Palestinian Arena

December 31, 2014

Hamas officials had frequently condemned the Palestinian Authority's decision to submit a draft resolution. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT

Hamas slammed the Palestinian Authority for the failed statehood bid at the UN, calling it a "choice of compromise" Wednesday.

Israeli settlers look on after a Palestinian car was torched by Jewish extremists in the West Bank village of Dura Al-Qara, near Ramallah. (AFP/File)
11:58 GMT

Israeli settlers set a Palestinian home ablaze by throwing Molotov cocktails at the property while the family slept in the southern West Bank.

Both the US and Australia voted against the resolution while the UK abstained. (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT

Palestinian officials criticized the UN Security Council's failure to approve a draft resolution to recognize an independent state.

December 30, 2014

Sources report one of largest of the tunnels led to the inside of a house some 1,700 meters from the border. (AFP/File)
18:11 GMT

On the heels of an Egyptian government plan to demolish some 1,200 Gaza homes for the creation of a buffer zone, border authorities on Monday discovered and destroyed 19 smuggling tunnels in Rafah city.

US rejection of the new draft resolution sparked fresh worry that a solution satisfying both the United States and Palestinian groups could still be far off.
17:21 GMT

In a new, more 'toughly worded' US draft resolution, Palestinian envoys made a bid for statehood that was again rejected by the United States.

Both teenagers were evacuated to al-Ahil hospital after the attack. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT

Two Palestinian teenagers were shot and injured by Israeli soldiers who opened fire at their car north of Hebron Monday.

The Gaza offensive, which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians and 71 Israelis this summer, left most of Gaza's infrastructure and homes destroyed and sparked the international community to raise over $5 billion in aid resources. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

During a conference Sunday, Egypt FM Sameh Shoukry said promises on the part of the international community to rebuilt Gaza are not being met due to fall back in Israeli-Hamas negotiations and mistrust within the international community.

December 29, 2014

The incident brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank to 50 this year. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

Israeli soldiers in the West Bank shot dead a Palestinian youth, while injuring another at a checkpoint near the south of Nablus Monday.

 Arrests increased after the alleged kidnapping of Israeli settlers in June. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
11:00 GMT

According to a committee representing detainees and ex-detainees, Israeli forces arrested 6,059 Palestinians this past year, an increase of 56 percent compared to the previous year.

The draft resolution set a 12-month deadline to wrap up negotiations and will pave the way for complete Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian territories by the end of 2017. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT

Jordan selected to present the Palestinian resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines to the United Nations Security Council on Monday.

December 28, 2014

The Rafah border crossing is the only official entry point into Gaza not controlled by Israel, while underground tunnels serve as an unofficial means of transportation. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT

Egyptian authorities allegedly planned to destroy 1,200 homes to extend the depth of its security buffer zone on its border with the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip after discovering more underground tunnels.

Many, including Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahhar, view the resolution as a symbolic gesture that distracts from the larger struggle to end the Israeli occupation. (AFP/File)
08:33 GMT

Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahhar condemned Abbas' UN draft resolution that would recognize Palestine as a state, refusing to consider the plan of Jerusalem as a shared capital for both Israel and Palestine.

December 27, 2014

Israeli soldiers interrogate a Palestinian family during late night raids in the West Bank refugee camp of Jalazon, June 12, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

At least 25 Palestinians including five teenagers were arrested across the West Bank by Israeli forces in overnight raids.

December 26, 2014

Palestinians in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp queue during a relief operation, February 24, 2014. (SANA/File)
13:13 GMT

Around 2,500 Palestinian refugees have been killed in the Syrian conflict while an equal number are believed to be missing.

December 25, 2014

Palestinian cousins Uday (left), and Ghassan Abu Jamal (right), attacked a Jerusalem synagogue in November, killing five Israelis. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT

Bodies of the two Jerusalem synagogue attackers were returned to their families by Israeli authorities Thursday.