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PLO Official: Secret Peace Talks serve Israeli Interests

A PLO Executive Committee member on Tuesday said that secret meetings between Palestinian and Israeli officials serve Israeli interests and violate previous PLO decisions on resuming peace talks. Tayseer Khalid, from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said that several meetings have occurred recently in Arab and European countries, with the most recent […]

UNRWA to Delay Opening 700 Schools due to Cash Shortage

UNRWA said that it only has enough money to maintain its basic services. (IRIN)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) held an extraordinary meeting for its consultative committee in Amman on Sunday to discuss its financial crisis, Jordan’s Al-Sabeel newspaper has reported. The agenda included the increasing dangers caused by the probable delay of the start of the school year […]

Abbas: Egyptian Military Coup was a ‘Miracle’

Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas praised the military coup in Egypt, describing 30 million people taking to the streets voluntarily to call for the coup a “miracle”, Palestinian news agency Safa reported. “If this real miracle did not take place, we, the Arab and Islamic nations, would have been staggering and trapped […]

Palestinian Teen ‘Executed’ During Arrest, Family Says

Muhammad Abu Latifa was 'executed' during an arrest raid in the Qalandiya.

Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Latifa was “executed” during an arrest raid in the Qalandiya refugee camp on Monday, his family said, refuting claims that he fell from a rooftop while being chased by Israeli forces. Locals said that Israeli military vehicles raided the camp early Monday and broke into the home of Muhammad Abu Latifa, […]

Palestinian Detainees Set Fire to Rooms Following Israeli Jail Raids

(Photo: Via Ma'an)

Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel’s Nafta jail set fire to rooms inside the prison after they declared a campaign of non-compliance on Monday in response to cell raids by Israeli prison guards. The Palestinian Authority Prisoners’ Committee told Ma’an that detainees declared a campaign of disobedience after guards raided prisoners’ rooms and assaulted several […]

Obama Marching Israel to ‘Door of the Oven’, Says Presidential Hopeful Huckabee

By endorsing an “idiotic” nuclear deal with Tehran, President Obama is essentially marching Israelis “to the door of the oven,” said Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, bringing Holocaust references to the chorus of Iran critics among US politicians. “It is so naive that [Obama] would trust the Iranians,” the Republican presidential candidate and former governor […]

Report: Palestinian, Israeli Negotiators Meet in Jordan

PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat met with Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom in Amman last week, according to Israeli media reports. Hebrew-language website Walla reported that the two officials met in the Jordanian capital five days ago in an attempt to “build trust” between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Further […]

Israeli Settlers, Troops Storm Al-Aqsa, Injuring Dozens

Dozens of Palestinians – and four Israeli soldiers – were injured on Sunday when Israeli security forces stormed occupied East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and clashed with Muslim worshippers. Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that Israeli police had fired teargas and rubber bullets at Muslim worshippers near the compound’s iconic Al-Aqsa and Al-Qibali mosques. “Israeli […]

Residents, International Community Brace for Susiya Demolition

The Palestinian Bedouin village of Susiya has gained international attention in recent weeks as the community braces for Israeli authorities to demolish their homes in the coming days, despite condemnation. Israeli authorities in mid-July ordered the demolition of around half of the homes in the village south of Hebron to be carried out after the […]

Israel Advances 1,065 Settlement Housing Units

Israel’s Civil Administration advanced plans for the development of 1,065 housing units in eight different settlements throughout occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a settlement watchdog announced Thursday. The civil administration — Israel’s governing body for the occupied West Bank — approved 15 plans for various planning stages in the settlements at hand, Peace […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Kill Palestinian near Jenin

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man during clashes that broke out following a raid into the town of Birqin west of Jenin on Wednesday morning. Muhammad Ahmad Alawneh, 21, was shot with a live bullet in his chest. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, where he underwent surgery, but later succumbed […]

EU Calls for ‘Fundamental Change’ to Israeli Policy

The European Union on Monday reaffirmed its commitment to the Middle East peace process, but said that it depended on a “fundamental change” to Israeli policy in the occupied Palestinian territories. The EU council, which met in Brussels on Monday, called for an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza, settlement construction, home demolitions and […]

Hamas Denies Taking Part in Saudi-led Coalition

Khaled Meshaal. (Via Press TV)

Palestinian Islamist Movement Hamas has officially denied claims by Iranian news agency Fars that it agreed to take part in the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi coup in Yemen, Anadolu agency reported on Sunday. In a statement, Hamas official spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhri said: “What was published by Fars news agency regarding Saudi-Hamas agreement to send […]

Gaza’s Sole Power Plant to Shut Down in Ongoing Energy Crisis

Earlier this year, the power plant closed down for more than a month in March. (Via Aljazeera)

Gaza’s sole power plant will stop running Monday evening as it is unable to cover taxes imposed by the national unity government, Gaza’s energy authority said. The unity government waved the tax in a show of good will in the four months to the end of Ramadan, but the Gazan energy authority said in a […]

Germany: Economic Ties with Iran Depend on Improving Relations with Israel

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged Iran at the start of a three-day visit to improve its relationship with Israel if it wanted to establish closer economic ties with Germany and other western powers. Gabriel, who is also economy minister, is the first senior figure from a large western government to visit Iran since it […]

Prisoner’s Wife Gives Birth to Twins Using Smuggled Sperm

A Gazan woman gave birth on Monday to twins conceived using sperm smuggled from her husband inside an Israeli prison, her family said. The woman, who was not identified, reportedly named the twins Mutaz and Siwar. Her 35-year-old husband, Ahmad al-Sakani, also known as Abu Tareq, was detained in 2002 and sentenced to 27 years […]

Palestinian Youths Stuck at Cairo Airport

Several Palestinian youths from the Gaza Strip heading to Saudi Arabia and European countries have been stuck at the Cairo International Airport for a month. Three young men and two young women were reportedly taken by Egyptian authorities from the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to the airport where they were prevented from travelling […]

Israeli Forces Shoot Injure Palestinian Teen Near Gaza Strip Border

Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian teenager Friday evening in the town of Abasan al-Kabira east of the Khan Younis district in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses said. Mansour Abu Taima, 14, was reportedly hit with a live bullet in his left foot near the border line. The teen was taken to the Gaza […]

Israelis ‘Aassassinated Syrian General in 2008′ – NSA Leaks

Israel’s naval commando unit shot and killed Muhammad Suleiman, a top military advisor to the Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2008, according to a leaked National Security Agency file, published by The Intercept. Suleiman was shot in the head and the neck, whist he was hosting a dinner party at his villa in the seaside […]

Israeli Military Court Sentences Gaza Power Station Official to 21 Years in Prison

Family members of Derar Abu Sissi in Gaza. (MEMO, file)

An Israeli military court has sentenced Palestinian prisoner Derar Abu Sissi to 21 years in prison for developing Qassam rockets, Quds Press reported. Israeli intelligence kidnapped 46-year-old Abu Sissi, the head of the operations department at the Gaza power plant, on 19 February, 2011 during his visit to Ukraine, where the Israeli authorities kept him […]

Israel Orders Palestinian Village to be Demolished after Ramadan

Israeli authorities ordered the demolition of homes in a village south of Hebron to be carried out after Ramadan, Israeli watchdogs said on Wednesday. Rabbis for Human Rights and B’Tselem said in a statement that pressure from Israeli settlers had led to the decision to carry out demolition orders in the village of Khirbet Susiya […]

Meshaal on Short Visit to Saudi

Khaled Meshaal. (Via Press TV)

Head of Hamas Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal and a delegation of senior officials arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday evening for a short visit, the first since 2012; media sources reported. The Hamas delegation will perform umra (lesser pilgrimage) and meet with senior Saudi officials. During the last years of the late King Abdullah’s rule […]

Palestinian Family Mourns Third Son Killed by Israeli Army

For more than a decade, the Kasbah family has displayed a banner depicting brothers Samer and Yasser, shot dead by Israeli troops during the Palestinian Intifada aged 15 and 11. Ten days ago, Fatima and Sami Kasbah added the picture of a new “martyr” — 17-year-old Mohammed, their third son to die by Israeli army […]

U.S. Campaigners Release List of 100 BDS Successes

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To mark the 10th anniversary of the Palestinian call for a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, U.S. based activists have published a list of what they describe as 100 BDS successes. The list includes more than 30 “Academic & Cultural Boycott Successes”, as well as more than 50 examples of “Faith-Based Successes”, more than […]

Israel Prevents Palestinians in Jerusalem from Getting Water

The Israeli water authority has discussed appeals against the new system for collecting water charges from “unlicensed” houses, including those not linked to the water system, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel has revealed. Even houses which do not consume any water at all will be subject to charges under the new system. The […]

Israel: Palestinian Death Penalty Bill Vote Cancelled

The Israeli water authority has discussed appeals against the new system for collecting water charges from “unlicensed” houses, including those not linked to the water system, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel has revealed. Even houses which do not consume any water at all will be subject to charges under the new system. The […]

Israel Releases Khader Adnan for 2nd Time in 2 days after Rearrest

Adnan was greeted on Sunday to a hero's welcome in his home village of Arraba near Jenin. (Via Ma'an)

The Israeli authorities released Khader Adnan for the second time in two days late Monday, after they briefly rearrested the veteran Palestinian hunger striker in East Jerusalem a day after he was released from 11 months in prison. The Palestinian liaison office had Adnan transferred from Ofer detention center in Israel to Beitunia west of […]

Israeli Knesset to Address Shelved Plan to Relocate Negev Bedouins

'We call upon our people to roll sleeves up and join the struggle.'

Bedouin residents of the Negev are gearing up to take last minute measures as the Israeli Knesset is slated Sunday to discuss a plan to forcibly relocate tens-of-thousands of Bedouin Palestinians. The Prawer Plan was approved by the Israeli government in 2011 but shelved in 2013 amid widespread protest among Palestinians within Israel and international […]

Israel Says will ‘Engage’ with ICC on War Crime Probe

The probe was set up to establish whether there was enough evidence for a full-blown war crimes investigation. (Via Aljazeera)

Israel will “engage” with the International Criminal Court probing alleged war crimes, but only in order to question the tribunal’s right to investigate Palestinian allegations, an official said Thursday. “We’ve decided to engage with the ICC, the engagement will be limited solely to the question of authority” to deal with Palestine, the official told AFP […]

Sharp Rise in Negev Demolitions

1,073 homes in 'unrecognised' Arab villages were demolished in 2014.

An Israeli Ministry of Public Security report suggested that the house demolitions undertaken by the Israeli authorities in ‘unrecognised’ villages in the Negev have sharply risen over the past year. The Israeli authority’s practice of bulldozing agricultural land has also increased. According to the data in the report, there has been a 54 per cent […]

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  • July 28, 2015

    UNRWA to Delay Opening 700 Schools due to Cash Shortage

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) held an extraordinary meeting for its consultative committee in Amman on Sunday to discuss its financial crisis, Jordan's Al-Sabeel newspaper has reported. - The agenda included the increasing dangers caused by the probable delay of the start of the school year due to a budget deficit estimated at $101 million. If this happens,... More →
  • July 28, 2015

    Abbas: Egyptian Military Coup was a 'Miracle'

    Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas praised the military coup in Egypt, describing 30 million people taking to the streets voluntarily to call for the coup a "miracle", Palestinian news agency Safa reported. - "If this real miracle did not take place, we, the Arab and Islamic nations, would have been staggering and trapped in the hands of darkness and dark powers," he said, "but, fortunately,... More →
  • July 28, 2015

    The Deep Roots of Turkey's War on ISIL

    By Ramzy Baroud - July 23 signalled a major shift in Turkey's policy towards Syria when its fighter jets began pounding Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets. - The change in Turkey's attitude towards the US-led war on ISIL is explained by many in the context of the devastating suicide bombing in the southern province of Suruc. The attack, which has been blamed on ISIL militants, killed 33 people. - But... More →
  • July 27, 2015

    Palestinian Detainees Set Fire to Rooms Following Israeli Jail Raids

    Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel's Nafta jail set fire to rooms inside the prison after they declared a campaign of non-compliance on Monday in response to cell raids by Israeli prison guards. - The Palestinian Authority Prisoners' Committee told Ma'an that detainees declared a campaign of disobedience after guards raided prisoners' rooms and assaulted several detainees. - Israeli guards reportedly raided... More →
  • July 27, 2015

    Obama Marching Israel to 'Door of the Oven', Says Presidential Hopeful Huckabee

    By endorsing an “idiotic” nuclear deal with Tehran, President Obama is essentially marching Israelis “to the door of the oven,” said Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, bringing Holocaust references to the chorus of Iran critics among US politicians. - “It is so naive that [Obama] would trust the Iranians,” the Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee told... More →
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