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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 …

American Media Continues to Ignore Historic Hunger Strike Underway

Since April 17, over 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners have been on hunger strike. Each time the political prisoners declare their intention to strike, Israeli authorities put them into solitary confinement. Attorneys for Addameer, a prisoner support organization, visited the Nafha, Hadarim and Asqlan prisons on April 25. Thabet al-Mardawi, a …

PA faces backlash after slashing Gaza salaries

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets recently to decry a Palestinian Authority (PA) decision to slash its employees’ salaries in the Gaza Strip by 30-50%. The move is prompting a meeting that could change the relationship between PA rival political parties Hamas and Fatah — for better or …

UN envoy urges Palestinian unity to resolve electricity crisis in Gaza

19 April 2017 – The United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process today called on authorities in Gaza to work together with the international community to resolve a new energy crisis after the area’s only power station shut down, saying the consequences of the crisis “should not be …

Israel approves construction of first new settlement in more than 20 years

(CNN)Israel’s Security Cabinet on Thursday unanimously approved the construction of a new settlement in the West Bank, according to a message from the Prime Minister’s office, marking the state’s first new settlement in Palestinian territory in more than 20 years. The new settlement, which will be constructed north of the …

UN commission approves draft resolution on Palestinian women

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women approved a draft resolution on Saturday regarding the status of Palestinian women, including strengthening economic and social policies to enhance the situation of women in the occupied territory, while strongly condemning Israel’s human rights violations in the Palestinian …

Ministry of Education warns UNRWA against making any changes to curriculum

RAMALLAH, March 25, 2017 (WAFA) – The Ministry of Education Saturday sent a stern warning to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) against introducing any changes to the Palestinian school curriculum. UNRWA, which is in charge of Palestinian refugee camps in several host countries in …

UN envoy says Israel did not comply with resolution 2334 on halting settlements

NEW YORK, March 25, 2017 (WAFA) – Instead of halting settlement activities as demanded by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 of December 23, 2016, Israel has actually increased such activities, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council on Friday. Israeli …

Islamic Bank, UNRWA sign $40 million agreement for Gaza homes

JERUSALEM, March 23, 2017 (WAFA) – The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in its capacity as Coordinator for the Program of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Reconstruction of Gaza, has re-programmed and signed a $40 million agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the …

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 …