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Israel ‘Systematically Mistreats’ Palestinian Children in Custody

Some 700 Palestinian children per year are arrested and face “ill-treatment” by Israeli forces, according to a new report by a children’s rights group. In the report, Child Rights International Network said that “during 2014, an average of 197 children were held in military detention every month, 13 per cent of whom are under the […]

Israeli PM’s Unscheduled Congress Speech Causes Diplomatic Uproar in Washington

A rift is emerging between the US and Israel, after Barack Obama’s administration hit out at Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu for speaking to Congress without consent. The Democrats say they are in the dark about Prime Minister Netanyahu being allowed to speak to Congress about Iran. The party says the Israeli delegation did not consult […]

Video: Baroud on Proposed Netanyahu Congress Speech

Excerpts from Palestine Chronicle chief editor Ramzy Baroud with Uprising with Sonali, where they discussed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu’s proposed speech to the Congress in February in defiance of US President Barack Obama. Full interview below where they touch on various subjects including the recent violence, the Gaza war and the regional situation. (Start […]

Hamas Military Chief Sends Condolences to Hezbollah

The general commander of Hamas’ military wing Muhammad Deif sent a letter of condolence to Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah after an Israeli airstrike on Syria killed six fighters from the group. Deputy chief of Hamas’ political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, also sent a letter to the Lebanese group’s leader following the airstrike. In the letter, seen […]

Egypt Closes Rafah Crossing

Egyptian authorities on Thursday closed the Rafah crossing after it had been temporarily opened for three days. Palestinian crossing officials told Ma’an that 830 Palestinians in Gaza used the crossing, which was reopened on Tuesday. There was no indication from Egypt when it will be reopened again. The crossing has been closed almost completely — […]

Israel Politician Says Abbas Responsible for Tel Aviv Attack

A stabbing attack by a Palestinian on a Tel Aviv bus on Wednesday, which left at least nine people injured, has fueled the flames of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a war of words reported by local media. The leader of Bayit Yehudi, a religious political party, Naftali Bennett put the blame for the attack squarely on […]

Israel ‘Failed to Minimize Civilian Toll in Gaza War’

Israeli conduct during last summer’s war in the Gaza Strip increased the number of civilian casualties, an independent report has said, by failing to differentiate between military targets and civilian populations. Despite claims to the contrary, the military did not give sufficient warning for civilians to evacuate residential areas before striking them, according to the […]

Israel Carries out 3rd East Jerusalem Home Demolition in 2 Days

Israeli authorities on Wednesday destroyed a Palestinian building in the Shufat neighborhood of East Jerusalem, the third such home demolition in the occupied city in the last two days. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli special forces accompanied by bulldozers raided the neighborhood and surrounded a building before almost immediately beginning to demolish it. At the […]

Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders for 22 Palestinians

Israeli authorities have issued administrative detention orders against 22 Palestinians, a rights group said Tuesday. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said that 17 of the prisoners had been issued administrative detention orders in the past, some of them two or three times. Only five of the 22 prisoners are being issued such orders for the first […]

Iranian General, Son of Ex-Hezbollah Leader, Killed in Israeli Airstrike in Syria

Iran has confirmed the death of a general with the Revolutionary Guard in an Israeli helicopter strike, carried out in Syria. #Iran #IRGC Gen. Allahdadi martyred in tonight's Israeli attack in #Syria along w/ #Hezbollah commanders pic.twitter.com/kSX0TUcQbo — H.Soleimani (@MashreghNews_ir) January 18, 2015 The confirmation came in a statement published Monday on the website of […]

Thousands Lay Rahat Man to Rest

Thousands on Monday participated in the funeral procession of a Palestinian Bedouin man from the Negev who died Sunday in clashes with Israeli forces during the funeral of another man who was killed by Israeli police, a Ma’an reporter said. Sami Ibrahim Zayadna, 45, died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli police at mourners […]

ICC Prosecutor Opens Probe into war Crimes against Palestinians

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor on Friday opened an initial probe to see if war crimes have been committed against Palestinians, including during last year’s Gaza war. “Today the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine,” her office said in a statement, adding it may […]

2014 ‘Bloodiest’ Year for Palestinian Media

Last year was the deadliest ever for journalists working in the Palestinian territories, a Gaza-based watchdog said Thursday, months after a bloody war in the besieged enclave. “2014 was a black year for freedom of the press in Palestine… and it was the worst and bloodiest,” the Gaza Center for Press Freedom said in its […]

‘Je suis Palestinian’: Israeli Ambassador Furious over MP’s Netanyahu Tweet

The Israeli ambassador to Britain has written to Liberal Democrat leader and deputy PM Nick Clegg to condemn a tweet posted by David Ward MP on the presence of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the solidarity march in Paris on Sunday. During the march, which followed last week’s terror attacks in the French […]

Israeli Forces Shoot Dead Palestinian at Gush Etzion

Israeli forces opened fire at two Palestinians near the Gush Etzion Junction between Bethlehem and Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday evening, killing one. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that two Palestinians “were involved in a criminal incident” in the area, and one was shot by Israeli soldiers after he attempted […]

Hamas Employees Start Hunger Strike over Unpaid Wages

A group of former employees in the Hamas-run government in Gaza went on hunger strike Tuesday following a day of protests over unpaid salaries. An employees’ union official said former civil servants are carrying out sit-in protests inside the Palestinian cabinet’s headquarters until their salaries are paid. “Our sit-in is peaceful and we do not […]

Erekat: France to Continue Support for Palestine

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat on Monday praised the French position toward the Palestinian cause, saying France would continue supporting Palestine. Erekat told the Mawtini radio station that French President Francois Hollande had informed President Mahmoud Abbas that France would support a future Palestinian resolution for statehood at the UN Security Council. He said that […]

Official: Gaza Faces Severe Shortage of Cooking Gas

Gaza is facing severe shortages of cooking gas due to recent storms which have prevented crossings from fully operating, a local union official said. Mahmoud al-Shawwa told Ma’an that in the past 10 days only 40 tons of cooking gas have entered Gaza, despite daily needs of over 300 tons for the population of 1.7 […]

First Female Leader of Palestinian Party Elected

The Central Committee of the Palestinian Democratic Union convened Saturday in Ramallah and Gaza City and elected the first ever female secretary-general of a Palestinian faction, Zahira Kamal. Kamal was born in Jerusalem in 1945 and has held several official political positions. She was the first Palestinian Minister of Women’s Affairs. The Palestinian Democratic Union […]

Flooding Hits Gaza Cities as Farmers Start Facing Storm Losses

Hundreds of Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday were forced to evacuate their homes due to rising water levels, as winter Storm Huda began to take a toll on the besieged coastal enclave on the third day of its landing. Hatem al-Khur, an official in the Khuzaa municipality east of Khan Younis responsible […]

Gaza Child Whose Home was Bombed by Israel Dies in Freezing Weather

A Palestinian infant fell ill and died due to severe cold in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, as winter storm Huda pummeled the region for a third day. Gaza Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that two-month-old Rafah Ali Abu Assi died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as a result […]

Ruined Gaza Homes Offer Little Shelter from Storm

Living by candlelight with no electricity and reliant on sandbags to stop their ruined homes flooding, Gazans who survived last year’s war are now struggling with a brutal winter storm. As millions across Palestine and Israel hunkered down for the worst storm of the winter, freezing rain and gale-force winds battered the Gaza Strip where […]

Report: US Senator Introduces Bill to Cut Palestinian Aid

Republican US Sen. Rand Paul introduced a bill on Wednesday that would immediately halt American aid to the Palestinian Authority, US media reported. The Associated Press reported that the bill would cut aid until the Palestinian Authority withdraws its bid to join the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel. “We are currently […]

Palestine Recognizes ICC Jurisdiction for Period Covering Gaza War

The International Criminal Court said Palestinian authorities had formally recognized the court’s jurisdiction to investigate crimes allegedly committed during last summer’s Gaza war. The legal declaration would allow the ICC to scrutinize offences allegedly committed since June 13, 2014, the start of Israel’s military operation, but does not mean the court would automatically launch an […]

Eastern Denominations Mark Christmas in Bethlehem

Despite the cold weather and preparation for a snowstorm expected to affect Palestine Tuesday evening, Christians welcomed their archbishops and patriarchs to mark Christmas Eve in the Orthodox calendar on Tuesday. Beginning early in the morning, dozens of scout troops from across the West Bank marched through the city beating their drums and playing bagpipes. […]

Hamas ‘Totally Opposed’ to Abbas Plan for New UN Bid

Hamas said on Monday it was “totally opposed” to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ plans to re-submit to the UN Security Council a resolution on ending Israel’s occupation which failed last week. “Hamas is totally opposed to any return to the UN Security Council by the Palestinian Authority,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a […]

Hamas, Islamic Jihad Hold Joint Meeting in Gaza

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements held a meeting in Gaza on Monday to discuss the latest political developments and the difficulties Palestinians are facing in the Strip, a factional spokesman told Ma’an. Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shihab told Ma’an that the meeting, held in the office of senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, was a […]

Palestine Presents ICC Membership Request to UN

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations on Friday formally requested membership in the International Criminal Court, which would allow war crimes complaints to be filed against Israel. Membership of the Rome Statute, which governs the ICC, would open the way for Palestinians to pursue criminal complaints in The Hague, but is firmly opposed by […]

Palestinian Shot Dead by Egyptian Forces near Gaza Border

Egyptian military forces late Friday shot and killed a Palestinian at the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza, witnesses and an official said. Witnesses told Ma’an Egyptian soldiers opened fire at four Palestinians in the al-Salam neighborhood of Rafah, killing one and arresting the other three. Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a […]

Abbas Moves for Palestine to Join 18 International Treaties

President Mahmoud Abbas signed letters to join nearly 20 international treaties — including the Rome Statute that guarantees accession to the International Criminal Court — Wednesday night, only a day after the UN Security Council rejected a resolution supporting an end to the Israeli occupation. “We want to complain about the harm caused to us […]

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