Palestinian Authority

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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