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 May 20, 2019

Palestinian officials said they will not attend the first event in the U.S. launch of a new peace plan, scheduled to bring foreign ministers and businesspeople together in Bahrain on June 25-26. ""We are not looking to improve our conditions of life under Israeli occupation but for a political solution that will end the occupation and will lead to a Palestinian state," said Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh.

 May 14, 2019

Israeli settlement activity has picked up dramatically in 2018, reports Peace Now in a new report. Tenders were published for 3,808 housing units, a record number of almost two decades.

 May 13, 2019

UNRWA announces that unless it receives additional funding, 1 million Palestine refugees in Gaza will be without food aid by June. This includes 620,000 people who survive on %1.6 per day and are considered abject poor.

 May 3, 2019

Gaza's Great March of Return protests led into the deadliest confrontation in Gaza since 2014, when two Israeli soldiers were wounded by a sniper and Israeli warplanes shelled a Hamas post, killing two members. Twenty-five Palestinians were killed, four women and two children, and about 154 were injured. Four Israeli civilians were killed and dozens wounded. A ceasefire was reached after about 48 hours.

 April 10, 2019

Israeli elections result in Likud, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming 36 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. The Blue and White party led by Benny Gantz won 35 seats and was unable to compete with the Likud's Jewish ultra-Orthodox and nationalist coalition. Palestinians voted in low numbers, in part due to cameras that were deployed in polling stations.

 March 26, 2019

Syria responded to the Trump administration's recognition of control over the Golan Heights by asking the United Nations Security Council for an urgent meeting on the issue. Five of the Security Council's European members (Britain, France, Belgium, Germany and Poland) stated in a letter that the European position had not changed and that the Golan remained Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, in line with international law enshrined in UN resolutions.

 March 25, 2019

US President Donald Trump issues a declaration recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reversing Washington's position on the territory that Israel occupied in 1967 and annexed in 1981.

 March 14, 2019

Demonstrators in the Gaza Strip, dubbed the "March 14th movement," took to the streets to protest economic conditions. Over days, the authorities cracked down on the protests, arresting and detaining demonstrators, journalists, and human rights workers -- including beating and detaining two workers for the Independent Commission for Human Rights.

 March 10, 2019

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas designates Fatah Central Committee member Mohammad Shtayyeh as prime minister, replacing independent Rami Hamdallah who had led the authority with a technocrat government.

 February 27, 2019

The Palestinian Authority rejects an Israeli transfer of tax revenues that Israel collects on its behalf, after Israel deducted $138 million from the funds, the amount it claims that Palestinians will transfer to the families of prisoners and those killed by Israel as part of its social support mechanism. The move comprises half of the Palestinian budget and puts the government in jeopardy.

 January 3, 2019

Five Palestinian factions, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian National Initiative, the Palestinian People's Party, and the Palestinian Democratic Union (FEDA) joined together in a new Palestinian Democratic Caucus in order to form a leftist alternative to Fateh and Hamas.
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