Palestinians

‘So Much For The Arab Spring’

Palestinians are bankrupt and demoralized — yet politics and intifadas have lost their appeal.

04/12/2012
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Just as he does every day, on March 30 Mahmoud Abu Sneineh trimmed succulent pieces of lamb off a vertical spit, wrapped them in a fresh pita brushed with tehina, and served the shwarma to hungry customers lined up at his eatery in east Jerusalem.

Palestinian women wave during a demonstration marking Land Day. Getty Images

Jewish Values Survey: Social Justice Is Central; Obama At 62 Percent

04/03/2012
Staff Writer

A majority of American Jews are welcoming of immigrants, favorably disposed towards American Muslims, support legalizing same-sex marriage, favor legal abortions and oppose overturning the recent health care law, according to a Jewish Values Survey released Tuesday.

It is perhaps no wonder then that the campaigns of this year’s Republican presidential candidates have had little resonance with most American Jews.

Young Palestinians Frustrated With Hamas And Fatah

The rival factions announce a new agreement, but the public is skeptical.

02/08/2012
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — When the rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, first signed a reconciliation agreement last May in Cairo, young political activists in Gaza went outside to celebrate.

But after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshal announced on Monday a new agreement in Qatar on the formation of an interim government to prepare the first national elections in years, there was no such public rejoicing.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, left, with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

U.S. Transfers $40 Million In Aid To Palestinians

12/30/2011

The United States transferred $40 million in foreign assistance to the Palestinians. 

The Associated Press reported Thursday that congressional lawmakers released the funds, which amount to 20 percent of the $187 million in foreign assistance from fiscal year 2011 that was held up by Congress in response to the Palestinians' actions at the United Nations. 

The assistance that the U.S. is  for humanitarian and economic purposes and not for security assistance.

Gingrich Under Fire For Comments On Palestinians

12/11/2011

Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich stood by his assertion that the Palestinians are an "invented people," drawing criticism from other GOP candidates.

"Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it historically true? Yes," Gingrich said during a GOP debate Saturday night in Iowa. "We are in a situation where every day rockets are fired into Israel while the United States -- the current administration -- tries to pressure the Israelis into a peace process."

Palestinians Try To Enter Jerusalem On 'Freedom Ride'

11/15/2011

Several Palestinians tried to enter Jerusalem on an Israeli bus from the West Bank.

The Palestinians and activists were attempting to draw attention to the restriction of freedom of movement of the Palestinians in a campaign that imitates the Freedom Rides of the U.S. civil rights movement. West Bank Palestinians are not allowed to enter eastern Jerusalem without special permits.

The Palestinian activists waited for nearly an hour near the West Bank settlement of Psagot until a bus stopped to pick up six of them; several other buses rode by without stopping.

Blowing In The Wind

 Israel has agreed to the Mideast Quartet's latest proposal to resume negotiations without any preconditions, but the Palestinians are sticking to their demands for a settlement freeze and more before Mahmoud Abbas will sit down with Benjamin Netanyahu. 

 Meanwhile, the Netanyahu government announced new construction of Jewish housing in Gilo, just outside the Green Line, which many considered a snub of the Quartet's call for both sides to "refrain from provocative" and unilateral actions. 

Jewish Protestors Arrested At UN

09/23/2011
Staff Writer

Three days before a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli security forces during a violent confrontation in the West Bank Friday, Rabbi Avi Weiss warned the United Nations that a Palestinian request for U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state might “inspire” violence.

Yuli Edelstein in the Dialogue Tent.

Palestinians Clash With Israeli Soldiers As Statehood Bid Looms

09/21/2011

An Israeli baby sustained a head injury as Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers ahead of the Palestinians' imminent statehood bid at the United Nations.

The 16-month-old girl was hit in the head with a rock during the Palestinian riots late Wednesday afternoon in the northern West Bank. She was rushed to a hospital in Petach Tikvah.

Gunshots were fired at a car traveling near the northern West Bank community of Karnei Shomron. Bullet holes were discovered in the car; no one was injured.

Obama To Palestinians: Drop The Unilateral Approach

President Barack Obama had a clear warning for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: don't try to bypass direct negotiations, it won't work.

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