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PLO Adopts Resolution to Halt Security Coordination with Israel

The PLO called on Israel to assume 'all its responsibilities in accordance with its obligations under international law'. (Via Aljazeera)

The PLO’s Central Council has adopted several major resolutions during its 27th meeting over the past two days, including a decision to suspend security coordination with Israel. The resolutions were based on the current political situation and include calling for Israel to assume “all its responsibilities in accordance with its obligations under international law” as […]

We Saved Jews 3 Times, Netanyahu Should Revise History Lessons – Iranian FM

Iran has no intention of destroying Israel and has actually saved the Jews three times across history, but the current Israeli regime is a threat to Tehran, Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has said in an interview with American media. Speaking with NBC, Zarif slamed the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, after he once […]

For Abbas, Talks with Israel Still on Table

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday talks with Israel are still on the table, despite moves at the UN and numerous failed rounds of negotiations. Abbas was addressing the Palestinian leadership at the opening of a two-day conference in the West Bank to discuss the future of the Palestinian Authority, whose existence is under […]

Netanyahu Offered No ‘Viable Alternative’ to Iran Nuclear Deal – Obama

US President Barack Obama said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not offer any real alternative amid the ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program during his address to the US Congress on Tuesday. Obama said “there was nothing new” from Netanyahu during his controversial speech to Congress, one that was organized with Republican lawmakers and […]

Iran Dismisses Israel’s Objections to Nuclear Deal

An Iranian vice-president on Tuesday dismissed Israel’s objections to nuclear talks, saying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not have much influence. “I don’t think (Netanyahu’s voice) carries much weight,” Massoumeh Ebtekar, who is vice-president for environmental affairs, told AFP during a visit to Paris. “They are making their efforts to derail the deal but […]

PLO to File ICC Case against Israel in April

The PLO is to lodge its first complaint against Israel for alleged war crimes at the International Criminal Court on April 1, a senior official told AFP on Monday. “One of the first important steps will be filing a complaint against Israel at the ICC on April 1 over the (2014) Gaza war and settlement […]

Pro-Palestine Group to Run Campaign across DC against Netanyahu

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech at the US Congress nears, a pro-Palestine group has launched a new campaign across Washington, DC criticizing Netanyahu’s actions and urging the US to end aid to Israel. The campaign will run ads on buses across Washington, DC during Netanyahu’s visit. A Palestinian-American who helps coordinate boycott […]

Israel Bypasses White House, Asks Congress for $300mn for Missile Defense

Israel reportedly bypassed the White House and asked the US Congress for an extra $317 million to be added to President Barack Obama’s budget for the next fiscal year in order to fund Israeli missile defense programs, Bloomberg reported. The requested funds would be in addition to the $158 million already proposed by the Pentagon […]

PLO Condemns Attacks on Christian, Muslim Holy Sites

PLO officials on Thursday strongly condemned two attacks on Palestinian Christian and Muslim holy sites in the past 48 hours, holding the Israeli government fully responsible for the violence. “During the last 48 hours, a Mosque near Bethlehem and a Christian seminary in Occupied East Jerusalem were set on fire by Israeli terrorists,” senior PLO […]

Palestinian Authority Cancels Israel Gas Deal after Outcry

A file photo of Omar Kittaneh, Head of the Palestinian Energy Authority with Tony Blair.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) will not ratify a preliminary agreement to import natural gas supplies from Israel for 20 years signed more than a year ago, sources told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. The value of the deal is estimated to be 1.2 billion US dollars.Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa said Tuesday that ministers have decided to cancel […]

Settlers Burn Mosque Near Bethlehem

Extremist Jewish settlers set fire overnight Tuesday to a mosque in the southern West Bank town of al-Jaba west of Bethlehem, locals told Ma’an. As worshipers arrived around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday to prepare for the dawn prayer at al-Huda mosque, they saw smoke and flames rising from inside the building. Worshipers alerted neighbors and together […]

Autopsy Shows Palestinian Teen was Shot at Close Range

Autopsy results for a young Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces near Bethlehem early Tuesday show that he was shot in the upper body at close range, a forensic expert told Ma’an. Sabri al-Aloul said that the autopsy results show that 19-year-old Jihad al-Jaafari bled to death after being hit with an M16 bullet that […]

Israel Denies Gaza Govt Floodwater Allegations

Israel on Monday rejected allegations by the government in the Gaza Strip that authorities had released storm water into the coastal enclave. In a statement, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said Israel did not operate dams in the south, contrary to claims that it had opened them deliberately to alleviate flooding. “The […]

Palestine Shuts Down as Snow, Frigid Rain Pummel Holy Land

Shops and offices in cities across the West Bank were closed Friday after a major winter storm pummeled the region and left nearly half a meter of snow in some places. Snowfall began late Thursday and continued into the early morning Friday, blanketing hilltops across the region with a thick layer of snow that shut […]

After Raid, Activists Rebuild Protest Camp

Palestinian activists rebuilt the Gateway to Jerusalem protest camp in the central West Bank on Wednesday for the ninth time in just over two weeks following another raid and demolition by the Israeli military, local activists said. Activists said they will insist on remaining on the land in the Khallet al-Raheb area near Abu Dis […]

Hamas: Blair Visited Gaza to Demand New Preconditions

Deputy head of Hamas Mousa Abu Marzouk says the last visit to Gaza by international Quartet envoy Tony Blair came to notify the Hamas movement of a new set of preconditions before the war-torn coastal enclave could be rebuilt. In a statement posted on Facebook, Abu Marzouk said that Blair’s remarks were completely different from […]

Israeli Forces Open Fire at Farmers near Gaza Border

Israeli forces on Wednesday evening opened fire at Palestinian farmers near the border east of the town of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. Witnesses said that Israeli soldiers stationed at the border opened fire at the farmers as they were standing in their farmland, forcing them to flee the area. An Israeli military spokeswoman […]

Israel Court Quashes Ban on Zuabi Campaign

MK Haneen Zuabi. (Via TV)

The Israeli Supreme Court overruled Wednesday a ban on a member of Knesset from Israel’s Palestinian community as well as an extreme right-wing Jewish activist from running in next month’s election, an official said. Last week, the Central Elections Committee barred MK Haneen Zuabi, a regular critic of Israel’s right-wing government, deeming her to be […]

‘Netanyahu Sacrifices Literature for Election Votes’

Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, tried to thwart opposition voices among Jewish intellectuals ahead of the general election in March by banning three judges from the prestigious Israel Prize’s panel, Ariel Hirschfeld, one of the disqualified, told RT. The Israel Prize, the Jewish state’s equivalent of the Noble Prize, was established in 1953 to award excellence […]

Gaza Security Makes Arrests following Attacks

Security forces in the Gaza Strip have made several arrests linked to a spate of attacks on Fatah and Hamas officials in the coastal territory, an interior ministry official said Tuesday. Iyad al-Bazi, spokesperson of the ministry, said further announcements would be made following the arrests, without further details on the identify or motivation of […]

Israeli Authorities Approved Landfill Project in East Jerusalem

Israeli authorities on Monday approved a solid waste landfill project on over 500 kilometers of land in occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli settlement researcher Ahmad Sublaban told Ma’an that the district planning and construction committee approved that plan, number 13900, to build a landfill on over 546 kilometers of land between the villages of al-Issawiya and […]

Palestine Free of IS Cells, Says PA

A spokesman of the Palestinian Authority’s security services insisted Monday that Palestine is free from any cells affiliated to the Islamic State militant group. Adnan Dameiri said in a news conference in Ramallah that Israel had “baselessly” suggested ISIS-affiliated groups were in the occupied Palestinian territory. “We are obviously adamant not to have ISIS or […]

PLO: Jewish Organization to Start Excavations under Aqsa Mosque

A right-wing Jewish organization called the Western Wall Heritage Foundation has circulated an invitation for bids to conduct excavations in tunnels under the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a top Palestinian official said Sunday. Ahmad Qurei, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said the work would start on Feb. 20. In a […]

Report: Netanyahu to Visit Ibrahimi Mosque to Win Settler Vote

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to add the Ibrahimi Mosque to his planned visit to Gush Etzion settlement bloc in the southern West Bank, the Israeli news site Arutz Sheva reported. The report highlighted that Netanyahu visited the illegal Eli settlement south of Nablus in the northern West Bank last week as part […]

Teen Shot, Activists Pepper-sprayed in West Bank Demos

Israeli forces on Friday shot a Palestinian teenager with a live bullet during a weekly protest march in Kafr Qaddum, a local popular committee leader said. Popular resistance committee coordinator Murad Shtewi said 17-year-old Jamil Shtewi was shot in the leg when Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and live bullets at protesters. The […]

Senior Fatah, Hamas Officials to Meet in Cairo

Senior officials of the Fatah and Hamas movements are scheduled to meet Friday in Cairo, a PLO official said. PLO Executive Committee member Wassel Abu Yousef told Ma’an that leading Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad was to meet with Hamas’ Moussa Abu Marzou in Egypt’s capital. Al-Ahmad was scheduled to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas in […]

UN Officials Warns of Further Conflict in Gaza

A top UN official warned Thursday of another potential conflict in the Gaza Strip, urging Israel to lift its blockade and Palestinian political parties to end in-fighting to avoid further violence. The United Nations also called for an additional $705 million in humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territories, most of it for Gaza which saw […]

Official: PLO Delegation Preparing to Head to Gaza if Talks Go Well

A PLO delegation hopes to head to Gaza soon in order to work on implementing potential “solutions” to the reconstruction crisis facing the besieged coastal enclave, a Fatah official said Wednesday. Fatah leader Yahya Rabbah told Ma’an that the delegation is ready to travel but is awaiting the results of a meeting between Fatah official […]

Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Home in Lod

Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished the home of a Palestinian family in the Israeli city of Lod. Israeli forces closed all entrances to the property and forcibly evacuated the al-Naqib family, before demolishing the home. Hundreds of Palestinian residents gathered to support the family, with dozens of Israeli security personnel present at the demolition. The […]

PA to Boycott Products of 6 Major Israeli Companies

The head of a Palestinian Authority committee for confronting Israeli practices against the Palestinians announced on Monday evening that the PA officially decided to ban the entry of products by six major Israeli companies into the Palestinian territory. Mahmoud al-Aloul, who is also a member of the Central Committee of the PA’s ruling party Fatah, […]

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  • March 6, 2015

    Videos: The 'Ugly Israeli' Tourist, Now in Eilat

    Judging by the recent video clips doing the rounds on the social media networks, Israelis aren't exactly relaxed and carefree even when on holiday: This week, days after the release of a video showing Israeli passengers on a flight to Varna almost come to blows with a flight attendant over duty-free chocolate, a new expletives-laden clip appeared, showing holidaymakers in Eilat physically and verbally abusing hotel staff. -... More →
  • March 6, 2015

    We Saved Jews 3 Times, Netanyahu Should Revise History Lessons – Iranian FM

    Iran has no intention of destroying Israel and has actually saved the Jews three times across history, but the current Israeli regime is a threat to Tehran, Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has said in an interview with American media. - Speaking with NBC, Zarif slamed the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, after he once again said in his Monday’s speech before the US Congress that Iran openly threatened to wipe Israel off the map. - The... More →
  • March 4, 2015

    Iran's Rouhani Says Israel 'Greatest Danger'

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said Israel creates the "greatest danger" in the region, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against a nuclear deal with the Islamic republic. - In a speech on Capitol Hill, Netanyahu said Tuesday the nuclear agreement US President Barack Obama wants with Tehran "is so bad... it paves Iran's path to the bomb" and "would spark a nuclear arms race in the most dangerous part of the planet". - Rouhani hit... More →
  • March 4, 2015

    Philip Weiss: Media Stunned by Congress's Loyalty to Netanyahu

    In the Emperor’s New Clothes, only the little boy can say that the emperor is naked. The good news about yesterday’s speech by Netanyahu to a joint meeting of Congress is that lots of media are taking on that boy’s role, and pointing out the nudity: exclaiming over the fact that a foreign leader came into our house of government to try and overrule our president on foreign policy. Chris Matthews was especially forceful, describing it as a takeover. While a... More →
  • March 4, 2015

    Yvonne Ridley: And the Lesson Today is Palestine and People Power

    Britain has one of the oldest democracies in the world, having been largely run by a parliament since the 1600s. However, there are those who believe that Westminster politics are now dysfunctional with the voice of the people rarely being listened to. - Without doubt, many of those voters have now been marginalised, especially by the sort of Westminster politicians who are viewed as power-hungry, money-grabbing, corrupt individuals motivated more by lining their... More →
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