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Palestinians gather on the Temple Mount, some holding Hamas flags, on May 7, 2021. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.

Is Palestinian incitement driving the tensions in Jerusalem?

Thousands of Arab protesters have been violently rioting on the Temple Mount (known by Muslims as Haram al-Sharif) throughout the “Jerusalem Day” holiday and over the course of the last several days, accusing Israel...
Supporters of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al-Ahrar movement protest against Palestinian Authority leader Mahmud Abbas in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on May 2, 2017. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

After Abbas cancels elections, relations between Fatah and Hamas set to deteriorate

The decision last week by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to “delay” elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council—and, by all intents and purposes, to cancel them altogether—marked the start of a new phase of deteriorating relations...
Israeli soldiers and police inspect the scene of a terrorist attack at Tapuah Junction, south of Nablus, on May 2, 2021. Photo by Sraya Diamant/Flash90.

Fatah defends terror attack, calls on locals to erase security camera evidence

A branch of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction on Sunday called on Palestinians to delete security camera footage to thwart attempts by Israeli forces to apprehend those responsible for the drive-by shooting in Samaria...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sept. 3, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Abbas signals postponement of Palestinian elections, provoking Hamas

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas signaled on Thursday that Palestinian elections, which were scheduled for May 22, would be indefinitely delayed, a move that has angered the Hamas terror group that was preparing to...
Palestinians in the city of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, protest over growing tension in Jerusalem, April 25, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

After days of rockets on southern Israel, Hamas gets an ultimatum

As part of its power struggle with Fatah, Hamas has been enabling smaller Gazan terror factions to fire rockets at Israeli border communities since Friday. Since April 23, the smaller armed groups have fired 41...
Nabil Shaath, commissioner for external relations of the Fatah movement, in his office in Ramallah on Jan. 18, 2012. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Report: Abbas adviser says PA elections delayed if voting not allowed in Jerusalem

A senior adviser to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has said that Palestinian elections will be delayed if Israel does not allow voting in eastern Jerusalem, Lebanese media reported on Tuesday. “If Israel continues to...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas seen during a tour in the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 15, 2020. Photo by Flash90

Palestinian elections could jeopardize Fatah’s rule in the West Bank

Should Palestinian elections go ahead in the territories, Fatah’s rule in the West Bank could be significantly jeopardized, an Israeli expert on the Palestinian arena has warned. Michael Milshtein, head of the Palestinian Studies Forum...
Palestinian children look at the image of PLO chief Yasser Arafat and terrorist Marwan Barghouti during a demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip calling for the release of prisoners held in Israeli jails on Oct. 6, 2011. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Marwan Barghouti to run against Mahmoud Abbas’s faction on separate ticket

Convicted Palestinian arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for his involvement in deadly terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians during the Second Intifada, will run his own list of candidates against members...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas casts his vote at P.A. headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Dec. 3, 2016. Photo by Flash90.

New decrees by Abbas restrict Palestinian civil society

Two presidential decrees recently issued by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas aroused intense criticism in the P.A. The first, issued on March 2, imposes severe restrictions on the activity and finances of Palestinian civil...
Palestinian supporters of the Fatah movement march in support of the joint conference between Hamas and Fatah in Ramallah against plans by Israel to apply sovereignty to part of the West Bank on July 2, 2020. Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Shutterstock.

Could Palestinian elections spell bad news for US and Israel?

Israel is not the only one headed to elections this spring. Palestinians made headlines across the news media recently for an unexpected reason: the announcement of new elections for the first time in 15...