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US consulate in Jerusalem clarifies to PNN: US Deputy Consul General statement on Economic Solutions

Jerusalem /PNN/ The US consulate in Jerusalem  issued  a statement clarifying US Deputy Consul in Jerusalem, Mike Hankey,  statement saying it was a result of a linguistic error. The consulate added that consul spoke in Arabic and did not mean what was issued,  clarifying that Intended quote was: “there cannot be …

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UN warns of conflict in Gaza if talks fail

United Nations: Conflict is likely to once again engulf Gaza if a deal on the return of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to the Hamas-controlled enclave fails, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned Monday. Addressing the Security Council on the eve of talks in Cairo between Palestinian factions, …

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Will this Palestinian organization weather funding storm?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Women’s Technical Affairs Committee (WATC) issued a press statement Oct. 29 saying that the European Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (HR/IHL Secretariat) decided to entirely defund the organization on the grounds of incitement to violence against Israel. The HR/IHL Secretariat is a joint donor …

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Palestinians threaten to cut ties with US if PLO office is shut

Backlash to warnings issued by US after Palestinian President Abbas threatens to take action against Israel at ICC The Palestinians will freeze their ties with the US if it follows through on a threat to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s office in Washington, a senior PLO official warned on Saturday. …

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Withdrawal from Palestinian reconciliation is not allowed: Sinwar

CAIRO – 17 November 2017: Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya al-Sinwar confirmed on Thursday, concerning the reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas, that withdrawal is not allowed. The state of division would damage the Palestinian national project, if persisted, Sinwar said during a meeting arranged by the Palestinian …

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Palestinians reject reports of Saudi pressure on Abbas

Palestinian officials have rejected a report by an Israeli news outlet that said Saudi Arabia ordered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to accept a US peace initiative or resign. Israel’s Channel 10 carried the report on Sunday, shortly after an unplanned visit by the Palestinian leader to Saudi Arabia last …

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Inauguration of the Conference on the Palestinian Child’s Suffering

H.R.H. Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Akl Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait, together with President Mahmood Abbas of the State of Palestine, inaugurated on 12 November 2017 the conference on “the Palestinian Child’s Suffering” organized under the aegis of the League of Arab States. Dr. Yousef A. Al Othaimeen, …

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Israel to lift tight controls over Gaza reconstruction materials

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel has agreed to suspend on Jan. 1 the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), a deal Palestinian contractors say has put many of them out of business and cost the Contractors Union millions of dollars a month, according to a representative of the new consensus government. …

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How Saudi power play could hurt Palestinians

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s brash attempt to consolidate power at home and assert primacy abroad will have ramifications far and wide. Some of these will be felt in Palestine, where a shaky reconciliation agreement holds out the best hope in a long time for some relief for two million Palestinians in Gaza after …

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President Abbas meets Saudi crown prince

RIYADH, November 8, 2017 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas met in Riyadh on Wednesday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The President briefed the Crown Prince on the latest developments in the Palestinian issue and US efforts to move the peace process forward as well as the developments in the …

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