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Trump administration is Israel’s partner in targeting UNRWA

Press Release – PLO

Following the decision of the so-called National Security Council at the Israeli Prime Ministers office approving a plan to end UNRWA presence in Jerusalem, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi issued the following statement on behalf of the PLO Executive Committee: Read more »

Amos Oz and the real Israel

Article – Redress Information

On 29 December the New York Times (NYT) reported the death of the charismatic Israeli writer Amos Oz. Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Oz was altogether Israeli. That is, he did not come to Palestine from somewhere else. Only nine years old when Israel came … Read more »

Israel’s policies of apartheid and aggression threaten peace

Press Release – Palestine Liberation Organisation

In response to media inquiries regarding Israels opening of a new ‘Apartheid Road in occupied Jerusalem and its surrounding areas, segregating Palestinians from Israeli settlers by an eight-meter-high wall, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi … Read more »

Systematic violations of Palestinians’ right

Press Release – Euro-Med Monitor

Euro-Med: PA should open a serious investigation into systematic violations of Palestinians right to peaceful assembly Read more »

PLO on Australia and Jerusalem

Press Release – PLO

In a letter to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Dr. Ashrawi calls on the Australian government to respect its international obligations, refrain from changing its policy on Jerusalem Read more »

Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Press Release – UNHCHR

UN Secretary-General Message for UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29 November – Statement Only Read more »

The Tide is Turning: Israel Is Losing on Two War Fronts

Article – Ramzy Baroud

The November 12 botched Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip is delineating Tel Avivs failure to utilize its army as a tool to achieve Palestinian political concessions. Read more »

Top Hamas leader receives South African envoy in Gaza

HAMAS

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The head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh has received South Africa’s ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Ashraf Suliman in his office in Gaza and discussed the latest developments concerning the Palestinian cause.

Haniyeh expressed his deep gratitude to South Africa’s historical position towards the Palestinian cause hailing its stance against the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza.

The top Hamas leader discussed with the South African diplomat the latest developments regarding the efforts exerted to break the Israeli siege on Gaza and end the Palestinian people’s suffering in the impoverished enclave.

Haniyeh deplored the US decision to put Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri on its ‘terror blacklist,’ calling on South Africa to pressure the US to reverse the Israeli occupation-biased decision.

The ambassador of South Africa Ashraf Suliman reiterated South Africa’s positive stance towards Palestinian people, stressing that his country denounces the latest Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip

Suliman praised international and regional endeavours to break Gaza Siege, confirming that South Africa supports these efforts to end the suffering of the Palestinian people, remove the Israeli blockade, and achieve Palestinian national reconciliation.

Netanyahu Supports the Death Penalty against Palestinians

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is escalating his war on the Palestinian people, although for reasons almost entirely related to Israeli politics. He has just given the greenlight to a legislation that would make it easier for Israeli … Read more »

UN human rights expert urges action to stop Israel

Press Release – UNHCHR

NEW YORK (24 October 2018) A UN human rights expert said it was high time the international community takes firm action to stop Israels annexation of large parts of the West Bank through settlement expansion and legislative initiatives, … Read more »

‘A Cruel Choice’: Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Several Palestinian students, along with teachers and officials, were wounded in the Israeli army attack on a school south of Nablus in the West Bank on October 15. The students of Al- Sawiya Al-Lebban Mixed School were challenging an Israeli military … Read more »

Dr. Ashrawi delivers talks and conducts meetings in Berlin

Press Release – Palestine Liberation Organisation

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi traveled to Berlin, Germany and gave a lecture at the Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought entitled, Peace in Palestine – can this dream still come true? on October 18. Following her talk, … Read more »

Gaza: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

By Julie Webb-Pullman

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Trapped between the Zionist colonial – nay, genocidal – project on one side, and the Mediterranean on the other, the people of Gaza have literally only one option – to resist.

Illegally blockaded for 11 years, illegally occupied for 70, illegally assaulted militarily three times in the past 10, there is little left in Gaza but sheer human determination.

Determination to return to the lands stolen from under their feet in 1948 by the Zionist project, aided and abetted by the British, and by the fledgling United Nations – in breach of Article 2 of its own Charter.

Determination to end a criminal blockade that has destroyed any semblance of a functioning economy, destroyed any prospects of employment for 80% of its youth, destroyed maintenance let alone advancement of medicine, technology, agriculture, fisheries, industry, and manufacturing.

Determination to survive despite three brutal military offensives that destroyed most infrastructure – power plant, water wells, sewage treatment stations, factories, roads, hospitals and clinics (yes, Israel bombs hospitals full of patients), and schools (yes, Israel bombs schools full of refugees as well as schools full of children) – and despite the founding of an International Criminal Court to “end impunity” for such crimes.

No family in Gaza has been left unscathed: every family has lost loved ones to Israeli bars, bullets, bombs or barbarity. Some families have been entirely erased from the face of the earth. All Gaza’s families want the same thing: to live in dignity and prosperity in their own land.

They have tried literally everything.

Even peaceful demonstrations in their own country are met with live fire from across the fence, chemical weapons launched from sovereignty-breaching drones– and facile mealy-mouthed reprimands from the international bodies charged with upholding human rights and international law on whom they should be able to rely – but cannot, as history has so severely taught them.

This 70 year lesson has not been lost, even if almost everything else has been.

Today Gazans understand only too well what their options are.

So, too, must a world that has played a large part in cornering this cat. What transpires in Gaza today will be the logical – if completely avoidable – outcome of a century of imperialism and impunity.

And it will not end until they do.

As Fidel Castro said at his trial on 16 October 1953, almost exactly 65 years ago: “It is not with blood that you can pay for the lives of those who died for the wellbeing of a people; the happiness of that people is the only deserving price that can be paid for them. Moreover, my comrades are not forgotten nor dead; they live today more than ever and their murderers will see in terror how from their heroic corpses the victorious specter of their ideas rise.”

You will see them at the fence today.

Israeli forces caused injuries to one in 100 Palestinians

Press Release – Euro-Med Monitor

Israeli forces caused injuries to one in every 100 Palestinians as Gaza protests conclude 200 days, the international community must end the unfolding crisis Read more »

Israel calls Palestinian villagers ‘squatters’

Press Release – Palestine Human Rights Campaign

In a letter sent earlier this month to the EU Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, and to ambassadors from the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Italy, the Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman,described … Read more »

Gaza’s economy goes into freefall

Article – Redress Information

The moment long feared is fast approaching in Gaza, according to a new report by the World Bank. After a decade-long Israeli blockade and a series of large-scale military assaults, the economy of the tiny coastal enclave is in freefall. Read more »

UN expert condemns killing of more Palestinian protesters

Press Release – UN Special Procedures – Human Rights

The killing and wounding of more Palestinian protesters at the Gaza fence by the Israeli security forces is an ongoing affront to human rights and human dignity, said a UN human rights expert. The deaths of seven more participants in the Gaza … Read more »

Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Why Israel Demolishes: Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide By Ramzy Baroud Like vultures, Israeli soldiers descended on Khan Al-Ahmar, on Sep. 14 , recreating a menacing scene with which the residents of this small Palestinian village, located … Read more »

Hamas new charter is reflective of development

HAMAS

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Hamas expressed its natural intellectual development over the past 30 years in the Document of Principles and Policies, former Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Meshal stated.

In a televised interview with Al-Jazeera TV Channel on Monday evening, Meshal confirmed that the new Hamas charter highlighted a specific era; it was composed to reflect the movement’s intellectual and political advancement.

Meshal clarified that the movement has not repudiated its original charter, but rather adhered to its principle, and furthermore, expressed changes with new principles in the new document.

Unlike others, Hamas will never alter its core principles, Mesahl added. Read more »

Hamas to break Gaza siege regardless of Abbas’ opposition

HAMAS

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Member of Hamas Political Bureau Salah Al-Bardawil stated that his movement would continue exerting efforts to pressure the Israeli Occupation to lift the siege imposed on Gaza Strip despite attempts of some sides to hinder this move.

In an interview with Al-Aqsa TV Channel, Al-Bardawil added that the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas foiled Egypt’s efforts to break the Israeli-imposed siege on the Gaza Strip, as part of PA’s bid to pave the way for the ‘deal of the century’ which aims at liquidating the Palestinian cause.

Regarding Abbas’ claims that the ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation is part of the ‘deal of the century’, Al-Bardawil stressed that his movement is exerting efforts to hammer out a truce with the Israeli Occupation in parallel with achieving the national reconciliation.

Al-Bardawil criticized the PA for maintaining its sanctions on the Gaza Strip, reiterating that the movement is prepared to run for elections at all levels. Read more »

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