Israeli opposition leader fears new Palestinian uprising

Israel's opposition leader today warned that a new Palestinian uprising could be looming after a recent spate of violence and called on both sides to reduce tensions and restart peace talks.

Palestinian territories come together in rare soccer match
Palestinian territories come together in rare soccer match

Palestinians long riven by geography and factional feuding enjoyed a rare show of unity on Thursday in a soccer match that brought together teams from their two territories. 

Abbas has accepted, understood India's stand at UNHCR: Aide

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has "accepted and understood" India's recent abstention from voting on Gaza conflict in the UNHCR and hoped that "nothing has changed in Palestine's traditional ties with India", his top aide said on Thursday.

Rival to Palestinian president wins ruling upholding immunity

In a potential blow to President Mahmoud Abbas, a Palestinian appeals court ruled on Wednesday in favour of maintaining parliamentary immunity for his rival Mohammed Dahlan, who has been charged with corruption.

'Hamas hindering formation of Palestinian unity government'

The Hamas movement has put "impossible" conditions ahead of the formation of a new Palestinian unity government, a senior Palestinian official said on Saturday.

Sepp Blatter proposes holding Israeli-Palestinian 'peace match'
Sepp Blatter proposes holding Israeli-Palestinian 'peace match'

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, visiting the Middle East to try to persuade the Palestine FA (PFA) to drop a proposal to suspend Israel from the world body, on Tuesday proposed a peace match between their national teams.

Vatican says Pope meant no offence calling Abbas 'angel of peace'

 Pope Francis meant no offence to Israel by referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as being "an angel of peace" and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Pope Francis creates first Palestinian saints

Two 19th-century nuns on Sunday became the first Palestinians to gain sainthood during an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter`s Square attended by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Pope Francis canonises two Palestinian women

Pope Francis named two Palestinian women as saints on Sunday, in a ceremony in Saint Peter`s Square just days after the Vatican formalised its de facto recognition of the State of Palestine.

US appeals court upholds dismissal of suit by Abbas' son

A US appeals court has upheld a decision to throw out a USD 10 million libel suit by the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas rejects Israel's partial transfer of Palestinian tax revenue

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday Israel had released frozen tax revenue to the Authority but that he had ordered the funds to be returned because money had been deducted to cover debts to Israeli utility companies.

Palestinians reject Israel tax transfer after debt deduction

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he rejected Israel's offer of a partial transfer of tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians, following a three-month freeze.

Palestinian economy chief tasked with Gaza rebuilding quits

The Palestinian official tasked with the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a devastating 50-day war with Israel has resigned, following criticism of the pace of work.

Netanyahu's remarks over Palestinian state 'worrying': Abbas

In the first official reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement that he opposes a Palestinian state, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that these remarks "are worrying."

PLO body decides to end security cooperation with Israel

The Palestinian Liberation Organisation's central council decided to end security cooperation with Israel, in a potentially explosive move after the Jewish state cut off a key source of funds.

Boycott of Israeli products begins: Palestinian activist

Most West Bank shops no longer carry the products of six major Israeli food companies, as a boycott triggered by rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions is taking hold, a boycott leader said on Sunday.

Palestinians threaten to end security ties with Israel

The Palestinian president has threatened to stop security coordination with Israel if the country continues to withhold millions of dollars of Palestinian tax revenue, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday.

Palestinian president forms panel on ICC lawsuits against Israel

 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the formation of a committee to follow up lawsuits to be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israel in April, media reported Saturday.

Palestinian political stalemate is stalling Gaza rebuilding: UN Envoy

The inability of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to cooperate in the Gaza Strip has hit vital post-war rebuilding and international donors are wary of sending more funds, a senior United Nations envoy said on Thursday.

Israel lobbies foreign powers to cut ICC funding

Israel is lobbying member-states of the International Criminal Court to cut funding for the tribunal in response to its launch of an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, officials said on Sunday.