Palestinian Child Killed by Unexploded Israeli Ordnance in Gaza

A Palestinian child died on Wednesday after an unexploded Israeli ordnance left over from the most recent offensive over the summer blew up and killed him. Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that 4-year-old Muhammad Sami Abu Jrad from the northern Gaza city of Beit Hanoun was killed after he came into contact with […]

Video: Israeli Soldiers Detain Developmentally-disabled Palestinian Child in Hebron

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By B’Tselem Yesterday, soldiers briefly detained a developmentally disabled Palestinian boy, who is under the age of criminal responsibility, on suspicion that he had thrown stones. The boy, A. a-Rajbi, (full name withheld in interest of privacy) who will be 12 in a month, was detained after Palestinian children threw stones at soldiers on the […]

Hamas Says Israel ‘Foot-dragging’ over Gaza Siege

The Palestinian movement Hamas has warned that the Gaza Strip was “running out of patience” with Israel’s ongoing blockade of the Palestinian territory. “The international community must intervene to commit Israel to lifting the siege and begin rebuilding Gaza before the latter runs out of patience,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a Tuesday […]

Erekat: If UN Resolution fails, Palestine to Join Int’l Organizations

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that if the US vetoed the Palestinian UN resolution for a timetable to end the Israeli occupation, Palestine would apply for membership to 522 international organizations and statutes. Erekat said in a statement that Palestine should also seek recognition by EU countries, especially after the new Swedish prime […]

Hamas Blasts PA for Failing to Begin Gaza Reconstruction

The Hamas movement on Sunday urged the Palestinian Authority to facilitate the entry of construction material into the besieged Gaza Strip in order to speed up the reconstruction ahead of winter, as the first major rain of the fall season highlighted the challenges still facing tens of thousands of displaced Gazans. “Reconstruction of Gaza is […]

Official: PA Forces Regularly Conduct politically Motivated Arrests

Palestinian Authority police regularly detain people in the West Bank due to their political affiliation, an official said Sunday. Khalil Assaf, a member of the subcommittee on civil liberties formed after the West Bank-Gaza unity government was sworn in in June, told Ma’an that regardless of the committee’s formation, none of its recommendations have been […]

Gazans Visit Relatives Jailed in Israel for 1st Time since June

Over 60 Palestinians from Gaza visited relatives in Israeli jails on Monday for the first time since June, officials said. A Palestinian crossings official said two buses carrying the relatives of Palestinian prisoners crossed into Israel, the first such visit since the trips were suspended in June. The jail visits were banned following the kidnapping […]

PLO Wants to Link Ending Extremism, Israeli Occupation

The PLO called Saturday for a comprehensive strategy against Islamic extremism while addressing the conflict with Israel, alluding to controversial remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry. The top US diplomat, after his return from a Middle East trip, infuriated Israeli ministers Thursday when he said the unresolved conflict was fueling recruitment for the […]

Hamas Organizes Gaza March in Defense of Aqsa Mosque

Hamas organized a march in Gaza on Friday to call attention to what it sees as threats to the Al-Asqa Mosque in Jerusalem. Senior Hamas leader Ismail Radwan told crowds that a “dangerous level of Judaization” is taking place in Jerusalem and that Israel plans to demolish the Al-Aqsa mosque. Radwan called on worshipers in […]

PLO to Submit UN Resolution on Occupation by End-Oct

The PLO will submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council demanding the end of Israel’s occupation by the end of October, a senior official said on Thursday. The PLO has been under intense pressure not to push forward with the resolution — including with alleged threats of cuts to US aid — but […]

Thousands Attend Funeral of 13-year-old Palestinian Child

Thousands of people in the central West bank village of Beit Laqiya on Friday attended the funeral of 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers a day earlier. The funeral procession started after Friday prayers at the Palestine Medical Complex in nearby Ramallah and headed towards the al-Shuhada cemetery, where the […]

France Says Palestine Recognition Must be ‘Helpful to Peace’

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday that any recognition of Palestine as a state must be “helpful to peace” as part of a two-state solution, and not just symbolic. A day after British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestine as a state in a highly symbolic and non-binding vote, Fabius said France would do […]

Israeli Forces Detain 17 in Jerusalem Clashes

Israeli forces detained 17 Palestinians in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening during renewed clashes following a day of unrest. Earlier, Israeli police used stun grenades as a crowd of about 400 people gathered near the entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to an AFP photographer. For the second time in a week, Israel restricted access to […]

Israel Says UK Palestine Vote Undermines Peace Prospects

Israel warned Tuesday that a vote by the British parliament in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state risked undermining the prospects for peace. “Premature international recognition sends a troubling message to the Palestinian leadership that they can evade the tough choices that both sides have to make, and actually undermines the chances to reach a […]

Official: Israel, Hamas to Discuss Prisoner Exchange

A prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas is expected to take place soon, a Hamas official said, without providing further details. Muhammad Attoun, originally from Jerusalem but currently banned from the city, told Ma’an that “we hereby confirm there will be good omens very soon and the occupation will yield, whether they like it […]

UN Chief Visits War-scarred Gaza Strip

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon made a brief visit Tuesday to war-ravaged Gaza, two days after donor states pledged $5.4 billion in aid to rebuild after a devastating Israeli offensive. He was driven through the ruins of Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood and the nearby Jabaliya refugee camp, the scenes of some of the heaviest shelling […]

British MPs to Vote on Recognizing Palestinian State

British lawmakers on Monday hold a non-binding vote on recognizing Palestine although government ministers will not take part, in a sign of the political sensitivity of the issue. The debate is being closely watched internationally after Sweden incurred Israeli wrath this month for saying it will recognize Palestine. The symbolic vote is on a motion […]

PM: Only Half of Cairo Pledges to Be Spent on Gaza Reconstruction

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah says only half of the money pledged during the donor conference in Cairo will be dedicated to Gaza reconstruction, while the other half will be spent on other Palestinian needs in the coming three years. Speaking at a joint news conference with UN secretary-general Ban Ki Mooon in Ramallah, Hamdallah said […]

Officials: PA Will Not Take Control over Gaza Crossings

Palestinian sources on Sunday morning categorically denied reports claiming that the Palestinian national consensus government would begin taking charge of crossings between Israel and Gaza beginning Sunday, raising doubts regarding the promised opening of the border. Director of Gaza crossings Mahir Abu Sabha and undersecretary of the former Hamas-run Gaza ministry of interior Kamil Abu […]

Millions in Aid Pledges Promised for Gaza Rebuilding

Global donors pledged hundreds of millions in aid to the devastated Gaza Strip on Sunday despite warnings the battered Palestinian enclave remained a “tinderbox” after its summer war with Israel. Washington promised $212 million (168 million euros) in new aid at the conference in Cairo, to meet what Secretary of State John Kerry described as […]

PA Forces to Take Control of Gaza Crossings on Sunday

The Palestinian Authority is set to assume responsibility for the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings in Gaza on Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa said. Mustafa, who is also head of a reconstruction committee for Gaza, told Ma’an Friday that the PA will take charge of building materials entering Gaza and the movement of Palestinians […]

UNRWA to Make Biggest ever Gaza Aid Plea

The UN’s Palestinian refugee agency is to make its largest ever financial plea to donors, it said on Thursday, asking for $1.6 billion to rehabilitate war-battered Gaza. The conflict between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza militants, which ended on Aug. 26, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, […]

Palestinian Succumbs to Wounds Suffered during Gaza Offensive

A Palestinian man from Gaza died Friday in a Jerusalem hospital of wounds sustained during the Israeli offensive on Gaza over the summer. Arafat Suheil Tafish, 32, died at al-Makased hospital on Friday afternoon after sustaining injuries from Israeli shelling in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City some two months ago, medical sources said. As […]

Hamdallah: ‘Gaza is a Symbol of Steadfastness’

A delegation of West Bank officials arrived in the Gaza Strip on Thursday for the first meeting of the Palestinian unity government. Speaking to reporters upon arrival, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said the rivalry between Fatah and Hamas was history. “Feelings come together as I stand on the land of the Gaza Strip. Gaza is […]

IS Claims Responsibility for Gaza’s French Cultural Centre Blast: Reports

The Islamic State (IS) group has taken responsibility for the overnight explosion at the French Cultural Center in Gaza. The group’s until now unknown Gaza branch, issued a statement on Wednesday, saying that it had placed 200 kilograms of explosives next to the building’s fuel tankers and electricity generator. The statement, issued in a flyer, […]

Dozens Hurt in Aqsa Clashes as Israeli Police ‘Force Muslims out’

Clashes broke out early Wednesday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli police officers, leaving dozens hurt, sources said. Security guards at the mosque told Ma’an that Israeli forces stormed the compound at 7:30 a.m. ahead of expected visits by right-wing Israelis on the occasion of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, or […]

Ashrawi: Opening 2nd Aqsa Gate to Jews ‘Insulting’ to Muslims

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi said Monday that a new plan to allow Jewish Israelis to enter East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through a second gate was a “loud insult” to Muslims around the world. “Israel is creating a new reality at the expense of Palestinians, their religious rights, sites, and historical identity,” Ashrawi […]

Hezbollah Claims Attack against Israeli Troops

Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement on Tuesday claimed a bomb attack against Israeli troops on the ceasefire line between the two countries that wounded two soldiers. Hezbollah fighters “detonated an explosive device on the Shebaa hills against a motorized Israeli patrol causing a number of injuries among the occupation’s soldiers,” the group said in a statement. The […]

Palestinians Hail Swedish Move on Statehood as ‘Courageous’

Sweden’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state is “courageous,” senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Friday, calling on other EU states to follow suit. “We salute the announcement by the Swedish prime minister,” said Saeb Erakat in the West Bank administrative capital of Ramallah. “We hope that all countries of the European Union will take […]

Netanyahu Slams White House on Settlements Criticism

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at the White House after Washington criticized Israeli plans to build thousands more settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli media reported on Thursday. Public radio quoted Netanyahu as telling US President Barack Obama in talks in Washington Wednesday to “study the facts and details before making statements” about […]

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