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Ashrawi denounces UN decision to remove the ESCWA report on Israeli apartheid

PNN/ New York/ PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on Saturday has denounced the decision by the United Nations to remove the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) report from its website which concluded that “Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of …

Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf

[The following text is the resignation letter submitted by ESWA Executie Secretary Rima Khalaf in response to the formal request by UN Secretary General that ESCWA withdraw the publication of a report that asserts Israel is committing Apartheid. Click here to access the full ESCWA report, which has since been …

UN Report Establishes Israeli Apartheid; Fallout Begins

This week the United Nations published a report that establishes Israel as an Apartheid regime. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned the report commissioned from the authors, Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley. Amidst mounting political pressure, the UN Secretary General ordered UN ESCWA to shelve the …

Palestinians fear US will block financial assistance

Even before the arrival March 12 to Jerusalem and Ramallah of Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s representative for international negotiations, the Palestinians were concerned. They were already aware of the voices in Washington calling for a halt of American aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until payments to families of shahids …

65 Palestinian women and girls imprisoned by Israel as world marks Women’s Day

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — As the world marks International Women’s Day, 65 Palestinian women, including 12 minors, are being imprisoned by Israel “under dire conditions,” according to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) on Tuesday. The 65 women are being held in Israel’s HaSharon and Damon prisons, where …

PCBS data reveals growing rate of Palestinian women in workforce despite challenges

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) marked International Women’s Day with a press release revealing persisting yet improving disparities between Palestinian women and men in the workplace in the occupied territory. Despite representing roughly half of the total population of 4.88 million in the occupied Palestinian …

PCBS issues statistics on Palestinian women on the eve of Women’s Day

07/03/2017 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) International Women’s Day                                                                        Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), issued a press release on the Eve of the International Women’s Day on Tuesday, 08/03/2016   Women represent half of the Palestinian population The population in Palestine estimated 4.88 million at the …

Israel detained 420 Palestinians in Feb.: Report

A newly-released report shows Israeli forces took into custody a total of 420 Palestinians only in the month of February as Tel Aviv continued its crackdown in the occupied territories.   The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS) said in its monthly report that 70 minors and 22 women and girls were among those detained last month, …

Australia encourages Israel’s occupation of Palestine

  There is something troubling about the recent five-day trip to Australia by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, something beyond the charade of pomp, bravado and contrived pleasantries. The trip itself was heralded as historic, firstly because it was the first visit of a prime minister of Israel to Australia. …