Tag Archives: Palestine

Trump regime cuts $65 million in aid for Palestinian Arab refugees

Source: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees, demanding that the U.N. agency responsible for the programs undertake a ‘fundamental re-examination,’ the State Department said. In a letter, the State Department notified the U.N. Relief and Works Agency that the U.S. is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment to the body. The letter also makes clear that additional U.S. donations will be contingent on major changes by the agency, which has been heavily criticized by Israel.” (01/16/18)


Palestine: PLO Central Council recommends suspension of recognition of Israel

Source: CNN

“Palestinian [Arab] leaders have called on the Palestin[e] Liberation Organization (PLO) to suspend its recognition of Israel just days after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged the group to ‘revise’ its agreements with the Jewish state. … A PLO Central Council statement on Monday called on the organization to suspend its recognition of Israel, first affirmed by the Palestinian body in 1993, until Israel recognized the state of Palestine, based on borders that existed before the Six-Day War of 1967.” (01/16/18)


Palestine: Israeli regime approves more than 1,100 new illegal squats in occupied West Bank

Source: Independent [UK]

“Israel has approved the construction of more than 1,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, an NGO has said. A total of 1,122 new housing units had been approved in 20 settlements and outposts, a spokesman for Peace now told The Independent. … Earlier this week, Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Defence Minister, said authorities would approve the construction of 1,285 housing units to be built in 2018. He also said authorities were due to advance planning for 2,500 others in around 20 different settlements.” (01/11/18)


Israel: Knesset raises vote threshold to tighten grip on Jerusalem

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Israel on Tuesday raised the number of votes needed for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to Palestine, in a move that could hamper the division of the city as part of a peace agreement. The amendment to the legislation increased the number of votes required to approve proposals to hand over any section of the city to ‘a foreign party’ from 61 to 80 in the 120-seat Knesset. … US negotiations between Israel and Palestine have been frozen since 2014 but, if resumed, an Israeli parliament majority to approve handing over parts of Jerusalem could complicate efforts to reach a peace agreement. Israel seized control of the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and sees the whole of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital. The Palestinians view the east as the capital of a future state that would also include the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.” (01/02/17)


Israel: Likud calls for annexation of parts of West Bank

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Israel’s governing Likud party has approved a draft resolution urging its leaders to formally annex parts of the occupied West Bank, a move that is expected to further anger Palestinians. Members of the Likud Central Committee voted on Sunday in favour of imposing Israeli sovereignty over illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. The resolution is non-binding for cabinet ministers but it does carry political force within the party of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister. Netanyahu himself did not attend the central commitee’s meeting.” (12/31/17)


Celebrity rabbi labels singer Lorde a “bigot” for canceling Israel concert

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A full-page advert has been placed in the Washington Post calling Lorde a bigot, a week after the New Zealand-born singer cancelled a concert in Israel. The ad, in the 31 December edition of the newspaper, was placed by outspoken rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s This World: The Values Network and criticises the 21-year-old for joining ‘a global antisemitic boycott of Israel’ while still performing in Russia. … Last month the Grammy award winner cancelled a concert scheduled in Tel Aviv for June after criticism from activists in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. The decision also came after an open letter written by two New Zealanders argued the concert would show support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine.” (01/01/18)


The right will destroy Israel

Source: Antiwar.com
by Uri Avnery

“The simple fact is that the Right has no picture of the future, no program, not even a dream. Only vague sentiments. That may be its strength. Sentiments are a strong force in the life of nations. What the Right would really like is the endless continuation of the present situation: the military occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the indirect occupation of the Gaza Strip, enforced by blockade. Cold logic says that this is an unnatural situation that cannot go on forever. Sooner or later it has to be institutionalized. How? There are two possibilities, and only two: an apartheid state or a binational state. That is so obvious, that even the most fanatical right-winger cannot deny it. No one even tries to. There is a vague hope that the Arabs in Palestine will somehow pack up and just go away. That will not happen. The unique circumstances of 1948 will not and cannot repeat themselves.” (12/30/17)


NBA website removes mention of Palestine occupation after Israeli pol whines about it

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Israel’s far-right sports and culture minister has taken credit for the US National Basketball Association’s decision to remove the description ‘occupied’ from its depiction of Palestine on its website, despite the fact that the phrase describes the internationally recognised legal status of the Palestinian territories. The NBA’s site originally listed ‘occupied Palestine territories’ and at time of writing had deleted the word ‘occupied’ at the instance of two Israeli ministers, one of whom suggested they were in fact part of Israel.” (12/29/17)


Nikki Haley: The bold scold of the Trump administration

Source: The American Conservative
by Doug Bandow

“As governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley didn’t have much need to worry about foreign policy. Yet for reasons unknown (other than perhaps her Indian heritage), Donald Trump tapped her to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. There, she has performed to perfection, offering a model of the hubris and lack of awareness that consistently characterize U.S. foreign policy. What makes America different from other nations when it comes to foreign policy is the certainty that it is the right — indeed, the duty — of Americans to run the world. … Other governments have no right to make decisions about their own countries, and need to be told what’s right and wrong by Washington on any and every subject, day or night, in sunshine, rain, or snow. But another element of American exceptionalism is the fact that the U.S. is exempt from the rules it applies to other nations. Washington gets to lecture, but no one gets to tell Americans what they should do.” (12/27/17)


Guatemala: Regime to move embassy to Jerusalem

Source: The Epoch Times

“Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on Sunday he had given instructions to move the Central American country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a few days after his government backed the United States in its decision to move its embassy. … The status of Jerusalem — home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions — is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as their capital.” (12/25/17)