World Bank Approves $62 Million for Gaza Reconstruction

The World Bank on Friday endorsed a new assistance strategy for Palestine and approved $62 million in grants for post-war reconstruction in the Gaza Strip. In a statement, the bank said its new strategy would focus on supporting state-building through service delivery and job creation. “The Strategy will balance short-term stabilization and Gaza reconstruction activities […]

Autopsy Shows Hijazi Shot more than 20 Times

Israeli occupation forces arrest the father and relatives of martyr Mutaz Hijazi in Jerusalem . (Twitter)

The initial autopsy report of a Palestinian man slain by Israeli soldiers early Thursday shows that he was shot all over the body at least 20 times and that his death was caused by severe bleeding from his chest, neck, hands, legs, lungs, and heart. The report is expected to add fuel to allegations by […]

Sweden Officially Recognizes Palestinian State, Israel Recalls Ambassador

Sweden has recognized the occupied state of Palestine officially, according to its foreign ministry. The Scandinavian has become the first West-European EU state to recognize the territories. Israel has recalled its ambassador in Sweden. The news follows an earlier hint by Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen in his Social Democrat manifesto, during his inaugural address in […]

Ahead of ‘Day of Rage’, Aqsa Reopened to Palestinian Worshipers

Israeli authorities on Thursday evening decided to reopen Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound after ordering its closure and following Arab and US calls for Muslim worshippers to be allowed in. “It was decided to restore (the compound) to normal … effective immediately,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP, adding that because of a fear of unrest […]

Closure of Aqsa ‘Declaration of War’ Says Abbas

Israel’s closure of the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to all visitors following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner is tantamount to a “declaration of war,” President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday. “This dangerous Israeli escalation is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation,” his […]

Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Home, Structures in Silwan

Israeli bulldozers on Wednesday demolished structures in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, witnesses told Ma’an. The sources said Israeli forces entered the al-Abbasiyya area of Silwan and forced local resident Khalid al-Zeir to evacuate his property, saying the structures were built without a permit.They then proceeded to demolish the small home in which al-Zeir […]

FM Complains to Holy See over Israel University Award

The Palestinian foreign minister on Monday contacted the Holy See to express his “dismay and concern” after the Pope Francis accepted an award from an Israeli university. Riad Malki wrote that the university “is one of the institutions most committed to the Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestine” and promotes “hatred and incitement against non-Jews.” […]

Egypt to Create Buffer Zone along Gaza Border

Egyptian authorities are set to create a buffer zone along the shared border with Gaza following an attack that killed 30 soldiers on Saturday. Egyptian military sources told Ma’an that all houses and farmland 500 meters deep along the 13-kilometer (eight-mile) border will be evacuated, with the exception of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. A 20-meter […]

UN Security Council to Meet on Israeli Settlements

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss Israeli plans to build more Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, diplomats said. The urgent talks were requested by Jordan following a letter from Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour, who called on the 15-member council to “address this crisis situation in occupied east Jerusalem.” […]

Thousands Attend Funeral of Slain US-Palestinian Teen

Thousands of Palestinian mourners in Silwad near Ramallah on Sunday attended the funeral procession of a 14-year-old Palestinian-American boy who was shot dead by Israeli forces on Friday. All shops in the the town were closed in honor of the victim, Orwa Abd al-Hadi Hammad. The funeral had been delayed until Sunday as locals awaited […]

‘Racial Segregation’: Palestinians Barred from Israeli West Bank Buses

Palestinians will be effectively banned from riding the same buses as Israeli settlers in the West Bank, local media said Sunday, with a rights group slamming the plan as “racial segregation.” Hundreds of Palestinians travel each day to work in Israel from the occupied West Bank, mainly in the construction business, using a single crossing […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Kill Palestinian Teenager near Ramallah

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager late Friday during clashes in Silwad village near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, medical officials said. Orwa Abd al-Wahhab Hammad, 14, was shot multiple times with live bullets. He was taken to Palestine Medical Complex where he was pronounced dead. An Israeli army spokeswoman said that […]

Tensions Rise in Jerusalem following Light Rail Attack

Renewed clashes broke out early Thursday in East Jerusalem following the death of a Palestinian suspect who rammed his car into pedestrians at a light railway station killing a 3-month old Israeli infant. Israeli forces and Palestinians clashed in the al-Issawiya, Ras al-Amud, Silwan and a-Tur neighborhoods early Thursday, witnesses said. Locals said the entrance […]

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 […]

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