Hamas accepts election monitors in Gaza Strip

JERUSALEM // A substantial obstacle to repairing relations between Hamas andFatah appears to have been cleared with the arrival of Palestinian election officials to the Gaza Strip. The Islamist group on Monday lifted a long-standing ban on the Central Elections Commission (Cec) operating in Gaza, granting its officials permission to begin preparing the territory’s 1.7 million residents for general elections. The decision allows the rival Palestinian factions to breathe life into the ailing reconciliation pact they signed more than a year ago in Cairo. “Hamas has agreed to let the Cec start working throughout Gaza,” Hanna Nasser, Cec’s chairman, said on Monday during … Continue reading Hamas accepts election monitors in Gaza Strip

US State Dept may have created 5 million Palestinian refugees

The US government considers the descendants of Palestinian refugees to be refugees, a State Department official told The Cable, and another top State Department official wrote in a letter to Congress that there are now 5 million Palestinian refugees. The two new policy statements come in the midst of a fight over whether the US will start separating, at least on paper, Palestinians who fled what is now Israel in 1948 and 1967 from their descendants. The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved unanimously an amendment to the fiscal 2013 State Department and foreign operations appropriations bill that requires the State … Continue reading US State Dept may have created 5 million Palestinian refugees

Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process

COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION 3166th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting Brussels, 14 May 2012 The Council adopted the following conclusions: 1. “The EU reaffirms its commitment to a two-state solution and its conviction that the ongoing changes across the Arab world make the need for progress on the Middle East peace process all the more urgent. Heeding the aspirations of the people in the region, including those of Palestinians for statehood and those of Israelis for security is a crucial element for lasting peace, stability and prosperity in the region. 2. Ending the conflict is a fundamental interest of the EU … Continue reading Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process

Ambassadeur Syrië niet meer welkom

AMSTERDAM – Nederland verklaart de Syrische ambassadeur tot ongewenst persoon. Dat laat het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken weten. “Met een land met zo’n president aan het hoofd valt niet langer samen te werken. Daarom heb ik besloten de ambassadeur tot ongewenst persoon te verklaren. In deze situatie valt niet verder met het land samen te werken”, zegt minister Uri Rosenthal. Ambassadeur Mohammad Ayman Jamil Soussan resideert in Brussel. Hij vertegenwoordigt zijn land in België en Nederland. “Nederland verklaart de Syrische ambassadeur persona non grata, ongewenst persoon”, aldus het ministerie. De maatregel betekent dat minister Rosenthal en het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken … Continue reading Ambassadeur Syrië niet meer welkom

Medics: Palestinian hurt by Israeli fire in Gaza

Medics blamed Israel for the incident. GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was moderately injured Tuesday evening by Israeli fire east of Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip, medical officials said. The man, 29, who was not otherwise identified, suffered an injury to his right leg, said Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya. An Israeli military spokesman said the army had no record of such an incident. Earlier, witnesses said Israeli forces entered the southern Gaza Strip and razed land. Bulldozers entered 200 meters into the enclave in the al-Qarara area and turned over land, locals told Ma’an. The … Continue reading Medics: Palestinian hurt by Israeli fire in Gaza

Signs of Tunisia recovery; Europe weighs: IMF

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tunisia’s economy is showing signs of revival after popular protests last year pushed it into recession but the crisis in the euro zone, its most important export market, presents risks, a senior IMF official said on Friday. The International Monetary Fund has just completed its first review of Tunisia’s economy since the “Arab Spring” popular revolution in January 2011 toppled veteran leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali after almost 23 years in power. In an interview, the IMF’s mission chief to Tunisia, Joel Toujas-Bernate, said the European debt crisis “is a big cloud” for Tunisia. “We are seeing signs … Continue reading Signs of Tunisia recovery; Europe weighs: IMF

Amnesty uit forse kritiek op Nederland

Nederland schendt mensenrechten van onder meer vreemdelingen … Amnesty maakt zich ook zorgen om plannen voor boerkaverbod Om de vier jaar worden alle landen van de Verenigde Naties door Amnesty International beoordeeld op de mensenrechtensituatie in het land. 31 mei bespreekt de VN-Mensenrechtenraad de situatie in Nederland. In het rapport dat daarop vooruit loopt uit Amnesty forse kritieken op Nederland. Zo maakt Amnesty zich onder meer zorgen om het hoge aantal mensen in de vreemdelingendetentie en het aangekondigde wettelijke boerkaverbod. Eduard Nazarski, directeur van Amnesty International meent dat Nederland terecht kritisch is op veel landen, ‘van Iran tot China en … Continue reading Amnesty uit forse kritiek op Nederland