing and welcoming the landmark agreement. Israeli media reported that following the announcement from the Hamas and Fatah movements that an agreement had been reached, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement saying that any reconciliation should include recognizing […]

Qatar Hails Palestinian Reconciliation Agreement

A political science professor at Qatar University, Dr. Mohammed Al-Mesfer, has said that Doha considers the Palestinian reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah as an achievement that serves the Palestinian cause. In an interview with Quds Press, Al-Mesfer said that “Qatar has been calling for reconciliation between the Palestinian factions and did not object to […]

Palestinian Priest Says Resistance Must Not Lay Down Arms

A member of the Christian-Islamic Committee in support of Jerusalem and the Holy Places, Father Manuel Musallam, has called for the Palestinian resistance groups not to give up their weapons, and to retain them until Palestinians receive their full rights and freedom. Speaking to Shehab news agency, Father Musallam said that the Palestinian people have […]

Israel Will Follow US Lead, Withdraw from UNESCO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the Foreign Ministry to prepare for Israel’s withdrawal from UNESCO, just a day after the US announced it would leave the international organization in December 2018, according to Haaretz. Netanyahu welcomed the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw stating: “This is a brave and moral decision, because UNESCO has […]

Israeli Apartheid in Hebron Unprecedented, Says UN Organization

Israeli occupation authorities have intensified the restrictions imposed on Palestinian residents of Hebron, according to an update by UN OCHA. A new fence installed by Israeli occupation forces around two Palestinian neighbourhoods in the so-called “H2” area of the city, As Salaymeh and Gheith, has further separated up to 1,800 Palestinians from the rest of […]

Ashrawi: Reconciliation Agreement Signals Qualitative Development in Palestinian History

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi welcomed on Thursday the reconciliation agreement signed between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo saying it signals a qualitative development in contemporary Palestinian history. “On behalf of the PLO Executive Committee, we welcome the reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo today as an expression of firm commitment and support to bring […]

Army Pays $6,900 to Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria Who Killed Wounded Palestinian

The Head of the Manpower Directorate of the Israel Defense Forces, Moti Almoz, has decided to pay a financial reward to Elor Azaria, the soldier who killed an already wounded Palestinian in Hebron, reported on Wednesday. Almoz decided to pay the personal savings and demobilization gift to Azaria, who killed Abdel Fattah Al-Sharif. He […]

US Rights Group Welcomes ACLU Lawsuit Challenging Anti-BDS Law

The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) welcomed on Wednesday a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging an anti-boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) law in the state of Kansas for its violation of the First Amendment. The Kansas law punishes individuals for supporting Palestinian rights through BDS campaigns against Israel and […]

US Announces Withdrawal From UNESCO Citing ‘Anti-Israel Bias’

The US State Department has confirmed this afternoon that it will be withdrawing from UNESCO as of December and will establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organization to replace its representation. “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, […]

Illegal Settlers Descend on Al-Aqsa, Vandalize Palestinian Property

Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked properties of Palestinians in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday as they made their way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of Israeli forces. Locals told Ma’an that around dawn, Israeli settler threw rocks and chairs at Palestinian shopfronts inside the Old City, and damaged […]

Hamas and Fatah Reach Agreement on Employees, Rafah Crossing

Details have emerged of the agreement reached between Hamas and Fatah, facilitated by the Egyptian authorities and held at the headquarters of the Egyptian Public Intelligence. With respect to the issue of Gaza-based employees, there is an agreement that the legal committee – who will assess progress in resolving outstanding issues such as salaries and […]

To Clip Wings of Israel’s Settlements, a Moral Duty of South Africa

By Iqbal Jassat Thousands more Jewish housing units in Occupied Palestine is the latest undertaking by Israel’s extreme right-wing regime led by war-criminal Benjamin Netanyahu. This daring move, despite being illegal and in direct contravention of United Nations resolutions, doesn’t end there. The new homes are earmarked for one of the West Bank’s largest Jewish […]

What Is Behind the Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?

By Ramzy Baroud Egypt’s enthusiasm to arbitrate between feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, is not the outcome of a sudden awakening of conscience. Cairo has, in fact, played a destructive role in manipulating Palestinian division to its favor, while keeping the Rafah border crossing under lock and key. However, the Egyptian leadership is clearly […]

Palestinian Leadership Hopeful about Reconciliation Talks

The Hamas and Fatah movements released a joint statement shortly after the conclusion of the first day of reconciliation talks between the two rival Palestinian factions, saying that the “atmosphere was positive” on the first day of meetings. According to the statement, the talks – taking place in Cairo – went on for almost 10 […]

Palestinians Banned from Ibramimi Mosque in Hebron During Jewish Holiday

An estimated 40,000 Israeli settlers have stormed into the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron over the past two days as they mark the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the Palestinian Information Centre has reported. Israeli occupying forces imposed a curfew on the indigenous Palestinian residents of the occupied West Bank city and closed off numerous roads leading […]

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