Palestinian Authority

Blow to Abbas in West Bank elections

By Anna Sheinman, October 22, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas suffered a blow after Fatah party candidates fared poorly in local elections in the West Bank on Saturday.

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UK money pays for Palestinians jailed in Israel

By Sahar Zivan, October 18, 2012

A report by the watchdog, Palestinian Media Watch, has revealed that every month almost £3 million from the Palestinian Authority goes towards paying salaries to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. These salaries are drawn from the PA general budget, funded by international donors, among them the UK.

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US warns: Palestinian success at UN will endanger peace process

By Orlando Radice, October 3, 2012

The US has warned EU governments not to back the Palestinian Authority bid for upgraded status at the United Nations, according to a memo obtained by the Guardian.

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Palestinians accuse Israel of sabotage and threaten to cancel Oslo Accords

By Ben Hartman, September 20, 2012

The Palestinian Authority is considering cancelling the 1993 Oslo Accords because Israel is sabotaging the peace process, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said this week.

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West Bank riots - and another opportunity is missed

By Alan Johnson, September 13, 2012

Travelling through the West Bank this week with a Bicom delegation of new media leaders, the backdrop to our meetings has been tyres burning in Hebron, roads blocked in Nablus and hundreds of protesters waving pitta in Ramallah.

The Palestinians are angry about the high cost of living, and the target of that anger is Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

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Truth rebuffed as 'interference'

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 11, 2012

A great deal of heat has been caused by a letter sent last month by Israel's Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, to the Quartet (the USA, EU, UN and Russia) - the group charged with facilitating a Middle East peace process.

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Rights are the key — and they're mutual

By Dimi Reider, September 6, 2012

Over the past few decades, Israel has gradually merged its founding ethos of indigenousness and return with the image of a Western outpost, a villa in the jungle, to use the words of one of its more progressive prime ministers.

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'Palestinian Embassy' balloon flying over Liverpool is a load of hot air

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

A hot-air balloon labelled “Palestinian Embassy”, and carrying political commentators, will fly over Liverpool next month as part of a prestigious art festival.

The exhibit is part of the Liverpool Biennal 2012, an event that receives funding from the Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council.

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French prosecutors to investigate Arafat death

By Anna Sheinman, August 29, 2012

French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat.

Suha Arafat, his widow, lodged a legal complaint for murder last month, and the French public prosecutor has now ruled that an inquiry can take place.

Mr Arafat, who died aged 75 in a military hospital in France, was said by French doctors to have died of a massive stroke.

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When going undercover meant sleeping with Arafat’s wife

By Orlando Radice, August 17, 2012

In 2004, during the Second Intifada, Israeli intelligence officers invited two journalists to a cafe to discuss corruption stories involving Yassir Arafat, with a view to smearing the then-Palestinian Authority leader.

As the conversations got going, a third, uninvited journalist dropped in to the café on a tip-off that the meeting was taking place.

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