December 2017

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Palestinian teen in viral picture appears in Israel military court

The 16-year-old Palestinian teenager who was arrested by Israeli soldiers last week and whose photo went viral on social media after he was surrounded by 20 or so Israeli soldiers was to be presented at an Israeli military court yesterday. Fawzi Muhammad Al-Juneidi, 16, from the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron was detained by 23 Israeli soldiers on Friday during protests against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Al-Juneidi was one of thousands of Palestinians protesting against the decision in the occupied West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. Hundreds of Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during protests, and at least four were killed over the course of the weekend. The […]


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Netanyahu fails to sell Trump Jerusalem recognition in Europe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to convince the European Union to follow the lead of US President Donald Trump and recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. On Saturday, Netanyahu headed to France where he met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace. On Monday night, he flew to Brussels for a breakfast meeting with the 28 EU foreign ministers and EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini. However remarks issued by all EU officials indicated that Netanyahu has failed in his mission. Speaking at a joint press conference with Netanyahu, Macron said he had told Netanyahu that Trump’s statement on Jerusalem “is a threat to peace and we are against it”. “We both want regional peace. France is […]


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Israel reduces Gaza fishing zone

Israeli occupation authorities have decided to reduce Gaza’s fishing zone to six nautical miles from today, chair of the Gaza Fishermen’s Union Nizar Ayash said yesterday. Speaking to Al-Resalah newspaper, Ayash said that the Israeli occupation would reduce the fishing zone from nine to six nautical miles. The official added that the fishing zone was expanded to nine nautical miles six weeks ago, noting that the Israeli occupation had told Palestinian officials that the expansion would last only six weeks. Yesterday, the Israeli navy opened fire at Palestinian fishermen who exceeded the six-mile limit. Palestinians in Gaza struggle to find sufficient supplies of fish within the six-mile limit set by occupation forces. Ayash said Palestinians seek to have the fishing […]


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Following Palestinian protests, Bahrain delegation banned from Gaza

Hundreds of protesters gathered yesterday morning at the Palestinian side of the Erez crossing ready to prevent a planned visit by a Bahraini delegation to the Gaza Strip, Quds New reported. The protesters held eggs and shoes in their hands and were ready to throw them at the members of the Bahraini delegation, who planned to visit Al-Bahrain School in Gaza. They held placards which read: “Normalisation is treason, Jerusalem is an Arabic city and you are not welcome.” Read: Bahrain delegation’s visit to Israel: Why now and for what purpose? After spending two days in Israel and occupied Jerusalem, the delegation was due to visit the besieged Gaza Strip however the Palestinian Ministry of Education refused to receive the […]


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There are other agendas behind Iraq militia promises to liberate Jerusalem

According to a senior researcher at the Foreign Relations Bureau, “Everyone wants to polish their image using Palestine.” The London-based Iraqi opposition organisation’s Ahmad Mahmoud made his comment following US President Donald Trump’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week. Militias big and small have spoken in unison against what was initially viewed as an impromptu announcement by Trump, and have promised to liberate Jerusalem and end America’s combat mission in Iraq once and for all. The strategy for this has yet to emerge, but Trump’s declaration has speeded-up the demise of his country’s framework of cooperation with Baghdad-led militias; the removal of US troops from Iraq is behind opposition to his pro-Israel move. First in […]