Palestinian body’s decision to suspend recognition of Israel could end Oslo Accords

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) – A PLO decision-making body passed a motion to suspend its recognition of Israel until Israel recognizes a Palestinian state.

Monday night’s decision by the Central Committee would bring an official end to the Oslo Accords signed in September 1993. However, the decision is nonbinding, the official Palestinian Authority (PA) news agency WAFA reported, and requires the approval of PA President Mahmoud Abbas. [Read more…]

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Palestinian forces in West Bank and Gaza routinely arrest and torture critics, Human Rights Watch says

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 security forces in the West Bank and Gaza routinely arrest and torture peaceful critics and opponents, a Human Rights Watch report says.

As the Palestinian Authority-Hamas feud has deepened, each has targeted the other’s supporters, the report released Tuesday says. [Read more…]

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At the UN: Netanyahu wants action against Iran, Abbas defends paying ‘hero martyrs’ who kill Israelis

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, in an address to the United Nations, rejected criticism of the PA for paying monthly salaries to Palestinians who kill Israelis or the families of the killers.

“I pay tribute to our hero martyrs and prisoners of war,” he told the General Assembly on Thursday. [Read more…]

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Abbas says U.S. negotiators offered plan that includes federation with Jordan

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the media in Berlin, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the media in Berlin, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that Trump administration peace negotiators offered a peace plan that included forming a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation.

Abbas told members of the left-wing Peace Now organization and opposition Israeli lawmakers during a widely-reported meeting on Sunday that he told Trump advisors Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt that he would only agree to such a confederation if it was three ways and included Israel. [Read more…]

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Mahmoud Abbas still favours demilitarized Palestinian state, minimal refugee return

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the media in Berlin, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the media in Berlin, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was still committed to key concessions he has made in years of negotiations with Israel, including a demilitarized Palestinian state and no massive return of Palestinians to Israel.

Abbas’ remarks in a meeting Tuesday with Israeli academics are notable because he has pulled away from Trump administration efforts to revive the peace talks, principally because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital while not extending a corresponding recognition to the Palestinians. [Read more…]

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Palestinian teen who slapped Israeli soldiers released from prison and returned to West Bank

Ahed Tamimi, 16, in an Israeli military court following her arrest at her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Dec. 25, 2017. (Flash90)

Ahed Tamimi in an Israeli military court following her arrest at her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Dec. 25, 2017. (Flash90)

(JTA) – Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teen arrested in part for slapping and harassing Israeli soldiers standing guard in a West Bank Palestinian village, was released from prison.

Ahed Tamimi, 17, and her mother, who also was jailed for incitement, were released early Sunday morning and taken by Israeli officials to the West Bank checkpoint of Jabbara, located south of Tulkarm near their hometown of Nabi Saleh. [Read more…]

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Israel to expand settlement in response to deadly stabbing

Israeli security forces at the scene of a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Adam, July 26, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israeli security forces at the scene of a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Adam, July 26, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli security forces at the scene of a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Adam, July 26, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – Israel said it will build hundreds of new homes in a settlement where a Palestinian teenager killed an Israeli and wounded two others in a knife attack Thursday.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman took to Twitter Friday to announce 400 new housing units in the Adam settlement north of Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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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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