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Barghouthi, Longest-serving Palestinian Prisoner Resentenced to Life in Prison Plus 18 years

Nael Barghouthi, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner, was sentenced on Wednesday by an Israeli military court to life in prison with an additional 18-year sentence, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). PPS said in a statement that the court had ruled that Barghouthi, 59, was to serve the remainder of his previous sentence received prior […]

26 Oscar Stars Turn Down Free 5-star Trip to Israel

Hollywood stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon were amongst Oscar celebrities who were offered luxury trips to Israel; however none have taken advantage of the offer. The offers were for $55,000 personalized trips and came as part of the gift bags handed out to a host of famous faces at the prestigious awards ceremony. […]

Israeli Settlers Threaten Bedouins in Jordan Valley

Israeli settlers raided a Bedouin community in the Khallat Hamad area of the northern Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank and threatened local Palestinians on Sunday, a day after a herd of sheep belonging to one of the community’s residents was attacked. Local activist Muataz Bisharat, who monitors settlement-related activities in the Jordan Valley, […]

Israeli Minister Moves to Revoke Citizenship of Palestinian Charged with Murder

Israel’s Interior Minister and founder of the ultra-orthodox Shas party, Aryeh Deri, has officially begun the process of attempting to revoke the citizenship of a Palestinian citizen of Israel who has been accused of carrying out a “nationalistically-motivated” shooting in January, despite the fact that the trial and sentencing over the case has yet to […]

Palestinians Discuss Development of Gas Field with Shell

The Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF) announced on Monday that it has been discussing the development of Gaza Marine Gas Field with Shell, Anadolu has reported. Gaza Marine is about 30km off the coast of the Gaza Strip in the eastern Mediterranean; it is estimated to contain about 28 million cubic meters of gas. British Gas […]

Israeli Court to Decide on Release of Veteran Palestinian Prisoner

The Israeli court of Ofer is scheduled to decide, next Wednesday, on the appeal filed against Palestinian prisoner Nael al-Barghouthi, 59, by Israeli Attorney General in protest of the court’s previous ruling which sentenced him to 30 months of actual imprisonment,  PIC reported. Palestinian Prisoner Society quoted the wife of detainee Barghouthi as saying, “Israeli […]

Elor Azarya Sentenced to 1.5 Years in Prison for Killing Wounded Palestinian

After being found guilty of manslaughter for the filmed, execution-style shooting of 21-year-old Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, 20-year-old Israeli soldier Elor Azarya was sentenced to 18 months in prison, a year’s probation, and a demotion in his military rank on Tuesday. The prosecution had sought a three- to five-year prison sentence for the killing, with the […]

Music Band Typo Rocks Gaza

Gaza’s first rock band was formed in 2012 and is still considered the first band in the besieged Strip to have released a full album. Lead singer and guitarist Mohammed Zohud and his friend initially formed the band which expanded to five members. “We formed a unique band made up of experienced instrument players,” he […]

Israeli Forces Destroy UNICEF-funded Water Pipeline in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces demolished a water pipeline in the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank on Monday, after the same pipeline was destroyed earlier this month, according to local sources. Muataz Bisharat, a local official who monitors Israeli activities in the Jordan Valley, told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers destroyed the eight-and-a-half kilometers pipeline running […]

Israeli Court Sentences Palestinian Boy with Leukemia to 3 Months in Prison

The Israeli military court at Ofer prison sentenced 15-year-old Ahmad al-Khadour to 91 days in prison and a 3,000-shekel fine (approximately $810), after the boy was accused of throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. The sentencing came despite Ahmad’s family’s and rights groups’ extreme concern regarding the boy’s health due to his chronic illnesses — including […]

Netanyahu Turned Down Regional Peace Initiative Last Year: Former US Officials

Israel’s prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-US secretary of state John Kerry, former US officials confirmed. The revelation, first reported by the Haaretz daily, was in apparent contradiction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stated goal of involving regional Arab powers in resolving Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians. Netanyahu […]

Israeli University to be Established on Occupied Palestinian Land in the West Bank

Israeli forces leveled Palestinian lands in Mesha village, to the west of Salfit province, in favor of illegal settlement expansion, the PIC reported. Head of Mesha village council, Sabah Amer, said “Palestinian lands have been increasingly seized and leveled by the Israeli occupation forces and authorities as part of underway endeavors to expand the Qana […]

Netanyahu: Trump and I Agreed to Establish settlements Team

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday said that he and US President Donald Trump “have agreed to establish a team to examine the Jewish settlement enterprise in the West Bank,” the PNN reported. “We agreed to establish teams on many issues, even on issues we did not reach an agreement on in the past. I […]

Petition: UK Government Should Apologize to Palestinians for Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Apology Campaign (BAC) has launched a petition which calls on the British government to apologize for the Balfour Declaration that lead to the colonization of Palestine that continues to this day. BAC also called on the British government to lead peace efforts in Palestine. The campaign, which was initiated by the UK-based Palestinian […]

Lieberman Promises Gaza Ports in Exchange for Captive Soldiers

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said yesterday that his government is willing to allow the Palestinians to have a seaport and airport in Gaza, as well as industrial areas and the creation of 40,000 jobs in the enclave. The right-wing minister set a number of conditions for this, including the return of two Israeli soldiers […]

Israel Threatens to Attack Lebanon in Response to Nasrallah Statements

Israel’s minister of intelligence has threatened to “hit all of Lebanon” in the event that Hezbollah acts on its threats to bomb the Zionist state. “If Nasrallah dares to fire at the Israel homefront or at its national infrastructure, all of Lebanon will be hit,” warned Yisrael Katz. The minister’s comments were made in response […]

Hamas: Israel Not Serious about New Prisoner Exchange Deal

The Hamas movement said on Friday that Israeli authorities were not showing seriousness in creating a new prisoner exchange deal for Israelis held by Hamas and Palestinians imprisoned in Israel. Spokesperson of the movement, Hazem Qassem said that the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, had received Israeli offers through intermediates last […]

Hezbollah Chief Threatens to Target Israeli Nuke Plant

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah today called on Israel to dismantle its Dimona nuclear reactor, threatening to target the facility with rockets if Israel failed to comply. “I urge the enemy [Israel] to shut its ammonia tank in Haifa and dismantle its Dimona nuclear reactor [in the Negev Desert],” Nasrallah said in a televised speech. “The […]

A Long Fight: Gaza Man Succumbs to Wounds He Sustained as a Teen in 2005

A Palestinian man in the Gaza Strip succumbed on Thursday to wounds he sustained by Israeli forces in 2005 — when he was 18 years old — according to locals. Samed Fahmi Abu Shanab, 29, from the al-Amal neighborhood of western Khan Yunis City in the southern Gaza Strip was being treated in Egyptian hospitals […]

Palestinian Authority Supports Trump’s Call for Israeli Settlements ‘Pullback’, Wary of ‘One State’ Idea

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas fully supports Donald Trump’s call on Israel to “pull back” on settlement expansion, but is yet to comment on a trending idea that a peace deal might not necessarily include an independent Palestinian state. The Palestinian presidency “demands that [Israelis] agree to [Trump’s call] and that of the international community, […]

Israeli Minister Says Netanyahu and Trump to Discuss Palestinian State in Sinai and Gaza

An Israeli minister claimed on Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump will discuss a proposal put forward by Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to establish a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula. Such a state would not include the West Bank, said Ayoob Kara of the Likud Party. […]

Trump: Two-State Solution Not Only Way to Achieve Peace

US President Donald Trump has said that a peace deal between Israel and Palestine can be a one-state or two-state solution as long as both sides agree on it. “Looking at two-state or one-state, I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one both parties like. I can live with […]

Palestinians Denounce US Comments on 2-State Solution, Say Alternative is Apartheid

A United States official said on Tuesday that the US was not necessarily committed to the two-state solution as the sole way out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sparking criticism from Palestinian officials who upheld that the two-state solution remained the only alternative to an apartheid system in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. The official […]

Germany, Israel Summit Postponed due to Land Grab Law

A high profile German-Israeli summit scheduled to be held in Jerusalem in May has been cancelled due to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s dissatisfaction with Israel’s “Regularization Law”. The summit would have seen a meeting between Merkel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and between government ministers from the two sides, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported. Germany's Merkel […]

Palestinian Teens Detail Their Torture at the Hands of Israeli Authorities

Two Palestinian teenagers held in Israel’s Ofer detention center have been shot, abused, and tortured during their detention and interrogation by Israeli authorities, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs. Lawyer for the committee Hussein al-Araj said that 17-year-old Musab Muhammad Ghuneimat from Surif in the southern occupied West […]

‘I, Rubi Rivlin, Believe that Zion is Entirely Ours’: Israel’s President Calls for Annexing West Bank

Israel should annex all the occupied land it claims sovereignty over and grant full citizenship to those falling under its extended jurisdiction, Israe’s President Reuven Rivlin said, apparently implying full annexation of the West Bank. Speaking in the wider context of the controversial bill that has legalized the Israeli settlements in the occupied territories last […]

Spy or Die: Israel’s Message to a Gaza Heart Patient, Now Dead

A heart patient from Gaza has died after he refused an Israeli offer to spy on Palestinian in order to access treatment. Twenty-seven-year-old Ahmed was born with a congenital heart defect and had undergone a number of operations. He regularly made the trip from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank for treatment and […]

‘We See Eye-to-Eye’: Netanyahu Enthusiastic on His Way to Washington to Meet Trump

With things in the international arena apparently changing in Israel’s favor with Obama gone, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is heading to meet his long-time acquaintance, Donald Trump, now in the role of US president, to “upgrade” the US-Israel relationship. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took off for the US capital on Monday, where he […]

2 Palestinians, Including Hamas Fighter, Killed in Gaza Tunnels

At least two Palestinians were killed in tunnels in the besieged Gaza Strip, sources said on Monday. The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, said that one of its fighters, 22-year-old Ahmad Asaad Shihada al-Barim from the town of Khan Yunis, was killed when a “resistance tunnel” collapsed. While al-Qassam did […]

Guterres Defends Choice of Palestinian as Libya Envoy

N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has defended his choice to appoint former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as UN envoy to Libya and expressed his “deep” regret over US opposition to his appointment. Guterres described Fayyad, a former World Bank official with a track record of fighting corruption, as “the right person for the right job […]

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