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Mar 31, 2015

Palestinians to ask FIFA to suspend Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The Palestinian Football Association will ask the FIFA Congress in May to suspend Israel, accusing it of continuing to hamper its soccer activities.

Despite efforts by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ease tensions, the Palestinians remain frustrated at restrictions they say Israel imposes on the movement of their athletes between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Mar 31, 2015

Soccer-Palestinians to ask FIFA to suspend Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 31 (Reuters) – The Palestinian Football Association will ask the FIFA Congress in May to suspend Israel, accusing it of continuing to hamper its soccer activities.

Despite efforts by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ease tensions, the Palestinians remain frustrated at restrictions they say Israel imposes on the movement of their athletes between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Mar 25, 2015

Suspended tax transfers leave Palestinian economy on the brink

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 25 (Reuters) – Israel’s decision
to withhold $130 million a month in revenue collected on behalf
of the Palestinians is strangling the economy and leaving the
banking system dangerously exposed, the Palestinian central bank
governor said on Wednesday.

Israel stopped the transfer of revenues from tax and customs
duties in January in protest at the Palestinians’ move to join
the International Criminal Court from April 1, when war crimes
charges may be filed against Israel.

Mar 18, 2015

Palestinians want world pressure on Israel after Netanyahu win

GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian leaders on Wednesday called for international pressure on Israel and support for their unilateral moves towards statehood after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election win.

Netanyahu’s surprise victory, after pledging in the final days of the campaign that there would be no Palestinian state as long as he was in power, left Palestinians grim about prospects for a negotiated solution to a decades-old conflict.

Mar 11, 2015

For Palestinians, Israel’s election offers bleak horizon

GAZA/RAMALLAH (Reuters) – As Israelis prepare to elect a new government next week, the view from the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza is not one of hope.

The decades-old conflict has barely featured in the campaign, leaving Palestinians with the sense that whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secures a fourth term in office or the center-left opposition pulls off a victory, as the latest polls suggest, little is likely to change.

Mar 5, 2015

Palestinian leaders say they’ll cut security coordination with Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian leaders in the West Bank said on Thursday they would halt the security coordination with Israel which is widely credited with keeping order in the territory and preventing attacks in Israel.

The Palestinian Central Council, whose votes are usually binding on the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, said it made the decision because Israel had breached bilateral agreements, including by withholding tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinians.

Mar 4, 2015

Palestinian president calls Israel a “gangster”

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 4 (Reuters) – Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of “gangsterism” on
Wednesday over its decision to withhold the transfer of more
than $100 million a month in tax revenues it collects on the
Palestinians’ behalf.

Opening a two-day meeting of senior Palestinian officials,
when overall ties with Israel and the possibility of suspending
security coordination with the Israelis will be discussed, Abbas
described the tax move as a provocation.

Mar 4, 2015

Palestinian leadership gathers to review ties with Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian leaders began a two-day meeting on Wednesday at which they could decide to suspend security coordination with Israel, a move that would have a profound impact on stability in the occupied West Bank.

Relations between the two sides have grown dangerously brittle since the collapse of U.S.-brokered peace talks in 2014, with no immediate prospect of any resumption in negotiations.

Dec 30, 2014

Arabs endorse Palestinian U.N. draft urging end of Israel occupation

UNITED NATIONS/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Arab U.N. delegations on Monday endorsed a Palestinian proposal to forge a peace deal with Israel within a year and end Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by late 2017, despite fierce Israeli and U.S. opposition.

The timing for a U.N. vote on a measure that faces almost certain defeat is unclear.

Dec 29, 2014

Arabs meet on Palestinian call for swift U.N. vote to end Israel occupation

UNITED NATIONS/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Arab U.N. delegations on Monday discussed a Palestinian plan to make peace with Israel within a year and end Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by late 2017, despite Israeli and U.S. opposition.

Several Western council diplomats told Reuters they had been surprised by the Palestinians’ sudden push to submit over the next few days a final draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council.