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For Palestinians, Israeli elections signal deepening occupation (By Dr. Hanan Ashrawi)

22 January 2013 in 2013

Over and again, the Palestinian leadership has been asked: What are our expectations of the Israeli elections? Our answer: Peace is nowhere in sight.

Predictably, over the past few weeks Israeli and foreign media have been hounding us for our expectations of the Israeli elections, and whether there will be any chance of a future breakthrough. Our answer is that the likely outcome does not bode well for the chances of peace.

FREE SAMER ISSAWI

22 January 2013 in 2013

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right To Return Coalition and the Free Samer Issawi
Campaign calls on all people of conscience across the globe to stand with
Palestinian political prisoner and hunger striker Samer Issawi in his fight
for freedom and justice. He has been on hunger strike for over 178 days now
protesting the injustice of his detention and that of all the other
Palestinian political prisoners!

The Palestinian National Strategies to achieve the MDGs by 2015

18 January 2013 in 2013

The National Strategy for the Millennium Development Goals reaffirms the Palestinian commitment towards the Millennium Declaration and the mobilization of resources in order to achieve the Goals by the year 2015.
The Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development has been leading and coordinating the efforts of different partners in order to monitor the progress of achieving the MDG goals.

Obama: ‘Israel Doesn’t Know What Its Best Interests Are’

16 January 2013 in 2013

Shortly after the United Nations General Assembly voted in late November to upgrade the status of the Palestinians, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that it would advance plans to establish a settlement in an area of the West Bank known as E-1, and that it would build 3,000 additional housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Evacuation of Protesters in the E1 Area

15 January 2013 in 2013

The Secretary-General is following with concern developments regarding the announced plans for Israeli settlement construction in the so-called E1 area, on which he expressed his grave disappointment in his statement of 2 December. He notes that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law. The Secretary-General repeats his call that any such settlement plans for E-1 must be rescinded.

Dr. Ashrawi on establishment of new Palestinian village of “Bab Al Shams”: “This initiative is a highly creative and legitimate non-violent tool to protect our land from Israeli colonial plans”:

15 January 2013 in 2013

“This initiative is a highly creative and legitimate non-violent tool to protect our land from Israeli colonial plans”.
PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi welcomed the initiative to establish a new Palestinian village in the area where Israel plans to expand the Ma’ale Adumin settlement. “Bab al Shams” (Gate of the Sun) was established today by hundreds of Palestinians and international supporters, including the rightful owners of the land, popular committees, youth groups and other civil society organizations.

NAM Statement Regarding illegal Israeli Settlements and Tax seizure_Dec. 31 ,2012

10 January 2013 in 2013

The Non-Aligned Movement condemns the ongoing provocative, illegal actions by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which have intensified following the historic adoption by the General Assembly of resolution 67/19 of 29 November 2012 that accorded to Palestine non-member observer state status in the United Nations.

Dr. Ashrawi: “The European role is essential in bringing an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and Israel’s stepped-up illegal settlement campaign before it is too late”

10 January 2013 in 2013

PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, yesterday met with the European Union Representative to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and UNRWA, John Gatt-Rutter at the PLO headquarters in Ramallah. During the meeting they discussed the latest political developments in Palestine as well as issues of mutual concern.

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