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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - PALESTINE

Palestinians have the right to freedom, self-determination: UAE

Posted on 24/03/2007

Geneva - The UAE said it is necessary to resume efforts toward permanent peace and stability in the Middle East. The UAE further stressed that those efforts should do justice to the peoples of the world should include establishing the right of the Palestinian people to freedom, self-determination in an independent viable state. In a statement delivered before the UN Human Rights Council by its Permanent Representative to United Nations in Geneva Sheikha Najla Al Qasimi, the UAE expressed ...  >>MORE

UAE welcomes Fatah - Hamas agreement

Posted on 11/02/2007

The UAE has welcomed the reconciliation accord reached by Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas in the holy city of Mecca. In a statement to WAM, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said: "We have been following the Mecca talks between Fatah and Hamas with great interest". Sheikh Abdullah added: "This agreement which was brokered under the auspices of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques - King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, sets the stage for cementing Palestinian unity. It ...  >>MORE

Abu Radina lauds UAE support of the Palestinians

Posted on 05/02/2007

Gaza - Palestinian Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Radina has hailed the UAE support of the Palestinian people. "The UAE has always taken the initiative of extending assistance to the Palestinian people," Abu Radina said in a statement carried by the official Palestinian Broadcasting Service yesterday. "The Presidency reaffirms that what has been received from the UAE was medical, food, and economic aid. No arms were received", he said. "Although the Presidency reserves the right to procure ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Bait Hanoon massacre, voices support for Palestinians

Posted on 12/11/2006

New York - UAE affirmed that the Israeli criminal and horrific massacre in Bait Hanoon, which is contrary to all international conventions on human rights, could have been prevented if the Security Council had acted since the first day by calling upon Israel, the occupying power, to end its open and heinous war against the people of Gaza. The UAE called upon the international community, particularly the Security Council and the Quartet Committee, to take urgent measures to condemn these ...  >>MORE

UAE urges world to stop Israel

Posted on 09/11/2006

The President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, denounced the massacre by Israel in Beit Hanoun and killing of innocent civilians as he spoke yesterday on the telephone with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority. Sheikh Khalifa offered his condolences and expressed sympathy with the families of the victims. He reiterated UAE's solidarity with the Palestinian people and stressed the need for a swift action by the international community. (Emirates News ...  >>MORE

Human tragedy in Palestine: UAE tells UN

Posted on 23/10/2006

New York - The Palestinian people continue to live in a humanitarian crisis which can only be described as a human tragedy resulting from the continuing Israeli occupation of the Palestinian land, hostile policies and war crimes committed by the Israeli occupying power against Palestinian people, a UAE official told the UN. 'The Israeli military continues its incursion into Palestinian cities, killing civilians, demolishing houses and the infra structure and destroying farm lands that ...  >>MORE

Khalifa receives Palestinian President

Posted on 06/09/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received at the Al Bateen Palace in Abu Dhabi yesterday, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), who is currently on a visit to the UAE as part of his tour of the region. Sheikh Khalifa, who warmly welcomed the Palestinian leader, expressed the hope that the efforts being exerted at all levels would lead to a just and permanent ...  >>MORE

UAE renews support to Palestinians

Posted on 06/09/2006

The UAE will continue its relentless support to the Palestinian people until they regain their inalienable rights, culminating in the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, according to a top UAE official. In remarks during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, UAE Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, renewed support to the Palestinian cause and also paid tribute to the Palestinian people for their resilience in the face of the ...  >>MORE

RCS begins phase II of urgent aid to Palestinians

Posted on 05/08/2006

Jerusalem - The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) has begun phase II of the distribution of urgent relief supplies to thousands of Palestinian families, particularly those whose bread-winners have not received salaries during the last five months. According to Hikmat Zeid, a Palestinian Presidential Adviser, the relief items which include food parcels, will target families of Palestinian government employees in the Western Bank, drawing less than US$400 and who have not been paid for five months. ...  >>MORE

GCC Foreign Ministers decry Israeli carnage

Posted on 11/06/2006

Riyadh - GCC Foreign Ministers have condemned Israel's brutal bombarding of Bait Lahia, in Northern Gaza, which "resulted in the killing of innocent Palestinian people". The Ministers decried the international community's silence on this act, which they described as "criminal" and "a terrorist act that defies all legislations and human principles and would not boost restoration of security and peace in the region.” According to a press statement issued yesterday at the end of the GCC ...  >>MORE

UAE team in Gaza to discuss execution of Khalifa City project

Posted on 30/05/2006

Gaza - A three-member team from the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture led by Isa Mubarak Al Junaibi, manager of Sheikh Khalifa Housing City project in Gaza Strip is visiting Gaza to discuss arrangements with the National Palestinian Authority for execution of the project. Al Junaibi told the Emirates News Agency (WAM) that the City would accommodate 3,000 apartments. He indicated that Marwan Abdul Hamid, Advisor to the Palestinian President for Development signed during his visit ...  >>MORE

Palestinians in Gaza hail Sheikh Khalifa city project

Posted on 10/10/2005

Gaza - Palestinians from all walks of life in Gaza Strip paid glowing tribute on Sunday to UAE President H. H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his pledge to build Sheikh Khalifa City. The foundation stone for the project aimed at building residential apartments and urban facilities in Sheikh Khalifa City in Gaza Strip was laid on Saturday by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. "We are jubilant about the ...  >>MORE

Foundation stone laid for Sheikh Khalifa City in Gaza

Posted on 09/10/2005

Gaza - Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture has conveyed greetings of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the people of the UAE to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and to the Palestinian people. Sheikh Abdullah, who was speaking during a celebration held here yesterday to lay the foundation stone for the Sheikh Khalifa City in Gaza, congratulated the Palestinian leadership and people on the end of occupation of their lands. He ...  >>MORE

Lebanese MP lauds Khalifa's City initiative in Gaza Strip

Posted on 27/07/2005

Beirut - Former Lebanese parliamentarian, Adnan Aracgi, yesterday expressed his appreciation for the initiative taken by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to establish a complete city bearing his name on the grounds of the Israeli settlements in Gaza Strip, after withdrawal of Israeli forces. He stated that Sheikh Khalifa was following the example of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan ,who was celebrated for his philanthropy, and who was ahead of everyone else in ...  >>MORE

Palestinian minister lauds Khalifa's initiative

Posted on 26/07/2005

Palestinian Interior Minister Major General Nasr Yusouf hailed yesterday UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's initiative to build a US$100 million city in Gaza. Sheikh Khalifa on Sunday ordered the construction of a city to home Palestinians who have had their houses demolished by Israel. Khalifa Bin Zayed city will be built after the withdrawal of the occupation forces from Gaza. The Minister told WAM that : " Sheikh Khalifa is following in the steps of the late Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Khalifa orders a city to be constructed in Gaza Strip

Posted on 25/07/2005

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has yesterday instructed that a whole city bearing the name of "Khalifa bin Zayed" to be constructed on the grounds of the Israeli settlements in Gaza Strip after the rubble is removed following the withdrawal of the Israeli occupation forces from there. The city is a gift from Sheikh Khalifa to the Palestinian people to reduce their suffering and provide appropriate accommodation for the beneficiaries. To that effect Sheikh Khalifa ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Gaza inaugurated

Posted on 16/05/2005

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque which was completed recently by the Palestinian Ministry of Housing was inaugurated in Gaza yesterday. The mosque was formally handed over to the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. Following the completion of the construction works, the keys of the mosque were handed over here today to Sheikh Yousef Juma, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs by Dr. Mohammed Shetei, Minister of Housing. The Minister also delivered the keys of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed school ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed inaugurates Zayed City in Gaza

Posted on 08/05/2005

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Information and Culture yesterday cut the ribbon of the Zayed City, a new neighbourhood north of Gaza comprising 736 apartments, which will shelter over 25,000 Palestinians. The residential complex was built at the cost of Dh227 million. The recipients include families whose houses had been destroyed by the Israeli army as well as those bereft of their children by Israel during the last four years. Before cutting the ribbon, Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Abdullah opens doors of Zayed City to Palestinians

Posted on 08/05/2005

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Information and Culture, yesterday inaugurated Zayed City, a new neighbourhood north of Gaza comprising 736 apartments. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Abdullah conveys Khalifa's greetings to Abu Mazen

Posted on 08/05/2005

Ramallah - Minister of Information and Culture, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has conveyed the greetings of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), when the latter received him here Saturday afternoon. During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah reiterated to the Palestinian leader the UAE's support for the Palestinian people. He said Sheikh Khalifa was committed to continuing the support for the Palestinian people in all areas, ...  >>MORE

Palestinian Journalists Association presents trophy to Abdullah bin Zayed

Posted on 08/05/2005

The Palestinian Journalists Association yesterday presented a trophy to Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Information and Culture as a token of appreciation for supporting the Palestinian and Arab media. The trophy was presented during a ceremony held to inaugurate Sheikh Zayed City, a new residential complex north of Gaza. "The Palestinian Journalists are appreciative of the efforts of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed in supporting the Palestinian media in particular and Arab ...  >>MORE

UAE and Saudi Arabia back Abu Mazen's peace efforts

Posted on 16/01/2005

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have expressed their satisfaction at the close joint security cooperation between the countries in maintaining peace, stability and fighting terrorism. This was announced in a joint communiqué issued here yesterday at the end of a four-day trip to the UAE by Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and Aviation and Inspector-General. The communiqué expressed the support of the two countries to the elected Chairman of the ...  >>MORE

Illegal steps imposed by Israel on Jerusalem should stop, says UAE

Posted on 02/12/2004

New York (WAM) All administrative and judicial measures imposed by Israel on Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are illegal, said the UAE. The UAE urged the international community to press Israel to stop the illegal measures - including the transfer of diplomatic missions of some countries to occupied Jerusalem, according to a statement by Ambassador Abdul Aziz Nasser Al Shamsi, permanent representative of the UAE to the United Nations, to the 59th session of the General Assembly. Excerpts ...  >>MORE

UAE president sends to the UN letter of solidarity with Palestinian people

Posted on 30/11/2004

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan today sent a letter to the United Nations expressing the UAE's support for the Palestinian people in their just struggle to achieve freedom, independence and for establishment of an independent state of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital. Sheikh Khalifa urged the international community to provide the necessary protection for the Palestinian people and to enhance political and economic support for them to enable them hold the next ...  >>MORE

Zayed gestures remain engraved on Palestinian memory: says minister

Posted on 14/07/2004

A Palestinian cabinet minister paid rich tributes to H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his support for the Palestinian people in the face of the continued Israeli aggression. "We value highly the unlimited support, whether material, immaterial, political or economic, the UAE under the leadership of Sheikh Zayed renders to alleviate the suffering of our people under the Israeli occupation," said Dr. Abdulrahman Hamad, Minister of Public Works and Housing, in an interview with ...  >>MORE

Hamdan lauds ICJ ruling on Israel's separation wall

Posted on 12/07/2004

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has urged the international community to live up to its responsibilities by ensuring that Israel implement the recent International Court of Justice ruling, which ruled against Israel's building of the separation wall in the Palestinian occupied territories and ordered part of the wall to be dismantled. Sheikh Hamdan said that the ICJ decision reflects the view and feelings of the world. It is ...  >>MORE

Palestinian PM lauds Sheikh Zayed's homes reconstruction initiative

Posted on 24/05/2004

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei lauded the initiative of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, for the reconstruction of more than 400 Palestinian homes destroyed by the Israeli forces in Rafah and Gaza. Talking to the Press, Qorei said "the Palestinian people has received this noble gesture from H.H. Sheikh Zayed with great appreciation and gratitude." He ...  >>MORE

RCS prepares to launch campaign for reconstruction of Palestinian homes

Posted on 24/05/2004

The UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, yesterday launched a media campaign to raise public awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people and to mobilise support for the humanitarian assistance of the Palestinians. Khalifa Nasir Al Suwaidi, RCS Board Chairman, said that the campaign was in implementation of the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, for ...  >>MORE

Zayed instructs RCS to reconstruct 400 houses in Rafah

Posted on 23/05/2004

H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces have instructed the UAE Red Crescent Society to reconstruct over 400 houses destroyed over the past days by Israeli occupation forces in Rafah, and Zeitoun in Gaza. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs appealed to philanthropists inside and outside the UAE to ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns criminal acts against Palestinians

Posted on 21/05/2004

The United Arab Emirates has strongly denounced "the criminal acts" against the Palestinian people, such as brutal killings and demolition of houses, which forced thousands of them to live in the open in Rafah and other areas, according to an official source at the Foreign Ministry. The source said: "The UAE regards such a crime by Israeli occupation forces as disdain, flagrant violation of international laws and norms and escalation of violence in the region as Israel, under the leadership ...  >>MORE

RCS begins renovation of houses in Palestine

Posted on 08/04/2004

The Red Crescent Society (RCS) has begun the second phase of the construction and renovation project for destroyed or affected houses in Palestine. Yousef Al Hadad, Director of the UAE Friends Society in Gaza said that many families whose houses suffered damages in the past have received their houses back after maintenance works were completed by the RCS. He added that the works covered 259 houses in Gaza and the Western Bank. The houses were renovated at the cost of US$550,000 of which US$250 ...  >>MORE

UAE RCS participates in PHAO conference

Posted on 03/04/2004

The UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, participated in the conference of the Palestinian Heart Aid Organisation, which was recently held in Italy, with a delegation headed by Saleh Moussa Al Ta'ei, Director of RCS Relief and Emergency Department. The conference, organised by the International Palestinian Children Relief Organisation, and attended by 50 regional and international organisations, discussed capable means to provide medical healthcare for the Palestinian children, particularly in heart ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Yassin's murder

Posted on 23/03/2004

The United Arab Emirates has strongly denounced the killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, founder of the Palestinian Islamic Hamas Movement. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Information, said the "hideous massacre" committed by Israel at Monday's dawn would accelerate the whirl of violence and result in more bloodshed. He said Israel had committed that crime to blow up the situation ahead of the Arab Summit in Tunisia. "The murder of Sheikh Yassin is a reflection of ...  >>MORE

RCS distributes Dh 43 m worth of charity aid in Palestine

Posted on 18/02/2004

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) extended a total of Dh43 million in humanitarian aid to Palestine last year. A report by the UAE Friends Society, the RCS representative in Jerusalem, said that out of that amount the holy city and the West Bank's towns and villages received around Dh 20 million, while Gaza Strip's share was about Dh 23 million. The report noted that development projects had got the lion's share of assistance last year with 42 per cent of the total amount or Dh 8.5 ...  >>MORE

Kid centre opened in Palestine

Posted on 06/12/2003

The UAE has taken yet another step in its continuous humanitarian efforts to ease the suffering of Palestinian children by launching a prototype Children's Centre in Hebron (Al Khaleel) in the Occupied Territories. With the official launch of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for the Palestinian Child yesterday in the city of Hebron, the dream of the city's children was translated into reality. The centre will help alleviate the hardships faced by the Palestinian children due to the ...  >>MORE

UAE renews support to Palestinians

Posted on 03/12/2003

The UAE has renewed its unstinted support to the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination and establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. In a letter to the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan re-affirmed the UAE support for the Palestinian rights and also urged the international community, particularly the donor community and the economic ...  >>MORE

UAE affirms Palestinians right for restitution

Posted on 15/11/2003

The UAE yesterday affirmed the right of the Palestinian people to claim restitution as a result of destruction of their properties and illegal exploitation of their resources by the Israeli occupying forces. Addressing the UN General Assembly's Second Committee on the item of Permanent Sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, Mohammed Al Muhairbi, ...  >>MORE

UAE RCS expands its Ramadan activities in Gaza

Posted on 10/11/2003

The UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, continues for the 15th consecutive days its Ramadan charity activities in all the towns and villages of Gaza. According to Khalifa Nasir Al Suwaidi, RCS Board Chairman, the RCS continues its distribution of the Iftar meal, ordered by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan during the holy month of Ramadan. He said the project was going on smoothly without any hitch, adding that beneficiaries of the kind gesture, including widows, handicapped persons ...  >>MORE

UAE urges Israel to end its repressive acts against Arab population

Posted on 08/11/2003

New York - The UAE has appealed to the international community to use every possible means to pressure Israeli government to stop its continuous aggression against the Palestinian people and end its excessive policies of closure and siege. Member of the UAE mission at the UN Ali Al Nuaimi told the UN fourth committee investigating Israeli practices against the Palestinian and Arab human rights in the occupied territories that the international community is demanded to compel Israel observe the ...  >>MORE

UAE assures support for UNRWA

Posted on 05/11/2003

The United Arab Emirates has promised to continue its financial and moral support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In a statement to the UN General Assembly's Fourth Political Committee on Monday night, member of the UAE delegation to the international organisation Salem Al Dhanhani said his country had closely been pursuing developments of the Palestinian cause and peace efforts, including the Roadmap. "The UAE strongly ...  >>MORE

RCS brings back people of Al Darrag Quarter to their houses

Posted on 10/08/2003

Gaza - The people of Al Darrag Quarter in Gaza Strip have returned back to their homes after one year of their homelessness. The UAE Red Crescent Society under the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and UAE RCS Chairman, has completed the project of rebuilding and repairing these houses. Immediately after the completion of the project, a grand ceremony was held here on the return of the people to their rightful homes, where the people of the ...  >>MORE

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Palestinians have the right to freedom, self-determination: UAE


UAE welcomes Fatah - Hamas agreement


Abu Radina lauds UAE support of the Palestinians


UAE condemns Bait Hanoon massacre, voices support for Palestinians


UAE urges world to stop Israel


Human tragedy in Palestine: UAE tells UN


Khalifa receives Palestinian President


UAE renews support to Palestinians


RCS begins phase II of urgent aid to Palestinians


GCC Foreign Ministers decry Israeli carnage


UAE team in Gaza to discuss execution of Khalifa City project


Palestinians in Gaza hail Sheikh Khalifa city project


Foundation stone laid for Sheikh Khalifa City in Gaza


Lebanese MP lauds Khalifa's City initiative in Gaza Strip


Palestinian minister lauds Khalifa's initiative


Khalifa orders a city to be constructed in Gaza Strip


Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Gaza inaugurated


Abdullah bin Zayed inaugurates Zayed City in Gaza


Abdullah opens doors of Zayed City to Palestinians


Abdullah conveys Khalifa's greetings to Abu Mazen


Palestinian Journalists Association presents trophy to Abdullah bin Zayed


UAE and Saudi Arabia back Abu Mazen's peace efforts


Illegal steps imposed by Israel on Jerusalem should stop, says UAE


UAE president sends to the UN letter of solidarity with Palestinian people


Zayed gestures remain engraved on Palestinian memory: says minister


Hamdan lauds ICJ ruling on Israel's separation wall


Palestinian PM lauds Sheikh Zayed's homes reconstruction initiative


RCS prepares to launch campaign for reconstruction of Palestinian homes


Zayed instructs RCS to reconstruct 400 houses in Rafah


UAE condemns criminal acts against Palestinians


RCS begins renovation of houses in Palestine


UAE RCS participates in PHAO conference


UAE condemns Yassin's murder


RCS distributes Dh 43 m worth of charity aid in Palestine


Kid centre opened in Palestine


UAE renews support to Palestinians


UAE affirms Palestinians right for restitution


UAE RCS expands its Ramadan activities in Gaza


UAE urges Israel to end its repressive acts against Arab population


UAE assures support for UNRWA


RCS brings back people of Al Darrag Quarter to their houses