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Lifting the veil of obscurity: Abdulhamid II, the issue of Palestine

By : Mahmut Aytekin | 23 Jul 2013

Turkey: No peace deal without Palestinian unity

Source : AFP | 18 May 2013

Fatah, Hamas agree to form Palestinian unity government

Source : Al Arabiya with Agencies | 15 May 2013

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have set a three-month timetable to form a unity government and organize elections, officials from both sides said on Wednesday.

The agreement came during a meeting late Tuesday between Fatah’s official in charge of reconciliation affairs, Azzam al-Ahmed, and his Hamas counterpart Mussa Abu Marzuq, held at Egyptian security services headquarters in Cairo.

Stephen Hawking boycotts Israeli conference over occupation of Palestine

Source : Al Arabiya with Agencies | 08 May 2013

British cosmologist Stephen Hawking has pulled out of an Israeli conference, joining an academic boycott of Israel to protest against its occupation of Palestinian lands, Cambridge University said on Wednesday.

The wheelchair-bound Hawking, who has won international recognition for his work on black holes, had been due to speak at a prestigious meeting in June organized by Israeli President Shimon Peres that draws hundreds of leading world figures.

Palestinian Authority Calls on Int'l Community to Pressure Israel Over Financial Stranglehood

By Jacob Chamberlain | Agencies | 20 Mar 2013

Warning of possible "political collapse," the Palestinian Authority has issued a report calling on the international community for help to ease its financial crisis, to pressure Israel to release Palestinian-owned revenues held hostage since its bid for UN status, and for a life without checkpoints in the occupied West Bank.

Israel harms Palestinian economy: report

Source : Al Jazeera | 13 Mar 2013

Israeli restrictions and closures coupled with the worsening fiscal situation of the Palestinian Authority is causing "lasting damage" to the competitiveness of the Palestinian economy, the World Bank warns.

In a report issued on Tuesday ahead of a meeting of global donors in Brussels on March 19, the World Bank explored the long-term damage to the economy as a result of the worsening financial crisis facing the Ramallah-based government and the absence of peace talks, which have been stalled since late September 2010.

Vital Gaza Tunnels Flooded by Egyptian Forces

Source : Agencies | 14 Feb 2013

Egyptian forces flooded a series of tunnels used to bring goods into the blockaded Gaza Strip through the Egyptian/Gaza border, officials stated Wednesday.

The tunnels account for an estimated 30 percent of all goods brought into Gaza, such as cement and gravel, due to an over seven-year goods blockade imposed by Israel.

Israel Goods Boycott Movement Rises

By Eva Bartlett | IPS | 12 Feb 2013

Tawfiq Mandil, 45, stands amongst hundreds of Palestinian farmers, activists, and international supporters in the Gaza Strip’s eastern Zeitoun district, about half a kilometer from the border with Israel. They are renewing a call for the boycott of Israeli goods.

“The Israeli army destroyed my house and my five dunums of land (a dunum is 1,000 square meters) on the last day of the attacks in 2009, as well as 20 other homes,” he says.

Malaysian PM on solidarity trip to Gaza

By AFP | 23 Jan 2013

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged solidarity with the Palestinians on his first trip to Gaza on Tuesday, throwing his support behind reconciliation efforts between Hamas and Fatah.

Najib, who entered via the Rafah crossing from Egypt with Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and other officials, was met by Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya.

Speaking shortly after his arrival, Najib said his visit was intended “to show solidarity and our support for the struggle of the Palestinian people.”

Abbas orders official use of ‘State of Palestine’

By AFP | 07 Jan 2013

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas gave orders Sunday for work to begin on new passports, ID cards, drivers’ licenses and stamps reading “State of Palestine,” official media said.

The decree, carried by the official WAFA news agency, came in the wake of the Palestinians’ successful bid late last year for non-member observer state status at the United Nations over intense Israeli and US opposition.

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