Tuesday, February 19, 2008


PA Official: PLO Reopens Orient House in Jerusalem
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has reemployed thirty to forty people at Orient House in eastern Jerusalem, Hatim Abdul-Qadir, a Fatah leader and presidential aide for Jerusalem affairs, said Monday. He said that he and other Palestinian officials have been holding meetings with foreign dignitaries at the building, which used to be a central Palestinian institution in Jerusalem before being closed by Israeli authorities. Palestinian security and intelligence officers are also using Orient House, he said. (
Maan News-PA)

Palestinians Say Jerusalem Still High on Agenda - Mohammed Assadi
Mahmoud Abbas has not agreed to postpone talks on the future of Jerusalem, senior Abbas advisor Nimer Hammad said Monday. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that Abbas had consented to hold off discussing Jerusalem until the end of the negotiating process. "The issue of Jerusalem is a fundamental issue and cannot be postponed," Hammad said. Abbas "did not agree to postpone it."  (

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