Palestinian leader Saeb Erekat dies after contracting COVID-19

RAMALLAH: Saeb Erekat, a prominent Palestinian spokesman for decades, died on Tuesday after contracting COVID-19. He was 65. Erekat was also secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and a member of its most powerful faction Fatah. He was a

UAE, Bahrain establish full ties with Israel

WASHINGTON: Israel has normalised relations with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at a White House ceremony after was peace deal was brokered by United States President Donald Trump. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain

Palestinians condemn Israel-Bahrain deal

RAMALLAH: Palestinian officials have condemned the normalisation of bilateral relations between Bahrain and Israel announced by US President Donald Trump. The accord establishing diplomatic ties between Israel and Bahrain comes one month after the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalise

Negating Palestinian cause

The stage is being prepared for the historic signing of an agreement to establish bilateral relations between UAE and Israel. Donald Trump wants to hold the ceremony in Washington before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to show it as

Palestinians protest in West Bank against Israel-UAE deal

RAMALLAH: Hundreds of Palestinians on Wednesday held a protest in the occupied West Bank against last week’s announcement that Israel was normalising ties with the United Arab Emirates. Members of rival groups Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and the

No Israel deal without Palestinian peace, says Saudi Arabia

BERLIN: Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it would not follow the United Arab Emirates and establish diplomatic ties with Israel until the Jewish state had sealed a peace accord with the Palestinians. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan told reporters

Repercussions of UAE-Israel deal on Palestine dispute

The announcement that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reached a peace deal and will establish bilateral relations with Israel has sent shockwaves across the Muslim world and the raised fear of damage to the Palestinian cause. The world has

Google, Apple remove Palestine from maps, replace with Israel

SAN FRANCISCO: A post going viral on social media has claimed that Google has removed Palestine from all online maps. The users shared screenshots of Google Maps that show an outline of the map with the labels for West Bank

Second plane from UAE lands in Israel

ABU DHABI: United Arab Airlines (UAE) airlines Etihad Airways sent its second flight to Israel in less than a month carrying medical aid to help Palestinians tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Apart from Jordan and Egypt, Arab countries have no official

Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem reopens after two months

JERUSALEM: The Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem — the third holiest site in Islam after Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia — reopened on Sunday after being closed for more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dozens of

Resolution of Kashmir, Palestine issue top agenda of OIC: special envoy

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says people of Pakistan have high hopes attached to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as it has always raised its voice for the resolution of Kashmir issue. Briefing media along with OIC Secretary

OIC’s reluctance on Kashmir

It was a diplomatic victory for Pakistan when OIC agreed to hold a special meeting on the Kashmir issue. Now reports have emerged that Saudi Arabia along with other Gulf countries is showing reluctance to hold the meeting and slowly

The latest on the fate of Palestine

Trump’s plan: The United States has unveiled the long-awaited Middle East peace plan, billed as the ‘Deal of the Century’, as a blueprint to resolve the decades-old Israel-Palestine conflict The initiative, which is still in draft, has been seen by

Pakistan backs Palestinian state with Jerusalem as capital

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Wednesday released a statement on the announcement of the peace plan for the Middle East by the United States known as the ‘Deal of the Century’. The Foreign Office said that Pakistan has consistently supported

Deal of the Century

US President Donald Trump is set to unveil the long-awaited Israel-Palestine peace plan amid intense criticism that Israel’s position has been embraced at the expense of the Palestinian cause. The so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ has been changed several times

Solidarity with Palestinian people being observed today

NEW YORK: The UN is observing its International Day of Solidarity today with the Palestinian People while Israel and the West Bank are still plagued by unrest. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly called for the annual observance of

Russia accuses US for annexation of Palestine

MOSCOW: Russia has said that the recent move by the U.S. recognizing Israeli settlements in the West Bank was “a direct step approving the annexation of the Palestinian territories.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov underlined that the U.S. has been

‘Israel-model’ in Kashmir

After India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in early August, there were concerns raised that the restive region will emerge as the next West Bank. These fears are now proving true as India is seeking an ‘Israel-model’

US no longer considers Palestinians settlements as illegal

WASHINGTON: The United States no longer believes that Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories are illegal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday. The statement puts the United States at odds with virtually all countries and UN Security Council

Pakistan strongly condemns Israeli attacks on Palestinians

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expressed its strong disapproval of recent Israeli attacks killing dozens of innocent Palestinians. Israel’s army launched fresh raids on targets connected to Islamic Jihad in Gaza after it allegedly fired a number of rockets into Israel. The ceasefire

Israel kills Palestinian commander in Gaza

JERUSALEM: Israel’s military killed a commander of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, triggering exchanges of fire and fears of a severe escalation in violence. The targeted strike led

Pro-Palestine stance strips off Shamsie from her literary award

Dortmund:  The German city has revised its decision to honor British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie of a literature award. The decision came into light after the council found out that the writer is supporting pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The