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UNGA: 153 countries called on Israel to ‘renounce’ nuclear weapons

In a vote held on Monday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) called on Israel to “renounce possession of nuclear weapons,” news agencies reported. A resolution entitled “The Risk of Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East” had 153 supporting votes against only six who did not support it, with 25 abstentions. The US, Israel’s ally, was among the six countries that did …

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Spain, WFP to provide aid to vulnerable Gazan families

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today a €400,000 contribution from Spain to provide much-needed food assistance to more than 34,000 vulnerable Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, most of them women and children, according to a WFP press release. The support is vital as Gazan families cope with a rapid deterioration in conditions. Already affected by severe movement …

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EU demands probe into killing of Palestinian kid in Ramallah

The European Union (EU) has condemned the killing a Palestinian child by Israeli forces in village of al-Mughayir, northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. In a press release on Saturday, EU representative in Palestine Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff called for opening a prompt investigation into the shooting incident and holding those who committed the crime accountable. “The children …

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US Congresswoman denounces fatal shooting of Palestinian child Abu-Alayya

US Congresswoman Betty McCollum has denounced the fatal shooting of a Palestinian child by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank as a “grotesque state-sponsored killing.” McCollum called in a statement for the UK-based Middle East Eye on the uncoming US administration of President-elect Joe Biden to investigate the incident. “Yesterday’s death of a 15 year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank …

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UN calls for probe into Israel’s use of armed force against children

The UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner has called for a transparent investigation into the use of armed force by Israeli soldiers against Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank. The UN Human Rights Office said that the Israeli forces critically injured at least four children with live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets in separate incidents across the …

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Turkey condemns killing of Iranian nuclear scientist

Turkey on Saturday condemned the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Anadolu Agency reports. “We regret that the Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh lost his life as a result of an armed attack in Tehran. We condemn this heinous murder and extend our condolences to the government of Iran and the family of the deceased,” said the nation’s Foreign Ministry. Turkey opposes all kinds …

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Indonesian foreign minister assures her Palestinian counterpart her country’s support of Palestine

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi today assured her Palestinian counterpart, Riyad Malki, of her country`s firm position in support of Palestine in ending the Israeli occupation of its land. During a phone call with Malki, Marsudi asked about the results of the dialogue between Hamas and Fatah to end the division and prepare for the elections, as announced by President Mahmoud Abbas in his …

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Israel, Lebanon talks on maritime borders stall

US-brokered Israeli-Lebanese talks on the countries ‘maritime borders have reached a dead end due to conflicting positions, Israel Hayom reported yesterday. On Sunday, following the fallout of the talks, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz and Lebanese President Michel Aoun traded barbs, the paper said. The Israeli minister claimed that the Lebanese government has “changed its mind seven times” with regard to its position on …

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Israel, US planning to attack Iran during Trump’s final days

Israel and the US are reportedly planning to carry out “covert operations” and increase pressure on Tehran during US President Donald Trump’s final days in office, the Times of Israel reported yesterday. According to Israeli TV Channel 13, Israel and the US believe that Iran would not take any military action in response to any attack before the end of Trump’s era. Pressure is …

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UK amends status of Israel and Jerusalem following pressure from pro-Israel lobby

The UK government has responded to pressure from the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Conservative Friends of Israel by listing Israel and occupied Jerusalem together as one country in its weekly update to COVID-19 related travel corridors. Yesterday the Board condemned the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in a tweet which contained a screenshot of the …

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