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The tricky UN resolution on Middle East peace

Paris - Fifty years ago, the UN adopted a resolution on an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories that remains the reference for peace in the Middle East, even though it has never been implemented.

US says talks continue despite Palestinian office row

Washington - US officials scrambled to insist on Tuesday that they will maintain an open dialogue with Palestinian leaders, despite moving to close their diplomatic office in Washington.

Palestinians 'freeze' meetings with US over office row

Ramallah - The Palestinians have frozen all meetings with the United States after it decided to close their representative office in Washington, officials said on Tuesday."What is the use of holding any meetings with them when they close our office?

Palestinians announce US meeting freeze over office row

Ramallah - Palestinian officials announced Tuesday they had suspended meetings with the US following a quarrel with President Donald Trump's administration over the future of their representative office in Washington.

UN warns of conflict in Gaza if Cairo talks fail

New York - Conflict is likely to once again engulf Gaza if a deal on the return of the Palestinian Authority to the Hamas-controlled enclave fails, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned Monday.

Palestinians threaten to cut ties with US if PLO office is shut

Ramallah - The Palestinians will freeze their ties with the US if it follows through on a threat to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation's office in Washington, a senior PLO official warned Saturday.

Egypt opens Gaza border for first time since unity deal

Gaza - Egypt opened its largely sealed border with Gaza on Saturday after a reconciliation agreement with Hamas gave the Palestinian Authority control over the crossing for the first time since 2007.

Palestinian rams car into Israeli civilians, is shot: army

Jerusalem - A Palestinian rammed his car into two Israeli civilians in the occupied West Bank Friday before trying to stab soldiers and being shot, the Israeli army said.

Cheap smokes early benefit of Palestinian accord

Gaza - Palestinians in Gaza desperately waiting for a reconciliation agreement to improve their lives haven't seen much change yet -- but at least cigarettes are cheaper.

Palestinian hopes for Egypt border opening dashed for now

Gaza - Palestinian leaders hoped a recently signed reconciliation agreement would lead to Egypt reopening its border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, but those hopes seem to have been dashed.

Israel warns Gaza militants against revenge attack

Jerusalem - An Israeli general has warned Palestinian militants against carrying out attacks in revenge for the blowing up of a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into the Jewish state last month.

Tens of thousands commemorate Arafat in Hamas-run Gaza

Gaza - Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza on Saturday to commemorate the death of veteran leader Yasser Arafat in the first such memorial in the Hamas-run territory since 2007.

Death toll rises to 12 in Gaza tunnel Israel blew up: Islamic Jihad

Gaza - A Palestinian militant group announced Friday another five fighters had been killed when Israel blew up a tunnel from the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of dead to 12.Islamic Jihad said five more men trapped in the tunnel were dead, naming them....

Palestinian unity bid sees promising start, but big challenges remain

Gaza - Hamas has passed the first test of a reconciliation agreement by giving up control of the Gaza Strip's borders, but sterner challenges await in the bid to end its 10-year rift with rival Fatah.

Thousands of Palestinians protest on Balfour Declaration centenary

Ramallah - Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of various cities on Thursday to protest on the 100th anniversary of Britain's Balfour Declaration, which helped lead to Israel's creation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Hamas hands over border crossings to Palestinian Authority

Rafah - Hamas handed over control of the Gaza Strip's borders with Egypt and Israel to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday in the first key test of a landmark reconciliation accord agreed last month.

Lord Balfour reflects on ancestor's divisive legacy

London - A century after his ancestor wrote a letter that became a foundation stone for the state of Israel, Lord Balfour condemns the "complete imbalance" in its application from the Palestinians' point of view.

67 words that shaped Palestinian, Israeli lives

It was just 67 words written in a faraway country a century ago, but it shaped their lives, Israelis and Palestinians say.

Tensions rise after Israel blows up tunnel from Gaza

Gaza - Tensions rose Tuesday after an Israeli operation to blow up a tunnel from the Gaza Strip killed seven Palestinian militants in one of the deadliest incidents since a devastating 2014 war.

100 years later, Balfour Declaration divides Israelis, Palestinians

Jerusalem - Britain's Balfour Declaration turns 100 this week, hailed by Israel for helping lead to its founding, but viewed by Palestinians as contributing to a catastrophe that stole their land.

Britain defends Balfour Declaration, 100 years on

London - Britain's foreign secretary on Sunday defended his predecessor's role a century ago in paving the way for the creation of Israel, saying two sovereign states for Israelis and Palestinians remains the "only viable solution" for peace.

Israel to postpone controversial 'annexation' bill: source

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to postpone a vote on a controversial bill that critics say would amount to the de facto annexation of Israeli settlements surrounding Jerusalem, an official said Saturday.

Hamas official says unity deal to remain on track despite car bomb

Gaza - Hamas security chief Tawfiq Abu Naim left hospital Saturday after being wounded in a car bombing and pledged that an agreement aimed at ending a decade-long rift with rivals Fatah would remain on track.

Israel 'annexation' bill draws fresh concern for two-state solution

Jerusalem - A bill that critics say would amount to de facto annexation of Israeli settlements surrounding Jerusalem is expected to go before ministers on Sunday, drawing harsh criticism from Palestinians and those hoping to salvage the two-state solution.

PLO says Israel 'annexation' plan means end of two-state solution

Jerusalem - Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi says Israeli plans to incorporate West Bank settlement blocs around Jerusalem into the city could kill hopes for an independent Palestinian state.

Israel approves 176 settlement homes for east Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Israeli authorities on Wednesday approved a major expansion of an east Jerusalem settlement, signing off on plans to add 176 homes, the city's deputy mayor said.

Travel plea for conjoined twins in blockaded Gaza

Gaza - Conjoined twins born in Gaza Sunday need to leave the blockaded Palestinian enclave for treatment crucial to their survival, their doctor and a family member said.

Ramallah scraps Lebanese film over Israel 'normalisation'

Ramallah - A Palestinian city on Sunday cancelled the planned screening of a Lebanese film after activists called for a boycott over the director's "normalisation" with Israel.

'Good morning' Facebook post leads to arrest of Palestinian

Jerusalem - Israeli police have mistakenly arrested then released a Palestinian who posted "good morning" in Arabic on Facebook after software mistranslated it as "attack them," police and a media report said Sunday.

Israeli soldier jailed for manslaughter seeks presidential pardon

Jerusalem - An Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant has asked the country's president to pardon him, the presidency said Thursday.
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Palestinians ride on a donkey near homes in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim  near Je...
Palestinians ride on a donkey near homes in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem
With permission by Reuters / Ammar Awad
Relatives mourn during the funeral of Bashir Abdel Aal  a 20-year-old Hamas militant who was killed ...
Relatives mourn during the funeral of Bashir Abdel Aal, a 20-year-old Hamas militant who was killed by Israeli tank shells minutes before a five-hour truce went into effect, on July 17, 2014 in Gaza
Said Khatib, AFP
Gaza crisis: More than 100  killed in Israeli strikes
Gaza crisis: More than 100' killed in Israeli strikes
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A group of Palestinians got together to make a parody of Psy s  Gangnam Style  with a Gaza twist.
A group of Palestinians got together to make a parody of Psy's "Gangnam Style" with a Gaza twist.
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Palestinians and foreigners take part in a protest against the Israeli blockade on Gaza  at Erez cro...
Palestinians and foreigners take part in a protest against the Israeli blockade on Gaza, at Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza Strip November 26, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Suhaib Salem
Rafah border crossing  between Gaza and Egypt
Rafah border crossing, between Gaza and Egypt
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Palestinians carry the body of Mustafa Tamimi during his funeral procession in the West Bank village...
Palestinians carry the body of Mustafa Tamimi during his funeral procession in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, in this December 11, 2011 file picture. Israel's army has exonerated a soldier in the 2011 killing of Tamami. An Israeli human rights group criticized the ruling as a sign of military impunity
With permission by Reuters / Darren Whiteside
Palestinians who were displaced from their houses due to fierce clashes between Israel and Hamas ret...
Palestinians who were displaced from their houses due to fierce clashes between Israel and Hamas return to check their homes in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City, on August 1, 2014
Mahmud Hams, AFP
The intertwined yet divided lives of Israelis and Palestinians.
The intertwined yet divided lives of Israelis and Palestinians.
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators spray fumes with the colours of the Palestinian flag  on the Republiqu...
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators spray fumes with the colours of the Palestinian flag, on the Republique square in Paris, during a banned demonstration against Israel's military operation in Gaza, on July 26, 2014
Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP
Palestinians recover the body of a man killed when his home was hit the previous night by Israeli fi...
Palestinians recover the body of a man killed when his home was hit the previous night by Israeli fire in the Beit Hanun district of Gaza, on July 26, 2014
Marco Longari, AFP
A Palestinian protestor directs fireworks toward Israeli police during clashes in Shuafat neighborho...
A Palestinian protestor directs fireworks toward Israeli police during clashes in Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab east Jerusalem, on July 2, 2014
Ahmad Gharabli, AFP
Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery canons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position ...
Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery canons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the coastal Palestinian enclave, on July 17, 2014
Menahem Kahana, AFP
Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian protester during clashes at a weekly demonstration against Jew...
Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian protester during clashes at a weekly demonstration against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah
With permission by Reuters / Mohamad Torokman
Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed (L) laughs with Hamas prime minister in the Gaza S...
Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed (L) laughs with Hamas prime minister in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniya (C) during a press conference in Gaza on April 23, 2014
Said Khatib, AFP
A Palestinian child sits on a mattress on the rubble of a house which was destroyed in an Israeli ai...
A Palestinian child sits on a mattress on the rubble of a house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Abasan, east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis and close to the border with Israel on August 7, 2014
Said Khatib, AFP
Palestinians inspect the wreckage of a building following an Israeli strike on the southern Gaza tow...
Palestinians inspect the wreckage of a building following an Israeli strike on the southern Gaza town of Rafah, on August 2, 2014
Said Khatib, AFP
Relatives and friends of Mohammed Abu Khder  16  carry his body to the mosque during his funeral in ...
Relatives and friends of Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, carry his body to the mosque during his funeral in Shuafat, in Israeli annexed East Jerusalem on July 4, 2014
Ahmad Gharabli, AFP
The old city Jerusalem
The old city Jerusalem
Israeli soldiers stand on Merkava tanks in an army deployment area near Israel's border with th...
Israeli soldiers stand on Merkava tanks in an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014
Jack Guez, AFP

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