JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The severe harassment of Palestinian journalists by Palestinian Authority and Hamas forces in the West Bank and Gaza has had a chilling effect on freedom of expression, a new report by Human Rights Watch found.
The 35-page report issued Wednesday documents cases in which Palestinian security forces tortured, beat and arbitrarily detained journalists in the West Bank and Gaza, in addition to confiscating their equipment and preventing them from leaving the Palestinian enclaves.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah will renew unity talks.
The talks will be held in Cairo next month, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah, said he was planning to visit Gaza to talk with Hamas leaders. But the trip, which Hamas had asked Abbas to postpone, will not take place until after next month's talks, according to the report. The talks will also focus on elections for a new Palestinian government in the West Bank and Gaza.
Since I'm on a tear about the Obama administration's somewhat incoherent foreign policy (And I have to say it's a little less incoherent after Monday night's speech on Libya, which answered some of my questions) , let me ask this: does the president's foreign policy team have a plan for what the U.S. response will be if the Palestinian Authority manages to patch things up with Hamas?
A letter circulating in the Senate calls on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to detail steps the U.S. is taking to end Palestinian incitement against Israeli civilians. The letter is in response to Friday’s stabbing massacre of five members of a Jeiwsh family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The State Department called "disturbing" reports that Palestinian Authority officials attended the renaming of a square after a terrorist, saying it condemned such commemorations.
"We are very disturbed by these reports and are seeking clarification from the Palestinian Authority," a State Department official told JTA. "We condemn any commemoration of acts of terrorism and underscore that all parties have an obligation to end incitement."
March 12, 2011 (JTA) -- An Palestinian terrorist stabbed a couple and three of their children to death in their home in a West Bank settlement.
"Israel will not stand by idly after such a despicable murder and will act vigorously to safeguard the lives of the citizens of Israel and punish the murderers," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement released after the Sabbath eve attack in Itamar in the northern West Bank.
ATHENS, Greece (JTA) -- Greek officials assured a visiting delegation of American Jewish leaders that relations between Israel and Greece are serious and have nothing to do with the cooling of Israel's ties with Turkey.
About 60 representatives from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations were in Greece as part of Greek efforts to improve relations with Israel. They visited major Greek cities Athens and Thessaloniki for talks with Greek state and Jewish community officials.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Palestinian Authority said it will hold elections by September in what is being seen as a response to the political upheaval in Egypt.
The decision to have parliamentary and presidential elections was announced Saturday in the West Bank city of Ramallah. It followed a meeting of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas and oversees the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas rejected the announcement and said it would not participate in the elections.
Nothing is as it seems. The promise of Oslo and the two-state solution has collapsed into the equivalent of the honky tonk song in which a young couple dreams of living in a big two-story house. After years of cheating, secrets and small hurts, they get it. She’s got her story, he’s got his story, there’s not much peace in a two-story house.