Nabila Rizq, director of coordination in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs for the Palestinian Authority (PA), said that the number of Palestinian women being murdered by families in “honor killings” doubled in 2013. Rizq criticized PA President Mahmoud Abbas for not doing enough to address a PA law that protects the perpetrators of these crimes.
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration is “deeply disappointed” with a decision by UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural arm, to cancel the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel and is seeking its placement “as soon as possible.”
The announcement of President Obama's forthcoming visit to Israel and the Palestine Authority in March presents an opportunity to review the status of the Peace Process between Israel and the P.A. Right now the peace process is in a state of repose. Both sides say they seek renewal of negotiations, but only Israel has offered to negotiate face to face on all issues without preconditions.
Ile-de-France, the district of France that includes Paris, has signed a cooperation agreement with east Jerusalem, the city’s Palestinian district.
The agreement between Ile-de-France and the Palestinian Authority, which was approved on Sept. 28 and which will be signed this month, will send 300,000 euros for educational and social welfare programs to east Jerusalem, according to the Times of Israel.
The agreement undercuts Israel’s claim to east Jerusalem, which Israel considers part of its united capital.
The shallowness of mainstream media was evidenced last week in its reporting on the major addresses to the United Nations General Assembly by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Palestinian Authority is facing its “worst financial crisis” yet, according to a PA official, because of a foreign aid shortfall and the rejection of a $100 million loan by the International Monetary Fund.
Unless the PA finds a way to close its budget gap, PA Labor Minister Ahmed Majdalani said, the delay in aid from Arab donor nations will render the PA unable to pay its employees’ July salaries and its debts to private businesses, according to the French news agency AFP.