Archives - November 2017

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Nov

Algerian president praises Palestinian reconciliation

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday welcomed national reconciliation between “Fatah” and “Hamas” and reiterated his commitment to support efforts to establish a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Bouteflika said in a congratulatory message to President Abbas on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the declaration of independence: “I can not fail …

16
Nov

US House committee passes bill to cut aid to Palestinians

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee has unanimously passed legislation that would cut funding to the Palestinian Authority. The committee has approved the bill known as the Taylor Force Act on Wednesday. It stipulates a cut in funding to the Palestinian Authority unless it discontinues paying stipends to the families of Palestinians martyred by Israeli …

15
Nov

Turkish MP Hasan Turan slams Israel’s restrictions on holy sites

The Turkish lawmaker so-chairing the Turkey-Palestine parliamentary friendship group slammed Israel’s restrictions on places of worship for Muslims. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Hasan Turan, a ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Istanbul deputy, reviewed the group’s recent three-day visit to Palestine. Turan criticized the illegal Israeli settlements occupying Palestinian territories, adding, “We can never accept …

15
Nov

France asks Israel to allow entry of its politicians

The French foreign ministry on Tuesday asked the Israeli authorities to allow its politicians to enter the country to visit the occupied territories and Palestinian prisoners. “We want all French parliamentarians to have access to all of the interlocutors they wish to meet in order to conduct their fact-finding missions,” a spokesperson for the French …

14
Nov

“Israel” Mobilizing to Stop European Aid to Palestine

The Israeli Knesset is mobilizing to stop EU aid from reaching Palestinian prisoners or their families, under the pretext that they are “terrorists” or “families of terrorists,” Israel Hayom reported on Friday. According to the online newspaper, Zionist Union MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, a member of the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet, is gathering support for the project; she has received the …

14
Nov

European conference on Israeli settlement activity declares Israel ‘apartheid regime’

Representatives from 24 European countries, including parliamentarians, legal experts, journalists, and activists, met in Brussels earlier this week in the first European conference on Israeli settlement activity, agreeing on a declaration that accuses Israel of establishing an “apartheid regime” in the West Bank. According to a press release, the agreement was named the Brussels Declaration, …

14
Nov

Israel bars entry of European MPs over BDS activity

The Israeli authorities on Monday banned the entry of a number of European MPs and French mayors because of their activism in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Hebrew website “0404” reported that Israel’s Minister of Interior, Aryeh Deri, adopted recommendations by Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs and Public Security, Gilad Erdan, not to …

13
Nov

Politicians call for activating Palestinian political system

Politicians and academics in a symposium held in Istanbul on Friday called for reforming the Palestinian political system and completing the reconciliation process. Vision Center for Political Development on Friday organized a symposium that lasted for two days to discuss many topics on the development of the Palestinian political system with the participation of Palestinian …

13
Nov

Barghouthi calls for “political pluralism” and activating the Palestinian Legislative Council

Head of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) Mustafa al-Barghouthi called for restructuring the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and democratizing national politics in the face of the Israeli occupation. In comments made at a seminar on Palestinian politics staged on Saturday by the Istanbul-based Vision Center for Political Development, Barghouthi accentuated the need for restructuring the …

13
Nov

International conference in Kuwait on Palestinian children’s suffering

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday opened an international conference in Kuwait on the Israeli violations against Palestinian children. The two-day conference was organized by the Arab League’s General Secretariat in cooperation with Kuwait’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor. Abbas affirmed, in his address to …

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