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The Palestine Papers

The Palestine Papers are the largest news leak in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and publications of information hiden from public records. A cache of nearly 1,700 files, relased from January 23 by Al-Jazeera. Thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, documents–memos, e-mails, maps, minutes from private meetings, accounts of high level exchanges, strategy papers and even power point presentations–date from 1999 to 2010.
Erekat quits over Palestine Papers
By Al Jazeera English - February 12, 2011
Saeb Erekat, the Palestine Liberation Organisation's chief negotiator, has resigned from his post, after it emerged that the source of the Palestine Papers leak was in his own office. The decision was announced on Saturday, at the same time as a Palestinian Authority (PA) official announced that the body would be holding presidential and legislative elections before September this year.

The US role as Israel's enabler
By Mark Perry and Ali Abunimah - Al Jazeera English - January 27, 2011
The Palestine Papers give the world an unprecedented look inside the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, but they also provide a fly-on-the-wall view of how key senior American officials view their role as negotiators which, as the papers show, apparently means never taking any position to which an Israeli government might object.

Palestinian distrust of Iran revealed in leaked papers
By Ian Black and Seumas Milne - Guardian UK - January 26, 2011
Mahmoud Abbas asked businessman to donate $50m to Mahmoud Ahamdinejad opponents, according to the documents

A new truth dawns on the Arab world
Leaked Palestinian files have put a region in revolutionary mood
By Robert Fisk - The Independent - January 26, 2011
The Palestine Papers are as damning as the Balfour Declaration. The Palestinian "Authority" – one has to put this word in quotation marks – was prepared, and is prepared to give up the "right of return" of perhaps seven million refugees to what is now Israel for a "state" that may be only 10 per cent (at most) of British mandate Palestine.

The Palestine papers and the dead-end of nationalism
By Bill Van Auken - World Socialist Web Site - January 26, 2011
The Palestine papers released this week by Al Jazeera provide documentary confirmation of what is becoming plain to millions of Palestinians: the nationalist project of building an independent Palestinian state in the occupied territories has become transformed into a new means of their oppression.

PA's foreknowledge of the Gaza war?
By David Poort - Al Jazeera English - January 26, 2011
Did the PA know about the Gaza war in advance? That's a question raised by several exchanges in The Palestine Papers.

PA stonewalled the Goldstone vote
By S. Farhan Mustafa - Al Jazeera English - January 26, 2011
PA, with US encouragement, delayed a UN vote on the Goldstone Report into war crimes committed during Israel's Gaza war.

Hamas: "Abbas No Longer Authorized To Negotiate On Behalf Of the Palestinians"
By Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - January 26, 2011
The Hamas movement in Gaza stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, does not represent the Palestinian people, and is no longer authorized to negotiate with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians.

The view on the ground of the Palestine papers
By Laila El-Haddad - Guardian UK - January 26, 2011
The Palestine papers may have sent shockwaves around the world, but they came as no surprise to most Palestinians, particularly those living out the horrific reality on the ground that has been "non-negotiated" over in the occupied territories, like my own family – or in refugee camps outside the occupied territories, like my husband's family in the sidelined camps of Lebanon.

The al-Madhoun assassination
By David Poort - Al Jazeera English - January 25, 2011
Documents include handwritten notes of 2005 exchange between PA and Israel on plan to kill Palestinian fighter in Gaza.

The "Palestine Papers" Revealed
By Stephen Lendman - Trinicenter - January 25, 2011
They include "nearly 1,700 files, (and) thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of" peace process negotiations.

The Palestine Papers and What They Reveal About the US/Israeli Agenda
By Kathleen Christison - Counterpunch - January 25, 2011
Many people told them so -- told them, meaning told the United States and Israel and even the overeager Palestinian leadership, that the Oslo agreement in1993 wasn't fair, that it made too many demands of the Palestinians and virtually no enforceable demands of Israel; that the United States, no honest broker or neutral mediator, was looking out only for Israel's interests and cared nothing for Palestinian concerns; that the peace process breakdown at Camp David in 2000 was not the fault of the Palestinians but was the responsibility of President Clinton and his "Israeli lawyer" advisers for representing only Israel's needs; that while Clinton demanded Palestinian concessions, he was winking at Israel's steady expansion of settlements and land grabs in Palestinian territory; that Clinton's two successors did the same.

Palestine papers: live updates
By Matthew Weaver - The Guardian UK - January 25, 2011
Palestinian leaders seem to be changing their attitude towards the papers. They were initially dismissed as a "bunch of lies", as Saeb Erekat put it. There now appears to be a more nuanced objection - they have conceded that they are real, but they have been taken out of context.

The story behind the Palestine papers
By Seumas Milne and Ian Black - The Guardian UK - January 24, 2011
How 1,600 confidential Palestinian records of negotiations with Israel from 1999 to 2010 came to be leaked to al-Jazeera

US threat to Palestinians: change leadership and we cut funds
By Seumas Milne and Ian Black - The Guardian UK - January 24, 2011
Obama administration told Palestinian Authority its leaders must remain in office if it wants to retain US financial backing

The 'Palestine Papers' through Edward Said's eyes
By Dan Murphy - The Christian Science Monitor - January 24, 2011
Shortly after the 1993 Oslo Accords, meant to be the first step on a short road to a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace, the late Palestinian activist and academic Edward Said wrote a gloomy essay for the London Review of Books, predicting that Oslo's ultimate effect would be to delegitimize the PLO in the eyes of its own people and cost the Palestinians major chunks of land.

Deep frustrations with Obama
By Gregg Carlstrom - Al Jazeera English - January 24, 2011
Obama pressured PA negotiators to restart talks and refused to honour one of the Bush administration's key promises.

'Palestinians agreed to cede nearly all Jewish areas of East Jerusalem'
By Barak Ravid - Haaretz - January 24, 2011
Newly leaked documents reveal series of concessions made to Israel by PA negotiators; East Jerusalem offer was rejected as it didn't include settlements deeper in West Bank.

Who was serious about a deal to end the conflict?
By Harriet Sherwood - The Guardian UK - January 24, 2011
Disclosure of Palestine Papers rebut Israeli claims that there is 'no partner for peace'

Olmert adviser says Al-Jazeera leaks 100% correct
By Saleh Naami - Ahram Online - January 24, 2011
A media adviser for ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert confirmed the authenticity of Al-Jazeera's leaked documents

Reaction to the leaked Palestine papers
By Chris McGreal - The Guardian UK - January 24, 2011
Palestinian negotiators have angrily dismissed accounts as lies, fabrications and half truths

Palestinians attack al-Jazeera 'distorted' talks leaks
By BBC - January 24, 2011
The Palestinian Authority has accused al-Jazeera TV of distortion, after it leaked documents purporting to show offers of major concessions to Israel.

PA negotiators reject leaked report
By Al Jazeera English - January 24, 2011
Top Palestinian Authority officials dismiss leaked documents showing huge concessions on Jerusalem to Israel as "lies".

Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace process
By Seumas Milne and Ian Black - The Guardian UK - January 23, 2011
The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East conflict has revealed that Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to accept Israel's annexation of all but one of the settlements built illegally in occupied East Jerusalem. This unprecedented proposal was one of a string of concessions that will cause shockwaves among Palestinians and in the wider Arab world.

Palestinian leaders weak – and increasingly desperate
By Seumas Milne - The Guardian UK - January 23, 2011
Leaked documents show PA and PLO leaders pleading with dismissive US officials in face of Israel's unyielding negotiators

  • Introducing The Palestine Papers
    By Gregg Carlstrom - Al Jazeera English - January 23, 2011
    Al Jazeera has obtained more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
  • FAQ: The Palestine Papers
    Source: Al Jazeera English
    What are these papers? Why are they in English? We answer the most common questions.
  • What the Palestine papers tell us – video
    By Seumas Milne, Ian Black, Laurence Topham and Mustafa Khalili - January 23, 2011
    Guardian associate editor Seumas Milne and Middle East editor, Ian Black, discuss the leak of secret notes from years of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians
  • Palestine papers: Editor's note
    By The Guardian UK - January 23, 2011
    The background to how the Guardian came to publish the documents revealing details of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
  • The Palestine Papers
    By Al-Jazeera English
  • Search the Palestine Papers
    By Al-Jazeera English's Transparency Unit
  • The Palestine Papers
    By The Guardian UK
  • Palestine papers: Browse the documents
    By The Guardian UK - January 23, 2011
    Use our interactive to explore the most explosive leak ever of confidential documents from inside the Middle East peace process. Click on a location to see related papers

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