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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Record Number of Palestinian Homes Destroyed by Israel in 2016: Rights Group

In 2016, Israeli authorities had sped up demolishing homes of Palestinians in the occupied territories, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported. The number was the highest in 12 years, during which the group kept systematic statistics of the demolitions. B’Tselem says the demolitions campaign intensified in August 2015 and unofficially halted later in the year, only […]

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 […]

Explainer: Israel-Palestine Conflict, the Two-state Solution (VIDEO)

What is a two-state solution; what is a one-state solution; and why are they now at the heart of the Palestine-Israeli discussion? (Al Jazeera)

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Haaretz Report: Israeli Government Funded Construction of Amona Outpost by Proxy

The recently dismantled illegal settlement outpost of Amona was funded through a million-dollar loan from the Israeli government, a report by Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed on Monday, further blurring the distinction between settlements recognized and unrecognized by Israel. According to Haaretz, settlement building organization Amana obtained a $1.05 million loan in 2002 to build in […]

Man Beaten by Israeli Crowd for Shouting Warnings in Arabic During Shooting (VIDEO)

A Arab citizen of Israel was violently attacked on Thursday after screaming in Arabic at the scene of a shooting in Petah Tikva in central Israel that left six Israelis injured. According to Israeli news outlet Ynet, Maed Amar, 35, from Kafr Qasim was attacked by a crowd of Israelis after screaming “Watch out! Take […]

The Kiss of Life – A Poem

By Chris Lane is a warm welcome breeze from  the womb, for kittens and kids a mother’s tongue for desert life, water for us the kiss of love. living is an enormous void an incalculable, unpredictable present a confusion of choices simply given, simply taken away. one mistake  forever embedded. birthed in the right  western […]

OCHA: Record Number of Demolitions and Displacements in the West Bank during 2016

By Palestine Chronicle Staff In a new report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories said the new year had seen a massive Israeli escalation in the destruction of Palestinian homes and businesses. “During January 2017, OCHA recorded the demolition of 140 structures by the Israeli authorities, displacing […]

South Africa’s Zuma: South Africa Will Continue to Support Palestine

South African President Jacob Zuma told lawmakers “South Africa will continue to support Palestine,” as he delivered his state of the nation address at the parliament on Thursday, the PIC reported. According to reports, the South African president highlighted that the Israeli settlement policies obstruct all global efforts for a two-state solution and the implementation […]

Israeli Soldiers Clash with Youth in Aida Refugee Camp (VIDEO)

Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian youth late Thursday afternoon in the Aida refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces fired tear gas, while Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned news agency Wafa reported that Israeli forces also used live fire. Wafa added that witnesses said soldiers fired at […]

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