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  • Palestinians want world pressure on Israel after Netanyahu win

    March 18, 2015 | 10:49 am

    Palestinian leaders on Wednesday called for international pressure on Israel and support for their unilateral moves towards statehood after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election win.

    Netanyahu's surprise victory, after pledging in the final days of the campaign that there...

  • Arafat was not poisoned, French prosecutor says

    March 17, 2015 | 8:47 am

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat did not die of poisoning, a French prosecutor said.

    The prosecutor told the French news agency AFP that French experts found that Arafat was not poisoned, despite rumors to the contrary.

    Arafat’s widow, Suha, had filed legal action in July 2012...

  • PLO votes to cut security cooperation with Israel

    March 5, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    The central council of the Palestine Liberation Organization has decided to end all of its security cooperation with Israel.

    In a statement issued Thursday, the PLO explained that the decision was made in response to “Israel’s systematic and ongoing non-compliance with its...

  • Palestinian president calls Israel a ‘gangster’

    March 4, 2015 | 9:18 am

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of "gangsterism" on Wednesday over its decision to withhold the transfer of more than $100 million a month in tax revenues it collects on the Palestinians' behalf.

    Opening a two-day meeting of senior Palestinian officials, when...

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  • Israel attack victims awarded over $218 million in PLO trial in NY

    February 23, 2015 | 10:20 am

    A U.S. jury on Monday ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority to pay more than $218 million for providing material support to terrorists, a victory for Americans suing over attacks in the Jerusalem area more than a decade ago.

    The verdict in the...

  • Bombing victims testify at U.S. trial on PLO role in Israel attacks

    February 2, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    Seconds after the blast hit downtown Jerusalem, Jamie Sokolow lay on the ground, her right eye damaged by shrapnel and her face feeling as though someone had set it aflame.

    "I thought, 'I'm 12 years old, I'm from New York, and I’m going to die,'" she testified in Manhattan...

  • Head of U.N. inquiry into Gaza conflict to quit over Israeli bias claim

    February 2, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    The head of a U.N. inquiry into last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza said on Monday he would resign after Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

    Canadian academic William Schabas was appointed last August by...

  • Jurors seated in civil trial over PLO role in Israeli attacks

    January 13, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    Victims of attacks in Israel more than a decade ago will look to prove the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority were behind the violence and should pay up to $1 billion, after jurors were selected Tuesday in a civil trial. Six men and six women will consider...

  • Palestinian Authority must face U.S. trial over terror support

    November 20, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    U.S. victims of bombings and shootings in Jerusalem more than a decade ago have cleared a final hurdle to take the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization to trial in New York for supporting the attacks.

    U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan...

  • Met opera scores a ‘fail’

    October 27, 2014 | 10:49 am

    About five months ago, it was revealed that the NYC Metropolitan Opera had scheduled the performance of the opera titled, the “Death of Klinghoffer”.  I, along with many others, wrote the Met’s General Manager, Peter Gelb, and urged him, due to the opera’s humanizing of terror and...

  • ‘Klinghoffer’ ticket-holders talk back

    October 21, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    By now, the complaints of those protesting the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of “The Death of Klinghoffer” are well known.

    The production—depicting the 1985 of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian terrorists and the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a 69-year-old...

  • PLO’s Abbas inadvertently reveals true intentions?

    September 16, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    In a press release advertising an upcoming speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at New York’s Cooper Union, organizers write that Abbas will address, among other things, “Why violent protest is the best method by which Palestinians should seek their rights.”

    ...
  • Supporting Palestinians should not mean supporting Hamas

    By Rob Eshman

    August 6, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Last Saturday, our reporter Ryan Torok covered a massive anti-Israel rally in front of the Federal Building in Westwood. The crowd swelled to an estimated 1,500 to 3,000 people, outgrew the plaza, then spontaneously spilled onto the street, shutting down Wilshire Boulevard as it...

  • Woman battling deportation cites judge’s Jewish ties in recusal request

    July 16, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    A woman convicted in Israel in connection with a 1969 terrorist bombing filed a motion to recuse the judge presiding over her deportation case because of his Jewish community ties.

    The motion filed this week and first reported by Politico suggests that Rasmieh Yousef Odeh will...

  • After peace talks collapse, experts counsel a wait-and-see approach

    April 30, 2014 | 9:04 am

    The best move for the Obama administration on the Middle East peace front may be to take a few steps back.

    That’s what some observers are advising in the wake of the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    The Palestinian unity talks mean that President Obama and U.S....

  • Palestinians aiming to join dozens of international bodies, agreements

    April 28, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    The Palestinians will attempt to join 60 United Nations bodies and international agreements under a plan adopted by the PLO’s central council.

    The council adopted the plan during a meeting Sunday in Ramallah following confirmation that Israel has frozen plans for 19 Palestinian...

  • First PLO delegation since 2007 war heads to Gaza for Palestinian unity talks

    April 22, 2014 | 11:29 am

    The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sent a delegation to Gaza on Tuesday to negotiate unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, potentially boosting Fatah leader and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's position.

    Few...

  • Israel approves 184 new settlement homes

    March 19, 2014 | 8:33 am

    Israel's Jerusalem municipality approved building plans on Wednesday for 184 new homes in two Jewish settlements in the West Bank, drawing anger from Palestinians engaged in faltering statehood talks.

    A municipality spokeswoman said the local planning committee had approved...

  • Is a two-state solution still possible?

    December 5, 2013 | 10:00 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A trumpeter playing sorrowful songs outside of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art seemed to symbolize the melancholy many of the proponents of the two-state solution of an independent Palestinian state next to Israel feel these days.

    ...
  • Palestinian investigators: Israel only suspect in Arafat ‘killing’

    November 8, 2013 | 9:37 am

    Palestinian investigators named Israel the “only suspect” in the death of Yasser Arafat after laboratory tests suggested the Palestinian leader died of poisoning.

    “We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect in the case of Yasser Arafat’s assassination, and we will continue...

  • Russian official rules out Arafat polonium poisoning

    November 6, 2013 | 10:02 am

    The head of a Russian forensics agency said on Tuesday that samples from the body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had revealed no traces of radioactive polonium, a Russian news agency reported.

    However, the government scientific body later denied that it had made any official...

  • 20 years later, the Oslo Accord

    By Jared Sichel

    October 2, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    Marking the 20-year anniversary of the 1993 Oslo Accord between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), a local gathering of pro-Israel journalists, writers, and academics seemed to agree on one thing: It was a failure.

    “One of the mistakes of Oslo was to...

  • History and the war in Syria

    By Uri Dromi

    August 28, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    While the bloody civil war in Syria rages on, Israel keeps a watchful eye on the Israeli-Syrian border, making sure the fighting between the rebels and Assad’s forces doesn’t spill over into the Golan Heights.

    One of the rebel groups calls itself the Martyrs of the Yarmouk...

  • PLO leader: U.S. envoy has not participated in peace talks

    August 22, 2013 | 9:20 am

    American negotiators have not participated in the renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a Palestinian leader said.

    “The Americans did not participate in any negotiating session so far in spite of assurances that they will play a direct role,” Yasser Abed Rabbo,...

  • Palestinians don’t expect much from Obama visit

    February 26, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Palestinian officials hope the upcoming visit by President Barack Obama will end the current deadlock in the peace process, but are skeptical that the visit will change the situation on the ground.

    Speaking to reporters before a PLO Executive Committee meeting at his Ramallah...

  • Yasser Arafat planned the second intifada, his widow says

    December 31, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    Yasser Arafat planned the second intifada, his widow said in a television interview.

    Suha Arafat said the late PLO leader told her about his plans in Paris immediately following the failed summit at Camp David in 2000 featuring Arafat, President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime...

  • Jewish groups stake out opposing positions on penalizing Palestinians

    December 31, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Two major Jewish groups are at odds over the prospect of penalties for the Palestinians in the wake of their enhanced U.N. status.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee in recent weeks has backed two congressional bids to at least shut down the Palestine Liberation...

  • Congressional letter urges Obama to shut PLO office

    December 11, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Incoming and outgoing leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are circulating a letter calling on President Obama to close the Washington office of the PLO.

    Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Edward Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)  are...

  • After U.N. vote, question is whether Palestinians will use it as a stick or an olive leaf

    November 30, 2012 | 10:03 am

    How the United States treats the Palestinians’ new status as a non-member state at the United Nations depends on how Palestinians plan to use it -- as cudgel or outstretched hand.

    Beneath the outcries of disappointment at the lopsided U.N. vote, both the United States and Israel...

  • AIPAC calls for review of U.S.-Palestinian ties

    November 29, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for a "full review" of the U.S. relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization, including shutting its Washington office, in the wake of its obtaining non-member state status at the United Nations.

    "In requesting this...

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