Hamas says will not attend Palestinian meeting over Jerusalem

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Islamist movement Hamas said on Saturday it would not participate in a meeting of Palestinian leaders to debate responses to the controversial US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The decision not to take part in the meeting to begin late Sunday is a further setback to failing reconciliation efforts between leading Palestinian factions. “We have taken the decision not to participate in the meeting of the (Palestinian) Central Council in Ramallah,” Hamas said in a ...

Two Palestinians killed in anti-US protests: health official

Friday, 22 December 2017

Palestinians launched more anti-US protests on Friday, and at least two demonstrators were killed in the Gaza Strip, a health official said, after the UN General Assembly rejected Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Smoke billowed from burning tires at a demonstration in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, two days before Christmas celebrations in the biblical town. Israeli gunfire killed a 24-year-old Palestinian and wounded 10 other protesters during a ...

Abbas says Palestinians won't accept US peace plan

Friday, 22 December 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that his people would “no longer accept” any peace plan proposed by the United States following Washington’s decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Trump administration has been preparing a plan in secret which is expected to be presented to the two sides in 2018. “The United States has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan from the ...

Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, enough is enough

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Speaking at an emergency summit in Istanbul, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas attempted to recast his role in a defunct 'peace process'. He declared before the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference on December 13 that his authority will no longer accept US mediation in the Middle East peace process. He told attendants representing all Muslim-majority countries that Washington is no longer 'fit' for the task, following US President, Donald Trump’s decision ...

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Palestinian president, Coptic Pope not to meet Pence

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will not hold a planned meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence following Washington’s controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an Abbas aide said on Saturday. “There will be no meeting with the vice president of America in Palestine,” diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi told AFP. “The United States has crossed all the red lines with the Jerusalem decision.” The White House warned on Thursday that cancelling the meeting planned ...

Hamas, Fatah agree on Palestinian elections by end of 2018

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas in Cairo agreed on Wednesday to hold the general Palestinian elections by the end of 2018. The factions also authorised the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to set a date for the elections. The deal was announced by Azzam al-Ahmad, head of the Fatah delegation, in Cairo on Wednesday. Negotiators have been meeting for two days on the implementation of further steps towards unity. Fatah, which controls the West Bank, lost control of Gaza to Hamas in ...

Hamas dissolves Gaza government and agrees to national unity talks with Fatah

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hamas said on Sunday it would do away with a body seen as an alternative government in the Gaza Strip in a step towards reconciliation with rival Fatah following discussions with Egypt. Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, also said it was ready for talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah on forming a unity government and holding elections. In a statement, Hamas said it was "responding to the generous Egyptian efforts, which reflect the Egyptian ...

Mahmoud Abbas freezes Israel contact over al-Aqsa dispute

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday he was freezing contacts with Israel over new security measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, after deadly clashes erupted earlier in the day. Abbas said in a speech that the freeze would stay in place until Israel lifted the measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. “I, on behalf of the Palestinian leadership, announce... a freeze of all contacts with the occupation state on all levels until Israel commits to cancelling all the measures ...

‘We must build bridges not walls,’ Abbas says as Trump visits Bethlehem

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

US President Donald Trump arrived for talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday as they seek ways to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. In a joint press conference between the two leaders, Abbas said it was crucial that "bridges, not walls are built in our lands." Trump said he was looking forward to cooperate with the Palestinian president and provide economic support. He said that achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace would ...

Palestinian president kicks off India visit with tech tour

Monday, 15 May 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began a three-day visit to India on Monday with a tour of an IT facility that is helping Ramallah build a high-end tech hub. Abbas, who arrived late Sunday, will hold talks on the Middle East peace process, among other issues, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in coming days. But his first stop was to a technology institute outside Delhi where India is lending its IT know-how to help Palestine spur job creation in the tech sector. India agreed in October to ...

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