Palestinian Authority

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.


Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.


PA officials pocket fifth of West Bank GDP

By Nathan Jeffay, March 22, 2012

While the Palestinian economy is in a state of "severe fiscal crisis", wages for Palestinian Authority staff eat up a staggering 20 per cent of GDP, according to a World Bank report released on Wednesday.

The report also points out that international aid has kept the Palestinian welfare state running but has not succeeded in kick-starting the private sector.


Fayad: Stop using Palestinians as excuse for killing innocent people

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2012

The Palestinian Prime Minister has called for an end to the use of the plight of Palestinian children as justification for acts of extremist violence against innocent people.

Speaking as police in Toulouse continued their stand-off with the gunman wanted in connection with the murders of four Jewish children and three paratroopers, Salam Fayaad said this was not an excuse.