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Palestine and the United Nations: 70 years on

Palestine’s story at the United Nations began on 29 November 1947, with the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) adoption of Resolution 181. The so-called “Partition Resolution” proposed, for first time in history, to divide a homeland into two states. Seven full decades since the adoption of this resolution, the Palestinian people, …

More Palestinians seek Abbas’ resignation, remain skeptical of Trump, survey shows

A survey shows that 67 percent of Palestinians want the resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas and 75 percent remain skeptical of the role the administration of US President Donald Trump plays in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The result of the survey, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research among …

Presidential spokesman says Abbas’s position to be clearer upon meeting Trump

NEW YORK, September 19, 2017 (WAFA) – Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudainah said the position of President Mahmoud Abbas towards the peace process, settlements and the two-state solution would be clearer after his expected meeting with US President Donald Trump. Abu Rudainah said, on the eve of the 72nd session of …

Protection of Civilians Report | 29 August – 11 September 2017

Posted on 15 September 2017 Open as PDF Biweekly highlights A 21-year-old Palestinian man, who was shot and injured by Israeli forces on 9 August during clashes in Ad Duheisha refugee camp (Bethlehem), died of his wounds. The Israeli authorities withheld his body for five days before releasing it for burial. This …

World Bank: With Right Actions, Palestinian Economic Growth Could Rise to Seven Percent

JERUSALEM, September 12, 2017 – The World Bank released a report today that calls for a new vision for the Palestinian economy that can lift growth to an average of 7 percent per year. While recognizing the critical importance of a political settlement, the report argues that measures over the medium …

UNCTAD: 50 Fifty years of occupation have driven the Palestinian economy into de-development and poverty

  This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It is the longest occupation in recent history. For the Palestinian people, these have been five decades of de-development, suppressed human potential and denial of the right to …

Under pressure, Palestinian Authority suspends funds to Prisoners’ Club

Ramallah: The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has suspended all of its funding for the Palestinian Prisoner Club (PPC) in a move expected to spark a huge outcry in Palestinian society. The measure is seen as a ploy to shut down the 11 Prisoner Club branches in West Bank cities as …

Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 15 – 28 August 2017

Biweekly highlights On 19 August, Israeli forces shot and injured a 17-year-old Palestinian boy after a stabbing attempt at Za’tara Checkpoint (Nablus); he died of his wounds an hour later en route to the hospital and his body is still being withheld by the Israeli authorities. No Israeli injuries were reported. …

Beyond Scarcity : Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa

Water has always been a source of risks and opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. Yet rapidly changing socioeconomic, political, and environmental conditions make water security a different, and more urgent, challenge than ever before. This report shows that achieving water security means much more than coping with …

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (24 – 29 August 2017)

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (24 – 29 August 2017)   5 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli forces conducted 39 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the …