Tuesday, 3 May 2016
RAMALLAH, May 2, 2016 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah reiterated on Monday his support for the French initiative to convene an international conference for talks between Israel and Palestine, which was rejected by Israel. He said, “We commend France for taking the lead to advance the peace process; by rejecting this initiative Mr. Netanyahu proves that he is more interested in building illegal settlements than building a bridge to peace.” The French initiative was quickly rejected by Israel. A statement published by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s office on Thursday said: "Israel adheres to its position that the best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is direct, bilateral negotiations.” The May 30 talks in Paris
QALQILIA, May 2, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli forces on Monday demolished an agricultural structure in the city of Qalqilia, in the northwest of West Bank, according to security sources. The sources told WAFA that Israeli troops broke into the eastern neighborhood of Qalqilia, and demolished an agricultural structure belonging to a local Palestinian. M.N
JERUSALEM, May 2, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities on Monday notified Palestinians in the town of al-Issawiya, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, about their intention to demolish residential and commercial structures of their own, according to local sources. Witnesses told WAFA that staff from the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem accompanied by policemen stormed al-Issawiya, where they handed two notifications to demolish a health center and a fuel station. To be noted, Israeli authorities rarely issue construction permits to the original Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem, forcing many of them to embark on construction without an Israeli permit. Over the course of 2015, Israel demolished 521 structures in Area C as well as in East Jerusalem, displacing 636 people, according
RAMALLAH, May 2, 2016 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies focused on a report by Israeli daily Maariv, which said that a parliamentary vote on annexing the West Bank to Israel will be held soon. According to Maariv, al-Ayyam daily said, Israel will soon "detonate a political bomb" by declaring the territories it occupied in 1967 as Israeli territories within weeks. Al-Ayyam said tens of Israeli settlers broke into al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem on Sunday. Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida several Palestinians were injured by live Israeli fire during Israeli military incursions in the village of Ni’lin, to the west of Ramallah, and in al-Izza refugee camp near Bethlehem. Al-Hayat al-Jadida said a group of Palestinian lawyers filed a lawsuit at the U