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Palestine and the United Nations: 70 years on

Palestine’s story at the United Nations began on 29 November 1947, with the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) adoption of Resolution 181. The so-called “Partition Resolution” proposed, for first time in history, to divide a homeland into two states. Seven full decades since the adoption of this resolution, the Palestinian people, …

Abbas meets UN chief in New York

  President Mahmoud Abbas with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York. (WAFA photo/Usama Falah) NEW YORK, September 20, 2017 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas met on Tuesday with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, on the sideline of the 72nd UN General Assembly meeting in New …

Presidential spokesman says Abbas’s position to be clearer upon meeting Trump

NEW YORK, September 19, 2017 (WAFA) – Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudainah said the position of President Mahmoud Abbas towards the peace process, settlements and the two-state solution would be clearer after his expected meeting with US President Donald Trump. Abu Rudainah said, on the eve of the 72nd session of …

GAZA SITUATION REPORT 206 17 September 2017

 HIGHLIGHTS 21 August – 04 September 2017 | issue 206 The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. António Guterres, visited the Gaza Strip on 30 August, joined by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, and UNRWA Commissioner-General Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl. At UNRWA Beit Lahiya …

Hamas ready for talks with Fatah to dissolve Gaza government & hold elections – statement

Published time: 17 Sep, 2017 02:51Edited time: 17 Sep, 2017 05:05 — Palestinian group Hamas, which is governing the Gaza Strip, has announced that it’s ready to engage in talks with President Mahmoud Abbas’ administration to dissolve its administrative committee and hold a general election as part of a reconciliation …

Israel halts work on donor-funded agricultural road near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, September 16, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday ordered a halt to work on opening an agricultural road in the village of al-Khadr, south of the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, according to Ahmad Salah, a local activist. He told WAFA that Israeli forces stopped work …

World Bank: With Right Actions, Palestinian Economic Growth Could Rise to Seven Percent

JERUSALEM, September 12, 2017 – The World Bank released a report today that calls for a new vision for the Palestinian economy that can lift growth to an average of 7 percent per year. While recognizing the critical importance of a political settlement, the report argues that measures over the medium …

ICRC president meets with Hamas chief during visit to Gaza Strip

Hamas chief Yahiya Sinwar and ICRC President Peter Maurer meet in Gaza (Source: Hamas Twitter) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and met with Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar, as part of …

PA worries Egyptian aid to Hamas prolongs Palestinian division

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Egypt has taken several steps to improve economic conditions for Hamas in the Gaza Strip. On Aug. 11, an agreement was reached to establish a free-trade zone on the Gazan-Egyptian border during a visit by a Hamas delegation to Cairo. On June 21, Egyptian industrial diesel was brought to Gaza to operate …

Beyond Scarcity : Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa

Water has always been a source of risks and opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. Yet rapidly changing socioeconomic, political, and environmental conditions make water security a different, and more urgent, challenge than ever before. This report shows that achieving water security means much more than coping with …