Palestinian Authority

Palestinians to take statehood bid back to UN

By Ben Hartman, August 9, 2012

The Palestinian Authority will head to the UN General Assembly next month to seek non-state membership, despite a series of carrots and sticks held up by Israel in an effort to block the bid.


Debt threatens to bring chaos to West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 5, 2012

A request by Israel for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to make an emergency loan to the Palestinian Authority has highlighted growing concerns over unrest in the West Bank and within the Palestinian security forces.


Arafat's body to be exhumed over poison question

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 4, 2012

A Swiss research laboratory has found the radioactive substance Polonium-210 on the belongings of the late Palestinian President, Yasir Arafat.

According to Al-Jazeera, traces of the substance were found on a urine stain on his underpants, as well as on his toothbrush, raising questions about whether he was poisoned.


Nativity church first step in Palestinian UNESCO campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2012

The Palestinian Authority plans to build on its recent victory at the UN's cultural arm and campaign for other sites in the West Bank to be designated "endangered".

Last week UNESCO members voted in favour of the PA's bid to have the Church of the Nativity world granted world heritage status.


BBC upholds Obama complaint

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

The BBC Trust has partly upheld a complaint over an online article which reported American President Obama’s position on the Middle East process.


UK support for Israel 'declining'

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

Pro-Israel sentiment in the UK has dropped from 25 per cent to 17 per cent in a decade, while support for the Palestinians remained at the same level at 18 per cent.


Deal reached with Israel over Palestinian hunger strike

By Jennifer Lipman, May 14, 2012

A deal has been reached between the Palestinian prisoners engaged in a hunger strike and the Israeli authorities, according to a Palestinian official.

Some 1,600 prisoners, many detained for terrorism or crimes against civilians, have been on hunger strike for four weeks to protest alleged solitary confinement, poor prison conditions and detention without trial.


Abbas issues warning as hunger strikes continue

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2012

Palestinian groups and Israeli politicians have warned of clashes between security forces and protesters if one of the prisoners currently on hunger strike dies.

Some 1,600 prisoners currently on administrative detention in Israel, some for crimes against civilians, are on hunger strike to protest alleged solitary confinement, poor prison conditions and detention without trial.


Hamas official promises Israel never-ending war

By Ben Hartman, April 26, 2012

A senior Hamas official last week said that the terror group would not be bound by any deals reached between the Palestinian Authority and Israel if democratic elections bring them to power in a future Palestinian state.

During an interview with the Forward, the first interview given by a top Hamas leader to a Jewish news organisation, the deputy director of Hamas's political bureau, Mousa Abu


ICC rejects Palestinian Cast Lead request

By Jennifer Lipman, April 3, 2012

The International Criminal Court will not hear a case involving allegations about Israeli conduct during Operation Cast Lead.

The decision by ICC prosecutor Jose Luis Moreno Ocampo was based on the fact that Palestine is not a state, and so does not fall under the court's jurisdiction.