Abbas: 2017 might be last chance for two-state solution

BETHLEHEM, January 18, 2017 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday reiterated his commitment to peace saying this year might be the last chance to achieve the two-state solution. In a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda in … Continued


Israel detains former hunger-striking prisoner

HEBRON, January 16, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli forces detained on Sunday Palestinian journalist and former hunger striking prisoner Mohammad al-Qeeq, according to local and security sources. Security sources told WAFA that Qeeq, 33, a Palestinian journalist from Dora, Hebron, was … Continued


Israel orders halt on construction of 11 homes in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, January 8, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities on Sunday ordered a halt on the construction of about 11 Palestinian-owned homes in Wadi Abul-Hummus area, east of Bethlehem, according to local sources. Hassan Burajiya, of the Anti-Settlement Committee in Bethlehem, … Continued


Tel Aviv court convicts killer soldier

TEL AVIV, January 4, 2017 (WAFA) – A military court in Tel Aviv Wednesday convicted an Israeli soldier, who shot and killed in cold blood a wounded Palestinian in Hebron, of manslaughter. The court said Elor Azaria, who shot dead … Continued


Woman and daughter among 31 Israel detains in West Bank

RAMALLAH, January 4, 2017 (WAFA) – A 39-year-old woman from Hebron identified as Bayan Aqel, and her daughter, Fatima, were among 31 Palestinians the Israeli forces detained during overnight wide-scale raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the … Continued


Abu Rudeineh: Netanyahu’s statements unhelpful for peace

RAMALLAH, January 4, 2016 (WAFA) –Statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describing the upcoming Paris international peace conference as “futile” are unhelpful for peace, presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said late Tuesday. “Such remarks do not contribute to promoting … Continued


Israeli Navy opens fire at fishing boats in Gaza

GAZA, January 3, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli navy opened fire on Tuesday at Palestinian fishing boats sailing in the northern shores of the Gaza Strip, according to fishermen. They said the navy opened fire at their boats, which caused them … Continued


Newspapers Review: Israeli demolitions focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, November 16, 2016 (WAFA) – The spate of demolitions of Palestinian structures by Israeli bulldozers in Jerusalem and the West Bank hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies on Wednesday. Al-Quds said Israeli forces demolished a mosque under … Continued