GAZA (Palestine)- An 18-year-old Palestinian has been killed at the dawn of Wednesday by Israeli artillery fire in Gaza, a Palestinian health source said.
"Youssef Abou Azra, 18, has been killed and two other Palestinians wounded by Israeli artillery fire in the east of Rafah," the southern city of the Gaza Strip, said Ashraf al-Qudra, the spokesman of the ministry of Health in Gaza.
AL KHALIL (Occupied Palestine)- Palestinian teenager was killed Friday by Israeli soldiers near the occupied Israeli town of Al-Khalil (Hebron).
The Palestinian 16-year-old boy was shot down by Israeli occupation soldiers, while two other Palestinians were wounded in protests near the town of Al-Khalil (Hebron), in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said.
The Palestinian Health ministry has identified the Palestinian teenager killed on Friday as Mourad Youssef Abou Ghazi, noting that he was fatally shot in the chest.
Occupied AL-QUDS- A Palestinian was shot down Monday by Israeli occupation forces near one of the gates of the old city of occupied al-Quds (East Jerusalem), Palestinian sources reported.
The East Jerusalem's inhabitant is the second Palestinian to be killed by Israeli soldiers in a week, the sources noted.
Occupied East Jerusalem, along with the West Bank, has been the scene of a wave of Israeli violence taking the lives of 255 Palestinians since early October 2015, according to media figures.
RAMALLAH (Palestine)- A Palestinian was killed late on Sunday by Israeli occupation forces in Ramallah, West Bank, Israeli sources reported.
The 31-year-old Bassel al-Aaraj, from Beit Lahm (Bethlehem), was killed by Israeli soldiers at home, according to sources cited by agencies.
Palestinian hospital sources also disclosed that two other Palestinians were wounded by Israeli shots.
The West Bank and occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem) have been the scene of Israeli violence that left 254 Palestinians dead since early October 2015, according to media figures.
The Israeli occupation forces have carried out daily arbitrary arrests against dozens of Palestinians in the West Bank and occupied al-Quds.
BRUXELLES (Belgium)- The decision of Israeli occupation authorities to build 2,500 housing units in the West Bank and 566 others in East-al Quds (East Jerusalem), in the occupied Palestinian territories, puts seriously in danger the two-state solution, the office of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.
Israel's settlement building policy may "seriously undermine the two-state solution," Mogherini's office said in a statement, in response to Tel Aviv's approval of a settlement project for the building of 2,500 housing units in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Israeli occupation authorities announced Tuesday their decision to build the housing units in occupied West Bank.
The day before, Israel gave the green light for the building of 566 housing units in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian territory occupied and annexed by Israel.
The European Union expressed regrets for the ongoing expansion of Israeli settlements in spite of international community's warnings, stressing that the settlement building policy "is illegal from the viewpoint of the international law."
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika designated Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra to represent Algeria at the ministerial conference on the Middle East peace process, due to be held on Sunday in Paris, the ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday in a statement.
The conference will be an opportunity to reiterate "Algeria's consistent supportive position to the Palestinian cause and its view about the peace process in the Middle East," the source said.
The meeting will provide Algeria with an occasion to "call again on the international community to assumer its responsibilities to put an end to the tragedy of our brother Palestinian people, to allow them to enjoy their inalienable national rights, including their right to establish an independent State with al-Quds (East Jerusalem) as capital," the ministry of Foreign Affairs concluded.
BETHLEHM (West Bank)- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the resolution 2334 of the UN security Council, condemning Jewish settlement building in Palestine, sets forth legal basics for a solution to the conflict.
"The voting in favour of the resolution has not resolved the Palestinian cause, but defined it," Abbas was quoted as saying by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.
"The resolution stressed on the legal basics for a solution and reiterated that Israeli settlements are illegal," the Palestinian president said at a Christmas diner in Bethlehem, occupied West Bank.
"The world said its word that settlement in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, is illegal," Abbas underlined, referring to the 14 state members of the Security Council who voted in favour of the resolution.
Abbas called on Israel "to sit together on the negotiation table to discuss all the outstanding issues between us and resolve it with good intentions."
LONDON (United Kingdom)- British NGO Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) launched Tuesday in London, an urgent call to the international community to stop Israeli bulldozers from destroying the village of Umm al-Hiran, home to 700 Palestinians.
PSC launched an urgent appeal to help in saving the village of Umm Al Hiran, saying that "Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahou has sent army bulldozers at dawn," on Tuesday, "to destroy the peaceful Bedouin village."
The demolition of Umm al-Hiran village had been delayed by two years because of international protests against "this extreme case of ethnic cleansing."
The Israeli government, however, has given the "authorization to raze the village to the ground, destroying the homes and means of subsistence of numerous Palestinian families," the PSC said.
The British NGO noted that the 700 people have been living in the village for about 60 years.
The village's inhabitants are displaced Palestinians driven out of their villages in 1948, and allowed to build a new village (Umm al-Hiran).
"The Israeli forces intend to build a Jewish settlement in place of the village of Umm al-Hiran," the PSC said, calling for large-scale international protests, especially from the European governments.
Umm al-Hiran is not the only village Israeli occupation forces plan to destroy, uprooting the Palestinian local population to build Jewish settlements.
PARIS (France)- France-Palestine Solidarity Association (AFPS) strongly condemned Monday the "French-Israeli military drills," carried out in Corsica over the two last weeks, and which "sounds like a provocation, unbearable for those who think that peace can be achieved only through the enforcement of law."
The association, in a statement, called on the president of the French Republic to "immediately stop all military and security cooperation with Israel as long as that country violates the international law."
"It is the first time Israeli and French pilots carry out joint drills and air battle simulations in French airspace," the AFPS said.
"Such military cooperation with the army that has perpetrated massacres in Gaza in 2008-2009, 2012 and 2014 is absolutely scandalous."
The drills were "announced on Nov. 20, the Universal Children's Day, children who have been the major victims of Israel's air strikes on Gaza," the association stressed.
By rewarding in such a manner Israel's continuous violations of the international law, France shows once again a weakness that is becoming complicity, the AFPS said
"It is inconsistent to pretend to carry a peace initiative (rejected with contempt by Israeli leader) and embark on joint military drills, 60 years after the calamitous expedition of the Suez, the very symbol of French-Israeli colonial blindness."
France-Palestine Solidarity Association expressed support to the Palestinian people in their struggle for their national rights.
ALGIERS- Palestine's ambassador to Algiers, Louai Aissa, said Thursday that the Algerian Revolution (1954-1962) had paved the way for a platform of human, intellectual and activist values and is a model for Palestine in the struggle against Israeli occupation and for liberation movements worldwide.
The Palestinian ambassador, speaking on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the death of President Yasser Arafat and the 28th anniversary of the proclamation of the State of Palestine in Algeria, said the Palestinian people in their struggle against Zionist occupation "are taking the Algerian Revolution as a model."
Algeria has left "its mark" on each stage of the Palestinian struggle, he said, adding that "Algeria has contributed to the development of a national programme despite the internal division in Palestine."
Aissa, speaking at Palestine's embassy in Algiers, greeted "Algeria's diplomatic role in drawing up the Palestine State's proclamation document after huge efforts on different levels during a conference in Algiers, in November 1988."
The Palestinian diplomat praised Algeria's hosting of the late President Yasser Arafat and the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) National Council meeting, at the end of which the State of Palestine was proclaimed.
ALGIERS-Palestine's ambassador to Algiers Louai Aissa affirmed that Algeria "played a strategic role" in drafting the document of the Proclamation of the Palestinian state in November 1988, hailing its significant diplomatic efforts in international fora.
Aissa, who was guest of "Echaab" daily forum in Algiers on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the proclamation of the state of Palestine in Algiers, the Palestinian diplomat said that Algeria "was and will remain an example to follow for the Palestinian revolution in terms of political and diplomatic resistance" given "its strategic role in the proclamation of the Palestinian state during a conference held in Algiers in November 1988."
He stated that Palestinian authorities do not intend to resume peace negotiations with Israel under their initial form.
During a conference held on this occasion, the Palestinian ambassador referred to the statements made by the Israeli parties following the proclamation of the Palestinian State in Algeria.
As regards the future of the Palestinian cause given the situation in the Arab region, Aissa affirmed that "our willingness is unchanging and we are aware of the Arab and regional changes."
Occupied AL QUDS- The bodies of the Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces will no more be returned to their families, following a decision by the Israeli authorities, media reported on Sunday.
Israeli authorities have announced the construction of a special cemetery for the Palestinians killed by their soldiers, according to a decision announced on Saturday, media have reported.
Palestinians and human rights groups have severely criticized the decision, affirming that it was against families' right to bury their relatives.
At least 211 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces since mid-September.
Israel carried out Saturday airstrikes against four targets in the Gaza Strips, no casualty have been reported.
TIPASA-Palestinian Agriculture minister Sofiane Sultane expressed Monday in Tipasa stressed that he is proud of "genuine development" achieved by the Agriculture sector in Algeria.
In a statement to the press on the sidelines of his visit to a private pilot farm for dairy cattle breeding in Sidi Rached (Tipasa), the Palestinian minister stated that "he is proud of what he saw today in this pilot farm as it reflects Algeria's strong willingness to promote natural wealth, mainly agriculture and breeding."
As for partnership between Algeria and Palestine, the minister announced that "this partnership will be strengthened during my trip to Algeria with the signing of two MoUs in agriculture and fishing.
The same official added that "technical commissions will be established between the two parties to engage in a genuine partnership and exchange experiences, mainly in agriculture and fishing."
ALGIERS- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hailed, Monday in Jakarta, Algeria's unwavering support to the Palestinian people in their struggle for the establishment of an independent State, said the People's National Assembly (lower house of Parliament.
Abbas held discussions with Lower House Speaker Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa on the sidelines of the 5th Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) on Palestine and al-Quds.
During the discussions, the Palestinian president paid tribute to President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika for his valuable contribution to make the voice of Palestine heard at international meeting and his efforts for the defence of the central cause of the Arab-Muslim nation, said the statement.
The discussions were also an opportunity to discuss the developments of the Palestinian question in the light of the Israeli threats against the Palestinian people, as well as current international issues, added the Lower House's statement.
The Lower House's speaker is representing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika at the OIC Extraordinary Summit.
ALGIERS-Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal received Thursday in Algiers Major General Jibril Mahmoud Muhammad Rajoub, President of the Olympic Committee of Palestine and the Palestinian Football Federation, the Premier's office announced in a statement.
Sellal and his guest exchanged views on the high-level sport and the imperatives of sports development, either as elite or mass.
Referring to the upcoming Olympic event to gather the elite of the world sporting community in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), in which Palestine will partake, Sellal "paid tribute to the efforts made by the Palestinian Authority for the promotion of sport in the sister country before hailing all efforts to provide support, help and assistance to the policies implemented for the benefit of Palestinian youth and its development," the source said.
Minister of Youth and Sports, El Hadi Ould Ali, President of the Algerian Olympic Committee Mustapha Berraf, and the president of the Algerian Football Federation, Mohamed Raouraoua attended the meeting.
ORAN- The first annual festival of solidarity with Palestine and Al-Quds to take place in Oran (432-km west of Algiers) from 18 to 26 February, announced Monday the organizers during a press conference.
The festival, initiated by some twenty associations and organizations under the slogan "From Algeria of the Revolution to Palestine of the Intifada, will include various social, cultural and sports activities.
A blood collect campaign, voluntary actions, an exhibition on Palestine, a seminar entitled "Social solidarity with Palestine: Challenges and hopes" in addition to a forum of youth and many other events are part of the rich programme of the Festival.
The festival aims at increasing awareness of the importance of Palestine and Al-Quds and coordinating the efforts of the civil society in the support of just cause, developing the sense of citizenship, strengthening ties of brotherhood between the Algerian and Palestinian peoples, said the organizers.
"It will be also an opportunity to examine means and ways to break the blockade on the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, providing help to the Palestinian population in the occupied territories and making the voice of Palestine and its children who are victims of worst human rights violations," said the Oran's commissioner of Algerian Muslim Scouts Bouabdellah Benmessaoud.
RAMALLAH (West Bank)- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday the main cause of the present tension with Israel is the growing despair felt by the Palestinians, sparked by the failure of the two-States solution.
"Despair felt by the Palestinian people is due to the expansion of Israeli settlements, the construction of the separation wall in the West Bank and Israeli attacks against Palestinians' properties on daily basis," Abbas said.
"In spite of Israel's such practices, we remain committed to our rights and we will not give up or make concessions about our rights, whatever the circumstances."
Peace talks with the Israelis cannot resume before the "release of all prisoners arrested before the signing of the peace agreements with Israel, in 1993,'' and which was agreed upon with Israel and the United States.
Abbas urged Israel to freeze settlement construction and to put an end to settlers' attacks against the Palestinians and the holy places of Islam and Christianity.
ALGIERS- International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinian people will be celebrated on Sunday as Palestine continues to make diplomatic achievements, which remain symbolic as no action has been taken to force Israel to stop its ongoing aggression against the occupied territories.
The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) will meet on November 29th at the United Nations headquarters, as it does every year, to celebrate the event, in line with the resolutions of 2 December 1977, 12 December 1979, 1 December 2005 and other relevant resolutions.
The celebration of this Day comes at a time when the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has achieved a series of diplomatic victories, the latest of which the approval by UN Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee, or Third Committee, of a draft resolution on Palestinian people's right to self-determination.
In 2015, the Palestinian flag has been raised at UN offices, following the General Assembly's adoption of a draft resolution on raising the flags of UN non-observer members States.
In addition, Palestine adhered in April to the International Criminal court (ICC).
This achievement has opened the door to investigations into Israel's aggressions in the occupied territories.
However, ICC proceedings are slow in dealing with the crimes perpetrated by Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people.
The Palestinian Authority (PA)'s diplomatic achievements also include UNESCO's full membership since 2011, which saw the surprising vote of France in favour of Palestine.
November 29th was chosen for its special meaning to the Palestinian people.
In 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly voted Resolution 181, called the Palestine partition plan.
A total of 135 countries have recognized Palestine so far.
ALGIERS-Palestine's Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki stressed Tuesday in Algiers the need to pursue "consultations and bilateral coordination" with Algeria, considering the challenges the region faces.
In a statement to the press upon his arrival in the Algiers International Airport Houari Boumediene, al-Maliki said his visit to Algeria is part of the "consolidation of bilateral relations, consultations and coordination between Palestine and Algeria."
"We do need to pursue these consultations and coordination at several levels, in the face of the regional and international challenges, as well as recent developments in Palestine," he added.
The Palestinian top diplomat, who was welcomed upon his arrival by Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation Ramtane Lamamra, highlighted the "importance" of the position of Algeria, which supports the Palestinian cause.
ALGIERS-Minister of National Solidarity, Family and Women Affairs Mounia Meslem, reaffirmed on Monday during a meeting with the ambassador of Palestine to Algiers Louay Aissa "the permanent support of the Algerian State to the just Palestinian cause," said a statement from the ministry.
Thetwo officials broached "the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, including al-Quds," the statement added.
On this occasion,the minister reiterated to the Palestinian ambassador "the Algerian State's ongoing support to the Palestinian cause and solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle to recover their legitimate rights," the document concluded.