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Dr. Ashrawi meets with J Street leadership delegation

21 February 2014 in 2014

Dr. Ashrawi briefed the J Street delegation on the latest political developments, the ongoing negotiations, and Israel’s violations of international law and their impact on prospects for peace and on the region. The discussion also covered issues of mutual concern.

“Israel is willfully sabotoging U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry’s efforts and using the negotiations as a cover to continue with its illegal settlement activities, particularly in and around Jerusalem, and the theft of Palestinian lands and resources, among other violations. For any agreement to succeed, it has to be firmly embedded in international law, and it must safeguard fundamental Palestinian rights, foremost which is the right to self-determination,” stressed Dr. Ashrawi.

Finance minister calls status quo threat to Israel

19 February 2014 in 2014

Israel’s finance minister made a passionate plea for peace Monday, saying his country must do everything in its power to reach an accord with the Palestinians since the current situation posed a “threat to the future of the state of Israel.”

Yair Lapid, who heads the second largest party in parliament Yesh Atid, told a group of visiting Jewish-American leaders that if current peace talks collapse it will be “nothing less than devastating” to the welfare of Israeli citizens. But beyond risks to the economy, he said failure to establish a Palestinian state would leave Israel facing a demographic threat that could undermine its Jewish and democratic nature.

West Bank settlements always illegal

13 February 2014 in 2014

ANY confusion about Israel’s settlements in the West Bank can be easily resolved. There is a file in the office of the Israeli Prime Minister that will do it.
The file would be handy for John Kerry as he attempts to broker a peace. It would help Julie Bishop, who told The Times of Israel on January 15 she’d like to see advice that says settlements are illegal.

Julie Bishop 'deeply concerned' by mistreatment of Palestinian children in TV report

12 February 2014 in 2014

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she is “deeply concerned” by reports Israeli armed forces are removing Palestinian children from their homes in night-time raids.

Unlike the previous Labor government, Ms Bishop has refused to condemn Israeli settlements, and has not altered her position following the airing of the disturbing footage on ABC television on Monday night. Nor would the Foreign Minister commit to registering her concerns directly with the Israeli government.

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PA won't recognize Israel as 'Jewish state' Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says there is no intention by the Palestinian side to extend the April 29 deadline for wrapping up the negotiations.

12 February 2014 in 2014

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat asserted Monday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state – only hours after Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni hinted that the Palestinians might accept the longstanding Israeli demand in order to secure a peace deal.

The UN and the Question of Palestine 68th Session of the General Assembly Report

11 February 2014 in 2014

The Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations
in New York prepares this report on a yearly basis following every session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This Session bore witness to several historic events. On 18 November 2013, the State of Palestine cast its first vote in the UNGA for the election of an International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) judge. On 27 December 2013, the UNGA adopted a decision by consensus on the “Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations”, allowing the State of Palestine to contribute towards the Organization’s expenses. Additionally, on 26 November 2013, the UNGA adopted resolution 68/12 declaring 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Israel sanctions campaigner violated Australian race laws, says lawsuit Sydney academic who supports boycott movement accused of bias against Israeli researcher

11 February 2014 in 2014

A controversial lawsuit to outlaw the sanctions campaign against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory is set to resume in the Federal Court in Sydney on Wednesday.

The suit says Jake Lynch of Sydney University, a prominent supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, violated Australia’s race discrimination laws by refusing to support a research application by an Israeli academic.

The case was filed last year by Israeli legal centre Shurat HaDin on behalf of Hebrew University academic Dan Avnon after Lynch declined to sign a form in support of his application to conduct research in Australia.

The boycott is our Palestinian non-violent resistance BDS empowers Palestinians and people of conscience worldwide to stand for justice and human rights and against the settlements - in contrast to Scarlett Johansson’s choice. By Hanan Ashrawi | Feb. 10,

11 February 2014 in 2014

The SodaStream controversy, which recently caught the attention of media worldwide, has highlighted Israel’s ongoing military occupation and contributed to the growing awareness of global consciousness and social responsibility towards Palestine. It has laid wide open the whole issue of Israeli impunity and the imperative of multifaceted intervention and accountability.

Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Custody Face Physical Violence

11 February 2014 in 2014

Three in four Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank last year endured physical violence during arrest and interrogation, according to Defense for Children International Palestine research.
Data compiled by DCI-Palestine from 98 affidavits of Palestinian children aged 12 - 17 also showed that night arrests between midnight and 5 am increased to 56.1 percent from 45.4 percent in 2012. In 21.4 percent of cases, Israeli military, police and security agents held children in solitary confinement for an average of 10 days for interrogation purposes.

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