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Mahmoud Abbas
 

Posted on: August 2nd, 2012

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is now saying that he will resume his efforts in September to achieve, unilaterally, UN recognition of a Palestinian state. This time, however, Abbas says he will go to the General Assembly, where the Palestinians enjoy the support of more than 130 countries, with a request to recognize a Palestinian state as a non-member of the UN.

Syrian flag
 

Posted on: July 29th, 2012

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Palestinians who fled the fighting in Syria this week said that the some suburbs of Damascus were full of Al-Qaeda militiamen from a number of Arab countries. Others said that many fighters belonged to radical Salafi groups.

Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood
 

Posted on: July 25th, 2012

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By meeting separately with Khaled Mashaal and Mahmoud Abbas, Mursi has created the impression that the Palestinians have two legitimate leaders. Even more, Mursi has put Mashaal on an equal footing with heads of state, thus granting legitimacy not only to the Hamas leader, but to his entire movement.

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Gazan Christians celebrating Easter Mass
 

Posted on: July 20th, 2012

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According to the Greek Orthodox Church in the Gaza Strip, at least five Christians have been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam in recent weeks. In a rare public protest, leaders and members of the 2,000-strong Christian community in the Gaza Strip staged a sit-in strike in the Gaza Strip this week to condemn the abductions and forced conversions in particular, and persecution at the hands of radical Muslims in general.

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Palestinian children hold banners reading in Arabic: "Palestine will not be a knife that slaughters Syria's children" during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
 

Posted on: July 17th, 2012

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The world has become used to hearing and watching stories about massacres against civilians in Syria. But until recently, almost all the victims were Syrian citizens.

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Mahmoud Abbas' real peace partner, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal
 

Posted on: July 12th, 2012

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Abbas is not interested in reaching any deal with Israel: he knows that such a move would require him to make concessions. Abbas knows that Israel will never give him 100% of his demands; that is enough for him to refuse to sign any historic agreement. Like Arafat, Abbas does not want to go down into history as the first Palestinian leader to make concessions, especially on sensitive issues such as refugees and Jerusalem.

Palestinians demonstrated in Ramallah against Palestinian Authority repression.
 

Posted on: July 9th, 2012

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In March last year, thousands of Palestinians, inspired by the "Arab Spring," launched their own protests in the West Bank to demand reforms, democracy, and regime change. But the Palestinian revolt was short-lived. Abbas's security forces, backed by Fatah thugs, attacked the young men and women who were protesting in the center of Ramallah, torching their tents and beating them with clubs and rifle butts.

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Lebanese soldiers oversee the removal of rubble from the Nahr el Bared Palestinian refugee camp.
 

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Like many Arab countries, Lebanon has always been treating Palestinians as third-class citizens. Nearly half a million Palestinians live in Lebanon's 12 camps. Though born and raised in the country, they are denied political, economic and social rights.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and his Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (R), shake hands during the swearing in ceremony of the new cabinet, at Abbas's headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah, on 16 May 2012.
 

Posted on: June 18th, 2012

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In the short term, the Palestinian Authority may succeed in restoring law and order to areas under its control in the West Bank. But in the long term, its current clampdown will increase bitterness and frustration among a large number of Fatah gunmen and security officers who feel betrayed by Abbas.

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Palestinian women demonstrating
 

Posted on: June 10th, 2012

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Any land that is handed over to the Palestinian Authority would end up in the hands of Hamas.

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Palestinians demonstrating
 

Posted on: June 4th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

The Palestinians have been radicalized to a point where it is almost impossible to talk about peace and coexistence with Israel. For Palestinians, the true heroes are suicide bombers who blew themselves up in cafes and buses, killing innocent civilians. Peace activists, human rights advocates, moderates, journalists and reformers have almost no say and are often denounced as "traitors" and a "fifth column."

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King Abdullah of Jordan
 

Posted on: May 30th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Today, most of the anti-regime demonstrations throughout the kingdom are being initiated and led by Muslim Brotherhood supporters whose goal is to turn Jordan into an Islamic republic. Many Arabs feel that President Barack Obama's endorsement of the Muslim Brotherhood has emboldened the Islamists and increased their appetite to drive moderate and secular rulers out of the Arab world.

Fatah and Hamas officials meet in Egypt for reconciliation talks
 

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

In many ways, the status quo seems convenient for Fatah and Hamas. Fatah has a mini-state in the West Bank and is benefiting from hundreds of millions of dollars that are poured by international donors on Salam Fayyad's government. Hamas, for its part, is happy that it has exclusive control over the entire Gaza Strip, which has been turned into an independent Islamic emirate.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad heads a cabinet meeting in Ramallah
 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

At a time when many Western governments, the World Bank, and various international organizations are continuing to heap praise on the Palestinian Authority for implementing reforms, the deputy speaker of the Palestinian parliament, Hasan Khreishah, announced that financial and administrative corruption was now more widespread than ever.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops during a demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint.
 

Posted on: May 13th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate wants Palestinian journalists to serve as soldiers on behalf of the Palestinian cause. Journalists, according to the syndicate, should first and foremost be loyal to their president, prime minister, government, homeland, and cause. As for the truth, it appears at the bottom of the syndicate's list of priorities.

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Palestinians marching in memory of Israeli-Arab actor and director Juliano Mer Khamis who was shot and killed by a masked gunman during a rally in Ramallah
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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If the Western journalists and donors continue to ignore the reality on the ground, the West Bank could soon fall into the hands of gangsters and armed clans, as has been the case in Jenin -- among the main reasons the Palestinian Authority collapsed in the Gaza Strip in 2007, speeding the rise of Hamas to power.

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Palestinians burn an American flag in east Jerusalem
 

Posted on: May 4th, 2012

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As far as most Palestinians are concerned, the "friend of my enemy is my enemy." Palestinians hate the US because of its continued support for Israel. The Palestinians want the US to endorse all their demands and force Israel to give them everything. As one of the leaders of a recent anti-US demonstration explained, "The US will remain our enemy for as long as it does not fully support the Palestinians."

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
 

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Instead of going after top officials suspected of embezzling public funds and abusing their powers, the Palestinian Authority government has chosen to wage an unprecedented clampdown on those who dare to raise their voices in support of transparency and freedom of speech.

Israeli soldier is blocking left wing activist from entering a house in Hebron.
 

Posted on: April 27th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Anti-Israel messages and campaigns serve only the radicals in this region who do not want either peace or coexistence. The time has come for the emergence of a genuine pro-Palestinian camp in the West that would focus less on Israel and more on helping the Palestinians.

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