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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 …

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 …

UNRWA halts program in Tulkarem-area refugee camp, popular committee says

TULKAREM (Ma’an) — The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has halted an “emergency program” in Nur Shams refugee camp in northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem, according the head of the popular committee for services in the camp. Taha Irani told Ma’an Friday that …

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 …

UN agency suspends Gaza staffer over Israeli claims of Hamas activity

A United Nations agency said on Sunday it was suspending a Gaza staffer accused of being politically active in the Islamist group Hamas, which rules the coastal strip. UNRWA, the UN agency in charge of Palestinian refugees, said the decision had already been made ahead of an Israeli call earlier …

Press briefing note on Israel: Elor Azaria case

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 24 February 2017 Subject:    (1) Israel: Elor Azaria case “We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded …

UN Special Coordinator congratulates Hamdallah on launching NPA

PNN/ Ramallah/ United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Wednesday congratulated the Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah, his government, civil society and the business community for finalising an ambitious policy agenda for Palestine that articulates a strong, clear vision for the Palestinian people. “The United Nations …

U.S. blocks Palestinian from leading U.N. mission in Libya

UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Friday blocked the appointment of the former Palestinian prime minister to lead the U.N. political mission in Libya, saying it was acting to support its ally Israel. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the Trump administration “was disappointed” to see that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio …

US-Middle East relations are challenged in Congress

WASHINGTON DC – Less than a month into the new administration, a first-term congressman has introduced legislation that would reroute US funds from Palestinians to the Israeli military. It’s one of several pieces of legislation proposed in this session of Congress that, if passed, could have a dramatic effect on …