Tag: Palestine

Palestinian Authority accuses Hamas of plotting against it from Turkish headquarters

Israel and Egypt have Hamas pinned inside Gaza after destroying hundreds of tunnels leading out of the Palestinian enclave, but the terrorist group is coordinating its efforts in the West Bank with logistical help from a command center more than 500 miles away in Turkey, according to Palestinian Authority officials.   The PA and the […]

Jordan ‘major partner’ to Palestinians on Jerusalem issue

Jordan is a major partner for Palestinians on the issue of Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday after he spoke with King Abdullah in Amman.   He spoke in advance of his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jordan on Thursday. Kerry will also meet separately with Abdullah.   […]

West Bank Mosque Is Torched Near Ramallah Amid Simmering Tensions

A mosque was torched overnight near the West Bank city of Ramallah, amid a rising tide of Israel-Palestinian tensions. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfield said an investigation is underway into the incident in the village of Al Mghreir. The deputy of the local council accused settlers of setting fire to the mosque. “The people living […]

Palestinian leader accuses Israel of religious war

The Palestinian president on Tuesday accused Israel of provoking a “religious war” as new violence between the sides broke out in the West Bank, leaving a Palestinian man dead, amid mounting concerns that the long-running conflict is entering a new and dangerous phase. Mahmoud Abbas blamed the latest tensions on a series of visits by […]

Nearly 70 Percent of UN Member States Officially Recognize Palestine, US Not Among Them

On Thursday October 30, 2014, Sweden became the 135th of 193 members of the United Nations (U.N.) to officially recognize Palestine as an independent state, raising the percentage of U.N. Member State recognition to nearly 70 percent.   According to the Washington Post, “the act sparked a tetchy diplomatic incident with Israel.” No surprise here. […]

Palestinian-Israeli tensions raise concerns over third intifada

Peace remains out of reach between Israel and the Palestinian territories: In the space of two weeks, two Palestinians drove into groups of civilians waiting at Jerusalem light rail stops. Three people died, and several more were injured.   Shortly before these incidents, Israeli soldiers near Ramallah shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian-American boy; an […]

EU foreign Chief, in Gaza, Calls for Palestinian state

Hamas and other resistance groups confronted a brutal 50-day Israeli assault against the besieged strip, which resulted in the deaths of 2,140 Palestinians and the injury of more than 12,000 others.   Mogherini’s visit comes as frequent clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police occur around the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied east al-Quds.   Recent […]

Hamas Announces “Popular Army” to Defend Al-Aqsa Mosque

Mohammed Abu Askar, a Hamas official, said those older than 20 could sign up “to be prepared for any confrontation” with Israel.   Hamas and other resistance groups confronted a brutal 50-day Israeli assault against the besieged strip, which resulted in the deaths of 2,140 Palestinians and the injury of more than 12,000 others.   […]

Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick’s condition begins to improve

The condition of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, who was shot by a Palestinian assailant in an attempted assassination last week, has improved substantially, Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital announced on Thursday.   Glick, who is still on a respirator, has begun communicating with the environment and recognizing family members in the past day, the Mako […]

Jordan, Palestinians urge UN to stop Israel’s ‘violations’ on Temple Mount

The Palestinians and Jordanians urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to demand that Israel immediately stop “violations” at Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warning that further escalation could lead to another crisis threatening peace in the Middle East.   The warning followed what the Palestinians described as the illegal storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque […]