Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Palestinian nationalism

In this Wednesday, June 15, 2011, file photo, Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian Football Federation and Olympic Committee, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A senior Palestinian official expressed newfound optimism in the Trump administration Monday, saying he was encouraged by early signs that the new U.S. president was strongly committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state. Jibril ...
President Donald Trump listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

BY JILL COLVIN and VIVIAN SALAMA WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Israel’s prime minister to “hold off” on building Jewish settlements in land the Palestinians claim for their future state, yet held back from explicitly endorsing ...
In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 file photo, CIA Director-designate Rep. Michael Pompeo, R-Kan. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

BY KARIN LAUB RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met secretly with the CIA chief in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said Wednesday, as they expressed concern over the Trump administration’s suggestion that a two-state solution to ...
In this Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. (Gali Tibbon, Pool via AP, File)

BY KARIN LAUB RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials said Wednesday that there’s no alternative to Palestinian statehood, expressing concern over the Trump administration suggestions that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be optional. It remains unclear ...
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, stands in front of a newly unveiled plaque on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See at the Vatican, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

BY NICOLE WINFIELD VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. embassy ...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, left, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shake hands before their meeting at the presidential compound in Jerusalem, Monday, June 27, 2016.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Masked Palestinians threw stones and shot fireworks at Israeli police at a contentious Jerusalem holy site for a second day in a row on Monday, as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the resumption of peace efforts. Police ...
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, left, during their meeting at Villa Taverna, U.S. Embassy, in Rome, Italy, Monday, June 27, 2016.

BY BRADLEY KLAPPER and JOSEF FEDERMAN ROME (AP) — Israel and Turkey on Monday announced a reconciliation deal to end a bitter six-year rift between the Mideast powers. In Rome, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal would help ...
In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 photo, Palestinian journalist Ayman al-Aloul, 44, talks during an interview with the Associated Press, after being released from jail, at his family home in Gaza City.

BY FARES AKRAM GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian journalist Ayman al-Aloul frequently writes about the hardships of life in the Gaza Strip, and is one of the few voices willing to publicly criticize the rule of the Islamic ...
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