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Israeli police raid map center outside East Jerusalem

  When late Palestinian leader Faisal Husseini launched his political career around 1980, he chose to work out of the Orient House in East Jerusalem. According to the Orient House‘s website, the iconic building was the site of diplomatic meetings including German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm when he visited Jerusalem in …

Is Palestinian frustration playing into Netanyahu’s strategy?

Ahead of his second meeting March 16 with US President Donald Trump’s envoy Jason Greenblatt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video clip on his Facebook page. “We’re in a process of dialogue with the White House,” he said. And what is this dialogue about? “About an agreed policy on …

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 …

President Abbas briefs King Abdullah of Jordan on his conversation with Trump

RAMALLAH, March 11, 2017 (WAFA) –  President Mahmoud Abbas briefed King Abdullah of Jordan on Saturday about his conversation the night before with US President Donald Trump, particularly the part about the two-state solution and Trump’s commitment to an authentic peace process. The two leaders, in their second telephone conversation …

Palestine’s representative to the US hopes Abbas-Trump talk start of constructive engagement

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2017 (WAFA) – Chief Representative of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the United States, Maen Rashid Areikat, welcomed on Saturday the telephone conversation that took place between President Mahmoud Abbas and his US counterpart Donald Trump expressing hope it will lead to …

Will Abbas stop paying Gaza employees’ salaries?

Tens of thousands of Gaza Strip residents who are on the Palestinian Authority payroll have been terribly worried this past week. That is because it was disclosed that the PA may well cut hundreds, even thousands, of names from the payroll in the very near future. The term “employed by the Authority in …

ICHR releases a fact finding report on the Nablus events of August 2016

Ramallah – On 7 March 2017, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) released a fact finding report on the events, which took place in the city of Nablus in August 2016. The report addresses the killing of five Palestinian citizens, including military personnel and civilians, in three separate, but …

We are reviewing security cooperation with Israel, says deputy leader of Fatah Al Aloul

Ramallah: Mahmoud Al Aloul, who is known for his support for armed resistance against Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, was chosen as deputy leader of Fatah earlier this month. Al Aloul, for years a close Abbas confidant, has clout among the party’s grass roots and had a military background. …

Abbas warns: Regularization Law a step toward apartheid state

GENEVA, February 27, 2017 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Monday warned that the Israeli Parliament’s approval of a bill retroactively legalizing the expropriation of private Palestinian land by Israeli settlers is a step toward the establishment of an apartheid state. Addressing the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, …

In Palestine, no job means no health insurance

GAZA, Gaza Strip — According to official figures published by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics on Feb. 16, the unemployment rate in Palestine climbed to 26.9%, with 360,500 unemployed out of a total workforce of 1.3 million in Palestine, while the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip exceeded 80%, according …