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UN says Gaza crisis is ‘internal Palestinian dispute’ on 10th year of Israeli blockade

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After the Israel decided to drastically cut electricity supplies to the Gaza Stripat the request at the Palestinian Authority (PA), UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory Robert Piper characterized the ever-worsening crisis in Gaza as “an international Palestinians dispute” — as Israel’s military blockade on …

UN blames Palestinians for electricity crisis Israel caused in Gaza

A senior UN official is blaming Palestinians for the severe suffering Israel is inflicting on residents of the Gaza Strip with its decision to drastically curtail electricity supplies to the territory where most households already have no more than about three hours of power each day. Robert Piper, the UN …

Guterres expresses support for UN agency’s work assisting Palestine refugees in Middle East

12 June 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed concerns over recent public criticism of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the integrity of its operations, and called on all Member States to continue to support the agency in discharging …

Israel calls for end of UN Palestinian refugee agency

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for the dismantling of the UN agency that aids millions of Palestinian refugees, accusing it of anti-Israeli incitement and saying he had conveyed his message to the US ambassador to the United Nations. Adnan Abu Hasna, a Gaza-based spokesman for the United …

Ashrawi: Adoption of UN resolution is a victory for Palestinian women and their rights

PLO Executive Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi welcomed the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) adoption of a draft resolution entitled, “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women,” which was recommended by the Commission on the Status of Women in its sixty-first session in March:“On behalf of the Palestinian leadership …

After 50 years of Israeli occupation, ‘now is the time’ to create Palestinian state – UN chief

5 June 2017 – Marking 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territory, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated a call for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. “Now is the time to end the conflict by …

Israel: 50 Years of Occupation Abuses Ramp Up Pressure for Accountability on all Sides

(Jerusalem) – Fifty years after Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip, it controls these areas through repression, institutionalized discrimination, and systematic abuses of the Palestinian population’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today. At least five categories of major violations of international human rights law and humanitarian law characterize the occupation: …

Monthly Incitement Report for May 2017 – Special Edition: The Status of Jerusalem

PNN/ Ramallah/ International law stipulates that Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem is illegal and constitutes a direct violation of Israel’s obligations as a belligerent occupier. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 (II) which stated, “the City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus …

UNRWA Health Department Annual Report 2016

No Health without Peace: Seventy, Fifty and Ten Are Not Just Numbers in the Lives of 5.3 million Palestine Refugees The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) released the latest annual report from the Agency’s Department of Health earlier today in Geneva, …

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 …