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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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.

‘Gaza is a Land of Love’: First Turkish Student in Gaza Wants to Stay

“I love Gaza very much and I wish if I could spend my whole life here,” said Ruqia Hussien Dumir, a 26-year old Turkish student in Gaza, who decided to come to the strip in pursuit her graduate studies. Since her childhood, Ruqia, who belongs to a Turkish family from Deyar Baker city in southern […]

In Video, Israeli Official Filmed Threatening to ‘Take Down’ UK MP

Secret filming has revealed a senior political officer in the Israeli Embassy talking about how he would like to “take down” UK foreign office minister Alan Duncan, a vocal opponent of illegal Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank. In the footage senior political officer at the Israeli embassy Shai Masot, says Duncan was causing “a lot of problems”. […]

Netanyahu Supports Pardon for Israeli Soldier Convicted of Manslaughter

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out on Wednesday in support of pardoning Elor Azarya, as right-wing Israeli officials further coalesced in support of the Israeli soldier who was convicted of manslaughter for the point-blank shooting of a Palestinian in Hebron. The Israeli military court gave a wholesale endorsement of the prosecution’s argument that Azarya […]

Exposing Real Friends and Enemies of Israel in the Arab World

By Hanna Kawas The Israeli Institute for National Security Studies has just issued its 275 page report entitled “Strategic Survey for Israel 2016-2017”. This Israeli research institute and think tank is headed by former IDF Military Intelligence Chief, General (ret.) Amos Yadlin. Its analysis offers a valuable insight into the how the Israeli intelligence and […]

Your Killing is ‘Inevitable’: Activist who Filmed Hebron Shooting Fears for His Life after Israeli Soldier Convicted

Emad Abu Shamsiyya, a Palestinian activist who filmed the point-blank shooting of Abd al-Fatah al-Sharif by an Israeli soldier in Hebron last March said he “feared for his life” after the Israeli soldier was found guilty of manslaughter for the killing Wednesday. One message written to Abu Shamsiyya said that his killing was “inevitable,” while […]

John Berger Reads Ghassan Kanafani’s Letter from Gaza (2008)

English art critic and long-time supporter of Palestine, John Berger died Monday, at the age of 90 at his home in Paris.  In an address to the inaugural Palestine Festival of Literature (2008) John Berger gave a moving reading of famed Palestinian writer, Ghassan Kanafani’s “Letter from Gaza”. Kanafani was assassinated by the Israeli Mossad in […]

Israeli Government Outlines Plan to Annex West Bank Settlement after Trump Takes Office (VIDEO)

Plans to annex a large settlement on the West Bank are to be proposed after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, an Israeli minister said.  “It does not violate international law because that would suggest that we occupy a state. We don’t. There was never a Palestinian state,” Minister of Education and leader of the Jewish […]

Campaigners Call on FIFA to Ban Football Clubs in Illegal Israeli Settlements from Joining League

Campaigners are demanding that football clubs in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank to be banned from playing in Israeli leagues. FIFA’s Council will be meeting next week (Jan 9 to 10) to decide the issue and the Red Card Israeli Racism campaign urges the council to be guided by International Law and FIFA […]

‘Jesus Christ was the First Fedayeen’: Priest of Palestinian Resistance, Hilarion Capucci, Dies (VIDEO)

Hilarion Capucci, the celebrated former archbishop of Jerusalem, died in Rome on January 1, 2017 at the age of 94, as announced by the Vatican in an official statement. He was mourned both by the Hamas government in Gaza and by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who described him as a “martyr of Jerusalem”. The Melkite […]

Former Australian PM Calls for Moving Embassy to Jerusalem, Cutting Aid to Palestinians

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott called on his country to cut millions of dollars of annual aid to the Palestinian Authority, accusing Ramallah of funneling the money to “terrorists and their families.” He also called on Canberra to join any move by the incoming Trump administration in the US to relocate the embassy to […]

2016: A Deadly Year for Palestine

The past year has been one of the deadliest and most violent in recent years for Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip. In 2016 alone, more than 100 Palestinians were killed, the majority shot dead by Israeli forces.  The wave of violence, termed by some as the “Jerusalem Intifada,” began […]

Israeli Settlers Take over Palestinian Building in East Jerusalem Neighborhood

Israeli settlers raided the Wadi Hilweh area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem after midnight Friday morning and took over a Palestinian-owned residential building there, allegedly for the purposes of the Elad settlement group. According to eyewitness accounts documented by local organization the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, approximately 20 Israeli settlers escorted by masked Israeli […]

Palestinians Take to Twitter to React to Kerry’s Speech on Palestine, Israel

By Palestine Chronicle Staff Following John Kerry’s speech on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, described as one of the ‘harshest speeches’ to be delivered on Israel by a US official in years, Palestinians took to social media to describe their reaction to this speech. The following report highlights what some Palestinian activists have posted […]

Remarks on Middle East Peace: Full Transcript of John Kerry’s Speech on Israel-Palestine (VIDEO)

The Palestine Chronicle is republishing the full transcript of a major policy speech delivered by US Secretary of State, John Kerry on Palestine and Israel on Dec 28, 2016, as appeared in the US State Dept. website. A video link to the full speech is also embedded at the end of the text.  John Kerry […]

Kerry: Status Quo in Israel Leading to Continued Occupation

Israel’s actions in the West Bank are leading towards a one state solution and continued occupation of the Palestinians, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned in a speech today. Speaking at a press conference in which he was expected to slam Israeli policies of settler expansion and occupation of Palestinians, Kerry said: “No one […]

Israeli Ministers Approve ‘Facebook Bill’ to Restrict Online ‘Incitement’

Israel advanced the so-called “Facebook bill” that would allow Israeli officials to force the social media giant to remove certain content through a court order if there are suspicions of “incitement.” after an Israeli ministerial committee approved the bill on Sunday. According to the Israeli media outlet the Times of Israel, the bill, proposed by […]

Israeli Approves New Settlement Building in the Heart of Silwan

Hours after Israel’s Jerusalem municipality cancelled plans to vote on approving construction of hundreds of new Israeli settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem, Jerusalem’s city planning commission instead approved a plan to build a three-story building for Jewish settlers in the heart of the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, Israeli media reported. Reuters news agency reported […]

Netanyahu Reduces Diplomatic Ties of Countries Supporting UN Resolution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday has reportedly begun the process of limiting diplomatic relations with countries that had voted in favor of an anti-settlement resolution passed by the UN Security Council last week. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Netanyahu ordered Israel’s Foreign Ministry to limit diplomatic cooperation with countries that had voted in favor, […]

More than 630,000 Israeli Settlers Live in the West Bank, According to Report

The National Centre for the Defence of Land and Settlement Resistance published a report, detailing Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank. The report stated that there are 430,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank with some 2.6 million Palestinians, excluding Israeli settlers who live in Jerusalem. The report noted, “Israel began its settlements project in […]

Hamas Leader Hails UN Vote, Says ‘Israel Has Become a Burden’

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has urged Israel to implement the recently-passed UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt in illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. Speaking at an event organised by the Turkey-based YediHilal (Seven Crescent) Association in Istanbul, Meshaal said Palestinians want their lands to be “completely free from occupiers”. “We want to take […]

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