Palestinians to raise flag at UN for first time
Sep30

Palestinians to raise flag at UN for first time

The Palestinians will raise their flag at the United Nations on Wednesday in what president Mahmoud Abbas calls a beacon of hope at a time of growing despair of achieving an independent state. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Abbas will preside over the 15-minute ceremony in the rose garden, to begin at 1 p.m. (1700 GMT), shortly after the Palestinian leader addresses the General Assembly.Abbas, 80, called it “our moment of...

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wrote : The First-Ever Raising of Palestine’s Flag at the U.N. Is Our Moment of Hope
Sep29

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wrote : The First-Ever Raising of Palestine’s Flag at the U.N. Is Our Moment of Hope

Tomorrow, the Palestinian flag will be raised for the first time at the United Nations headquarters in New York and at other U.N. offices around the world. The sense of pride among the Palestinian people was overwhelming the day the world voted in favor of this landmark initiative. I am certain that the day our flag rises among the flags of the community of nations will also be a most emotional and proud day. The General...

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Hunger-striking detainees in ‘real danger’, says prisoners’ center
Sep28

Hunger-striking detainees in ‘real danger’, says prisoners’ center

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies on Monday issued an urgent call for action on 17 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, seven of whom the center said were in “real danger. “The center called on human rights groups, Islamic organizations, and the media to help the prisoners, who have undertaken hunger strikes to protest their administrative detention — internment without trial or charge. At least...

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New clashes as Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
Sep28

New clashes as Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

Israeli forces raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday and deployed heavily in the courtyard, leading to clashes with Palestinian worshipers ahead of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Officials from the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Endowment said  that dozens of Israeli forces raided the holy site and fired stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets “haphazardly” in the area. Sources with the Jordanian-run...

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Palestinian Performance Poet Speaks Powerful Truth to Power: ‘We Teach Life, Sir’
Sep27

Palestinian Performance Poet Speaks Powerful Truth to Power: ‘We Teach Life, Sir’

Rafeef Ziadah, a Canadian-Palestinian spoken word artist and activist, performs a poem in response to a journalists who asks “don’t you think it would all be better if you just stop teaching your children to hate”. Her debut CD Hadeel is dedicated to Palestinian youth, who still fly kites in the face of F16 bombers, who still remember the names if their villages in Palestine and still hear the sound of Hadeel (cooing...

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