Category Archives: Palestine

Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon | UNRWA

Some 450,000 refugees are registered with UNRWA in Lebanon, with many living in the country’s 12 refugee camps.

Palestine refugees represent an estimated ten per cent of the population of Lebanon. They do not enjoy several important rights; for example, they cannot work in as many as 20 professions. Because they are not formally citizens of another state, Palestine refugees are unable to claim the same rights as other foreigners living and working in Lebanon. Among the five UNRWA fields, Lebanon has the highest percentage of Palestine refugees living in abject poverty.

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EU calls on Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes

A Palestinian woman sits next to the remains of her home after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in a disputed military zone in the area of Musafir Jenbah, which includes several villages, south of the West Bank town of Hebron on February 2, 2016. (Hazem Bader/AFP)

Diplomatic wrangling ratchets up over European-funded prefab homes given to Palestinians in West Bank which Israel says are illegal

By AFP and Sue Surkes February 7, 2016, 4:03 am

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian housing, some of which was EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to expanding Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Continue reading EU calls on Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes

UN chief ‘ashamed’ over stalled Mideast peace process

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at press conference in the village of Gabcikovo near the border with Hungary and Slovakia, October 19, 2015. (AFP/Samuel Kubani)

Ban Ki-moon says Jerusalem, Ramallah ultimately responsible for ending conflict; stresses that ‘nothing can excuse terrorism’

By AFP and Times of Israel staff February 5, 2016, 7:21 pm

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday he was “ashamed” at a lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

“I feel guilty, ashamed of the lack of progress,” he told an event organized by foreign affairs think-tank Chatham House in London.“ Continue reading UN chief ‘ashamed’ over stalled Mideast peace process

Israeli punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes violates international law

Israeli authorities demolished this residential structure in the Palestinian community of Al Jiftlik Abu Al Ajaj in Area C of the Occupied West Bank in April 2015. Photo: OCHA (file)

16 November 2015

While recognizing Israel’s “serious security challenges,” a senior United Nations official today called its punitive demolition of the homes of alleged attackers “inherently unjust” and against international law, noting that 20 Palestinians, eight of them children, were made homeless in the past three days. Continue reading Israeli punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes violates international law

After all this time working toward peace, I’m still an optimist

At visit to UN-run school in Gaza City, Tony Blair on February 15, 2015, speaks with Palestinians who had lost their homes in 2014 war with Israel. Credit: Associated Press

Peace is still in the interests of both peoples, still supported by both peoples, still wished for by both peoples. But a new approach is required.

Tony Blair Nov 12, 2015 5:44 PM

My visit to Israel for the Haaretz conference will be my 147th since leaving office. The first eight years were spent working as an ex officio envoy for the Quartet – the international management group comprising the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union. This part-time, unpaid role focused in terms of its mandate on the Palestinian economy, and excluded the political process. Continue reading After all this time working toward peace, I’m still an optimist

On visit to East Jerusalem, UN officials call for respect of health premises, right to health care

Robert Piper. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

2 November 2015

Officials from a number of United Nations agencies have stressed the need to ensure respect for health premises as well as the right to health, following recent actions by the Israeli security forces at a hospital in East Jerusalem.

“Actions that undermine the ability of health workers to provide care to those in need are violations of international law. The conduct by the Israeli security forces during several entries into Makassed hospital this past week is unacceptable and must not be repeated,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Robert Piper.

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‘Fear must be eclipsed by wisdom’ to end violence between Israelis and Palestinians

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (right) and Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, at a Special Meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

28 October 2015

At a special meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council today, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed that Israeli-Palestinian violence will draw “closer to a catastrophe” if not stopped immediately, while President Mahmoud Abbas called for creation of a “special protection” regime for the Palestinian people, amid roiling tensions in the region. Continue reading ‘Fear must be eclipsed by wisdom’ to end violence between Israelis and Palestinians

Protesting terror surge, thousands march in anti-government rally in Tel Aviv

MK Stav Shaffir says Netanyahu ‘destroying the Zionist vision’

Left-wing demonstrators demand Netanyahu’s resignation, say restoring security requires ‘a diplomatic solution’

By Times of Israel staff and AFP October 24, 2015, 10:32 pm

Thousands of Israelis attend a march organized by the ‘Peace Now’ movement from Rabin Square to the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv on October 24, 2015. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Thousands of left-wing Israelis turned out in Tel Aviv on Saturday night for a rally condemning the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for what they called its poor response to the current security situation. They demanded Netanyahu resign, and said security could not be restored without negotiations with the Palestinians on a permanent accord. Continue reading Protesting terror surge, thousands march in anti-government rally in Tel Aviv

Declaration of the Synod of Bishops on the situation in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine

headvisblog07enmmVatican City, 24 October 2015 (VIS) – During this morning’s General Congregation, during Vespers for the conclusion of the Synod, the Synod Fathers launched a new appeal for peace and the resolution of conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine, asking the international Community to act via diplomatic channels and to engage in dialogue to end the suffering of thousands of people. Continue reading Declaration of the Synod of Bishops on the situation in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine

Holy See: Extremists seek to eradicate religions and cultures

2015-10-23 (Vatican Radio)

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, on Thursday said it was the “grave duty” of the Vatican to remind the international community that “extremists are seeking to eradicate religions, ethnic groups and cultures” that have been in the Middle East “for millennia.” Continue reading Holy See: Extremists seek to eradicate religions and cultures