Tag Archives: Palestine

West Bank: Israeli occupation troops murder Arab driver, wound his sister

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian driver who the military said attempted to run over them near a West Bank settlement. The Palestinian driver, 26-year-old Muhammad Abdallah Mussa from the West Bank village of Deir Ballut, was seriously wounded and taken to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, after receiving initial medical treatment on the scene. He later died of his wounds. Mussa’s sister, Latifa Abdullah, 33, who was also in the car, was wounded by the gunfire. Israeli medical sources said she was evacuated by car to Ramallah. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said that Israeli forces prevented them from treating her.” (10/30/17)


West Bank: Israeli troops raid multiple media outlets

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“The Israeli army raided the offices of TV channels and production companies in the West Bank overnight on Tuesday, confiscating equipment and closing some of them down. The IDF Spokesperson said that eight media companies were raided and two Palestinians were arrested. The Palestinian Authority condemned the raids, stating that the operation’s central goal was to ‘sabotage’ those ‘exposing the occupation’s crimes.’ … The Israeli army said the media companies, raided by joint forces of the IDF, the Shin Bet, and the civil administration, are suspected of distributing incitement materials, and that Israel will ‘continue to take action against incitement to terror’ because it ‘leads directly to terrorist attacks.'” (10/18/17)


Gaza: Hamas relinquishes control to Palestinian Authority, official says

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“As the Palestinian Authority made its first plans to begin ruling over both the West Bank and Gaza as part of a new reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah, the Islamist group said it had handed over control of the Strip to the PA. Hamas deputy leader in Gaza, Khalil al-Hayya, said in an interview with the Hamas-affilated Al-Aqsa television, that from his point of view, the Palestinian prime minister of both the West Bank and Gaza is Dr. Rami Hamdallah. Hamdallah is prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, led by Fatah and seated in Ramallah in the West Bank.” (10/15/17)


Egypt: Palestinian rivals reach preliminary deal on governing Gaza

Source: Omaha World-Herald

“Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas reached a preliminary agreement Thursday that could return the Gaza Strip to President Mahmoud Abbas'[s] control and ease a decade-old Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the coastal territory, but past attempts at unity have foundered on key issues that remain unresolved. The deal was announced at a news conference in Cairo, where negotiators have been meeting, and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said it was reached under ‘generous Egyptian auspices,’ without elaborating. Egypt has been eager to show progress in unity talks, and both Palestinian factions face pressure to resolve their differences.” (10/12/17)


Trump regime withdraws from UNESCO, saying it’s biased against Israel

Source: Bloomberg

“The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the United Nations cultural organization, saying it’s biased against Israel and citing its decision to admit the Palestinian territories as a member state. The decision to quit the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which the U.S. co-founded in 1945, ‘was not taken lightly,’ State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Thursday. She cited the need for ‘fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.’ … The U.S. also withdrew from the organization in 1984 but rejoined in 2003.” (10/12/17)


Interpol votes to admit Palestine as full member

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Interpol has voted to admit Palestine as a full member, dealing a significant diplomatic blow to Israel, which has strenuously lobbied against Palestinian admission. In a secret vote of representatives of the international police organisation’s members in China, Palestinian membership was approved by 75 to 24 votes, with 34 abstentions — exceeding the two-thirds requirement of yes to no votes. ‘The State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands are now Interpol member countries,’ the organisation tweeted after the ballot. … The Palestinian bid was part of a series of efforts to push for membership of international institutions and thereby advance the goal of statehood. Palestine gained observer status at the United Nations in 2012 and since then has joined more than 50 international organisations and agreements, including the international criminal court and the United Nations heritage body, Unesco.” (09/27/17)


West Bank: Three Israelis killed in attack at squat

Source: Bloomberg

“A Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis at a West Bank [squat] near Jerusalem after approaching an entrance gate with a group of day laborers, police said. After being told to halt, the 37-year-old assailant took out a pistol and started shooting, killing two guards and a border policeman and seriously injuring a fourth Israeli, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a text message. Israeli security services identified the assailant as Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal, a father of four, who had a permit to work in the Har Adar [squat].” (09/26/17)


France: Macron urges resumption of Israel-Arab peace talks

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a resumption of long-stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestine based on a two-state solution. Macron said on Sunday that France was ready to apply diplomatic levers towards renewed negotiations, but gave no specifics. He did not indicate any eagerness for France to spearhead such negotiations after a fruitless French diplomatic effort early this year.” (07/16/17)


Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

Source: Antiwar.com
by Ramzy Baroud

“The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion. Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action. Along with Haley, the rightwing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu is moving fast to cultivate the unique opportunity of dismissing the United Nations, thus, any attempt at criticizing the Israeli Occupation.” (06/22/17)


Israel: Regime reduces Gaza electricity to four hours daily to aid Abbas v. Hamas

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The Israeli government has agreed to cut down its electricity supply in the Gaza Strip, at the behest of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA), Israeli officials said. According to Yoav Mordechai, the Israeli head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), President Mahmoud Abbas requested Israel to stop supplying electricity to Gaza back in April. The PA declined to comment to Al Jazeera. Khalil Shaheen, a Ramallah-based political analyst, said the PA was applying heavy pressure on the Hamas government to relinquish its control over the Gaza Strip.” (06/13/17)