Palestine Crisis - Special Reports

No apologies: British government at the height of pride over Balfour

The British government have released an unsettling official response to demands that they should officially apologise for the Balfour Declaration.
2017-04-25 19:04 | NEWS, Behind the News, Palestinian Arena | AlBawaba

Palestinian prisoners continue their hunger strike for 9th consecutive day

Some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue their open hunger strike for the ninth consecutive day on Tuesday, to protest against their detention and life conditions.
2017-04-25 13:04 | News | IINA

BDS Leader Omar Barghouti Dedicates His Gandhi Peace Award to Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

As more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have entered their ninth day on a massive hunger strike inside Israeli jails, we are joined by the Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, who has come to the United States to receive the 2017 Gandhi Peace Award for his work as co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement. At the award ceremony, Barghouti dedicated the prize to Palestinians on hunger strike. He was almost prevented from attending after Israeli police arrested him,
2017-04-25 12:04 | News | DemocracyNow

How Israel denies rights to Palestinian prisoners

The arrest of Birzeit University student Kifah Quzmar has highlighted the plight of thousands of Palestinians.
2017-04-25 09:04 | News | Aljazeera

Barghouti’s health declining: NGO

Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti’s health has declined seriously over the past week after he joined a hunger strike with more than 1,000 other prisoners in Israel, an NGO said Monday.
2017-04-25 00:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Marwan Barghouti's health in serious decline: NGO

Palestinian leader refuses medical treatment after joining hunger strike with 1,100 other prisoners in Israel, NGO says.
2017-04-24 19:04 | News | Aljazeera

Israel punishes hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners

Israeli authorities look to quell mass hunger strike through solitary confinement and punitive measures.
2017-04-24 14:04 | News | Aljazeera

Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti suffering serious health deterioration

Prisoner Marwan Barghouti, leader of the mass hunger strike in Israeli jails, has suffered from serious health deterioration, the Media Committee of the “Freedom and Dignity” hunger strike said on Monday.
2017-04-24 14:04 | News | IINA

FIFA considering giving Israel six-month window to end settlement football matches

FIFA, the the international governing body of football, is considering giving Israel a six-month ultimatum to stop football games in Judea and Samaria, Haaretz revealed on Sunday. According to the report, FIFA's committee on the Israeli-Palestinian issue has recommended that the federation give the Israel Football Association six months to stop games in "settlements" before deciding whether to suspend Israel or any of its teams.
2017-04-24 14:04 | Sport, Football, Main Headlines | AlBawaba

Sirens bring Israel to standstill, marking pain of Holocaust

Sirens blared for two minutes in Israel on Monday, bringing life to a brief standstill to reflect on the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered by Nazis in the Holocaust. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, joined by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern.
2017-04-24 13:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Israel | AlBawaba

Palestinian stabs Israeli guard, arrested: police

A Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli guard at a key crossing between the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem on Monday before being arrested, the police said
2017-04-24 11:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Interfering Israel hurting Trump plan for peace, say Palestinians

The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of trying to hamper a scheduled visit of President Mahmoud Abbas to Washington , where he is expected to meet with President Donald Trump next month.
2017-04-24 10:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Palestinian Arena | AlBawaba

Israeli authorities advance plans to expand illegal settlement in Salfit

Israeli authorities are advancing plans to expand an illegal settlement west of Salfit in the central occupied West Bank, to be built on tens of dunams of private Palestinian land, local sources said. According to Palestinian researcher Khalid Maali, the Supreme Council for Planning and Building at the Israel
2017-04-24 10:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Israel | AlBawaba

An Accelerating Palestine Rights Movement Faces Uncertain Direction

US-instigated and propelled wars have continued to rage for 15 years in fulfillment of  influential neoconservative ideologue Michael Ledeen’s envisioned “creative destruction” through “total war.” General Wesley Clark related the Bush administration’s intention, reported by a Pentagon friend, to “take out” seven countries: Iran plus six Middle Eastern and North African Arab countries – all More
2017-04-24 08:04 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

German foreign minister to press Israel for 2-state solution

Deep and "unbreakable" ties between Germany and Israel are part of Germany's national identity and pillars of its foreign policy, but Berlin will continue to press for a two-state solution, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday. "With respect to the Middle East conflict, our solidarity with Israel also means working to ensure that Israel and Palestine can live side by side in dignity and peace," Gabriel said in a statement released as he departed for the region.
2017-04-24 08:04 | News | EgyptIndependent

Bella Hadid wants to visit Palestine more than anything else in the world

US supermodel of Palestinian origin Bella Hadid has said she wishes to visit Palestine, the homeland of her father Mohamed Hadid, Sayidaty reported. Hadid said she would “die of excitement” if such a visit comes true. In an appearance on MBC’s “ET bel Arabi” show, the 20-year old younger sister of model Gigi Hadid, said: “I feel very passionate about traveling to Palestine, much more than anyone else in my home country. I want to do this more
2017-04-24 06:04 | ENTERTAINMENT, Latest News, Star Scoop | AlBawaba

One week of mass hunger strikes: More Palestinian prisoners are joining

As a mass hunger strike underway in Israeli prisons entered its seventh day on Sunday, dozens more Palestinian prisoners have declared their participation, while Israeli prison authorities continued to punish those forgoing food by placing them in solitary confinement cells. 
2017-04-24 06:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Palestinian Arena | AlBawaba

Jordan's envoy to UN urges Israel to reciprocate with Arab peace offer

Jordan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sima Bahouth said that the Arab summit which was held last month in Jordan had sent a message of peace that underlined that the Aras wanted progress towards resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
2017-04-23 13:04 | News | IINA

Israel steps up lobbying as FIFA considers suspending settlement based teams

Israel has stepped up its lobbying as the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) last month established a committee to deal with the issue of settlement clubs. FIFA might take such steps since its bylaws “bar any country from setting up teams in another country’s territory, or letting such teams play in its own leagues without the other country’s consent”.
2017-04-23 11:04 | Sport, Football, Main Headlines | AlBawaba

Quit or fired? UN employee with alleged Hamas links out

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees says a Gaza staffer suspected of being elected to the Islamic militant Hamas group’s leadership no longer works for the agency.
2017-04-23 09:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Palestinian Arena | AlBawaba

Fatah plans Palestinian day of rage to support prisoners

The Fatah movement has pronounced Friday, April 28 to be a “day of rage,” and called on all Palestinians to "clash" with Israeli forces to express solidarity for an ongoing mass hunger strike underway in Israeli prisons,  organized by imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi.
2017-04-23 08:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Palestinian Arena | AlBawaba

Black-Jewish Relations Intensified And Tested By Current Political Climate

Activist ties that go back to the Civil Rights Movement are being strained by divergent viewpoints on the movement for black lives and Israel's position on Palestine.
2017-04-23 07:04 | News | NPR

Mattis, Israeli Prime Minister Discuss Security Issues

By Karen Parrish Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, speaking to reporters alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today in Jerusalem before
2017-04-23 00:04 | 1, World News, Benjamin Netanyahu | EurasiaReview

​Palestinians want Red Cross to intervene in hunger strike

The Palestinian envoy to the UN on Thursday called for the International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene to help end a crisis over a hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, AFP reported
2017-04-22 14:04 | News | IINA

Palestine’s Nelson Mandela

I have a confession to make: I like Marwan Barghouti. I have visited him at his modest Ramallah home several times. During our conversations, we discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace. Our ideas were the same: to create the State of Palestine next to the State of Israel, and to establish peace between the two states, based on […]
2017-04-22 06:04 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

Israeli settlers attack activists in the West Bank

Video shows masked men approaching and attacking a group of activists accompanying Palestinian shepherds.
2017-04-21 19:04 | News | Aljazeera

​Israeli youth hold barbecue near Palestinian hunger strikers

Israeli right-wing activists on Thursday held a barbecue outside an Israeli prison where Palestinian prisoners are waging a hunger strike to protest their conditions, according to Israeli media reports.
2017-04-21 16:04 | News | IINA

Week in pictures: Kashmir protests to Palestine rally

From protests in Kashmir and Venezuela to a rally in Palestine and celebrations in Turkey, here is the week in photos.
2017-04-21 15:04 | News | Aljazeera

Massachusetts Dems in Turmoil Over Proposal to Condemn West Bank Settlements

Nika Knight, staff writer The Massachusetts Democratic Party has been plunged into turmoil by a proposed resolution stating that Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank are an obstacle to peace between Israel and Palestine, the Boston Globe reported Friday.
2017-04-21 14:04 | News | CommonDreams

Israelis taunt Palestinian hunger-strikers with BBQ

Israeli settlers held a barbecue on Thursday outside a jail where Palestinian detainees are currently on hunger strike in an attempt to make their protest more arduous.Dozens of Israelis gathered outside the Ofer jail, near Ramallah, and began barbecuing chicken and other meats within close proximity of the Palestinian prisoners .
2017-04-21 05:04 | NEWS, Conflict with Israel, Main Headlines | AlBawaba

FIFA Congress: An Israeli-Palestinian Battleground – Analysis

Next month’s annual congress of world soccer body FIFA is likely to become the first international forum since US President
2017-04-21 04:04 | 1, Analysis, Entertainment | EurasiaReview

Hezbollah a ‘poisonous’ terror group: U.S.

The United States Thursday described Hezbollah as a terror organization spreading poisonous ideology backed by Iran and urged the U.N. Security Council to devote less attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
2017-04-21 00:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

FIFA urged to take action against Israel over clubs in illegal settlements

More than 100 sports associations, human rights organizations and faith based groups from 28 countries joined football champions, scholars, film directors, politicians and government officials in calling on FIFA’s Council members to insist that Israel’s national football league revoke the affiliation of seven clubs based in illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, or face suspension from FIFA .
2017-04-20 17:04 | Sport, Football, Main Headlines | AlBawaba

1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue hunger strike for 4th day

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continued their open hunger strike on the fourth consecutive day on Thursday in protest against poor conditions and arbitrary treatment by Israel’s prison authorities.
2017-04-20 16:04 | News | IINA

Israel 'lobbying FIFA' to prevent settlement teams' ban

FIFA to discuss in May sanctions call over six teams based in Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.
2017-04-20 16:04 | News | Aljazeera

Signs of tension within the Palestinian group that runs Gaza

AT DAWN earlier this month three men were led to the gallows in Gaza, the first executions for nearly a year. Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the strip, had earlier offered clemency to Palestinians who collaborate with Israel—promising that the “doors of repentance” would be open if they confessed. That was the carrot. The hangings were the stick. These are tense times in Gaza, after the assassination on March 24th of Mazen Fuqaha, one of Hamas’ military commanders.
2017-04-20 14:04 | News | Economist

Trump to meet Abbas at White House on May 3: Palestinian official

Palestinian Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said on Wednesday that President Mahmoud Abbas will meet US President Donald Trump in the White House on May 3.
2017-04-20 13:04 | News | IINA

Dead Israeli soldier's mum says she’s now 'an enemy of the state'

Prime Minister Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered the fullest public account to date of his thinking during the 2014 Gaza war during an emotionally charged session in the Knesset’s State Control Committee on Wednesday, where angry, bereaved relatives ch
2017-04-20 10:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Israel | AlBawaba

Trump invites Abbas to Washington to resume Middle East peace process

US President Donald Trump  will host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington next month, the White House announced on Wednesday.Talks will concentrate on efforts to revive the Middle East peace process, Trump's team said, which is scheduled to take place at the White House on 3 May.
2017-04-20 05:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Palestinian Arena | AlBawaba

Palestinian PM meets Norwegian envoy; stresses need to support Palestine

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah stressed on Wednesday that the upcoming donors' meeting, scheduled to be held next month in Brussels, should go in line with Palestine's national policy agenda for the next six years.
2017-04-19 18:04 | News | IINA

Palestinian joins prisoner son on ‘painful’ hunger strike

“I will refuse food for as long as possible, so that I feel close to my son in the pain that he suffers,” says Raja’ Hamdan Abu Sakha. Her son, Mohammed, is now one of approximately 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who are on mass hunger strike. The strike has been called in an attempt to win concessions from the Israeli authorities over their use of detention without trial and solitary confinement. The prisoners are also asking for
2017-04-19 14:04 | The Loop, The Loop, Israel | AlBawaba

Arab Fund to allocate 10 percent of profits to Palestine

The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development approved a suggestion by Kuwait to allocate 10 percent of the Fund's net profits in 2016 to the efforts to support the Palestinian people, KUNA reported.
2017-04-19 12:04 | News | IINA

Israel Celebrates 50 Years as Occupier

Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the “liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights” – or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation. The centrepiece event will take place in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem. The West Bank settlement “bloc” enjoys wide support in Israel, not least because it was established long ago by the supposedly left-wing Labour party, now heading the
2017-04-19 09:04 | articles 2015, Leading Article | CounterPunch

Young French Arabs: Identity, Equality, Fraternity

Young Parisians of Arab descent reflect on cultural identity, activism, the Arab Spring and the Palestinian cause.
2017-04-19 09:04 | News | Aljazeera

Hamas rejects bilateral talks with Fatah

A representative of the Hamas movement, the de facto leaders of the besieged Gaza Strip, said Hamas rejected the prospect of holding bilateral meetings with a Fatah delegation expected to arrive to the territory, amid a deepening political crisis between the two factions. 
2017-04-19 09:04 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Palestinian Arena | AlBawaba

Trump’s Fatal Reality Gap and How the Media Can Close It

Recently, I have had reason to revisit a journal article I published in 1996. The essay, titled “The Fatal Gap” argued that the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, then having just won leadership of the first ever autonomous Palestinian Council, was not a legitimate leader of the vibrant civil sector it purported to represent. Donor money and More
2017-04-19 08:04 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Jerusalem, We Are Here

A new documentary brings the hidden urban Palestinian history of West Jerusalem on to screens everywhere.
2017-04-19 06:04 | News | Aljazeera

Barghouti denied lawyer access as hunger strike enters Day 3

Prominent Palestinian prisoner and leader Marwan Barghouti was denied access to lawyers Tuesday, as Israel vowed not to negotiate with hundreds of Palestinian detainees on the second day of hunger strike.
2017-04-19 00:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

UN says watching Palestinian hunger strike closely

The United Nations Tuesday said it was following closely a hunger strike by more than 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons and urged restraint following clashes with the strikers' supporters on the West Bank.
2017-04-18 20:04 | Middle East | DailyStar

Gaza in the dark as fuel for power plant runs out

Rival Palestinian factions blame each other for electricity crisis which is putting patients' lives at risk.
2017-04-18 20:04 | News | Aljazeera