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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 …

Should the Palestinians seek justice at the International Criminal Court?

With settlement expansion and the Trump-Netanyahu love fest, it seems clear that the PA should go to The Hague – but don’t hold your breath There is little doubt that the mid-February Netanyahu-Trump love fest at the White House further dampened already dim Palestinian hopes for a sustainable peace based …

What EU shift in financial support policy means for Gaza

It is no secret that the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) financial crisis is mounting with declining foreign support. This has prompted Mohammad Shtayyeh, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee and former minister of public works and housing, to confirm Feb. 13 that donors’ funding is decreasing and the PA’s financial crisis is ongoing. …

PA’s ‘Trump team’ lays plans for next four years

After absorbing the shock of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States, it is time for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to get practical. President Mahmoud Abbas has put together a steering committee to prepare for Trump entering the White House and outline the PA’s initiatives in the …

Israel/Palestine: Parameters for a Two-State Settlement

REPORT  172 / MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA 28 NOVEMBER 2016   US President Barack Obama seen at the state funeral ceremony for former Israeli President Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl, in Jerusalem, on September 30, 2016. (Emil Salman/POOL)

ICC affirms occupied status of Gaza and East Jerusalem in new update

The Office of the Prosecutor (Office) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has affirmed the occupied status of the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, in a blow to Israel’s claims to the contrary. A new report on preliminary examination activities, published on 14 November, includes an update on the Office’s …

Palestinian Rights Committee Approves 4 Texts, as Deputy Permanent Observer Tells of ‘Grave’ Conditions in Occupied Territory amid Rights Violations

GA/PAL/1377 15 NOVEMBER 2016 GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, 379TH MEETING (AM) Meeting Hears Update on Bureau’s Retreat, Chair’s Brief on Major 2015 Events Humanitarian, socioeconomic and security conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory remained grave amid Israel’s continuing violations of human rights norms …

Draft Resolutions on Palestine Refugees, Israeli Practices in Occupied Arab Lands among 12 Approved as Fourth Committee Concludes Its Work

Members also Pass Texts on Special Political Mission, Question of Gibraltar Concluding its work for the main part of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) approved 10 draft resolutions and two draft decisions today, on such issues as Israeli practices, to the operations of the …

Germany to finance projects worth 49 million euros

Foreign Minister Riyad Malki, right, signing the cooperation agreements with German Representative Peter Beerwerth in Ramallah. WAFA photo by Shorouq Zeid.  RAMALLAH, November 9, 2016 (WAFA) – Germany and the Palestinian Authority signed on Wednesday two financial and technical cooperation agreements that commit Germany to provide 49 million euros to …

Israel claims credit for blocking Palestinian membership to INTERPOL

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities blocked on Tuesday efforts by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to obtain full membership in international police organization INTERPOL, Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu said.While speaking at an event in Afula in northern Israel, Netanyahu credited “very intensive work by both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and …