• EU, Norway to convene emergency meeting of donor groups providing Palestinians financial aid - Europe -

    The conference, to be held on January 31, is being held against the backdrop of a U.S. threat to cut funding to the Palestinians and a stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

    Noa Landau Jan 10, 2018
    read more: https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.834111

    The European Union and Norway will be convening an emergency meeting of donor groups that provide funding for the Palestinians.
    >>Why a big wave of European countries recognizing Palestine is fast approaching | David Makovsky, Opinion
    The gathering is being held against the backdrop of the crisis in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the American threat to cut financial assistance to the Palestinians and the stalled reconciliation process between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. The gathering will also examine the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
    Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai will be representing Israel at the conference, which will take place on January 31 at the initiative of Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
    U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cut funding to the Palestinians if they don’t return to the negotiating table. Among the possibilities is cutting U.S. funding to UNRWA, which is more than $300 million a year – about a third of the agency’s budget.
    A senior Israeli official has told Haaretz that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu only supports a gradual cut. This comes in the context of Israeli security officials’ position that a collapse of humanitarian aid in Gaza could worsen the security situation.

    Noa Landau
    Haaretz Correspondent

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  • Corbyn snubs Balfour centennial celebration, slammed by U.K. Jewish group - Europe - Haaretz.com

    https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.818483

    Jeremy Corbyn, head of the British Labour party, announced that he would decline an invitation celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the Jewish Chronicle reported on Sunday.
    Hamas tweeted the article, and commented that the UK should formally apologize and compensate Palestinians for the Balfour Declaration.
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    The Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council in Britain, Jonathan Goldstein, called Corbyn’s decision not to attend the event “deeply unfortunate.”
    Corbyn and his Labour party have faced allegations of anti-Semitism since his election to the party’s helm in 2015. Corbyn is a divisive figure among Jewish voters who believe there has been a rise in cases of anti-Semitic statements by party members since then.
    Last month, Corbyn declined to attend a Labour Friends of Israel reception.

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