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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.