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Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian at Nablus Checkpoint

Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man at a military checkpoint south of Nablus on Monday, Israel’s army and media said. The Hebrew-language website of Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Israeli soldiers stopped a man for inspection at the Zaatara checkpoint. The man requested to go to the bathroom and then attempted to run away, […]

PA Returns Three Settlers to Israel

Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces yesterday returned three Israeli settlers to Israel after they infiltrated the West Bank city of Jericho, Quds Press reported. Israeli Radio reported that the settlers were returned “safe” to Israel after the interference of the PA security forces. Palestinian movement Al-Ahrar condemned the PA’s actions: “We were surprised with the […]

PA, Jordan to Submit Draft UN Resolution on Deadly Arson Attack

Ali, Dawabsha, an 18-month-old infant was burned alive by suspected Jewish extremists.

The Palestinian Authority and Jordan have agreed to submit a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council calling for international protection for Palestinian civilians following the killing of an 18-month-old infant by suspected Jewish extremists. Palestinian ambassador to Jordan, Atallah Khairi, told Jordanian newspaper al-Ghad that the decision was taken following an arson attack […]

Clashes Erupt at Aqsa after Israeli Police Restrict Access

(Via Aljazeera/file)

Israeli police clashed with Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday after they imposed strict restrictions on access to the holy site, later detaining five Palestinians leaving the compound. Israeli police denied access to all Palestinian woman and men under the age of 30, between 7 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, the Palestinian […]

Israel Vows to Fight Jewish Terrorism as Girl Stabbed at Pride Parade Dies

(Photo: Twitter)

In an effort to fight rising internal extremism, the Israeli government moved to expand a law allowing detention without trial to include Jewish terror suspects. This comes as a girl stabbed by a radical Jew at a Gay Pride parade died from her injuries. Sixteen-year-old Shira Banki, who was critically injured by an ultra-orthodox Jew […]

Israel Denies West Bank-based Football Team Entry to Gaza

The Israeli authorities on Sunday denied Palestinian footballers from the occupied West Bank visa permits to enter Gaza to face a rival team in the first leg of a cup competition, the Palestinian Football Association said. The Israeli authorities denied the players and managers of Ahli al-Khalil, based in Hebron, visas to enter Gaza to […]

Palestinian Villagers form Groups to Guard against Settler Attacks

Residents of the Palestinian village of Duma in the occupied West Bank are forming voluntary groups to guard against attacks by Israeli settlers, days after a deadly arson attack left an 18-month-old resident burned alive, locals said Saturday. The groups — formed on voluntary participation — will patrol the village and its outskirts 24 hours […]

8 Palestinians Injured in Clashes near Jalazun after Teen’s Funeral

Israeli forces shot and injured eight Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes near al-Jalazun refugee camp that broke out on Saturday following the funeral of 17-year-old Laith al-Khaldi who was shot dead by Israeli forces the day before. Israeli forces reportedly fired live and rubber-coated steel rounds at dozens of Palestinian youths as they […]

PA Calls for Blacklisting of Israeli Settlers

The Palestinian Authority has rejected Israel’s condemnation of the killing of a Palestinian infant in the West Bank city of Nablus by Jewish settlers as insufficient. The PA is insisting that the illegal settlers must be blacklisted as terrorists, Quds Press reported on Friday. A group of Jewish settlers threw firebombs and burning material inside […]

Thousands Mourn as West Bank Deaths Mount

(Photo: Ma'an)

Thousands of Palestinians on Saturday attended the funeral of Laith al-Khaldi, 17, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes near the Atara military checkpoint in northern Ramallah the previous night. Al-Khalidi was at least the 20th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2015, not including those killed in attacks […]

Locals: Settlers Attempt Attack on Palestinian Farmers near Nablus

Israeli settlers on Saturday morning attempted an attack on Palestinian farmers in village of Qusra south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, a local official said. Dozens of settlers from the illegal Esh Kodesh outpost descended on farmers in their fields between the outpost and Qusra, said Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors […]

Hamas: ‘Settlers, Soldiers’ Legitimate Targets after Infant Killing

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Palestinian political factions strongly condemned an arson attack carried out by settlers which killed a Palestinian infant on Friday, holding the Israeli leadership fully responsible for the brutal attack and calling for revenge. Hamas said that the killing of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha in the Nablus village of Duma makes all “Israeli soldiers and settlers […]

EU Calls on Israel to Halt Settlement Expansion

In the wake of the Israeli government’s announcement that it is going to build more than 800 new housing units in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, the EU has called on Israel to halt all such expansion. The Europeans believe that an increase in the size of the illegal settlements, reported Qudsnet, undermines the […]

Abbas Wants ICC to Probe Arson Attack that Killed Palestinian Infant

Ali Saad Dawabsha, one-and-a-half years old burned alive by Jewish settlers.

President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that he would appeal to the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into an arson attack carried out by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank which killed a Palestinian infant. “We are immediately preparing the file that will be submitted to the ICC,” Abbas told reporters, while also […]

Ultra-Orthodox Jew Stabs at Least 6 at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade

(Photo: Twitter)

At least six people were stabbed at an LGBT pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, local media reported, citing Israeli police and paramedics. The suspected attacker, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, has been arrested. Police said that six people have been injured, adding that two of them were in serious condition. “We were prepared for every scenario, […]

Palestinian Man Refuses Millions to Give up His Land

Thirty-one years after the Israeli authorities confiscated his land in the Palestinian village of Dura Al-Qar’, north of Ramallah, Palestinian landowner Abdul Rahman Kassem has fought for a legal ruling for the demolition of two units in Beit El settlement on the grounds that they are built on private property. Although the ruling does not […]

Israel Moves to Legalize Gitmo-style Force-feeding of Hunger Strikers

The Israeli parliament has passed a bill that allows the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners who resort to hunger strikes to protest their administrative detention without charge. The national medical association said the procedure amounts to torture. The 120-seat Knesset approved the controversial bill, with 46 legislators in favor and 40 against it. Called “Law to […]

Hamas Rejects Fatah’s Demand to Hand over Rule of Gaza

Hamas continue to accuse the PA of acting on Israel's behalf through security cooperation. (Via Aljazeera)

Hamas officials on Wednesday rejected demands by Fatah leadership to hand over rule of the Gaza Strip and called for an “uprising” against Palestinian Authority security forces. Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad had said on Sunday that Hamas “foiled” efforts towards a unity government, and that the group must hand over rule of the Gaza Strip […]

Resistance and BDS Only Way to Change Israeli Settlement Policies: Zoabi

Hanin Zoabi.

Arab Member of the Knesset Hanin Zoabi said yesterday that the Palestinian resistance and international prosecution of Israeli crimes can only change the Israeli settlement policies, Arab48.com reported. Zoabi’s remarks came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the construction of 500 new settlement units in the illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and 300 […]

Barghouti is Likely to Become President if Abbas Doesn’t Run

Marwan Barghouti.

Results of a recent poll revealed that imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarian Marwan Barghouti is likely to become Palestinian Authority (PA) president if current President Mahmoud Abbas does not run for presidency, Qudsnet.com reported yesterday. The poll, which was conducted on Monday by the Arab World Institute for Research and Development (AWRAD), showed that Abbas would get […]

Israel PM Approves 300 Settler Homes in Occupied West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday approved the “immediate” construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups. “After consultations in the prime minister’s office, the immediate construction of 300 homes in Beit El has been authorized,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said, […]

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 […]

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  • August 4, 2015

    PA Returns Three Settlers to Israel

    Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces yesterday returned three Israeli settlers to Israel after they infiltrated the West Bank city of Jericho, Quds Press reported. - Israeli Radio reported that the settlers were returned "safe" to Israel after the interference of the PA security forces. - Palestinian movement Al-Ahrar condemned the PA's actions: "We were surprised with the crime carried out by the PA security... More →
  • August 3, 2015

    Clashes Erupt at Aqsa after Israeli Police Restrict Access

    Israeli police clashed with Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday after they imposed strict restrictions on access to the holy site, later detaining five Palestinians leaving the compound. - Israeli police denied access to all Palestinian woman and men under the age of 30, between 7 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments in Jerusalem said. - Police also shut down the... More →
  • August 1, 2015

    PA Calls for Blacklisting of Israeli Settlers

    The Palestinian Authority has rejected Israel's condemnation of the killing of a Palestinian infant in the West Bank city of Nablus by Jewish settlers as insufficient. The PA is insisting that the illegal settlers must be blacklisted as terrorists, Quds Press reported on Friday. - A group of Jewish settlers threw firebombs and burning material inside a Palestinian house in Nablus on Friday morning, burning an 18-month... More →
  • July 31, 2015

    Hamas: 'Settlers, Soldiers' Legitimate Targets after Infant Killing

    Palestinian political factions strongly condemned an arson attack carried out by settlers which killed a Palestinian infant on Friday, holding the Israeli leadership fully responsible for the brutal attack and calling for revenge. - Hamas said that the killing of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha in the Nablus village of Duma makes all "Israeli soldiers and settlers legitimate targets for resistance." - A spokesperson for... More →
  • July 31, 2015

    EU Calls on Israel to Halt Settlement Expansion

    In the wake of the Israeli government's announcement that it is going to build more than 800 new housing units in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, the EU has called on Israel to halt all such expansion. The Europeans believe that an increase in the size of the illegal settlements, reported Qudsnet, undermines the prospects for an end to the conflict based on a two-state solution. - "The latest... More →
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