India hopes for sovereign, independent, united Palestine: Modi

Image of a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers outside the UN office in Gaza City on 9 May 2017

"So India can play a very important role in bringing peace in Israel", he said.

Last week, Vladimir Putin met with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Sochi, who once again stated that it is impossible to solve the Palestinian issue without Russia's meaningful participation. He also had said India is "ahead of all friendly countries" in helping Palestine.

Abbas' comments assume significance as Modi is slated to visit Israel in a couple of months, which will be the first by an Indian Prime Minister.

"I have reaffirmed our position on this with President Abbas during our conversation today", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi articulating India's desire to find a permanent solution.

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Condemning terrorism by ISIS, Abbas said ending the "Israeli occupation" will greatly help in countering terrorism in the region.

Trump is expected to visit Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories on May 22 and 23.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said several boats were chased in separate incidents in the 24 hours prior to the shooting that claimed Bakr's life.

In a statement marking the 69th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe), Palestinian Authority, PLO and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas has insisted that the Palestinians will not give up commemorating the event "before the recognition of our rights".

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The Israeli official told Haaretz that during their conversation, the diplomatic incident between US consulate officials in Jerusalem and representatives of the prime minister's office regarding the status of the Western Wall did not come up. We, like the Palestinians, were detained.

"The Palestinian president visited a number of Arab capitals, many Arab and European high officials tried to convey to the United States leadership the idea of the danger of moving the capital of Israel to Jerusalem".

The IDF was on high alert for possible clashes with Palestinian protesters on the occasion of Nakba Day as well as demonstrations in support of a hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners.

The South African chapter of the group "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement" (BDS), which has been championing the campaign, said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is also having the fast. "We are calling on the Israeli government, " Erekat said, "to open its 1948 archives and show the nation itself the truth about what was done to our population, including ethnic cleansing policies and shooting at Palestinians returning to their own homes".

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