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Palestinian Political Factions Object to Paris Peace Conference

In spite of the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority’s endorsement of a peace conference being held in Paris on Sunday, other Palestinian factions were opposed to the premise of the international summit, and said they were not expecting any diplomatic breakthroughs. Kayid al-Ghoul, a senior leader in the Gaza Strip for the left-wing Popular Front for the […]

Peace Conference Begins in Paris to Reaffirm ‘Two-state Solution’

An international peace conference involving more than 40 foreign ministers and senior diplomats from 75 countries began in Paris on Sunday morning, aimed at renewing efforts to resolve the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the two-state solution. The Paris conference has been welcomed by the Palestinian Authority, while the Israeli government has boycotted the summit for […]

Exposing ‘The Lobby’ – Episodes 1-4 (VIDEOS)

The Lobby episode 1: The battle for Britain’s youth In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera goes undercover inside the Israel Lobby in Britain. They expose a campaign to infiltrate and influence youth groups, including the National Union of Students, whose president faces a smear campaign coordinated by her own deputy and supported […]

Extremist Israeli Settlers Invited to Attend Trump Inauguration

US President-elect Donald Trump invited the leaders of the Israeli Jewish settlers illegally living on occupied Palestinian territories to attend his inauguration on 20 January, a body linked to the settlers said yesterday. Turkish state-owned Anadolu news agency reported Israeli radio as saying that Director General Shin Adler of the Settlers’ Council claimed that an […]

Palestinian Embassy to Open in Vatican

Today, the inauguration of the first Palestinian Embassy in the Vatican, will take place, which will be attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Pope Francis, according to a statement from a spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Maan News Agency reported. Maan noted that according to the statement, Abbas’ tour began on Wednesday […]

Chilean Mayor: We Seek Partnership With Palestinians

The Mayor of the Chilean district of Recoleta in Santiago expressed Thursday hope for a real partnership with Gaza and al-Khalil (Hebron) municipalities, Palestine Information Center reported. Recoleta Mayor, Daniel Jadue, hailed the efforts made in Chile “to boost ties and cooperation with the Palestinian communities in Latin America.” According to the PIC, the mayor’s […]

Israel Confiscates 1,000 Acres of Palestinian Land in Nablus

Israel has confiscated just under 1,000 acres (4,000 dunams) of Palestinian-owned land in Nablus, it has been reported. The reason given by the military court order authorizing the confiscation is to prevent attacks on illegal settlers and soldiers in and around the occupied West Bank city. The order was issued following the killing of a […]

B’tselem: Israel Collectively Punishes Palestinians in Jerusalem Following Truck Attack

By Palestine Chronicle Staff B’tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories accused Israel of collectively punishing Palestinians in Jerusalem following a truck attack carried out by a Palestinian, in a press release published on January 11 2017. The organization reported, “Israeli authorities have since adopted a series of punitive measures […]

Chilean MPs to Demand UK Apology over Balfour Declaration

The Chilean parliament hosted on Tuesday a special session on Palestine to discuss “The centennial anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Britain’s responsibility for the Palestinians’ suffering, and the Gaza blockade,” PIC reported. The MPs, during the session, considered founding a parliamentary group for Palestine in South America. Friends of Palestine group, which represents more than […]

The Destiny Line: A Fictional Work Dealing with Facts of Life under Occupation

By Denis A. Conroy “My interests (as an old man) are directed towards keeping truth, based on facts (of course) from disappearing beneath the dust that accumulates on ‘reports (relevant to situations as they now stands)’ that may be consigned to the bottom drawer, or worse, the vault. “The International Federation for Human Rights (fidh […]

From Vietnam to Palestine: Reconciling the Present and the Past

By Hatim Kanaaneh MD, MPH. It is getting a bit disorienting on this trip to Vietnam, I admit. In the hotel at Hoi An I look at the sign above our table: ‘Abu-Hurair,’ it says. Who is this Abu-Hurair? Could I be in Jerusalem or Nablus and not in a foreign country? But in Palestine […]

Why a Prisoner Swap between Hamas and Israel is a Sensitive Issue?

By Adnan Abu Amer The issue of Israeli soldiers captured by Hamas in Gaza still has momentum in Israel, with various predictions of whether the two sides will get into agreement for a prisoner exchange or if they will postpone it, especially after the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades — the Hamas military wing — broadcast a […]

New Crisis Looming: Gaza Has Access to Less than Half of Electricity Needs

The besieged Gaza Strip is currently receiving less than half of the electricity it needs, Gaza power authority deputy chief Thafer Melhem said on Wednesday. In an interview with the official channel Palestine TV, Melhem said that the blockaded enclave was only provided with 200 megawatts of electricity, only 45 percent of the 450 megawatts […]

Obama Sharply Critical of Netanyahu in Israeli TV Interview (VIDEO)

US President Barack Obama, in an interview aired on Israeli television on Tuesday, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu policy backing settlements in occupied territory is making a future Palestinian state impossible. “Bibi says that he believes in the two-state solution and yet his actions consistently have shown that if he is getting pressured to approve […]

Longest-serving Palestinian Prisoner, Nael Al-Barghouthi Transferred to Gilbou Prison

Nael Al-Barghouthi, 59, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails has been transferred from Raymond prison to Gilbou prison, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) revealed. The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has recently transferred Al-Barghouthi more than four times between Israeli prisons. Al-Barghouthi has been imprisoned for 36 years in Israeli jails. He was released in 2011 […]

Israeli Army: Hamas Hacked Soldiers’ Facebook and Cell-Phones

The Israeli army has announced on Wednesday that the Hamas resistance movement in the Gaza Strip has recently managed to hack into the Facebook accounts and cell-phones of some of its soldiers. The spokesperson of the Israeli army for the Arabic media Avichay Adraee said in a press statement, “Hamas has recently created fake Facebook […]

Why the Fear-mongering? Only One Democratic State is Possible in Palestine and Israel

By Ramzy Baroud Long before December 28, when Secretary of State, John Kerry took the podium at the Dean Acheson Auditorium in Washington DC to pontificate on the uncertain future of the two-state solution and the need to save Israel from itself, the subject of a Palestinian state has been paramount.  In fact, unlike common […]

Israel Plans to Build Illegal Settlement on Site of Jerusalem Attacker’s Home (VIDEO)

The Jerusalem municipality has reportedly approved plans to establish a new settlement in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir, on the site of the home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly truck attack on Saturday, according to Israel’s Channel 10. Israel’s security cabinet has already ordered Fadi al-Qunbar’s home to be […]

Kerry Ignores Israel Fury to Attend Paris Peace Conference

US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend a Middle East peace conference on Sunday next week along with seventy other countries, in spite of Israeli objections. The announcement is certain to further anger Israeli officials who were dismayed by Kerry’s highly critical speech two weeks ago and the US’ refusal to veto a UN […]

The Triumpth of ‘Settlerism’: Fury at Azaria Verdict is Israel’s Trump Moment

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth The United Kingdom has Brexit. The United States, an incoming president Trump. And Israel now has Elor Azaria. It may not have the same ring, but ultimately the turning point could prove as decisive. Two fallacious narratives have greeted the army medic’s manslaughter conviction last week, after he was filmed […]

Demolition of Palestinian Houses in Israel is ‘Serious Development’ (PHOTOS)

Palestinian MP Jamal Al-Khoudary, Head of the Popular Committee to End Gaza’s Siege said the demolition of Palestinian houses in Israel is “a serious development.” Al-Khoudary condemned Israel’s move to demolish 11 Palestinian houses in the town of Qalansawe inside the Green Line. NOW: Palestinian students protest against demolition of 11 houses by Israeli authorities, yesterday […]

‘The Boy from H2’ to Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (VIDEO)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff A short documentary, “The Boy from H2”, by Helen Yanovsky in collaboration with B’Tselem’s field researchers and Camera Project volunteers in Hebron, will premiere at the 67th Berlinale (9-19 February 2017).   According to a B’Tselem statement, the documentary follows 12-year-old Muhammad Burqan, who lives in Area H2 of Hebron. Citing the security of some 800 settlers […]

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Man During Predawn Raid in al-Faraa

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces during an overnight raid in the al-Faraa refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas on Tuesday, Israeli and Palestinian sources reported, although they widely diverged over the circumstances of the man’s death. A member of the politburo of the Palestinian People’s […]

Orthodox Christians Mark Christmas Day in Gaza (VIDEO)

There are about 3,000 Christians in Gaza. Approximately one half are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

10 Palestinian Homes Demolished in Israeli City, Mayor to Resign (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Israeli authorities demolished 10 homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel on Tuesday morning, prompting a defeated mayor to resign after Israeli authorities refused for decades to approve the city’s master plan. Local sources told Ma’an the devastating demolition campaign sparked clashes between Israeli police and residents. Mayor […]

Suicide Most Common Cause of Death among Israel Soldiers

The Israel Defense Forces have revealed that the most common cause of death among soldiers in 2016 was suicide, reported the Times of Israel. IDF statistics released on Sunday show that out of the 41 serving soldiers who died in 2016, 15 committed suicide; all were men. Four IDF soldiers were killed during military operations, […]

UN Office: Israel Made 160 Palestinians Homeless on the First Week of 2017

By Palestine Chronicle Staff United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories (OCHA) revealed that Israel destroyed 70 Palestinians structures in the West Bank in the first week of 2017 alone, making some 160 Palestinians homeless. OCHA noted, “The demolitions were carried out on grounds of lack of Israeli-issued building […]

On CNN, PLO Dr. Hanan Ashrawi Condemns Israel Violence (VIDEO)

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Head of PLO Dept. of Culture & Information speaks to CNN following US Secretary of State John Kerry Middle East speech and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Response.

Israeli Court Sentences 15-year-old Palestinian Girl to 18 Months in Prison

An Israeli military court on Monday evening sentenced a teenage Palestinian girl to 18 months in prison, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). PPS identified the girl in a statement as 15-year-old Tasnim Halabi from the town of Rammun in the central occupied West Bank Ramallah district. Halabi, according to the statement, was detained […]

‘Don’t Visit Israel’: Zuma Tells South Africans

President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans not to visit Israel unless they are working on “fostering peace” in the region. Addressing thousands of supporters during the 105th birth anniversary of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the capital Johannesburg yesterday, Zuma said: “The people of Palestine continue to suffer in their rightful quest […]

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