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Palestinian from Dubai attains Spanish citizenship after discovering Jewish roots

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.

Heba Nabil Iskandarani’s newly acquired Spanish Passport and her Lebanese refugee Passport.-

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Palestinian official names the 5 Muslim countries seeking ties with Israel

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 »

Draped as ‘coronavirus aid’, UN funds Palestinian terror-linked groups

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 »

Mahmoud Abbas: Palestinian gov’t voids all agreements with Israel, US

The Palestinian autocrat stressed that his PA is ‘absolved’ from all signed agreements & understandings with the US and Israel, including the security-related agreements between the Palestinian internal security and the IDF.

By CODY LEVINE, TZVI JOFFRE

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared Tuesday that the PA is “absolved” of all security agreements and understandings between Israel and the PLO, in addition to agreements with the US, according to the Palestinian WAFA news agency. Abbas also placed responsibility for the West Bank on Israel as an “occupying power.”

Abbas stressed that security-related agreements are included in his statement.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas addresses the Arab League to refute Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’.

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MPs ask Parliament, ‘Why continue financing Palestinian incitement?’

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 »

Palestinian Militants Threaten People Not to Back Trump Plan on Pain of Death

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 »

Norway’s Ruling coalition instructs gov’t to freeze aid to Palestinians

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 »

Holland ends direct aid to Palestinians over ‘Pay to Slay’ Israelis policy

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 »

A miscellany of Palestinian leaderships’ graft, skimming and misappropriations

Int’l donors don’t even bothering to track how their €billion$, earmarked for Palestinian humanitarian aid, is actually being misappropriated to fund enterprises run by Abbas’ 2 sons, skimmed to richen the inner PLO circle, embezzled by the most senior leaders and misused to perpetuate intolerance and fund terror.

By David Bedein  – The Palestinian Authority and its money

 

When it comes to humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority, transparency does not exist.

The result is a rich Palestinian elite which builds exclusive neighborhoods around Ramallah, leaving thousands of shoddily constructed apartments without services for the rest of Palestinian society.

Yasser Arafat set the tone for the PA when he arrived in Gaza in 1994. Continue Reading »

PA accuses Israel of “collective punishment” after reducing electric supply

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 »

Leaked video caught Gulf Arab leaders deprioritizing Palestinian issue

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 »

PA demands Palestinian homeowners seek official approval to deal with Israeli Arabs

Saying Israeli Arabs are involved in nefarious endeavors and must be vetted by Abbas’ Preventive Security Forces before Palestinians are allowed to rent their home, the PA seeks to eliminate possibility that Israeli Arabs may be used as go-between to facilitate property sales to Jews.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

Palestinian landlords wishing to lease properties to Palestinians who hold Israeli ID cards are now required to receive permission from the Palestinian Authority.

The measure, announced last week by the PA, has drawn sharp criticism from Arab residents of east Jerusalem, who hold Israeli ID cards.

Israeli barrier separating Palestinian village of Abu Dis from Jerusalem.

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U.S. envoy to the U.N. Nikki Haley vows to keep Palestinians from key U.N. positions

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 »

Customs authorities nab Palestinian smuggling ancient Roman coins out of Jordan

 

Returning Palestinian from the Arab village of Tulkarem was caught attempting to cross the Allenby Border Crossing from Jordan with a ‘heavy coat’ containing 53 historical coins from the Roman period.

By Ido Ben Porat

 

Customs authorities at the Allenby Crossing between Jordan and Israel foiled on Sunday an attempt to smuggle coins from the Roman and Mameluke periods into Israel.

The smuggler, a resident of the Palestinian Authority city of Tulkarm, was crossing back into Israel from Jordan when he was tagged for a more thorough search by the Israeli Customs Authority.

After the customs officer asked the suspect to empty his pockets, he noticed the suspect’s coat contained something heavy. Continue Reading »

95.5% of Palestinians polled view Mahmoud Abbas’ government as corrupt

Palestinians are becoming increasingly fed up with the PA leadership as billions & billions have been given to Abbas throughout the years, with the leaders, their families & close associates becoming millionaires, as unemployment grows & their economy stagnates.

By The Associated Press

 

A gated community of villas with well-tended flower gardens near Ramallah may help explain why Palestinians almost universally believe there is corruption in the government of President Mahmoud Abbas.

The secluded “Diplomatic Compound,” built for senior Palestinian Authority officials on subsidized land, is one of the symbols of what many Palestinians think is wrong with their leaders – that they are cut off from the people and award themselves special privileges. Continue Reading »