Britain to lead review of incitement in Palestinian textbooks

(JTA) – The British government and other donors to the Palestinian education system will undertake a review of incitement against Israel and Jews in Palestinian textbooks.

“There is no place in education for materials or practices that incite young minds toward violence,” Parliament member Alistair Burt, a Foreign Office minister, said during a debate Wednesday in the House of Commons, the British parliament’s lower house, on incitement in Palestinian Authority textbooks. [Read more…]

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Knesset passes bill that deducts terrorists’ salaries from Palestinian Authority tax money

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Knesset passed legislation on Monday that requires the government to deduct the amount of money that the Palestinian Authority gives to terrorists and their families from the taxes it collects on the Palestinians’ behalf.

The so-called anti-Pay for Slay law passed a final reading in the Knesset following a two-hour debate by a vote of 87-15. Every Knesset faction except the left-wing Meretz party and the Arab Joint List passed the law. [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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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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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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Trump’s top Middle East negotiator urges Palestinians back to table

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s top Middle East peace negotiator, said efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace were still underway and urged the Palestinians to return to the table.

Greenblatt delivered his appeals twice this week, once at a key policy conference in Israel and then at a special meeting of a funding committee for the Palestinians. [Read more…]

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