Tag: Palestine

Hamas MP says Israeli annexation ‘violates Allah’s will’

Hamas Parliament member and cleric Yunis al-Astal  said in a parliament session last week that Israeli annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria would constitute a crime against the will of Allah, and called for the parliament to recommend the murder of Jews “wherever they may be found.” In the May 6 session, which aired on […]

Abbas: ‘If Israel annexes a single centimeter, all agreements with Israel, US canceled’

If Israel annexes “even a single centimeter” of land in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley, the Palestinian Authority will consider itself no longer bound by any of the agreements it has signed with Israel or the United States, said P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas last week. In an address posted to Palestine TV’s Facebook […]

UN: Israeli annexation plans ‘entirely unacceptable’

An independent UN human rights expert warned Friday that the new Israeli coalition government’s plan to proceed with annexing significant parts of the occupied West Bank, will be a blow to the international order and undermine prospects for a negotiated settlement, Anadolu Agency reports. “Israel’s decision to unilaterally march ahead with the planned annexation on July 1 […]

Abbas calls emergency meetings to discuss annexation

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to chair emergency meetings of PLO and Fatah officials in Ramallah in the coming days to discuss Israel’s plan to apply sovereignty to parts of the West Bank. The meetings will take place as Abbas faces increased pressure from some PLO and Fatah officials to take drastic measures […]

Top PLO official urges world action, not words, to block West Bank annexation

The senior Palestinian official leading Ramallah’s diplomatic effort to thwart Israel’s annexation plans is calling on world leaders to go beyond rebuke and demonstrate to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there will be real-world repercussions if he moves forward with the measure. “What we’re telling them is that Netanyahu can survive statements of condemnation, but […]

Arab League slams Israeli plan to annex occupied West Bank

The Arab League has condemned Israel’s controversial proposal to annex much of the occupied West Bank, saying the move would constitute a “new war crime” against the Palestinians. The remarks came in a joint statement issued by Arab foreign ministers on Thursday following a virtual conference chaired in Egypt’s capital, Cairo. “The implementation of plans […]

PA condemns State Department comments on sovereignty

The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday condemned remarks by a US State Department official, who said the US would be ready to recognize an Israeli application of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. The PA’s “foreign ministry” said in a statement quoted by the Xinhua news agency that such remarks are “an extension of the US bias […]

Palestinian incitement continues despite Israeli aid against pandemic

In just the last month alone, Israel transferred millions of shekels to the Palestinian Authority and has facilitated the entry of thousands of Palestinian workers into Israel so they can work. It has expedited the transfer of equipment to the Gaza Strip to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic there. Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and […]

Israel, PA allies escalate ICC war crimes legal fight

Fourteen parties including countries, NGOs and leading jurists filed legal briefs by press time on Monday for both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides of the war-crimes contest currently before the International Criminal Court. The ICC is expected to hand down a fateful decision about Israel, the Palestinians and alleged war crimes sometime after March […]

Kushner: US to approve annexation if Palestinians don’t negotiate

Despite a refusal by the Palestinians to be involved in any negotiations and a lack of government in Israel, US President Donald Trump’s administration will push forward with the “Deal of the Century” peace plan, including giving White House approval to Israeli annexation, senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner told US senators in a closed-room meeting […]