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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 …

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 …

Palestinian activist ‘executed’ by Israeli forces after 2-hour shoot-out

31-year-old Basel al-Araj (Photo: Samidoun) RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian activist early Monday morning, culminating a two-hour-long gun battle in the Ramallah area of the central occupied West Bank, after Israeli forces had been pursuing the man since he was released from Palestinian prison last September. …

Palestinian lawyer signs plea bargain as NGO slams Israeli ‘persecution of rights defenders’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian lawyer signed a plea deal earlier this week in order to avoid a prison sentence for his alleged involvement with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), as his organization called the case the latest example of Israel’s “persecution of human rights defenders.” …

Israel to use Regularization law to confiscate private Palestinian land in Ramallah

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — In what could be the first move to legalize Israeli settler structures on private Palestinian land since the passage of the outpost “Regularization law” last week, the Israeli government reportedly informed Israel’s Supreme Court that they are considering using the controversial law to confiscate Palestinian land in …

Cabinet says new land planning body vital for protection of Palestinian estate

RAMALLAH, February 14, 2017 (WAFA) – In its weekly meeting in Ramallah on Tuesday, the Palestinian cabinet discussed the work of the new Land and Water Planning Commission, which it said was vital for the protection of Palestinian property. The commission, established last year by a presidential decree, is entrusted …

Gaza court sentences 8 Fatah members to prison, including 3 for life, for spying

GAZA (Ma’an) — A Gaza military court sentenced eight Palestinians affiliated to the Fatah party — three of whom to life in prison — for gathering information about Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza for intelligence forces of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The court, which only identified the defendants by their …