Palestinian Arena

March 9, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads the Fatah party. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

Hamas policemen intervened at a ceremony to honor martyrs and arrested members of the Fatah movement.

March 6, 2014

Hamas and Cairo had a close relationship whilst Morsi was in power. Now he has been ousted, the interim government in Egypt is in the middle of a crackdown on all things Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT

A Hamas spokesperson has denied claims that he Muslim Brotherhood's Deputy Supreme Guide Mahmoud Ezzat has died in Gaza.

March 5, 2014

An image of the weapons that Israel found onboard a boat "heading for Gaza and Palestinian terrorists" on Wednesday. Hamas refutes the claims. (Image courtesy of the IDF)
16:45 GMT

Hamas leaders denied the accusations that Iran was sending weapons to the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, pointing out that Gaza is under a complete naval blockade by Israel that would make any shipment of arms into the besieged coastal enclave impossible.

March 4, 2014

Egypt's relationship with Hamas has deteriorated since the fall of Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters has banned all Hamas activities in Egypt.

President Obama is still hopeful that a two-state solution can be reached. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT

President Obama met with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

March 3, 2014

Abbas and Obama are due to meet in Washington in March. (AFP/File)
06:55 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. President Barack Obama will discuss and determine the possible extension of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks framework in Washington.

February 23, 2014

Abbas said that even though their intentions are good, the Americans involved in the peace talks have failed to put their ideas into a suitable framework. (AFP/File)
08:10 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that the efforts made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to secure a framework for the peace talks between Palestine and Israel have failed so far.

February 20, 2014

Israeli border detain a Palestinian activist during a protest near the village of Burin, south of Nablus, in the West Bank, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. [AP]
18:51 GMT

Six Palestinians were injured in clashes after Israeli settlers attacked a high school south of Nablus on Thursday, according to a Palestinian Authority official.

February 19, 2014

A sick Syrian woman lies in a evacuated building on January 27, 2014 in the Kucukpazar district of Istanbul. [AFP]
17:57 GMT

The Turkish government has agreed to grant residency permits to Palestinians who have fled Syria for Turkey, the Palestinian ambassador to Turkey said in a statement.

February 18, 2014

Fatah's Revolutionary Council Secretary General Azzam Al Ahmad will not travel to Gaza for reconciliation talks with Hamas until the latter agrees to hold elections (Courtesy of The Cairo Post)
17:50 GMT

Fatah's Amin Maqboul told reporters this week that Hamas must agree to hold elections before reconciliation talks commence between the two Palestinian factions.

February 17, 2014

Some Palestinian sources have reported that Taha has been missing for over two weeks. (Image courtesty of Al Arabiya/Al-Sharq)
08:44 GMT

Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha - who may or may not be missing - is reportedly under investigation by the group's authorities over unknown "irregularities".

February 16, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is working closely with Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu to bring about Mideast peace. (AFP/File)
06:48 GMT

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zihri criticized Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying he has no authority or negotiate with Israel and the U.S. on behalf of the Palestinian people.

February 15, 2014

"Nobody has authorized you (Abbas) to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people, or on behalf of Hamas or any other faction," a spokesman of Hamas said. [AFP]
10:44 GMT

A spokesman for Hamas said Friday that the faction would regard any international military presence within a future Palestinian state as "occupation" forces.

February 14, 2014

The mother of Palestinian Ibrahim Suleiman Mansur, who was shot dead by Israeli troops near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, mourns during his funeral in Gaza City on February 14, 2014 . [AFP]
21:41 GMT

Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protesters in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, injuring nine people, witnesses said.

The meeting comes amid ongoing unity talks between the two main Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah.
14:50 GMT

Representatives of various Palestinian political parties held a meeting on Thursday evening in Gaza to discuss negotiations and national reconciliation.