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Palestinian Chemist Develops Gluten-free Flour under Israeli Fire

Mohamed Al-Asqalani. (MEMO)

During the 2008/9 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, when Israel and Egypt completely restricted the movement of people and goods into and out of the coastal enclave, Mohamed Al-Asqalani developed a gluten-free flour which is a godsend for patients in the territory suffering from celiac disease, as well as those who have autism and […]

Palestinian Rivals ‘Agree Ceasefire’ in Lebanon Camp

A ceasefire between armed rivals in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp has restored calm after several days of clashes, Palestinian sources said Wednesday. The agreement in the Ain al-Hilweh camp, near the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon, came on Tuesday following street battles that erupted on Saturday night. “We reached an agreement on a […]

Israeli President Says Govt Has ‘Right’ to Build West Bank Settlements

Reuven Rivlin: 'We must not give anyone the sense that we are in any doubt about our right to our land.' (Wikimedia Commons)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says the country has the “right” to build settlements in the West Bank and it is “not a matter of political debate.” His comments are likely to cause controversy, with the EU and Palestine opposed to illegal Israeli development in the area. Although the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied […]

Settlers Turn to Court to Demolish 15 Palestinian Houses near Jerusalem

The local councils of three Israeli settlements near Jerusalem on Monday appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court of Justice to demolish 15 houses belonging to Palestinian Bedouins constructed with the help of the European Union. “The settlements of Adumim, Novi Pratt and Alon, East of Jerusalem have appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court demanding the […]

Health Ministry: Gaza Hospitals on Verge of Collapse

(Mohammed Assad, Via MEE/file)

The healthcare system in the Gaza Strip is on the verge of collapse, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said Monday, warning that hospitals could stop operating within hours due to the territory’s energy crisis. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for the ministry, said that “Shifa Hospital, Kamal Adwan hospital, the European Gaza Hospital, and Rantisi Hospital could stop […]

40 Brazilian Organisations Protest Appointment of New Israeli Ambassador

Forty well-known Brazilian organisations have signed a public opinion statement condemning Israel’s nomination of Dani Dayan, former head of the pro-settler Yesha Council, as Israeli ambassador to Brazil. In their statement, the organisations described Dayon’s nomination as a violation of international legitimacy and challenge to Brazil’s sovereignty and demanded their government reject Dayan’s nomination. A […]

Former Hunger Striker Allan’s Health Improves

(Ma'an/file)

The Palestinian Minister of Health said Monday that former hunger striker Muhammad Allan is in a stable health condition and that his health is improving gradually. Jawad Awwad’s statement was released following a meeting with neurologist Adel Misk, who had recently visited and evaluated Allan at the Barzilai Medical Center in Israel where Allan is […]

Gaza Vendor Attempts Suicide after ‘Harassment’ by Municipality

Mohammed Abu Asi. (Via Ma'an)

A Palestinian man in the Gaza Strip attempted to commit suicide on Saturday night to protest “harassment” by Gaza municipality officials, a relative told Ma’an. The sister of Muhammed Abu Asi said that her brother, who operates a corn stand near Gaza City beach, was taken to hospital Saturday night after he tried to killed […]

Mahmoud Abbas Resigns as Executive Chairman of PLO

Abbas will continue in his role as PA leader. (File)

Palestinian Autonomy president Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly quit his post as the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which he held from 2004, alongside several other top lieutenants. Abbas will continue in his role as PA leader. The news, which had been widely anticipated since earlier this week, was confirmed by local news agency […]

Clashes Kill 3, Injure 18 in South Lebanon Palestinian Refugee Camp

Three Palestinians were killed and at least 18 injured during clashes that erupted in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp following a failed assassination attempt on the camp’s security chief, Lebanese media reported. Lebanese television channel al-Manar reported that clashes broke out in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon’s south following an assassination attempt on Ashraf […]

Palestinian Detained by Israel Ends 2-month Hunger Strike

(Anadolu via MEMO)

Palestinian detainee Muhammad Allan ended a two-month hunger strike Thursday that had put his life at risk and sparked intense debate over his detention without trial by Israeli authorities, his lawyer said. “Muhammad Allan regained consciousness and is not on hunger strike,” Jamil al-Khatib told journalists of his 31-year-old client, after Israel’s top court late […]

Arab League Meeting to Activate Israel Boycott

Communication officers of the regional offices for boycotting Israel are to hold their 89th meeting in the Arab League headquarters on Tuesday, alamatonline.net has reported. The Arab League official with responsibility for the occupied Palestinian territories, and the general commissioner of the head boycotting office, said on Monday that the officers meeting in the conference […]

PA accuses Hamas of ‘Gaza Split’ Talks with Israel

The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday accused Hamas of holding secret talks with Israel that would endorse the separation of Palestinian territories. Arab and Turkish media have carried reports, picked up by Israeli media, claiming Israel and Hamas were holding talks. The talks were reportedly aimed at reaching an eight- or 10-year truce, with Israel removing […]

Israel Restarts Construction of Controversial ‘Separation’ Wall near Bethlehem

Israel has resumed a the construction of a controversial “separation” wall in the Cremisan valley, inhabited mostly by Palestinian Christians. The move is opposed by Palestinians who consider it a pretext for settlement expansion. In spite of an April court ruling against any activity of the kind, the works on constructing the wall in the […]

UNRWA Delays School Year ‘Due to Funding Crisis’

The delayed start of the 2015-16 academic year in the Gaza Strip has prompted a wave of anger amongst Palestinian refugees. The decision was taken by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) due to a major funding crisis. No date has been set for schools to open and teachers have […]

Israel Denies Talks with Hamas

Israel said Monday it was not engaged in talks with Hamas following a flurry of media reports suggesting the two sides were discussing a long-term ceasefire. “Israel is officially clarifying that it is not holding any meetings with Hamas, neither directly, nor via other countries or intermediaries,” the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said […]

Israeli Court to Review Request to Free Palestinian Hunger Striker

(Anadolu via MEMO)

The Israeli Supreme Court will consider a request by the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoner’s Affairs to release hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan, head of the committee Issa Qaraqe said Monday. The Palestinian official made the comments to the official Wafa news agency, without providing further details. Muhammad Allan, 31, slipped into a coma […]

Fatah Office Reopens in Damascus 33 Years after Its Closure

The Syrian government yesterday reopen the office of Fatah in its capital city of Damascus, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. Wafa said that Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad notified the Political Department of the Palestine Liberation Organisation in Damascus of the government’s decision. The Syrian foreign ministry authorised Samir Rifai as a […]

Relations between Hamas and Saudi Arabia Enter New Phase

The head of the Hamas political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, has said that the movement and Saudi Arabia have entered a new phase in their relations. He stressed that the kingdom is one of the most important countries in the region. Meshaal made his comments as Hamas officials revealed that he will travel to Saudi Arabia […]

Prisoner’s Society: Israel Keeping Hunger Striker Alive ‘Unethically’

(Anadolu via MEMO)

The head of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said Sunday that Israeli medical procedures to keep Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan alive were “unethical” and the society would ask for them to be halted. Qadura Fares told Ma’an that doctors at Barzilai Medical Center in southern Israel had decided to prolong the hunger striker’s life “on […]

Palestinian Lawyer on Hunger Strike over Israeli Detention Policy Falls into Coma

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A Palestinian lawyer has fallen into a coma after entering his 60th day on hunger strike while being held by Israel in administrative detention. Mohammed Allan, who has been imprisoned without charge or trial since November last year, was put on a respirator on Friday and is receiving fluids – the first medical treatment he […]

Blair Meets with Meshaal for Second Time in Less than Six Weeks

Khaled Meshaal. (File)

Former Middle East Peace Envoy Tony Blair has met with the Head of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Meshaal in Doha, Qatar, for the second time in less than six weeks, theHuffington Post reported on Tuesday. An informed source spoke to the website about a dramatic advance in the talks between the two sides regarding “consolidating […]

Hunger Striker in Critical Condition as Protest Enters 59th Day

A lawyer representing hunger-striker Muhammad Allan lodged an urgent request to Israeli authorities on Thursday, urging them to consider his release due to his deteriorating health, a prisoners’ committee said. Abir Bakir’s request said that Allan’s health was reaching a critical condition including the loss of sight and hearing, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Committee said. Allan […]

‘Tel Aviv on the Seine’ Sparks Controversy in France

A petition asking for the cancellation of the event has collected 22,000 signatures.

A decision to celebrate the Israeli city of Tel Aviv as part of a beach event is dividing French citizens, journalists and politicians. The yearly event called “Paris Plages” or Paris Beaches, hosted by the City Hall, transforms the borders of the Seine River into a sandy and festive beach for people who cannot afford […]

Abbas: File to Be Submitted to the ICC on Slain Teen

(Photo: Ma'an)

President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday announced that the first steps had been made towards submitting a case to the International Criminal Court on a Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces two weeks ago. Laith al-Khaldi was shot in the chest by Israeli forces after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at the Atara military checkpoint’s army […]

PA Security Services Return Israeli Soldier’s Gun Lost in Hebron

Israeli military sources revealed last night that one of their soldiers lost his gun in the Old City of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. He suspected that settlers stole it before the Palestinian Authority security services informed him that they had the weapon and would deliver it to him without […]

Anonymous Attacks Israeli Government for Baby Dawabsha

Operation #WasBurnedAlive.

Hackers today attacked the website of the Office of the Prime Minister, that of the Israel army and that of a number of ministries and government departments. In a statement the international group of hackers known as Anonymous said this was “because the Palestinian toddler’s voice was not heard and because the world’s wicked silence […]

Talks Fail between Israeli Prison Service and Palestinian Prisoners

New talks between the Israeli Prison Service and Palestinian prisoners to end current tensions in the Rimon and Nafha prisons have failed, a prisoners’ center said Tuesday. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies reported that IPS officials met with leaders inside of Nafha to discuss the tensions that came to a head Monday when hundreds […]

Palestinian Hunger Striker Moved to Israeli Medical Center

Israeli authorities on Monday transferred hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan to a medical center in southern Israel, raising fears that the detainee is due to be force-fed by Israel, official news agency Wafa reported. Allan, who has been on hunger strike for 57 days, was previously being held at Soroka hospital in Beersheba. On […]

PLO Official Visits Iran to Discuss Bilateral Relations

President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday sent an envoy to Iran in an attempt to improve bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic. Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, told Ma’an that the arrangements had been in place for some time and pre-dated recent talks in the country about the nuclear deal with the […]

The Free Zone | Blog

  • August 27, 2015

    The Latest Failure of the American Jewish Establishment

    By Peter Beinhart - What imprint will the fight over the Iran deal leave on organized American Jewish life? Much is still not clear. But this much is: If you thought young American Jews were alienated from their communal elders before, just wait. - Older American Jews are closely split on the Iran nuclear agreement. Younger American Jews are not; they support it overwhelmingly. According to a late July poll by the... More →
  • August 26, 2015

    Israelis, Palestinians Clash at Hospital of Former Striker

    Clashes erupted at the Barzilai Medical Center after Israelis in the hospital reportedly tried to assault the family and supporters of former Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan, witnesses said. - Israeli police arrived at the scene and detained five people from the two sides, including two supporters of Allan's family identified as Yasin Sbeih, and Naji Abbas. - Others have not yet been identified. - A statement... More →
  • August 26, 2015

    Palestinian Chemist Develops Gluten-free Flour under Israeli Fire

    During the 2008/9 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, when Israel and Egypt completely restricted the movement of people and goods into and out of the coastal enclave, Mohamed Al-Asqalani developed a gluten-free flour which is a godsend for patients in the territory suffering from celiac disease, as well as those who have autism and phenylketonuria (PKU). The Palestinian chemist worked on the process after hearing... More →
  • August 25, 2015

    Israeli President Says Govt Has 'Right' to Build West Bank Settlements

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says the country has the “right” to build settlements in the West Bank and it is “not a matter of political debate.” His comments are likely to cause controversy, with the EU and Palestine opposed to illegal Israeli development in the area. - Although the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank is illegal under international law, Rivlin believes that the “land... More →
  • August 25, 2015

    Settlers Turn to Court to Demolish 15 Palestinian Houses near Jerusalem

    The local councils of three Israeli settlements near Jerusalem on Monday appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court of Justice to demolish 15 houses belonging to Palestinian Bedouins constructed with the help of the European Union. - “The settlements of Adumim, Novi Pratt and Alon, East of Jerusalem have appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court demanding the demolition of 15 houses constructed without a permit on the... More →
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