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February 25, 2013
The Israelis want chaos … We will not allow them to drag us into it and to mess with the lives of our children and our youth.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas • Denying Israeli claims that the Palestinian Authority could call for a third armed Intifada after weekend protests drew gunfire, stun grenades, tear gas, and fears that the recent death of activist Arafat Jaradat could ignite a new wave of hostility in the region. Israeli Homeland Minister Avi Dichter denied claims that Israel is to blame, saying that Palestinians are trying to be seen as victims and “drag [Israel] to a situation where there will be dead children.” source
14:52 // 1 year ago
November 29, 2012
Palestine appeals to UN General Assembly: The Palestinian Authority is expected to make major headway at the United Nations today, where a majority of the General Assembly is expected to vote in favor of granting the Authority “non-member state” status. The United States continues to oppose such a change, preferring instead to see a two-state solution arise from peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. source

Palestine appeals to UN General Assembly: The Palestinian Authority is expected to make major headway at the United Nations today, where a majority of the General Assembly is expected to vote in favor of granting the Authority “non-member state” status. The United States continues to oppose such a change, preferring instead to see a two-state solution arise from peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. source

16:30 // 1 year ago
July 4, 2012
Yasser Arafat’s remains to be exhumed, may finally be autopsied
The Palestinian Authority has confirmed that it will exhume and re-examine the remains of their deceased former leader Yasser Arafat. The exhumation, and re-opening of the investigation related to Arafat’s potential poisoning, follow new reports in al-Jazeera after the publication was given access to the former Palestinian leader’s possessions. (Photo via Women in World Cinema) source
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The Palestinian Authority has confirmed that it will exhume and re-examine the remains of their deceased former leader Yasser Arafat. The exhumation, and re-opening of the investigation related to Arafat’s potential poisoning, follow new reports in al-Jazeera after the publication was given access to the former Palestinian leader’s possessions. (Photo via Women in World Cinema) source

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16:38 // 1 year ago
July 3, 2011

Making amends: Greece floats a completely different flotilla idea

  • blocked A couple days back, Greece blocked a flotilla headed towards Gaza from heading out of one of its ports. It understandably drew a lot of controversy from certain quarters of the political sphere — but briefly took attention off the country’s austerity crisis.
  • allowed Now, it seems that Greece is ready to offer up a mea culpa to Palestine — in coordination with the United Nations, they’ll send a ship loaded with aid over to Gaza, which they’ll offer up to the Palestinian Authority — but, as you’ll note, they aren’t working with Hamas. source

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16:39 // 2 years ago
May 5, 2011
There is no indication that Hamas is willing to give up terror, recognize Israel or recognize the peace process.
Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren • Expressing his country’s frustration with the recent unity deal struck between Hamas and Fatah, the two main political sects in Palestine. Oren makes it clear that he considers Hamas’ new role a major setback for Israel. “Hamas has fired thousands of rockets at Israeli citizens, at our towns, at our farms,” he noted, “and Hamas is one of the only elements in the Middle East to condemn the US’s action against [Osama] bin Laden.” While he emphasizes that peace is the goal for Israel, Hamas’ new seat at the bargaining table “is extremely difficult for us.” source (viafollow)
10:07 // 2 years ago