EU Parliament Passes Resolution to Support Recognition of Palestine

The European Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution supporting recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. The EU parliament supports “in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced,” […]

Hamas Applauds EU Decision to Remove Movement from Terror List

The Hamas movement on Wednesday applauded the European Union General Court for its decision to remove Hamas from its list of terrorist organizations earlier in the day. Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil told Ma’an that he hopes that other EU countries will honor the change of policy and “commit” to it. Al-Bardawil said that Hamas as […]

100 Palestinian Prisoners Suspend Hunger Strike

Over 100 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails on Wednesday suspended a hunger strike after three days of negotiations with the Israeli prison administration, a Palestinian Prisoners’ Society official said. The committee responsible for the strike informed the society’s legal department head Jawad Bulus that they reached an agreement whose details will be released […]

PA to Adopt French UN Initiative if ‘Amendments Made’

The Palestinian Authority will submit a French initiative on ending Israel’s occupation to the UN if amendments are made to the text, foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki told Ma’an Tuesday. Al-Maliki said he would meet with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday to convince France to accept suggested amendments to their bid to align it […]

Palestinians Push UN Bid as Kerry Meets Netanyahu

US Secretary of State John Kerry was Monday to meet the Israeli prime minister two days before Palestinians push for a draft UN resolution to end the Israeli occupation. Ahead of his flight to Rome, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel’s army radio on Monday that he rejected any Palestinian attempt to set an ultimatum […]

Israel to Demolish Silwan Home of Glick Shooting Suspect

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality on Monday delivered demolition orders for the family home of Mutaz Hijazi, who is suspected of attempting to assassinate far-right Israeli activist Yehuda Glick. Uday Hijazi, Mutaz’ brother, told Ma’an that Israeli forces and municipality officials raided the home in Silwan and delivered a demolition order for their three-story building, claiming that […]

Abbas Supports Egypt Crackdown on Gaza Tunnels, ‘Punishing’ Hamas Members

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he supported Egypt’s crackdown on tunnels linking the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to the Sinai Peninsula and any other action the country took to protect itself from militants, according to a media report Thursday. “We have supported all the precautionary measures taken by the Egyptian authorities to close the tunnels […]

Ireland and France Approve Palestinian State Recognition

(Mary Lou McDonald/Twitter)

Ireland’s lower house of parliament has unanimously approved a non-binding resolution calling on the government to recognize the state of Palestine formally, on the basis of the 1967 borders. French senators also backed the symbolic resolution. The motion was immediately slammed by Israel. Emmanuel Nahson, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry accused the Irish […]

PA to ‘Limit’ Relations with Israel following Abu Ein Death

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat told Ma’an Thursday that the Palestinian leadership had decided to “limit” relations with Israel by halting security coordination.Erekat said Israel was completely responsible for the death of Palestinian Authority official Ziad Abu Ein. “It is not possible for (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu to continue seeking a Palestinian Authority without […]

Palestinian Minister Killed; Abbas: All Options on Table

Three soldiers grabbed Abu Ein and hit him in the chest, an AFP photographer said. (Middle East Eye)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday evening that all options to respond to the killing of a Palestinian minister are up for debate. Abbas said prior to a meeting with PA leaders that what happened earlier Wednesday is a “crime in all the meaning of the word.” He added: “We are determined to […]

70 Palestinian Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike Action

Seventy prisoners held in Israeli jails on Tuesday launched hunger strike action in protest against Israel’s policy of solitary confinement, a prisoners’ group said. The protest action was launched in solidarity with detainees being held in solitary confinement, some of whom had already gone on hunger strike to protest the policy. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society […]

Israel Arrests American Man Planning anti-Muslim Attacks

A US man has been arrested in Israel on suspicion of preparing attacks on Palestinian Muslims, Israeli police said Tuesday. “Shin Bet (internal security) and police arrested an American citizen on November 19 who was illegally in Israel, for possession of weapons and planning terrorist attacks,” a statement said. Israeli media said that the suspect, […]

Erekat Condemns Israeli Threat to Deport Jerusalemite MPs

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat on Monday denounced threats by the Israeli Ministry of Interior to deport Palestinian Jerusalemites from their home city. “Israel’s policy of coercive deportation, which has affected five citizens, is illegal in the first place, and is nothing but a consolidation of Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians, especially […]

Israeli Forces Detain 12 Fishermen off Gaza Coast

Israeli forces detained 12 Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip early Sunday, sources told Ma’an. A researcher for the Gaza-based al-Mezan Center For Human Rights told Ma’an Israeli naval forces detained fishermen from four boats near the al-Sudaniyya area. Forces first detained Mahmoud Zayid and his brother Ahmad from Beit Lahiya. […]

Israeli Forces Demolish Building, 20 Stores in Shufat Camp

Bulldozers heavily escorted by Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished 20 stores and an ancient structure in Shufat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, sources told Ma’an. Locals said large numbers of Israeli police officers and troops from various divisions raided the camp and deployed in the streets and on rooftops. Troops then surrounded an ancient building […]

Prisoners Submit List of Demands to Israeli Authorities

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have given the Israeli prison service 10 days to respond to their demands before they start protest action, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society reported Tuesday. The group said in a statement that if the Israeli prison service does not respond positively to the prisoners’ demands, hundreds of them will take protest […]

French MPs Vote in Favor of Recognizing Palestine State

French lawmakers voted on Tuesday in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state, following similar moves in Britain and Spain as European countries try to restart the stalled Middle East peace process. The highly symbolic vote in the lower house National Assembly is not binding on French government policy but is likely to spark fury […]

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Italian in the Stomach at Kafr Qaddum Rally

An Italian was critically injured along with 11 Palestinians on Friday afternoon after Israeli forces opened live fire on a protest march in the village of Kafr Qaddum west of Nablus. Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awwad told Ma’an that Italian solidarity activist Patrick Corsi, 30, was injured after Israeli forces fired several bullets at […]

UNRWA Declares State of Emergency in Gaza amid Severe Flooding

The UN’s Palestine refugee agency UNRWA on Thursday evening declared a state of emergency in Gaza City amid massive rains that have shut down normal life in parts of the besieged coastal enclave’s largest city. A major storm over the past week has filled the streets of Gaza City with water and sewage, causing further […]

Egypt to Open Rafah Crossing for 2 Days

Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with Gaza to allow thousands of Palestinians, stranded for weeks on the Egyptian side, to return home to the Strip, an official said Wednesday. Nathmi Muhanna, director of Palestinian crossings and borders, told Ma’an that Rafah would be open on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and […]

South Africa Urges Halt to Israeli Settlements as Abbas Visits

Israel’s settlements policy is “undermining” prospects for a two state solution, South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday as he welcomed President Mahmoud Abbas on a state visit. “We reiterate our call for the total cessation of all settlement activities,” Zuma told a joint news conference with Abbas. South Africa was ready to assist with […]

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 […]

Video: Israeli Soldiers Protect Settlers Attacking Palestinian Villagers


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 […]

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