After finding her great-grandmother’s old identity cards in Beirut, Heba was able to seek Spanish citizenship following a 2015 law that allowed naturalization to anyone whose Jewish ancestors ‘fled’ the Spanish Inquisition.
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
As a UK-based academic who was born in Dubai to a Palestinian father and Lebanese mother, Heba Nabil Iskandarani had plenty of potential national identities.
What she lacked, however, was a passport.
A 26-year-old lecturer in architecture at Birmingham City University, Iskandarani has been stateless for most of her life, possessing only a Lebanese travel document that defines her as a Palestinian refugee.
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Heba Nabil Iskandarani’s newly acquired Spanish Passport and her Lebanese refugee Passport.-
Scrambling to minimize the importance of historic move by Arab states to align with Israel, Palestinian Social Affairs Minister says, “The attitude that there can be peace with the Arabs without peace with the Palestinians is an illusion.”
By LAHAV HARKOV, REUTERS
Israel is in talks with several Arab and Muslim countries to normalize ties, Palestinian Authority Social Affairs Minister Ahmed Majdalani told KAN Radio Thursday.
Oman, Sudan, Comoros, Djibouti and Mauritania are engaged in normalization discussions with Israel, he said.
L-R- Bahraini FM Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani, PM Benjamin Netanyhau, U.S. President Donald Trump and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the White House signing ceremony – Photo: AFP
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump said five more countries plan to establish diplomatic relations with Israel soon, following the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Continue Reading »
REPORT: NGO Monitor found that the UN & World Health Organization facilitated millions of dollars of emergency COVID-19 funding from Canada, the EU, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the UK to Palestinian organizations with links to terrorism.
By LAHAV HARKOV
Millions of dollars of international funding for the Palestinians’ coronavirus emergency response, coordinated by the World Health Organization and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have gone to organizations with links to terrorism, a new report by NGO Monitor found.
The research institution focused on the funding of non-governmental organizations found that several of the groups funded by OCHA and the WHO are tied to the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which is recognized as a terrorist organization in Israel, the EU, US and Canada, and had staff members arrested and indicted late last year for the murder of 17-year-old Israeli Rina Schnerb. Continue Reading »
UK MPs demand Palestinian and UNRWA schools immediately stop using textbooks that incite hatred against Jews and Israel, lamenting that, “directly or indirectly, UK aid has helped to finance [it].”
By LAHAV HARKOV
Palestinian Authority and UNRWA schools continue to use textbooks that radicalize children against Israel, parliamentarians in the UK, a major donor to the PA, lamented on Tuesday.
Official logos to six different UNRWA financed schools that include the UN logos along with map of Israel replaced by Palestine demonstrates their ultimate goal. – Photos: ElderOfZiyon.blogspot.
MP Jonathan Gullis, who initiated the debate with Minister of State James Cleverly, displayed a reading comprehension textbook for 10-year-olds, which praised Dalal al-Mughrabi, who killed 38 Israelis, including 13 children, on a bus in 1978. Continue Reading »
WATCH: A new music video posted on the official Facebook page of Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party warns the Palestinians of what will happen to them if they support Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan.
By Ryan Jones
The Trump Administration has lamented that there are almost no voices of support for the “Peace to Prosperity” plan among the Palestinians.
Sure, the proposal leans toward Israeli security concerns and requires Palestinian compliance before any rewards are to be had. But it does contain quite a lot of reward for the Palestinians, including what are, quite frankly, unearned economic incentives.
Screen Shot of PMW translation
But evidence suggests that it’s not so much the content of the plan that has precluded any support among the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
The ruling coalition members of the Norwegian Parliament sent a letter instructing the government to reduce or withhold financial payments to Palestinian Authority over “references to violence, martyrdom and terror” being taught in PA school books.
– The statement read, “The coalition considers this to be devastating…and finds it unacceptable that Norwegian funds support a school system that promotes such destructive values.”
By Marcy Oster/JTA,
Parliament members in Norway, one of the world’s main donors to the Palestinian Authority, demanded these contributions be suspended over incitement in school textbooks.
Members of the ruling coalition said in a statement Thursday that it is instructing the government to “reduce or withhold financial support to the Palestinian Authority if they do not provide satisfactory improvements in school materials” soon. Continue Reading »
The Netherlands stopped its annual $1.6 million payment directly to the Palestinian Authority when $198 million went to pay the families of terrorists killed during their attacks on Israelis and another $160 million to Palestinians being held in Israeli jails on terror charges.
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
The Dutch government has cut funding for the Palestinian Authority over its salaries to terrorists serving time in Israeli jails.
The aid ministry announced the move Wednesday during annual budget talks.
In 2017, the Palestinian Authority paid about $198 million to a fund for the families of terrorists killed during their attacks and about $160 million to Palestinians being held in Israeli jails, according to Israeli Defense Ministry figures. Continue Reading »
Abbas’ Palestinian gov’t accuses Israel of Geneva Conventions ‘crimes’ after the Israel Electric Company inevitably reduced the power supply to parts of the West Bank, due to the Palestinian Authority’s mounting unpaid electric bill of $470M.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of imposing “collective punishment” on the Palestinians because of the Israeli electric company’s decision to reduce power supply to parts of the West Bank due to debts.
The PA said its representatives have contacted several international parties to complain about the decision to cut off power supply to Palestinian communities in the West Bank. Continue Reading »
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office briefly had a YouTube video from a closed meeting in which senior Arab officials defended Israel’s right to defend itself available to a small group of journalists traveling with him, before quickly removing it.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office on Thursday released a video of a closed meeting in which senior Gulf Arab officials play down the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, defend Israel’s right to defend itself, and describe Iran as the greatest threat to regional peace.
The video, bearing the insignia of Netanyahu’s office, gave a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes contacts the Israeli leader frequently boasts of, but which are rarely seen in public. Continue Reading »
U.S. State Department backs Nikki Haley’s remarks, showing concern of Palestinian efforts to exploit UN leadership positions for a de facto appearance, or even recognition as an independent state, when if fact they are not.
By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley on Tuesday took some lawmakers by surprise when she seemed to assert that the Trump administration’s policy was to prevent any Palestinians from serving in U.N. positions unless and until the U.S. recognizes an independent Palestinian state.
Haley made the comments during two days of testimony before a pair of committees in the House of Representatives. Continue Reading »