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Dr. Ashrawi Condemns the Murder of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein

11 December 2014 in 2014

In a statement, PLO Executive Committee Member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, said:

“In the strongest possible terms, we, the Palestine Liberation Organization, denounce Israel’s extrajudicial killing of Palestinian Minister and Head of the Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Ziad Abu Ein, who died after being severely beaten by Israeli forces and suffering from tear gas inhalation during a non-violent activity where Palestinians were planting olive trees in Turmus’ayya.

Dr. Ashrawi on the Occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

01 December 2014 in 2014

29 November:On the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian people, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the international community for its continued support of the Palestinian struggle to achieve our inalienable rights to freedom and self-determination. We thank those states that have recognized the State of Palestine and the parliaments and people around the world who have voted for recognition. We also appreciate the religious leaders, trade unions, artists, and civil society organizations worldwide that have stood on the right side of justice and supported the Palestinian people in their attempts to seek a just peace.

A Synopsis of the PLO Executive Committee Statement Issued on November 25 Regarding Israel's Draft Bill to Recognize Israel as a Nation-State of the Jewish People

28 November 2014 in 2014

On November 23, the Israeli cabinet approved a bill that defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Such a draft bill aims to destroy the two-state solution by superimposing “Greater Israel" on historical Palestine and endorsing the military occupation. Furthermore, it would institutionalize apartheid and deprive the Palestinian citizens of Israel of their social, political and economic rights, turning them into second-class citizens.

Spain parliament symbolically recognizes Palestine

20 November 2014 in 2014

Following similar moves across Europe, Spanish lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a resolution recognizing Palestine.

Though non-binding and largely symbolic, the resolution gleaned 319 votes in its favor, two against it, and one abstention.

The motion was proposed by the main opposition Socialists.

The Palestinian Declaration of Independence: 26 years after Palestine’s Historic Compromise

17 November 2014 in 2014

November 15, 2014 “The State of Palestine declares its belief in the settlement of international and regional disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the charter and resolutions of the United Nations”

On November 15, 1988, the Palestinian National Council, then led by late President Yasser Arafat, declared the independence of the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders. This was the historic and painful Palestinian compromise: we accepted that our state would exist on only 22 percent of our historic homeland. Israel responded by colonizing more of our land and entrenching its control over the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. The possibility of a two-state solution is quickly fading away. The international community must now act decisively in order to salvage the two-state solution. The international community’s recognition of a State of Palestine on all of the territory occupied by Israel in 1967 would be an important first step.

Press release: UNSG announcement to establish an internal & independent UN Board of Inquiry to investigate certain incidents accrued in the Gaza Strip 8-26/08/2014

13 November 2014 in 2014

11 November 2014, Press Release- The Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine welcomes the announcement made on 10 November 2014 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, to establish an internal and independent United Nations Board of Inquiry to investigate certain incidents that occurred in the Gaza Strip between 8 July and 26 August 2014.

We welcome the appointment of the Board, which is to be led by Mr. Patrick Cammaert (The Netherlands) and includes, as its other members, Ms. Maria Vicien-Milburn (Argentina), Ms. Lee O’Brien (USA), Mr. Pierre Lemelin (Canada) and Mr. K.C. Reddy (India), and which has been tasked to investigate a number of specific incidents in which death or injuries occurred at, and/or damage was done to United Nations premises, notably UNRWA schools, and the inviolability of those premises was gravely violated.

Top EU diplomat: Jerusalem should be capital of 2 states

10 November 2014 in 2014

RAMALLAH (AFP) -- The European Union's top diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Saturday that Jerusalem "should be the capital of two states," as tensions gripped the holy city hit by Israeli-Palestinian violence.

"I think Jerusalem can be and should be the capital of two states," Mogherini told reporters in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, touching on a sensitive issue that has blocked peace efforts for decades.

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