Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016
BRUSSELS, February 9, 2016 (WAFA) – Israel’s continuing confiscation of private Palestinian lands in the West Bank risks undermining the viability of a future Palestinian state and driving the parties, Israelis and Palestinians, yet further apart, according to a recent statement by the European Union External Affairs office. The statement came in response to Israel’s decision on January 25 to declare 154 hectares of land near Jericho in the West Bank as state land, as well as its decision to permit further settlement expansion, involving more than 150 new residential units.
NABLUS, February 9, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday demolished and removed Palestinian private-owned residential tents and animal barns in Khirbet Tana, a small village to the east of Nablus in the West Bank, according to local sources. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in northern West Bank, told WAFA Israeli troops broke into the village in the morning, before they demolished six animal barns and removed residential tents belonging to Palestinians in the area, under the pretext they were erected without an Israeli permit. This came only one day after Israeli au
RAMALLAH, February 9, 2016 (WAFA) – Fatah and Hamas officials held separate meetings in the Qatari capital, Doha, on Sunday and Monday in what was said to be an effort to jump-start a long-awaited national reconciliation. The meetings, held under Qatari auspices and headed by Khaled Meshal, Hamas chief, and Azzam al-Ahmad, Fatah’s official in charge of reconciliation talks, reportedly discussed ways to help create a “practical perception” on achieving national reconciliation within a specific and an agreed deadline. Though both parties agreed on a national consensus g
RAMALLAH, February 9, 2016 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Arabic dailies Tuesday focused on a meeting held by Hamas and Fatah officials in Doha on Monday, in what was said to be an effort to achieve a “practical perception” on a long-awaited national reconciliation. AL-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted remarks by President Mahmoud Abbas who declared “full support” to the current non-violent Palestinian “popular uprising” against the Israeli occupation. Both al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said Abbas called upon countries to hold an international conference that