Palestinian Arena

June 8, 2014

Many Israelis dislike the idea of releasing Palestinian prisoners, but others argue it is a crucial bargaining chip in the israeli-Palestinian peace process. (AFP/File)
14:06 GMT

The Israeli cabinet has approved legislation that aims to prevent large scale releases of Palestinian prisoners.

The hunger-striking Palestinians are protesting Israel's arbitrary detention policy. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT

According to the inmates' lawyers, Palestinian prisoners who are on a hunger strike are treated with brutality.

Pope Francis, Shimon Peres, and Mahmoud Abbas will take part in an interfaith peace prayer. (AFP/File)
08:23 GMT

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are heading to Vatican city today to pray with Pope Francis.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers unexpectedly stormed the East Jerusalem village while the wedding took place (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

One person was injured on Friday when Israeli stun grenades hit a wedding celebration in East Jerusalem, a spokesman said.

June 6, 2014

Palestinians strongly criticized the announcement, calling it "disgraceful" (File/AFP)
16:14 GMT

Australia's government announced Thursday that it would not refer to Jerusalem as occupied, describing the word as "judgmental language." Palestinian officials criticized the move.

Palestinian fishermen look on at an Israeli police vessel beside the Rafah shore in Gaza (File/AFP)
11:40 GMT

Israel's navy forces opened fire at fishing boats off the coast of Gaza, Friday.

June 5, 2014

Israel continues to build illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem despite condemnation from the international community. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT

The PLO will appeal to the UN Security Council against Israel's plans to construct 1,500 new settler units.

Israeli officials say the new settlements are in response to the newly formed Palestinian unity government. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT

Israel has announced that it has plans to build 1,500 new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

June 4, 2014

Kerry made these remarks Wednesday during his trip to Lebanon. (AFP/File)
18:33 GMT

Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the U.S. will not recognize the new unity government of Palestine.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas swore in the new unity government on Monday (File/AFP)
13:34 GMT

Israeli authorities revoked VIP travel permits from ministers of the new Palestinian government who planned a cabinet meeting in the Gaza Strip.

The King of Jordan is the official guardian of al-Aqsa mosque. (AFP/File)
09:14 GMT

The Jordanian Ambassador in Tel Aviv has criticized the Israeli government's handling of recent incidents at al-Aqsa mosque.

June 3, 2014

United Nations stands ready to lend its full support to the newly formed  government in its effort to reunite the  West Bank and Gaza (AFP/ File).
16:26 GMT

The United Nations today announced it will give full support to the new Palestinian unity government to reunite the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian man is believed to have opened fire at Israeli soldiers (File/AFP)
14:00 GMT

A Palestinian man was killed at a checkpoint beside the West Bank city of Nablus late Monday. Israeli officials said the man opened fire at soldiers, while his family said he was unarmed.

Over 100 Palestinians have been on a hunger strike since April. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT

Roughly 70 Palestinian prisoner who are on hunger strike have been taken to the hospital.

Ambassador Ron Dermer does not believe the U.S. should recognize a Palestinian government that includes Hamas. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT

Israel's Ambassador expressed disappointment that the United States government will continue to uphold ties with the new Palestinian unity government.