Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority, citing payments to terrorists

ulie Bishop, Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, speaks at Chatham House in London, March 12, 2014. (Chatham House/Flickr)
ulie Bishop, Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, speaks at Chatham House in London, March 12, 2014. (Chatham House/Flickr)

ulie Bishop, Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, speaks at Chatham House in London, March 12, 2014. (Chatham House/Flickr)

(JTA) – Australia has stopped giving direct aid to the Palestinian Authority due to concerns that the money is being used to pay Palestinian terrorists and their families.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement Monday that the country was cutting its funding to the World Bank’s Palestinian Recovery and Development Program fund. Australia will redirect that $10 million in Australian currency ($7.4 million US) to the UN Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories, which supplies Palestinians with health care, food, water and shelter. [Read more…]

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Prince William describes Palestinian Authority as a country in meeting with Mahmoud Abbas

Britain's Prince William (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, June 27, 2019, in Ramallah. (Twitter)
Britain's Prince William (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, June 27, 2019, in Ramallah. (Twitter)

Britain’s Prince William (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, June 27, 2019, in Ramallah. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Britain’s Prince William described the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a country while making the first visit by a member of the royal family there.

“I’m very glad our two countries work so closely together and have had success stories with education and relief work in the past, so long may that continue,” the prince told PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where he was greeted by an honour guard. [Read more…]

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Prince William makes sobering visit to Yad Vashem and recalls his great-grandmother, a Holocaust rescuer

Prince William laying a wreath during a ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, June 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prince William laying a wreath during a ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, June 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prince William laying a wreath during a ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, June 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Prince William visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem and called it “a profoundly moving experience.”

Also Tuesday, the prince on the first official visit to Israel by a British royal met with two survivors of the Kindertransport, which brought thousands of Jewish children from across Europe to Britain and saved them from the Nazis. [Read more…]

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Jared Kushner trying to dictate peace, Palestinian chief negotiator says

Jared Kushner speaks during the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner speaks during the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Jared Kushner speaks during the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority (PA) chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat said White House adviser Jared Kushner is attempting to “dictate” a peace solution, after Kushner in an interview criticized PA President Mahmoud Abbas for rejecting an as-yet-unannounced U.S. peace plan.

Erekat called the interview with the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds published on Sunday morning “an attempt to push forward a plan that consolidates Israel’s colonial control over Palestinian land and lives while telling the Palestinian people that money will compensate for our inalienable rights.” [Read more…]

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Abbas apologizes ‘if people were offended’ by his speech blaming Holocaust on the Jews

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas apologized to Jewish people offended by his recent speech in which he blamed the Holocaust on Jews.

“If people were offended by my statement in front of the [Palestinian National Council], especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologize to them,” Abbas said in a statement sent Friday by his office. [Read more…]

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Mahmoud Abbas: Jews caused Holocaust with their ‘social behaviour’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at a session of the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah, in the West Bank, Jan. 14, 2018. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at a session of the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah, in the West Bank, Jan. 14, 2018. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that Jews caused the Holocaust with their “social behaviour,” such as money lending.

Speaking Monday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Abbas also said that Jews do not have a historical connection to the land. [Read more…]

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U.S. diplomats flee West Bank workshop after Palestinian protesters storm event

A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)
A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)

A view of the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank (Maysa Al Shaer/Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – U.S. diplomats holding a business workshop in the West Bank for Palestinians fled after protesters stormed the meeting over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

About five protesters threw tomatoes and kicked the diplomats’ car on Tuesday as they were leaving the Bethlehem event, Agency France-Presse reported, and held signs expressing their opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem announced last month. [Read more…]

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Pence arrives in Jerusalem after asking Egypt, Jordan to intercede with the Palestinians

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence reportedly asked Egypt and Jordan to reach out to the Palestinian Authority on behalf of the Trump Administration.

Pence met over the weekend with  both Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah, where he reassured both leaders that the United States remains committed to restarting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and is committed to a two-state solution if both sides agree. [Read more…]

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