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    Jewish group plans to storm Al-Aqsa sanctuary

    A Palestinian heritage organisation has warned of Jewish plans to storm the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa on Sunday 18 September. Al Aqsa Foundation for Heritage and Endowments claims that the attack will be part of Jewish extremists’ plans to destroy the mosque and build a temple in its place....
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    Armed Jewish settlers “to march on Palestinian cities”

    Hebrew media sources claim that illegal Jewish settlers intend to organize demonstrations and rallies on the outskirts of Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank. According to reports in Yedioth Ahronoth, the armed settlers have threatened to shoot at Palestinians if they organise counter-demonstrations or try to approach illegal...
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    Knesset controversy over responsibility for failure of negotiations with Palestinians

    Israeli MPs have held an extraordinary session called by the opposition parties over accusations about who should take the blame for the failure of negotiations with the Palestinians. Opposition leader Tzipi Livni of the Kadima Party was behind the meeting following her strong criticism of Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government....
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    Barak criticizes Netanyahu for the crisis with Turkey but blames Lieberman

    Israel’s Minister of Defence has criticised his country’s Prime Minister for the escalating diplomatic crisis with Turkey. Media sources in Israel say that Ehud Barak has for the first time criticised Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the Freedom Flotilla crisis and claimed that it was possible to heal the rift...
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    Israel cracks down on Palestinian journalists “to hide the truth”

    A human rights researcher has claimed that the Israeli authorities have escalated their crackdown on Palestinian journalists order to “hide the truth about Israel’s crimes”. Abdel Nasser Ferwana said that the crackdown includes “assaults on journalists, arrests and detentions”. Mr. Ferwana is a researcher specialising in prisoners’ issues. He...
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    Jordan’s King Abdullah warns Israel about risk of instability in the region

    The King of Jordan has warned that Israel’s position on the peace process increases the risk of instability in the Middle East. In an interview in the Wall Street Journal, King Abdullah II expressed his belief that Israeli leaders are “sticking their heads in the sand”. King Abdullah is...
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    OIC rejects UN Palmer Report

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has repeated its rejection of the UN’s Palmer Report on the Israeli attack against the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010. The report claimed that Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip for the last five years is legal according to international law. At its...
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    Rallies held across West Bank to demonstrate support for Palestinian statehood bid

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES On Wednesday 21, rallies were organised in cities across the West Bank to demonstrate support for Mahmoud Abbas as he heads to the United Nations in New York to submit the Palestinian bid for full membership of the body and the establishment of a state of Palestinian...
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    Lieberman warns Netanyahu of coalition break-up if punitive measures aren’t taken against the Palestinians

    Israel’s Foreign Minister has warned Benjamin Netanyahu that the governing coalition will fall part if the Prime Minister doesn’t take punitive measures against the Palestinian Authority for its decision to bid for independent statehood at the United Nations. A report in Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper claims that Avigdor Lieberman...
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    Israeli law lecturer calls Jordan a “puppet state”

    An Israeli law lecturer has called the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan a “puppet state” which had never existed in reality or on a map and whose people are “a combination of tribes recently settled” there. In his Op-Ed piece in Yedioth Ahronoth headed “Jordan is Palestine”, Dr. Haim Misgav...
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    Egypt renews its request for Israel to sign nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

    Egypt has renewed its request to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna to take practical steps to achieve the universality of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) in the Middle East. Israel, say the Egyptians, should be made to sign the treaty and subject...
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    Livni telephones Turkish Foreign Minister to express condolences over Ankara bomb

    Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni has telephoned Turkey’s Foreign Minister to express her condolences following a bomb blast in Ankara. The ex-Israeli Foreign Minister told her one-time counterpart Ahmat Davutoglu that “Israel has suffered from many terrorist attacks and is aware of the seriousness of attacking innocent people”. Three...
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    West Bank parliamentarians say security coordination with Israel protects settlers not Palestinians

    Elected parliamentarians belonging to the Change and Reform bloc have denounced the attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian citizens, their properties and mosques in several villages in the occupied West Bank. They called on the Palestinian security services to protect Palestinians against such attacks. Security coordination between the Palestinian...
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    Legal expert claims that a UN deal will see Palestinian state recognised in exchange for recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state”

    An expert in international law has expressed fears over what he described as a “political deal” being prepared the UN headquarters in New York which aims to get international and Arab recognition of Israel as a Jewish state in exchange for recognition of a Palestinian state along the borders...
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    Palestinian girl “subjected to cruel treatment” in Israeli prison

    The Mandela Institute has reported that a Palestinian girl has been subjected to “cruel interrogation and detention” following her abduction by Israeli Occupation Forces. The Institute, which is concerned about the rights of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, claims that Bushra Jamal El Taweel, 17, the daughter of the...
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    West Bank olive trees uprooted by settlers

    Dozens of Israeli settlers have uprooted 400 Palestinian-owned olive trees in the occupied West Bank village of Qusra near Nablus. Some of the trees were owned by the grandfather of Essam Badran, who was killed last by Israeli Occupation Forces during clashes sparked when settlers tried to storm into...
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    Nine countries expected to vote for Palestinian state in UN Security Council

    Nine countries are expected to vote in favour of an independent Palestinian state at the UN Security Council. The figure was announced by Nabil Shaath, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee. Mr Shaath noted that the United States is expected to vote against the resolution and use its veto...
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    Israeli finance minister calls for elimination of Palestinian Authority if it becomes “anti-Israel state”

    Israel’s Minister of Finance has called for the elimination of the Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas in response to the bid for full membership of the United Nations before reaching a peace agreement with the Zionist state. According to Radio Israel, Yuval Steinitz said that he is ready...
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    Israeli police lure Palestinian MP from Red Cross refuge and abduct him

    Undercover Israeli police officers have abducted Palestinian MP Ahmed Atoun from the Red Cross compound in Jerusalem where he had sought refuge in the face of a deportation order. Along with fellow MPs Mohamed Toutoh and Khaled Abu Arafa, Mr Atoun has been in the grounds of the International...
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    Gaza government backs Palestinian state but not at cost of recognising Israel or relinquishing historic Palestine

    The Prime Minister of the Palestinian government in Gaza has said that he and his colleagues back the establishment of a Palestinian state on “liberated land”. However, said Ismail Haniyeh, this should not be at the cost of recognising the state of Israel or relinquishing lawful rights over any...
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    Committee for Defending Arab Prisoners in Israeli Jails is launched in Cairo

    A joint Egyptian-Palestinian Committee for Supporting Arab Prisoners in Israeli Jails has been launched at a ceremony in Cairo. The new group will be active in defending the rights of all Palestinian and Arab prisoners being held by the Israeli occupation authorities and exposing the crimes of the prison...
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    Security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is ongoing

    An Israeli official has revealed that security coordination between the Israel Defence Forces and the Palestinian Authority is ongoing at all levels. This, said Brigadier General Moti Almoz, is despite the furore about the Palestinian Authority’s application for full member status at the UN. Speaking on a radio programme,...
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    Change and Reform deputies hold solidarity vigil for Palestinian representatives abducted by Israel

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The President of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr Aziz Duwaik, along with other deputies from the Change and Reform bloc held a sit-in on Wednesday afternoon in solidarity with Palestinian representatives, prisoners and those on hunger strike currently being held in Israeli prisons. The sit-in took place in...
  • View of a Jewish settlement near Nablus in the West Bank on 2 April 2019 [Shadi Jarar'ah/Apaimages]
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    Study group reveals plans to cut off Jerusalem’s Palestinian villages from their West Bank hinterland

    The Jerusalem Society for Arabic Studies has revealed Israeli plans to build a new illegal settlement which will cut-off Palestinian villages in the Holy City from the south of the West Bank. The head of the Society, Khalil Al Tafakji, said that the Israeli Occupation Authorities plan to establish...
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    Medical Staff in Gaza protest over shortages

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Medical Trade Union has organised a sit-in outside the Dr Abdel-Aziz Al-Rantisi children’s hospital to protest over severe shortages in medical supplies; in over 100 classes of medicine, Ministry of Health warehouse stores and reserves have dwindled to zero. Children held up placards demanding that the...
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    Israeli diplomat says Jerusalem was the Jewish capital when “London was a swamp”

    One day after Britain condemned Israel’s latest plans to build new illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem, the former Israeli ambassador to the UK said defiantly that Jerusalem was the capital of the Jewish people “when London was still a swamp”. Ron Prosor is the current...
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    Egypt accuses Quartet of encouraging Israeli settlements

    The Egyptian Foreign Minister has condemned Israel’s latest settlement plans and blamed the Middle East Quartet for “encouraging” the Israelis. Speaking in Washington, Muhammad Amr said that the settlements remain illegal in international law and Israel’s move is “treachery” towards the international community. “We want to restore credibility to...
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    Palestinian reconciliation is “inevitable”, claims senior Fatah member

    A senior member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council has said that Palestinian reconciliation is now “inevitable”. Without it, claimed Nabil Amr, “other achievements make no sense”. In exclusive statements to the Palestinian media, Mr Amr regretted that the discussions and agreements on reconciliation have not been translated into reality. “The...
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    Human rights group warns of Israeli revenge against Jerusalem residents for UN move

    A Palestinian human rights group has warned the residents of occupied East Jerusalem about “retaliatory procedures” by the Israeli occupation authorities in response to the Palestinian Authority application for recognition by the UN of an independent state of Palestine. According to the Jerusalem Centre for Social and Economic Rights,...
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    UN statistics show that Israel’s occupation is more aggressive

    New statistics from the United Nations demonstrate that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is becoming more aggressive and dangerous for Palestinian civilians. A report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied territories (UNOCHA) has revealed an increase in Israel’s...
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    Arab League official calls US Congress more dangerous than Israel’s Knesset

    A senior official at the Arab League has called the US Congress “more dangerous than the Knesset” because of its stand on the Palestine-Israel conflict. Ambassador Mohamed Sobeih, the Arab League’s Assistant Secretary General for Palestine Affairs, was speaking to journalists when he added that the organisation rejects Washington’s...
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    Israel escalates violations against Palestinian prisoners in its jails

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons have embarked on a hunger strike in protest over poor conditions of detention and ill-treatment. Yesterday, Israeli prison authorities took action against a number of the hunger strikers placing them in solitary confinement. There currently over 6,000 Palestinian prisoners being...
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    Egypt supports Palestinian conditions for the resumption of negotiations with Israel

    Egypt’s Foreign Minister has confirmed that his country supports the Palestinian Authority’s conditions for the resumption of negotiations with the Israeli government based on “clear parameters and an end to settlement building and expansion”. Negotiations, said Mohamed Amr, must also have a clear time-frame and international sponsorship. Mr Amr...
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    Israeli court decides to release parliamentarian “on condition that he is deported”

    An Israeli court has decided to release Jerusalem parliamentarian Ahmed Abu Atoun on condition that he is deported from his own country. The prosecution, meanwhile, asked for time to appeal against the decision on the grounds that Atoun “is dangerous for the security of Israel, even if he gets...
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    Arab League condemns attacks by Israeli settlers

    The Arab League has condemned the attacks by Israeli settlers on mosques in Occupied Palestine, the latest of which was an attack on Al Noor Al Kabir Mosque in the Upper Galilee village of Tuba-Zangaria. Unlike previous recent attacks, this one took place inside Israel (“1948 Occupied Palestine). In...
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    Palestinian factions unite to march in solidarity with prisoners hunger strike

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Supreme National Committee for solidarity with Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli prisons and detention centres has organised marches and demonstrations across the West Bank. The Palestinian prisoners club has also called for demonstrations in support of the striking prisoners. On Tuesday October 4, marches...
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    UNWRA teachers stage general strike

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES UNWRA staff have organised a general strike; they have halted studies, closed all schools and gathered thousands of teachers outside the main headquarters in Gaza City in a teacher’s demonstration. The demonstrators sent a letter to the commissioner of agency headquarters which warns against UNWRA actions that...
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    Senior US officials meet with Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

    In what has been described as “the first meeting of its kind”, senior US officials have met with Muslim Brotherhood members in Cairo. Dr. Mohamed Saad Katatni, the Secretary General of Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country, received Prem G....
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    Doyen of Palestinian prisoners says strike will continue until “demands or martyrdom” are achieved

    As Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails approach the second week of their hunger strike, the doyen of the detainees has said that they will continue with the strike “until we achieve our demands or martyrdom”. Nael Barghouti, 54, said that the prisoners are insisting on their “rights, not...
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    Israeli occupation continues to prevent students from entering Al Aqsa Mosque

    The policies of the Israeli occupation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank continue to prevent students from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque. Police officers stationed at the gates and inside the mosque itself stop any Palestinian under the age of fifty from entering the Noble Sanctuary; students attempting to attend...
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    Israeli diplomat suspended for security reasons

    Israel’s Deputy Ambassador in Washington has been suspended due to “a serious blow to state security”. The announcement was made by the Zionist state’s Foreign Minister; Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio that Dan Arbel was suspended for security reasons and not because he leaked information relating to the public’s...
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    Peres calls for “underground” negotiations with Palestinians

    Veteran Israeli politician Shimon Peres has spoken of the importance of resuming direct negotiations with the Palestinians. However, said Israel’s President, the negotiations should go “underground” and take place “quietly”. In a ceremony to welcome a number of new ambassadors to the Zionist state Mr. Peres said that the...
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    General Strike protests against Israeli plan to confiscate more than 200 acres of land in the Negev

    A General Strike has been held in Palestinian villages in the Negev Desert in protest against Israel’s plan to confiscate more than 200 acres of land owned by Arab citizens. The strike led to the closure of schools, shops and municipal offices for a day. Around 30,000 Palestinians will...
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    A day of festivities for the injured children of Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Our Country Centre has held a theatre and entertainment event for child war invalids on the grounds of the Al-Jazeera Club in Gaza City. The goal of the festival was to bring and atmosphere of joviality and happiness to Palestinian children who have been seriously wounded...
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    Euro parliament delegation visits Jerusalem MPs’ protest tent

    A high-ranking European parliamentary and political delegation has visited the protest tent of the Jerusalemite parliamentarians threatened with deportation. The solidarity visit took place during a trip to Jordan and the occupied West Bank organised by the Council for Palestinian-European Relations. The delegation, headed by Britain’s Lord Hugh Dykes,...
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    Palestinians protest against attacks by radical Jews on Christian and Muslim cemeteries

    Hundreds of Palestinians have demonstrated in the city of Jaffa in protest against attacks by radical Jews on the Muslim cemetery of Al Kazakhana and a Christian Orthodox cemetery. The Jewish vandals stormed into the two cemeteries last Friday evening as the Yom Kippur holiday was beginning in Israel....
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    Muslim Brotherhood accuses counter-revolutionaries for latest Cairo violence

    The Muslim Brotherhood has blamed “internal and external entities” for the bloody clashes in Cairo’s Maspero area on 9 October. “This was not just about a problem over a church in Aswan,” it claimed in a statement. “This is about counter-revolutionaries seeking to impede the country’s march towards freedom,...
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    Riyadh bans Jordanian company for sending Israeli goods to Saudi

    A news report has revealed that the authorities in Riyadh have slapped a ban on any dealings with a Jordanian company which has, it is claimed, exported Israeli produce to Saudi Arabia. The company involved manufactures fertilizers and industrial chemicals and apparently used phosphoric acid from Israel in the...
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    Islamic Movement condemns attacks on Arab citizens in northern Israel

    The Islamic Movement in Israel has condemned attacks on Arab citizens in the north of the country. In a press release, the Movement warned against “official and unofficial Israeli policies in which extremist Jewish settlers are able to join with the armed forces and police in attacks against mosques,...
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    Palestinian finally laid to rest after 35 years in an Israeli mortuary

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The people of Nablus in the occupied West Bank have finally been able to bury a Palestinian man whose body has been held by Israel for 35 years. The mortal remains of Hafith Muhammad Waheed Abu Zant were handed over by the occupying forces at the weekend....