Palestinian Arena

November 5, 2013

A Palestinian official has said that the US is acting as an observer, not a mediator, in the peace talks with the Israelis. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT

A Palestinian official speaking to Israeli newspaper Haaretz criticized the US for the passive role of observer it is playing in the peace talks, alleging that it is not behaving as a mediator in the conflict between Palestine and Israel.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said late Monday that the peace talks with the Israelis had made "zero progress" so far. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said this week that the ongoing peace negotiations with the Israelis are making little progress due to the continued expansion of settlements.

November 4, 2013

Israa Al-Mudallal, 23, will represent Gazan organization Hamas to foreign press.
16:29 GMT

The government in the Gaza Strip appointed a woman as their first English-language spokeswoman.

November 1, 2013

View of the Gaza Strip's sole power plant in Nusairat, on March 26, 2012 [AFP/File, Mohammed Abed]
13:25 GMT

A shortage of fuel halted the production of electricity across the Gaza Strip on Friday.

Secretary of State John Kerry with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. [Mario Tama/Getty Images]
13:17 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday in Bethlehem as part of ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

A Palestinian militant of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade. [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images]
11:42 GMT

Three members of the Hamas Kassam Brigades were killed in an IAF strike of an attack tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip overnight Friday.

October 31, 2013

Hamas controls the Gaza strip, but many members of its leadership reside in the West Bank (Courtesy of the Telegraph)
11:14 GMT

Israel arrested three senior leaders of Hamas in the West Bank last night, representing the second time that Israel has carried out this operation targeting Hamas members this week. A total of eighteen high-profile members of the Palestinian party have now been arrested in this week alone.

Ahmad Tazazaa, 22, was killed by Israeli troops while they were making arrests in Kabatya near the West Bank city of Jenin (Courtesy of the Electronic Intifada)
07:56 GMT

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian near West Bank's Jenin Thursday, and US senior officials denounced Israel's construction plans to build 1,500 new settler homes in east Jerusalem with peace negotiations underway.

October 30, 2013

Israel's plans to build 1,500 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem is considered illegal under international law (Courtesy of the Telegraph)
06:13 GMT

Israel announced Wednesday that it will build 1,500 new homes in East Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo. The Jewish state also began releasing 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners at the time of the settlement announcement.

October 28, 2013

A Palestinian militant of the Islamic Jihad takes part in a rally against Israel in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah (Image credit: AFP)
18:27 GMT

Israel arrested 10 West Bank-based members of the Islamist movement Hamas in the West Bank. No reasons were given for the arrests.

Israelis have frequently launched retaliatory missile attacks on the Palestinian territories (Courtesy of The Washington Times)
08:53 GMT

Israelis launched an airstrike on Gaza Monday in response to two rockets fired on Israeli land from the territory earlier this week.

October 27, 2013

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of peace negotiations with the Palestinians. [Photo by Reuters]
16:55 GMT

Israeli government reject a bill by right-wing party Habayit Hayehudi to ban the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Palestinian militants of the Islamic Jihad hold rocket propelled grenades (RPG) as they take part in a rally against Israel in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on October 24, 2013. [Photo credit: SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images]
14:46 GMT

Gaza militant fire mortal shells into Israel Sunday afternoon

October 25, 2013

BELGIUM, Brussels : EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas make a statement on October 23, 2013 after their working session at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. [AFP]
14:36 GMT

In a new campaign aimed at ending commercial activity in the settlements, Palestinian Authority last month sent a letter to 50 countries urging them to impose sanctions on settlements by either freezing their business dealings with the settlements or withdrawing their investments altogether.

Palestinian Presidents meets with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday ahead of peace talks
12:51 GMT

In a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held on Thursday, European Union foreign policy chief urged for a Palestinian reconciliation while asserting her support for Palestinian state-building.