Archive for January, 2015

Israel intent on providing ICC with more evidence

Press Release – Palestinian Liberation Organisation

Dr. Ashrawi: Israel is intent on providing the ICC with further evidence of its lawlessness Read more »

Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another

Column – Ramzy Baroud

Whenever the word refugee is uttered, I think of my mother. When Zionist militias began their systematic onslaught and cleansing of the Palestinian Arab population of historic Palestine in 1948, she, along with her family, ran away from the once … Read more »

Middle East envoy Serry ‘outraged’ by attack on UN Gaza

Press Release – UN News

28 January 2015 The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process, Robert Serry, has expressed outrage by the assault on the UN premises in Gaza this morning. Read more »

Hezbollah’s Attack on Israeli Defense Forces

Press Release – U.S. Department of State

The United States strongly condemns Hezbollahs attack today from Lebanon on Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in blatant violation of the cease fire between Lebanon and Israel and UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for the immediate cessation … Read more »

New Death Sentence Issued in Gaza

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

New Death Sentence Issued; PCHR Calls for Immediate Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty as a Form of Punishment in the oPt Read more »

Lack of funds forces UN agency to halt Gaza rebuild

Press Release – UN News

Lack of funds forces UN agency to halt Gaza programme for repairs to destroyed homes Read more »

End to Palestinian Occupation Needs Clear Plan

Press Release – Palestinian Liberation Organisation

Dr. Ashrawi: Without a clear plan to end the occupation and to establish the sovereign Palestinian state, institution and nation-building cannot proceed Read more »

PFLP commemorates the Journey of Al-Hakim: 1925-2008


Habash (400 x 128)

Comrade Al-Hakim was born on August 1, 1925 in the city of al-Lydd, Palestine; at the time, Palestine was under British colonial control under the British Mandate, and Palestinians were facing the materialization of the colonial settler project known today as Israel. Dr. Habash attended Anglican school and then public school in al-Lydd during his early education; he then studied at the Orthodox school in Yafa, before secondary school in Jerusalem. He completed high school in 1942. During his childhood years, he was deeply influenced by the situation in Palestine, including the Palestinian revolution which took place between 1936 and 1939 against British colonialism and impending Zionist colonialism. He returned to Yafa after graduating high school, teaching for two years in the same school he attended before enrolling in the American University of Beirut in 1944 to study medicine.

Dr George Habash

Dr George Habash

In 1948, while Comrade Habash was studying in Beirut, al-Nakba took place, in which over 700,000 Palestinians, including Dr. Habash’s family and many other Palestinians in al-Lydd, were driven from their homes and made refugees. Along with other Palestinian and Arab comrades in Beirut, in response to al-Nakba, Dr. Habash founded the Arab Nationalist Movement. This movement became very strong among youth, students and intellectuals across the Arab world, and was the first pan-Arab movement to take up armed struggle to confront colonialism and to liberate occupied Arab land. After graduating with his medical degree in 1951, he participated in clinics serving Palestinian refugees in the camps in Jordan along with Comrade martyr Dr. Wadi’ Haddad, while continuing his leadership of the Arab Nationalist Movement. Read more »

“Solution of the Palestinian Question is the Key to Peace”

Press Release – Palestinian Liberation Organisation

Dr. Ashrawi: A Just Solution of the Palestinian Question is the Key to Peace, Security and Stability in the Region Read more »

Dr Ashrawi Responds to Comments by Canadian Foreign Minister

Press Release – Palestinian Liberation Organisation

In response to media inquiries regarding Canadian Foreign Minister John Bairds insistence that the Palestinians are making a huge mistake by going to the ICC, PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said: Read more »

Dr. Ashrawi: Palestine cannot remain under occupation

Press Release – Palestinian Liberation Organisation

Dr. Ashrawi: We cannot go back to business as usual and remain under the occupation Read more »

Dr. Ashrawi: Meeting with Visiting Delegations and Diplomat

Press Release – Palestinian Liberation Organisation

Over the past few days, PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, conducted a series of separate meetings with a CAABU (The Council for Arab-British Understanding)/MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians) delegation which featured Rt. Hon Liam Byrne MP, Gavin … Read more »

Palestinian girl imprisoned for two months

Press Release – EuroMid Observer

A 14-year-old Palestinian girl has been imprisoned by Israeli authorities for 22 consecutive days without contact with her parents, and has just been sentenced to serve another month along with a stiff fine on her parents, reports Euro-Mid Observer … Read more »

Lessons that Hollande Failed to Learn from W. Bush’s Plunder

Opinion – Ramzy Baroud

Francois Hollande is not a popular president. No matter how hard the socialist leader tries to impress, there never seems to be a no solid constituency that backs him. He attempted to mask his initial lack of experience in foreign affairs with … Read more »

The ICC Decision to Open a Preliminary Examination

Opinion – INSS Insight

On January 16, 2015, Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced her decision to open a preliminary examination of the situation in Palestine. The significance of this decision should not be underestimated, … Read more »

Waving in the first Row – Uri Avnery

Column – Uri Avnery

THE THREE Islamic terrorists could have been very proud of themselves, if they had lived to see it. Read more »

Euro-Mid: ICC decision gives hope justice is not just a platitude

Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights

Injured boy in Shifa Hospital, Gaza City July 2014

Injured boy in Shifa Hospital, Gaza City July 2014

Geneva – On Friday, January 16, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine, following the Palestinian authorities’ acceptance of the jurisdiction of the institution over alleged crimes committed in the it territories, including East Jerusalem, since June 13.

Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization based in Geneva and with a team in the Gaza Strip, welcomes the prosecutor’s decision and is ready to cooperate with the court by providing it with extensive documentation of war crimes. A full investigation is required to remove the main obstacles to peace and restore the parties’ trust in international justice, which ultimately must culminate in an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and the decades-old cycle of violence. Read more »

Statement on ICC Prosecutor’s Decision

Press Release – U.S. Department of State

Press Statement Jeff Rathke Director, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of Press Relations Washington, DC January 16, 2015 Read more »

UN Rights Expert Cancels Visit to Palestinian Territory

Press Release – United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Israels lack of cooperation leads to cancelled visit by UN rights expert to the occupied Palestinian territory Read more »

Dr. Ashrawi Meets with Swedish Consul General

Press Release – Palestinian Liberation Organisation

PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, met with Swedish Consul General, Ann-Sofie Nilsson, and Swedish Deputy Consul General, Johanna Strmquist, at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah. Read more »

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