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Middle East peace effort lacks progress on political front – UN reports

1 May 2017 – The lack of progress in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is impeding Palestine’s development, according to a new United Nations report, which also reiterates the international community’s commitment to a two-state solution in the region. The report, issued by the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for …

Report: 400 Palestinians detained in under a year for social media activity

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have detained at least 400 Palestinians in less than a year over social media activity, according to report by Israeli daily Haaretz citing sources from the Israeli army and Israel’s internal security service the Shin Bet, with only “some” of the detainees having faced trial. …

EU provides €12 million to support families in need in the West Bank and Gaza

JERUSALEM, April 11, 2017 (WAFA) – The European Union (EU) contributed almost €12 million to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) quarterly payment of social allowances to 109,000 poor Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza, an EU press release said on Tuesday. This contribution amounts to €11.75 million and is …

Failed Plan to Reconstruct Gaza Fuels Water, Sanitation Crisis

The Oxfam report, titled “Treading Water” and released on World Water Day, analyzed the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism or GRM, which was designed to help with urgent reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2014 war by allowing the entry of building materials into the strip. Under the GRM, almost 3,000 items needed …

Will 2017 see the end of Gaza’s siege?

  RAMALLAH, West Bank — Since the beginning of 2017, the Gaza Strip has been struggling with a worsening electricity crisis that deteriorated after the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company announced Jan. 7 a breakdown in the second generator of the power plant due to the lack of fuel and the …

EU support to Gaza: Inauguration the first phase of seawater desalination plant and launching the works at Sufa landfill site

Jerusalem, 19/01/2017 – 15:13 – UNIQUE ID: 170119_11 The Director for the Neighbourhood South at the European Commission, Michael Köhler, visited today a number of EU-funded projects in Gaza. During his visit, Director Köhler and the Head of the Palestinian Water Authority Mazen Ghuneim inaugurated the first phase of the …

Cabinet says water agreement with Israel gives it more leeway in Area C

RAMALLAH, January 17, 2017 (WAFA) – The cabinet welcomed on Tuesday the recent agreement the water authority had signed with its Israeli counterpart and which gives the Palestinians more freedom of action in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli military control. The cabinet said in …

At Security Council, senior UN envoy cautions against ‘unilateral’ action in Middle East

17 January 2017 – Unilateral actions threaten to unravel the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, the United Nations focal point on the Middle East today told the Security Council, stressing that both sides must do their part to create the necessary conditions to launch direct negotiations. In his first …

EU wants P4+1 model on Israeli settlements

There is unprecedented concern and alarm at European Union headquarters with Israel’s accelerated settlement and annexation policies. EU leadership and some of its leading member states consider themselves as the real architects of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 on the Israeli settlements. Indeed, France joined forces with Egypt and the …

The EU giveth, Israel taketh away in West Bank

  RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinians are calling for the European Union to put its muscle where its money is by increasing pressure on Israel to stop destroying EU-funded facilities. Israel is preparing legislation to forbid EU states from aiding Palestinian building projects in the West Bank’s Area C. The aid the EU gives Palestinians …