POSTED: January 24, 2018

SOURCE: Aljazeera

 

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Geneva, Switzerland - UN member states have criticised Israel for failing to abide by human rights laws and UN resolutions during a heated Human Rights Council (HRC) session; some labelled it an "apartheid state".

The scolding in the Swiss city on Tuesday came as Israel was undergoing its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a UN-led process meant to assess the human rights record of each state and make recommendations for improvement.

POSTED: January 23, 2018

SOURCE: Wafa

 

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BRUSSELS, January 23, 2018 (WAFA) - President Mahmoud Abbas met on Tuesday with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and discussed with him the latest Palestinian and regional developments.

Abbas, on an official visit to Brussels where he met European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and its foreign ministers on Monday, thanked Belgium for its support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Belgium announced last week that it will provide the UN agency with 19 million euros in aid for the next three years, two million dollar more than its annual allocation.

The decision came after the United States cut this month $65 million from its annual financial contribution to UNRWA to pressure the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table with Israel.

Belgium also said it will immediately pay 6.3 million euros from its 2018 contribution to offset the American cut.

President Abbas briefed Michel on the situation in Palestine and the region following the US decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. They also discussed developing bilateral relations in all fields.

 

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POSTED: January 24, 2018
SOURCE: Wafa

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PARIS, January 24, 2018 (WAFA) – The municipality of Gennevilliers, a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, signed a decree on Tuesday recognizing the State of Palestine as an independent country.

Mayor of Gennevilliers, Patrice Leclerc, expressed hope to Palestine TV that French mayors adopt this initiative to push President Emmanuel Macron to recognize the State of Palestine.

POSTED: January 21, 2018

SOURCE: The New Yorker

Husam Zomlot is the Palestinian front man in Washington. Born in a Gaza refugee camp, he has a doctorate in economics from the University of London and was a research fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center. Now in his mid-forties, he represents a new generation of Palestinian politicians. Last spring, he arrived in the United States on a wave of optimism that President Trump would reinvigorate peace negotiations, led by his adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Zomlot had unusual diplomatic access to Kushner and others in the White House. But relations between the United States and the Palestinian Authority plummeted to their lowest point in a quarter century—since the historic Oslo Accord, in 1993—after Trump’s decision, on December 6th, to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there. The announcement enraged the octogenarian Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, who declared that Washington was no longer an honest broker of peace. Abbas is refusing to see Vice-President Mike Pence during his visit to Israel on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. On the eve of Pence’s trip, Zomlot reflected on the state of diplomacy. The interview has been edited and condensed for length. 

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