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Challenges Await Palestine Unity Government

By Julie Webb-Pullman – Gaza A national unity government. Elections. A new-look PLO. Community reconciliation. There are big hopes, and even bigger expectations in Palestine after representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas came to an agreement in Gaza on Wednesday to form a national unity government and hold elections. The rapid progress […]

Hamas, Fatah Agree to Form Palestinian Unity Government

Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip agreed Wednesday to form a unity government within five weeks. It is not the first time that the rival sides have announced a deal to end seven years of separate Palestinians administrations in the West Bank and Gaza. But the new bid by the Palestinian […]

Palestinians Renew Unity Bid as Israel Talks Stall

The Palestinians have relaunched efforts to reconcile their rival leaderships in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as US-brokered peace talks with Israel teeter on the edge of collapse. A week before a nine-month target originally set for an Israeli-Palestinian deal, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) delegation was expected in Gaza City on Tuesday to […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian Youth in Northern Gaza

Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, witnesses told Ma’an. Soldiers positioned at Erez crossing opened fire at a group of Palestinian men collecting stones from nearby fields, hitting 19-year-old Wasim Abu Audah in the leg, locals said. An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the shooting, saying there […]

Israeli Police Raid Jerusalem Holy Site

Israeli soldiers and police have hurled stun grenades at Palestinian worshippers after entering the holy Haram al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem. Violence erupted on Sunday morning after Israeli police opened one of the walled compound’s gates to non-Muslim visitors after dawn prayers. The Palestinians had remained in the courtyard of the al-Aqsa mosque in anticipation of […]

3-hour Israel-PLO Meeting Ends

A three-hour meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held without the presence of US envoy Martin Indyk on Sunday ended without clear signs of progress. PLO sources said Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni demanded that the Palestinians withdraw their applications for international treaties because the Israelis considered it a unilateral step. The demand was rejected by […]

Thousands Run the Palestine Marathon in Bethlehem

More than 3,000 runners from around the world took part in the second annual Palestine Marathon on Friday, passing the Israeli separation wall and curbing around checkpoints on the 42-kilometer (26 miles) course. The marathon is held under the banner “Right to Movement” in order to highlight Israeli obstacles to freedom of movement in the […]

Israeli Forces Injure Four Palestinians in Shootings near Gaza Border

Four Palestinians were injured across the Gaza Strip on Thursday as Israeli forces opened fire in two incidents and fired a tank shell into the besieged Palestinian enclave, medical sources said. A young Palestinian was shot and injured by Israeli forces east of Jabaliya refugee camp north of Gaza on Thursday afternoon. Spokesman for the […]

Archbishop Condemns Israeli Restrictions on Easter Pilgrims

Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna condemned Israeli authorities on Thursday for imposing obstacles on Christians wishing to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to celebrate the upcoming Christian holiday of Easter. “It is the right of every Christian to reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre without facing any obstacles, or impediments,” Hanna […]

Israel, PLO Still at Odds as US Reviews Peace Push

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators remained at odds on Tuesday on how to salvage teetering peace talks as Washington prepared to review the scale of its involvement in the troubled process. The two sides met US envoy Martin Indyk late on Monday and are to meet him again on Wednesday, a Palestinian source told AFP. But […]

Israel Warns Palestine of Unilateral Action

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has threatened to take unilateral action against Palestinians, if they press ahead with moves towards statehood. “These will only make a peace agreement more distant,” Netanyahu said of applications the Palestinians made on Tuesday to adhere to 15 international treaties. “Any unilateral moves they take will be answered by […]

Clashes in Palestinian Camp in South Lebanon Kill Five

Five Palestinians were killed on Monday in clashes between two armed groups in the Palestinian Mieh Mieh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, a medical source told AFP. “Five dead and more than 20 injured were brought to hospital after clashes between armed groups,” the source in the Palestinian Red Crescent hospital in the southern city […]

PA: Israel Undermined Peace Process First with ‘Unilateral Moves’

A spokesperson for Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Sunday of undermining the peace process first, minutes after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinians of making “unilateral moves” that had harmed the talks. Nabil Abu Rdeina told Ma’an on Sunday that “it was Israel who took unilateral steps to thwart the […]

Israel Cancels Palestinian Prisoner Release

Israel had promised to free 104 veteran Palestinian prisoners in four tranches. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman)

Israel will not release the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners because of renewed Palestinian efforts to join international organizations. A spokesman for Tzipi Livni, Israel’s justice minister and the government’s chief negotiator, said on Thursday that the Israeli government had been working to finalize an agreement to free the prisoners when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas […]

Heated Jerusalem Peace Talks End in Impasse

A long and heated meeting between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Jerusalem ended early Thursday without any signs of bringing both sides back to the negotiating table. Palestinian sources told Ma’an that the nine-hour meeting with US Special Envoy Martin Indyk was attended by PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat, Head of Palestinian intelligence Majid Faraj, and […]

Palestinian President Threatens to Go to UN

Abbas said the demands for membership would be sent "immediately" to the relevant agencies. (Photo: UN/file)

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has signed a request to join several UN agencies in a move that could derail a US push to revive faltering peace talks with Israel. “The Palestinian leadership has unanimously approved a decision to seek membership of 15 UN agencies and international treaties, beginning with the Fourth Geneva Convention,” Abbas […]

Kerem Shalom Crossing Opens for Gaza Exports to Ukraine

Israeli authorities opened the Kerem Shalom crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to allow a single truckload of wooden furniture to be exported to Ukraine, a Palestinian official said. Raed Fattouh told Ma’an that 280 truckloads of humanitarian aid and commercial and agricultural goods were also allowed to enter Gaza. He said eight truckloads […]

Hamas Rejects Extension of Negotiations

Hamas said on Tuesday that it rejects the extension of negotiations with Israel, and called on the Palestinian Authority to “stop this travesty.” The extension of talks would mark the “genuine ending of the Palestinian cause”, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said. US peace efforts are teetering on the brink of collapse after Israel refused […]

PFLP-GC: Ceasefire Reached in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp

A large crowd stretching as far as the eye can see into the war-devastated landscape of Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, as they queue for aid at UNRWA distribution point in the capital, Damascus, on 31 January. (Photo: UNRWA)

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — General Command announced Monday that a ceasefire agreement was reached in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp. Husam Arafat, a PFLP-GC leader based in the West Bank, said in a statement that an agreement had been reached between Palestinian factions and other militant groups in the Damascus camp. […]

Kerry in Critical Bid for Middle East Peace

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has returned to the Middle East to try to salvage peace talks brought to the brink of collapse due to a dispute over the release of Palestinian prisoners by Israel. Kerry was holding late-night talks with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem on Monday evening. However, […]

Israeli Ex-PM Olmert Convicted of Corruption

A Tel Aviv court has found former premier Ehud Olmert guilty of bribery linked to a Jerusalem property development, in one of the worst corruption scandals in Israeli history. At a lengthy hearing in Tel Aviv District Court on Monday presided over by Judge David Rosen, Olmert was convicted on two counts of bribery, making […]

Israel Shuns Palestinian Prisoner Deal

Israel is to renege on a commitment to release a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners on Saturday, a move that delivers another blow to US-brokered peace talks. A senior Palestinian official, Jibril Rajub, told AFP news agency on Friday that Israel had informed the Palestinians via US mediators that it would not abide by its […]

Settlers Prepare Move into Key East Jerusalem Site

Radical Jewish settlers are readying to move into a major property in the commercial heart of occupied East Jerusalem, overlooking the walls of the Old City, officials have told AFP. A large part of the property, which also houses East Jerusalem’s main post office and an Israeli police station, was purchased last year by a […]

NGO: Israel at Fault over Killing of West Bank Teen

Israeli troops who shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank last week used live fire, without warning, against innocent youngsters out foraging for roots, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday. After investigating the March 19 death of 15-year-old Yussef Sami Shawamreh, B’Tselem said it had found no evidence to support the army’s […]

PFLP: PA Doing ‘Free Service to Israel’ by Arresting Members

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Wednesday condemned the Palestinian Authority’s recent arrests of the faction’s supporters. Gaza-based PFLP leader Kayid al-Ghoul told Ma’an Wednesday that the detention of the group’s members harmed relations between the various Palestinian factions and indicates that the PA is attempting to quell resistance against Israel. “No […]

Kerry Meets Abbas as Peace Process Founders

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a bid to salvage foundering peace talks that were dealt a new blow when Arab leaders said they would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Kerry and Abbas spoke for more than four hours over a working dinner in the […]

Abbas: Israel Avoiding Prisoner Release

President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday said that the Israeli government is trying to get out of releasing a fourth group of veteran Palestinian prisoners. “The Israeli government is trying to dodge an agreement it had with the US administration to release pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners,” Abbas said in remarks to an Arab League summit in Kuwait. […]

Israeli Diplomats Stage Global Strike

Israeli foreign ministry employees have intensified a long-running dispute over pay and conditions by declaring a full-scale strike at home and at diplomatic missions around the world. “The ministry in Jerusalem will remain closed and Israel’s missions abroad will not open as of Monday morning, March 24,” the ministry’s website said. Israel media said the […]

Racist Slurs Scrawled in Arab Jerusalem Area

Israeli police have said that vandals have slashed car tires and sprayed a bus with hate graffiti in a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem, the latest in a series of similar incidents. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said 34 cars were found damaged early on Monday in Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem. She said one bus […]

Hamas Warns Israel over Calls to Attack Gaza

Gaza’s Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has warned Israel it would pay a “very high price” if it heeded its foreign minister’s call to reoccupy the besieged enclave to try to halt rocket attacks. Speaking on Sunday to tens of thousands of supporters at a public rally marking 10 years since an Israeli air strike killed […]

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