Palestinian Authority

Jewish suspects ‘confess’ to murder of Arab teen

By Sandy Rashty, July 7, 2014

Three of the six Jewish suspects who were arrested in connection to the kidnap and killing of a Palestinian teenager have reportedly confessed to the crime.

The burnt body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was discovered last Wednesday.

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Palestinian envoy to UK gives nod to Israel as 'Jewish state'

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

The Palestinian envoy to Britain has said Israel must be recognised as a Jewish state if there is to be real lasting peace between the two nations.

Manuel Hassassian said: "Both sides need to make painful concessions andreach a compromise. Israel shall recognise the state of Palestine. Palestine shall recognize the Jewish state of Israel."

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Ex-ICC lawyer praises Israeli legal system

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 22, 2014

Former International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has downplayed fears that Palestinian access to The Hague will result in a tidal wave of war crime indictments against Israelis.

Now that the Palestinian Authority has had its UN status upgraded to non-member observer state, it is eligible to join the court, though the PA has yet to do so.

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Palestinians shot dead in Nakba Day protests

By Sandy Rashty, May 15, 2014

Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank after participating in Nakba Day riots.

Soldiers reportedly shot the men in the heart with rubber bullets during a riot outside the Ofer Military Prison near Ramallah today.

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Abbas has learned from Iran's approach to the West

By Melanie Phillips, May 1, 2014

Has Mahmoud Abbas been taking instruction from Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran?

The Palestinian president’s recent moves have been straight out of the Iranian playbook: make moderate noises and however ludicrous they may be, the West will be so desperate to avoid facing up to the reality of murderous extremism it will take them on face value.

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Silently, peace talks fade into the ether

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2014

The April 29 deadline for extending the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority expired with little reaction this week as all sides, including the American mediators, seemed to be focusing on other problems.

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Peace talks close to death as Abbas does Hamas deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

The Israeli government called off talks to broker a resumption of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority after rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation deal on Wednesday.

The agreement was signed in Gaza at the home of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

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Peace talks edge closer to abyss

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 3, 2014

The talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were on the brink of collapse this week.

By Wednesday, the Americans had suspended their role as go-betweens, Israel had refused to release the last tranche of prisoners and the PA had formally requested recognition as a member-state from international organisations.

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Peace process near collapse as Palestinians make UN move

By Daniel Easterman, April 2, 2014

The Palestinians have initiated moves to join 15 UN agencies, causing yet another blow to the stalling peace process.

One implication of the move is that it could become easier for Palestinians to prosecute Israeli officials in the International Criminal Court.

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Palestinian envoy was holding the explosives that killed him

By Daniel Easterman, March 31, 2014

The Palestinian ambassador in Prague was holding explosives in his hands when he died in a bomb blast at his official residence in January, say the Czech police.

According to Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova, the Czech authorities conducted ballistics tests which demonstrated that the bomb material was being held by ambassasdor Jamal al-Jamal’s at the time of the explosion.

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