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Stopping the Temporal and Spatial Division of Al-Aqsa

There are still people stationed in Al-Aqsa and they will not allow the Zionists to implement their plans. (File)

By Dr. Mousa Abu-Marzouk  The Israeli occupation has closed the doors to Al-Aqsa Mosque from 7.30am to 11.30am, during which they prevent worshippers from entering the mosque. This is being carried out in light of Arab silence and Palestinian preoccupation with projects that only deepen the divide; projects that separate us, not unite us. The […]

‘Zero Tolerance for Terror': Israeli PM Considers Allowing Police to Shoot Stone-throwers

This could include allowing servicemen to use live ammunition against stone-throwing protesters. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

Israeli police and the IDF might be given the right to open fire on Palestinians who throw stones and Molotov cocktails. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced deployment of additional police to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and on a key highway. Netanyahu called an emergency high-level security meeting on Wednesday to discuss the recent […]

Poll: Abbas Holds 16 Percent Support Rate among Palestinian Pubic

Imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti was the strongest contender for presidential elections, holding 10.5 percent of the vote. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

As rumors spread that Mahmoud Abbas could soon step down as Palestinian president, a recent poll reveals that the leader holds support among just 16 percent of the Palestinian public. Despite the low support rate, a continued decline in trust for the government and political leaders fails to surface any viable contenders for a potential […]

Abbas Has ‘No Intention’ of Standing in Coming PLO Election

President Mahmoud Abbas told Fatah’s central committee that he has no intention of standing in the the coming elections for the PLO Executive Committee, the secretary-general of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, Amin Maqbul, said Tuesday. Maqbul told Ma’an: “Abu Mazen said that he wants to give a space for other factions to participate. … We […]

Palestine’s Crisis of Leadership: Did Abbas Destroy Palestinian Democracy?

'Abbas’ agenda is entirely personal, entirely elitist and entirely corrupt.'

By Ramzy Baroud The crisis of leadership throughout Palestinian history did not start with Mahmoud Abbas and will, regrettably, be unlikely to end with his departure. Although Abbas has, perhaps, done more damage to the credibility of the Palestinian leadership than any other leader in the past, he is also a by-product of a process […]

UN: Gaza Could be ‘Uninhabitable’ by 2020

Gaza after Israel's latest war in the summer of 2014. (Ahmad Dalloul, IRIN)

The Gaza Strip, ravaged by wars and nearly a decade of a grueling Israeli blockade, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, the United Nations development agency said Tuesday. “The social, health and security-related ramifications of the high population density and overcrowding are among the factors that may render Gaza unlivable by 2020,” […]

Christian Schools Shut in Israel to Protest Budget Cuts

The beginning of a new academic year has been put off for nearly 50 Christian schools in Israel. Almost 33,000 pupils, mostly Palestinians, have had to stay at home due to a funding dispute with Jewish authorities. 47 schools, run by the Roman Catholic Church stayed closed on the first official day of the school […]

The Latest Attack on Jeremy Corbyn is Only Half the Story

Jeremy Corbyn.

By Ben White This morning, The Jewish Chronicle published a story with the headline ‘Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for Israeli embassy car bombing pair’, stating that the Labour leadership candidate had been “a leading activist in the campaign for the release of two people who were jailed for their involvement in the bombing of a Jewish […]

Israeli Soldier Injured During Gunfight in Jenin Arrest Raid

A gun battle erupted late Monday during a large-scale Israeli arrest raid in the northern city of Jenin, reportedly to arrest a senior Islamic Jihad official, security sources and locals said. Palestinian security officials said over 40 Israeli military vehicles raided Jenin and the refugee camp in the city, leading to violent clashes with youths. […]

Luxembourg’s Leading Food Retailer to Stop Marketing Israeli Products

Cactus is Luxembourg's leading food retailer. (Via MEMO)

The largest grocery store chain in Luxembourg, Cactus, has decided to stop marketing fruit and vegetables imported from Israel until verifying that they not from Israeli settlements built on Palestinian occupied territories. Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper said on Sunday that Luxembourg’s leading food retailer had bowed to pro-Palestinian pressure, specifically from the organisation Just Peace […]

The PLO, the Enemy Within

50 years after it was launched, the PLO has travelled a road from rejection and war to acceptance and collaboration. (WAFA/file)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The Palestinians, who are allowed by Israel to live in the occupied lands’ towns and villages, are in peril! They are devastated and humiliated at checkpoints, house arrests, and in violent dispersal of their peaceful demonstrations. The Palestinians are traumatized every day when the Israelis break into their homes and drag […]

Palestinians Clash with Israeli Forces at Protest after Sunday Mass

Palestinian Christians clashed with Israeli forces following mass on Sunday when demonstrators, including priests, marched to protest renewed work on Israel’s controversial separation wall in the Christian majority town of Beit Jala in the occupied West Bank. The march, the latest in a string of protests, moved through neighborhoods in the Bethlehem-district town where Israeli […]

Young Palestinian Girl Biting Israeli Soldier Trying to Detain Boy during West Bank Protests – Video and Photo

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Photos have emerged that appear to show several Palestinian women and children fighting to stop an Israeli soldier from detaining a young boy. The boy, whose arm is in a sling, is seen being pinned to the ground beneath an Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldier’s legs while two Palestinian women and children try to rescue […]

5 Palestinians Jailed Without Trial Continue Hunger Strikes

Five Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Negev jail on Saturday continued a hunger strike they began on August 18 to protest their internment without trial or charge, the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said. Fadi Obeidat, a lawyer for the PA committee, met with some of the hunger strikers Saturday and said that they were […]

Signs of Regression: Canada’s NDP and Palestine

NDP leader, Tom Mulcair.

By Dan Freeman-Maloy A friend recently expressed his confusion about the outrage over the death of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was killed last month when Jewish settlers firebombed his home in the occupied West Bank. (The child’s father was also badly burned in the attack, and eight days later died from his […]

A Call to Palestinians Everywhere: Help Write Our History

The Piano Man of Yarmouk. (Via Facebook)

Dear Palestinians Everywhere, Palestinian Author, historian and Journalist, Dr. Ramzy Baroud is leading a group of researchers and journalists to help write his new book about the people of Palestine. The idea behind the book is to bridge politics, ideology, religion and geography to look at Palestinian history, past and present in a way that […]

Protesters March at Al-Aqsa Mosque to Condemn ‘Israeli Escalations’

Protesters marched following prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday to condemn “dangerous Israeli escalations” at the holy site, locals said. Protesters held signs reading “Al-Aqsa is a symbol of our religion,” and “We support Al-Aqsa with our souls and blood,” witnesses said. Demonstrators condemned ongoing restrictions at the holy site on Friday, which locals […]

NGOs Call on Israel to Lift Gaza Blockade

'Governments are allowing Israel to violate the most basic humanitarian laws.'

Aid, faith, development and human rights organisations have launched an unprecedented joint call urging world leaders to put pressure on Israel to lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip. The group of thirty-five NGOs blame the siege for the lack of reconstruction in the enclave a year after the 2014 Israeli offensive. “It’s outrageous […]

Renewing the PLO’s Legitimacy

Has the PA president actually resigned or not?

By Dr. Hani al-Masri Has the Palestinian president — and the rest of the PLO executive committee members who announced their resignation — actually resigned or not? Saeb Erekat denied that he has (perhaps to justify his appointment as the new head of the committee) despite the fact that Ghassan Shakaa and a number of […]

The Latest Failure of the American Jewish Establishment

By Peter Beinhart What imprint will the fight over the Iran deal leave on organized American Jewish life? Much is still not clear. But this much is: If you thought young American Jews were alienated from their communal elders before, just wait. Older American Jews are closely split on the Iran nuclear agreement. Younger American […]

Israelis, Palestinians Clash at Hospital of Former Striker

Clashes erupted at the Barzilai Medical Center after Israelis in the hospital reportedly tried to assault the family and supporters of former Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan, witnesses said. Israeli police arrived at the scene and detained five people from the two sides, including two supporters of Allan’s family identified as Yasin Sbeih, and Naji […]

Palestinian Chemist Develops Gluten-free Flour under Israeli Fire

Mohamed Al-Asqalani. (MEMO)

During the 2008/9 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, when Israel and Egypt completely restricted the movement of people and goods into and out of the coastal enclave, Mohamed Al-Asqalani developed a gluten-free flour which is a godsend for patients in the territory suffering from celiac disease, as well as those who have autism and […]

Palestinian Rivals ‘Agree Ceasefire’ in Lebanon Camp

A ceasefire between armed rivals in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp has restored calm after several days of clashes, Palestinian sources said Wednesday. The agreement in the Ain al-Hilweh camp, near the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon, came on Tuesday following street battles that erupted on Saturday night. “We reached an agreement on a […]

‘Islamic State’ Pretence and the Upcoming Wars in Libya

Libyans themselves are the very enablers behind the division of their own country. (Wikimedia Commons)

By Ramzy Baroud Another war is in the making in Libya: the questions are ‘how’ and ‘when’? While the prospect of another military showdown is unlikely to deliver Libya from its current security upheaval and political conflict, it is likely to change the very nature of conflict in that rich, but divided, Arab country. An […]

Misreading the Refugee Crisis

(Niño Jose Heredia/Gulf News)

By Ramzy Baroud So far this year, “nearly one quarter of a million migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe”, reported Al Jazeera’s Inside Story, citing the International Organisation for Migration. The situation is indeed bleak, not only because the number of refugees is constantly on the rise, but also because Europe appears rather disinterested […]

Israeli President Says Govt Has ‘Right’ to Build West Bank Settlements

Reuven Rivlin: 'We must not give anyone the sense that we are in any doubt about our right to our land.' (Wikimedia Commons)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says the country has the “right” to build settlements in the West Bank and it is “not a matter of political debate.” His comments are likely to cause controversy, with the EU and Palestine opposed to illegal Israeli development in the area. Although the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied […]

Settlers Turn to Court to Demolish 15 Palestinian Houses near Jerusalem

The local councils of three Israeli settlements near Jerusalem on Monday appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court of Justice to demolish 15 houses belonging to Palestinian Bedouins constructed with the help of the European Union. “The settlements of Adumim, Novi Pratt and Alon, East of Jerusalem have appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court demanding the […]

Is Israel Defenseless?

The Qalandiya military tower, occupied West Bank. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

By Iqbal Jassat “Israel is technically defenseless and humiliated” claims Gordon Duff, senior editor of Veterans Today. Duff, a US Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War, writes that it is not conjecture and while not a positive prospect for peace, is entirely the result of Netanyahu’s scheming. He also blames Israel’s rightwing leader for […]

Israel Unleashes Its Diplomatic Thug on the UN

Danny Danon. (Via Flickr and Al Bawaba)

By Jonathan Cook  – Nazareth The appointment by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of one of his most hawkish and outspoken rivals as Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations has prompted widespread consternation. As one Israeli analyst noted last week, Danny Danon’s appointment amounts to a “cruel joke” on the international community. The new […]

Health Ministry: Gaza Hospitals on Verge of Collapse

(Mohammed Assad, Via MEE/file)

The healthcare system in the Gaza Strip is on the verge of collapse, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said Monday, warning that hospitals could stop operating within hours due to the territory’s energy crisis. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for the ministry, said that “Shifa Hospital, Kamal Adwan hospital, the European Gaza Hospital, and Rantisi Hospital could stop […]

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  • September 2, 2015

    'Zero Tolerance for Terror': Israeli PM Considers Allowing Police to Shoot Stone-throwers

    Israeli police and the IDF might be given the right to open fire on Palestinians who throw stones and Molotov cocktails. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced deployment of additional police to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and on a key highway. - Netanyahu called an emergency high-level security meeting on Wednesday to discuss the recent spike of “terror incidents” taking place within Jerusalem and... More →
  • September 1, 2015

    Christian Schools Shut in Israel to Protest Budget Cuts

    The beginning of a new academic year has been put off for nearly 50 Christian schools in Israel. Almost 33,000 pupils, mostly Palestinians, have had to stay at home due to a funding dispute with Jewish authorities. - 47 schools, run by the Roman Catholic Church stayed closed on the first official day of the school year, Tuesday, in Israel and East Jerusalem, in protest against the Jewish state's new education funding... More →
  • September 1, 2015

    The Latest Attack on Jeremy Corbyn is Only Half the Story

    By Ben White - This morning, The Jewish Chronicle published a story with the headline ‘Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for Israeli embassy car bombing pair’, stating that the Labour leadership candidate had been “a leading activist in the campaign for the release of two people who were jailed for their involvement in the bombing of a Jewish charity building and the Israeli embassy in London.” - The two people in... More →
  • August 31, 2015

    Israeli Soldier Injured During Gunfight in Jenin Arrest Raid

    A gun battle erupted late Monday during a large-scale Israeli arrest raid in the northern city of Jenin, reportedly to arrest a senior Islamic Jihad official, security sources and locals said. - Palestinian security officials said over 40 Israeli military vehicles raided Jenin and the refugee camp in the city, leading to violent clashes with youths. - The target of the arrest was reportedly Bassem al-Saadi, a senior... More →
  • August 31, 2015

    Luxembourg's Leading Food Retailer to Stop Marketing Israeli Products

    The largest grocery store chain in Luxembourg, Cactus, has decided to stop marketing fruit and vegetables imported from Israel until verifying that they not from Israeli settlements built on Palestinian occupied territories. - Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper said on Sunday that Luxembourg’s leading food retailer had bowed to pro-Palestinian pressure, specifically from the organisation Just Peace in the Middle... More →
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