Palestine

Cameron attacks Miliband over Palestine statehood vote

By Marcus Dysch, December 16, 2014

David Cameron has reasserted his support for Israel, saying the Conservative Party would always stand behind "the homeland of the Jewish people".

The Prime Minister described Israel as an "oasis of freedom" and the "symbol of success" as he addressed more than 700 people at a Westminster lunch.

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Palestinians accelerate statehood push at UN

By Orlando Radice, December 15, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to submit a draft resolution to the UN on ending the Israeli occupation by Monday evening, with a view to having the Security Council vote on the text by Wednesday.

The resolution sets out a two-year timetable for Israel to withdraw its forces from the West Bank.

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UN schools are 'teaching kids jihad'

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

Middle East monitors have accused the United Nations Relief and Works Agency of teaching Palestinian children "a curriculum of war".

The criticism of Unwra, which provides humanitarian services to Palestinian refugees and their descendants, came during a during a panel discussion on the UN agency's role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the House of Commons this week.

Bassem Eid, direct

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France votes for Palestine

By Naomi Firsht, December 4, 2014

French MPs voted in favour of recognising a Palestinian state this week.

The parliamentary motion, which was passed by 339 votes to 151, was non-binding and will have no real diplomatic effect.

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French parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state

By Naomi Firsht, December 2, 2014

French MPs voted in favour of recognising a state of Palestine in a parliamentary session today.

The motion, which demands the French government recognise the state of Palestine, was passed by 339 votes to 151. It was non-binding and will have no real diplomatic effect. However, it echoes the symbolic votes by parliaments in the UK, Sweden, Spain and Ireland.

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MPs on alert over Palestine debate

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Supporters of Israel have been asked to defend the state during the latest parliamentary session on Palestinian issues.

Backbenchers will take part in a Westminster Hall debate on Palestinian human rights on Monday.

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Quarter of Palestinians favour IS

By Nathan Jeffay, November 20, 2014

Palestinians have a far higher opinion of Islamic State (IS) than Arabs elsewhere, according to a new poll.

The Doha-based Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies surveyed views of the terrorist group in various countries, including Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

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Palestinians say rockets still work

By Nathan Jeffay, November 13, 2014

Palestinians remain convinced that launching rockets is good for their national cause - four months after such attacks sparked the seven-week conflict that brought death and destruction to Gaza.

Six out of ten believe that the attacks help "Palestinian goals", according to a poll released by the Jerusalem media and Communications Centre (JMCC).

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Perfect storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Israeli diplomats are concerned that the coming months will see concerted diplomatic pressure on their government to make major concessions to the Palestinians or suffer some form of sanctions.

As the American mid-term elections have drawn to their end, President Barack Obama enters his final two years with no need to be re-elected or help his party win in Congress.

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Palestinian state in five years, says new EU chief

November 6, 2014

in her first interviews as the European Union's new high representative for foreign relations and security policy, Federica Mogherini has said that she hoped to see the establishment of a Palestinian state during her tenure.

"I'd be happy if, during my mandate, the Palestinian state existed," she said.

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