The State of Palestine
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(Arabic: دولة فلسطين Dawlat Filasṭin) is a state that was proclaimed on 15 November 1988 by the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO's)National Council (PNC) in exile in Algiers which unilaterally adopted the Palestinian Declaration of Independence. It claims the Palestinian territories (defined according to the 1967 borders ) and has designated Jerusalem as its capital. The areas constituting the State of Palestine have been occupied by Israel since 1967.The 1974 Arab League summit designated the PLO as the "sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people" and reaffirmed "their right to establish an independent state of urgency." The PLO held observer status at the United Nationsas a "non-state entity" from 22 November 1974, which entitled it to speak in theUN General Assembly but not to vote. After the Declaration of Independence, the UN General Assembly officially "acknowledged" the proclamation and voted to use the designation "Palestine" instead of "Palestine Liberation Organization" when referring to the Palestinian permanent observer. In spite of this decision, the PLO did not participate at the UN in its capacity of the State of Palestine's government.On 29 November 2012 the UN General Assembly passed resolution 67/19, upgrading Palestine from an "observer entity" to a "non-member observer state" within the United Nations system, and implicitly recognizing PLO's sovereignty.In 1993, in the Oslo Accords, Israel acknowledged the PLO negotiating team as "representing the Palestinian people", in return for the PLO recognizing Israel's right to exist in peace, acceptance of UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, and its rejection of "violence and terrorism". As a result, in 1994 the PLO established thePalestinian National Authority (PNA or PA) territorial administration, that exercises some governmental functions in parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.In 2007, the Hamas takeover of Gaza Strip politically and territorially divided the Palestinians, with Abbas's Fatah left largely ruling the West Bank and recognized internationally as the official Palestinian Authority, while Hamas has secured its control over the Gaza Strip. In April 2011, the Palestinian parties signed an agreement of reconciliation, but its implementation has stalled since.As of April 2013, 132 (68.4%) of the 193 member states of the United Nations have recognised the State of Palestine. Many of the countries that do not recognise the State of Palestine nevertheless recognise the PLO as the "representative of the Palestinian people". The PLO's executive committee is empowered by the PNC to perform the functions of government of the State of Palestine.On November 29, 2012, in a 138-9 vote (with 41 abstentions and 5 absences), General Assembly resolution 67/19 passed, upgrading Palestine to "non-member observer state" status in the United Nations.The new status equates Palestine's with that of the Holy See; similarly, Switzerland was a non-member observer state for more than 50 years (until 2002).The UN has permitted Palestine to title its representative office to the UN as 'The Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations', and Palestine has instructed its diplomats to officially represent 'The State of Palestine', and no longer the 'Palestine National Authority.'
On 17 December 2012, UN Chief of Protocol Yeocheol Yoon declared that 'the designation of "State of Palestine" shall be used by the Secretariat in all official United Nations documents', thus recognising the title 'State of Palestine' as the nation's official name for all UN purposes.
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A group of settlers accompanied by Israeli forces entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Wednesday for the second consecutive day, with Muslim worshipers prevented from praying at the holy site, locals said. Israeli police officers erected several checkpoints at entrances to the Al-Aqsa compound and prevented all Palestinian women, and men under 50, from entering, witnesses said. Elderly men were only allowed in after they had given their identity cards to Israeli officers.08/05/2013 16:43
Israeli settlers enter Al-Aqsa compound under guardPublished yesterday (updated) 08/05/2013 16:43
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers accompanied by Israeli forces entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Wednesday for the second consecutive day, with Muslim worshipers prevented from praying at the holy site, locals said.
Israeli police officers erected several checkpoints at entrances to the Al-Aqsa compound and prevented all Palestinian women, and men under 50, from entering, witnesses said.
Elderly men were only allowed in after they had given their identity cards to Israeli officers.
Israeli forces evacuated all young worshipers who managed to enter the mosque for dawn prayers, allowing only employees of the endowment ministry, who work at the mosque, to remain.
Over 100 settlers then entered the Al-Aqsa compound at 7 a.m., entering through the Moroccan gate accompanied by Israeli forces.
A day earlier, a group of around 40 settlers toured the compound escorted by police officers to commemorate the eve of Jerusalem Day, a controversial national holiday in Israel celebrating the "unification" of the city, or occupation of East Jerusalem.
Israeli politicians, such as Likud's Moshe Feiglin, have in the past called for Jewish prayers at the compound, and control and access to the holy site is a particularly sensitive religious and political issue.
Earlier this year, PLO official Saeb Erekat slammed an attempt by Feiglin to enter the compound, calling it a "violation of the sanctity of the place as well as a direct provocation against Palestine, the Arab- and Muslim world."
The Al-Aqsa compound, containing the mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the third holiest site in Islam and abuts the site where Jews believe the ancient Second Temple stood.
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GOOGLE RECOGNIZES STATE OF ‘PALESTINE’
JERUSALEM (AP) — Google is de facto recognizing a state of Palestine — at least on its local home page in the Palestinian territories.
Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said Friday "We're changing the name 'Palestinian territories' to 'Palestine' across our products."
He said Google consults with a number of sources and authorities when naming countries and is following the lead of several international organizations.
The move comes after a U.N. decision last year upgrading the Palestinians' status to "non-member observer state."
Israel says Palestinian statehood should be reached through negotiations, not unilateral moves.
Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said "Google is not a diplomatic entity which begs the question why are they getting involved in international politics and on the controversial side." Google has a large research and development center in Israel.
U.N spokesman Farhan Haq said the organization tended to refer to Palestinian areas on its maps as "the occupied Palestinian territories," but after the upgraded status, documents now refer to it as "Palestine."
Google's domain for Palestinian territories www.google.ps now lists the location as "Palestine."
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Israeli authorities raze Palestinian home in Arraba[ 05/05/2013 - 09:53 PM ]
NAZARETH, (PIC)-- Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian home in Arraba town to the north of Palestine occupied in 1948 on Sunday at the pretext it was built without permit.02/05/2013 21:40
Palestinian sources said that a big number of police forces escorted bulldozers that razed the building, which was under construction, in Wadi Hussein.
They said that the demolition took place without prior notice, Noor Lahwani, the son of the house owner, said, adding that his family filed a complaint with the Israeli police as it did not receive any demolition notification from the Israeli organization and construction committee.
The sources warned of an Israeli scheme to knock down dozens of Palestinian houses in the same area for lack of construction permits.
Fatah official: Too early to talk about land swaps
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Land swaps should be a result of negotiations with Israel rather than an "advance payment" given by Arab states on behalf of the Palestinians, a member of Fatah's Central Committee said Thursday.
"Our stance (as Palestinians) is very clear. We want a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, and 138 states have voted in favor of that," said Muhammad Ishtayya.30 Apr 2013 04:49 AM
If there are changes to the borders, land swaps must be on an equal basis, Ishtayya told Ma'an. "If we give one centimeter, we must take one centimeter in return.
"Practically, we realize that lands occupied before 1949 are Palestinian lands and that Israel will try to talk about settlement blocs. The way Israel interprets the Arab attitude is very dangerous as the Israelis will try to understand that this attitude allows them to talk about annexing settlement blocs as if they were part of the Arab Peace Initiative.
"This is all unacceptable to us because we view all settlement activities as illegal and a real obstacle to peace."
"I don't believe advance payments are of any help now," he added, questioning what Israel had offered in return for the proposed land swaps. "We want Israel to offer something and the Arabs do not need to give offers."
He added: "I don’t think the Arab Peace Initiative should be amended, because if this case is open, it would be difficult to close it by any means."
Ishtayya highlighted that Israel had always rejected the Arab Peace Initiative.
"The only new attitude was that Tzipi Livni welcomed the new Arab attitude. The Palestinian side hasn't been looking forward to that attitude, but to a sovereign state based on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital."
Livni, Israel's lead peace negotiator, praised the concession by the Arab League that Israel and Palestine could trade land in a bid to move the peace process forward.
"This is very good news," she told army radio on Tuesday. "It's definitely an important step -- I welcome it."
At a meeting in Washington on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with top Arab League officials to discuss the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, a Saudi proposal which would see 22 Arab countries normalizing ties with Israel in return for a withdrawal from lands it occupied during the 1967 Six Day War.
Arab League representatives said for the first time they would accept the concept of land swaps in the context of an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.
Speaking after the talks, Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim, who led the delegation, agreed that any deal should be based on a two-state solution with the borders defined by the lines which existed before June 4, 1967.
But he also expressed support for a proposal by US President Barack Obama for a "comparable and mutual agreed minor swap of the land" between Israelis and Palestinians to reflect the realities of the burgeoning communities on the ground.
Palestinian Killed in Gaza by Israeli Airstrike
GAZA CITY, Gaza — An Israeli airstrike killed a Palestinian and wounded another in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, medics said, in the first targeted attack against militants since a cease-fire ended an eight-day war in November.An Israeli government spokesman said the military had hit a "jihadi who was an expert in manufacturing rockets."He added that the man had "played a role" in a rocket attack from Egypt's Sinai peninsula against Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat on April 17, which had caused no damage or injuries.Locals in Gaza named the dead man as Haitham Al-Mes-hal, 29, saying he was hit while riding a motorcycle in the north of the enclave. He was believed to be a member of Hamas' national security force, but relatives said he also belonged to a militant Jihadist Salafi organization.Islamist militants in Gaza have fired intermittently at Israel in the past weeks despite an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire reached after the November conflict.Hamas, an Islamist group close to the Muslim Brotherhood now ruling neighbouring Egypt, has cracked down on hardline Salafist rivals it sees as jeopardizing its control of the Gaza Strip.It was not immediately clear if Tuesday's strike would unleash a renewed round of violence. The attack came just two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned of a strong response to sporadic rocket fire into Israel.In an unrelated incident on Tuesday in the nearby occupied West Bank, a Palestinian killed a settler in the first such incident since 2011.
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When Cars Become Weapons: Israeli settler runs over Palestinian child deliberately
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Israel in the room? Egypt quits nuke talks over ‘inefficiency’ in Middle East
April 30, 2013Egypt said it quits Non-Proliferation Treaty talks to protest the failure of the parties involved to implement a resolution aimed to free Middle East from nuclear weapons. Although not articulated, Israel is said to be the reason for the withdrawal."We cannot continue waiting forever for the implementation of this resolution," Egypt's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday, as talks in Geneva entered second week.Cairo said it was pulling out of the talks "to send a strong message of non-acceptance of the continued lack of seriousness in dealing with the establishment of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East."Egypt called for more responsibility from member states in “implementing legitimate international resolutions" saying there is “continued lack of seriousness in dealing with the establishment of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East."Egypt’s comments are largely seen as reference to neighboring Israel, which neither confirms nor denies the possession of nuclear weapons."Egypt along with many Arab countries has joined the treaty with the understanding that it would lead to a Middle East completely free of nuclear weapons. However, more than 30 years later, one country in the Middle East, namely Israel, remains outside the NPT," Egypt`s Assistant Foreign Minister Hisham Badr told a news conference in Geneva earlier this month.Arab states and Iran have repeatedly warned that Israeli purported nuclear program threatens peace in the region.US and Israeli officials have said that one of the necessary conditions to enable a nuclear arms-free zone in the Middle East is Iran`s nuclear program curbed. Meanwhile, Tehran claims its nuclear program solely pursues peaceful purposes such as energy and research.The Geneva talks were meant to prepare for the next major review of the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Held every five years, the next one is scheduled for 2015.The NPT, originated in 1970, was introduced to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. According to the document five states were recognized as nuclear-weapon states: the US, Russia, the UK, France and China.A total of 190 parties have signed the treaty. Israel, India, Pakistan, North Korea and South Sudan are not signatories to the NPT. Pyongyang withdrew from the treaty in 2003 when it was accused of launching an enriched uranium weapons program.
Settlers pelt Palestinian school buses
Israeli police prevent settlers from blocking the main road near Palestinian village of Hawara during attacks on the West Bank, as smoke billows from crops they set fire to on 30 April 2013. (Photo: AFP - Menahem Kahana)
- Palestinian officials cancelled school trips for Wednesday after a mob of settlers attacked two buses transporting schoolgirls in the northern West Bank Tuesday.
- Settlers, angry over the fatal stabbing of a Jewish man by a Palestinian earlier in the day, forced the buses to stop near the illegal Yizhar settlement before pelting them with stones, Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Daghlas told local news agency Ma’an. He said five schoolgirls were injured in the attack.
- Masked settlers also burned tires at road junctions in Nablus and hurled stones at Palestinian cars, Daghlas added.
- Others set fire to dozens of olive trees in the Nablus villages of Asira al-Qibliya and Urif, attacked a mosque in the area, and vandalized vehicles east of Tulkarem.
- The attack against al-Ribat mosque in Urif village sparked violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops, who showered them with tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades.
- Overall more than 20 Palestinians were injured in the attacks, Daghlas told Ma'an.
- Daghlas, who monitors settlement violence, said four Palestinians were injured and taken to the Rafedia Hospital in Nablus for treatment.
- Khalid Safadi and Husam Abdul-Fattah were shot in the head by plastic-coated bullets, and Ahmad Foksh was shot in the foot. Adel Safadi was hit in the face by a high-velocity tear gas canister, Daghlas said.
- The official urged Palestinians to exercise extreme caution while driving near settlements, adding that he expects more attacks to take place during the day.
- Mahmoud al-Habbash, PA minister for religious affairs, slammed the attack against the mosque, saying the Israeli government encouraged settler violence by providing soldiers to protect them.
- The attacks come after a Palestinian fatally stabbed a settler as he waited at a hitchhiking spot south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.
- Israeli border police sped to the area and fired towards the attacker, who grabbed his victim's weapon and returned fire but was eventually disarmed and taken into custody, an Israeli police spokeswoman said.(Ma’an)