May. 23, 2015

World Bank report finds Gaza’s economy is near collapse due to 2014 war with Israel, border restrictions and dysfunctional government; cites conflict between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Palestinian Authority Pres Mahmoud Abbas as reason for delay in reconstruction efforts, and notes unemployment rate stands at 44 percent, world’s highest level. MORE

Pope Francis, during meeting at Vatican, calls Palestinian Authority Pres Mahmoud Abbas ‘angel of peace'; Vatican reiterates hope that Palestinians and Israel will find lasting solution to regional conflict. MORE

Palestinian Authority owes $430 million in electricity bills to Israel, and debt is at center of latest deterioration in relations with Israel; two sides cannot agree on how much energy is used, how bills should be calculated or how payments should be made. MORE

Israel agrees to transfer some $470 million in tax revenue collected on behalf of Palestinians, resolving months-long dispute over issue; money was accrued since Israel suspended payments in response to Palestinian move to join the International Criminal Court. MORE

Diplomatic conflicts between Israel and Palestinians endanger relative stability and peace West Bank has experienced in recent years; Palestinian Authority threatens to scale back its shared security responsibilities with Israeli military, but both sides appear to have interest in preventing outbreak of violence. MORE

Palestinians join the International Criminal Court, making most significant and controversial step yet toward seeking statehood; Palestinian Authority hopes to use membership to increase international pressure on Israel and to hold it accountable for policies and actions that Palestinians charge are war crimes; stops short, however, of calling for immediate investigation of Israeli officials. MORE

Palestinians are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with Palestinian Authority Pres Mahmoud Abbas, highlighting divisions that could impede progress toward statehood. MORE

Israeli Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu, in attempt to ease tensions with Palestinians and United States, will release 90 days worth of tax revenues to Palestinian Authority; funds have collected since Israel began withholding them in response to Palestinian attempt to join International Criminal Court. MORE

Manhattan jury finds Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Liberation Organization liable for their role in six terrorist attacks in Israel from 2002 to 2004 that killed and injured Americans; award of $218.5 million in damages is tripled under special terrorism law to $655.5 million, ending decade-long legal battle; Palestinian groups say they will appeal. MORE

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The State of Palestine[i] (Arabic: Dawlat Filasn) is a de jure sovereign state in the Middle East.[14][15]Its independence was declared on 15 November 1988 by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Algiers as a government-in-exile. The State of Palestine claims the West Bank and Gaza Strip,[16] and has designated Jerusalem as its capital,[ii][3][4] with partial control of those areas assumed in 1994 as the Palestinian Authority. Most of the areas claimed by the State of Palestine have been occupied by Israel since 1967 in the aftermath of the Six-Day War.[7] The State of Palestine applied for United Nations (UN) membership in 2011[16] but in 2012 was granted a non-member observer state status.[14][15] The October 1974 Arab League summit designated the PLO as the “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people” and reaffirmed “their right to establish an independent state of urgency.”[17] In November 1974, the PLO was recognized as competent on all matters concerning the question of Palestine by the UN General Assembly granting them observer status as a “non-state entity” at the UN.[18][19] After the 1988 Declaration of Independence, the UN General Assembly officially “acknowledged” the proclamation and decided to use the designation “Palestine” instead of “Palestine Liberation Organization” in the UN.[20][21] In spite of this decision, the PLO did not participate at the UN in its capacity of the State of Palestine’s government.[22] In 1993, in the Oslo Accords, Israel acknowledged the PLO negotiating team as “representing the Palestinian people”, in return for the PLO recognizing Israel’s right to exist in peace, acceptance of UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, and its rejection of “violence and terrorism”.[23] As a result, in 1994 the PLO established the Palestinian National Authority (PNA or PA) territorial administration, that exercises some governmental functions[iii] in parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.[24][25] In 2007, the Hamas takeover of Gaza Strip politically and territorially divided the Palestinians, with Abbas’s Fatah left largely ruling the West Bank and recognized internationally as the official Palestinian Authority,[26] while Hamas has secured its control over the Gaza Strip.

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State of Palestine – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Last week, I wrote about the kerfuffle involving false accusations of racism against Connecticut College professor Andrew Pessin. That controversy seems to have arisen out of an effort to shame and silence a rare active pro-Israel voice at the college. A pro-Palestinian student activist, a founder of a chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, dredged up an old Facebook post of Pessins eight months after it was written in which he analogized the situation in Gaza to a wild pit bull, refused to accept his totally reasonable explanation that the derogatory metaphor in the post was aimed at Hamas and not Palestinians in general, and refused to accept his apology for any misunderstanding

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Volokh Conspiracy: Equity and Inclusion at Connecticut College (see important update)



BURSA WELCOMES PALESTINE AND FREEDOM Fethiye Belediyesi Kltr Merkezi, April 09, 2015 / Le Trio Joubran (d percussion) Asfr, journeys in Arabic, and As far in English (a play on words that matches the reality… By: constantine0612

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Two State Solution Means the Zionist Regime and Jesuits Anhilate Syria and Palestine Pt 5 to view this entire video you can always subscribe to my other Channel on Dailymotion click to view this http://www.dailymotion.com/shawn-britt-3 to view this entire video you can always…

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The Debate – Palestine ICC Membership (P.1) (April 8th) PALESTINE an ICC member April 1, 2015 will SUE ISRAEL for WAR CRIMES.

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The Debate – Palestine ICC Membership (P.1) (April 8th) – Video



the crossing palestine 2 Clips of some of the activities of “The Crossing Palestine” held Feb.

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the crossing palestine 2 – Video



Against the Washington Establishment Money, Politics, Lebanon, Palestine the Israeli Lobby 1990 By: Gaowa Sagalovsky

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Against the Washington Establishment Money, Politics, Lebanon, Palestine & the Israeli Lobby 1990 – Video



Karim 2.0 j'dessine Palestine feat Ziondread Karim 2.0 Aka Dsbs Featuring ZionDread J'dessine Palestine instrumentale Ziondread Big combinaison Fatale combinaison ! FREE PALESTINE. By: KARIM 2.0

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Al Jazeera Nablus, Palestine and The Business of Occupation Al Jazeera Nablus, Palestine and The Business of Occupation. By: The World of Arabia

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