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Palestinian Elections: Abbas faces ‘revolt’ over Fatah’s electoral list

The schism in Fatah has deepened after the ruling faction, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, submitted its list of candidates for the upcoming parliamentary election to the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC).Some Palestinians said on Saturday that the mounting tensions marked the beginning of an unprecedented mutiny against Abbas and the veteran Fatah leadership. Several Fatah activists and …

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Palestine confirms 24 new deaths due to coronavirus

Palestinian health authorities registered 24 new fatalities and 1,651 infections today from the coronavirus pandemic, Anadolu Agency reports. Health Minister Mai Al-Kaila said 16 deaths and 698 cases were recorded in the West Bank while 953 cases and eight fatalities were registered in the Gaza Strip. According to the minister, 200 of those infected are in intensive care units, while …

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US reaffirms position that West Bank is occupied territory

The US State Department has reaffirmed its position which considers the West Bank as territory occupied by Israel. “It is a historical fact that Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Wednesday. The clarification came after the Department published its annual Country Reports on Human …

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Nine Fatah candidates withdraw from movement’s electoral list

As many as nine members of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah – withdrew on Thursday from the movement’s electoral list for parliamentary elections just as the Central Elections Commission closed registration for the polls. Fatah candidate in Gaza, Riad Al-Astal, announced on Facebook that he had withdrawn from the movement’s electoral list to protest “the irresponsible decision to …

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Palestinians get Chinese-donated COVID-19 vaccines

Palestinians on Monday received 100,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine donated by China to help broaden an initial campaign to vaccinate medical staff, the elderly and the chronically ill. Palestinian health authorities have been mounting a limited vaccination drive among the 5.2 million people living in the Israel-occupied West Bank and Gaza, using vaccines provided by Israel, Russia, the United …

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US report reaffirms Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, speaks of occupation

The annual United States report on global human rights practices affirmed that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, but reintroduced language that spoke of Israeli occupation of territory, two-states and gave a nod in the direction of Palestinian Authority rights to sections of Jerusalem. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, the first one authored by the Biden administration, …

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US aid is tied to Palestinian acquiescence to the two-state illusion

The US has reversed one aspect of the Trump administration’s foreign policy in Palestine; humanitarian aid will be resumed with a $15 million grant for vulnerable Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. “Our engagements all have the same aim: to build support for a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the US Representative to the UN, Linda …

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Hamas registers its electoral list for parliamentary election

Hamas registered its electoral list for parliamentary election at the Central Elections Commission’s office in Gaza. Speaking to the media, the movement’s spokesman Abdel-Latif Al-Qanou announced the list was named “Jerusalem is Our Goal”. Al-Qanou also said that member of Hamas’ Political Bureau Khalil Al-Hayya is heading the list, which consists of 132 candidates – the number of the seats …

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US aid is tied to Palestinian acquiescence to the two-state illusion

The US has reversed one aspect of the Trump administration’s foreign policy in Palestine; humanitarian aid will be resumed with a $15 million grant for vulnerable Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. “Our engagements all have the same aim: to build support for a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the US Representative to the UN, Linda …

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Palestine: Efforts to unite left-wing parties fail

Secretary-General of the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) Bassam Al-Salhi announced on Sunday his party’s failure to unite the Palestinian left-wing, local Palestinian news agencies reported. Al-Salhi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s Executive Committee, expressed his sadness about his party’s inability to unite the Palestinian left-wing. Meanwhile, he stressed that his party is ready to cooperate with any …

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