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Abu Rudeineh: Israel rejected Palestinian requests to develop economy

RAMALLAH, May 23, 2017 (WAFA) –Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, said Monday that the Israeli government has rejected all Palestinian requests that have to do with developing the Palestinian economy, particularly those related to the transfer of security and civil responsibilities in Area C of the West …

Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamish receives 3 months administrative detention order

17 May 2017 Prominent Palestinian writer and political scientist Ahmad Qatamish, who was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Israeli occupation forces on 14 May 2017, received a three months administrative detention order, signed by the occupation military commander of the West Bank today, 17 May 2017. Within 8 days, …

Gaza citizens remain biggest losers of decadelong political dispute

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In a new move to clamp down on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a presidential decree April 20 exempting Gaza citizens from the fees of services rendered by the ministries, institutions and bodies affiliated with the Palestinian Authority (PA). The decision includes …

Activists block roads for 2nd day, calling for increased support of hunger strikers

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of Palestinian activists blocked off commuter roads leading to Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank for the second consecutive day on Monday morning, in an act of protest demanding more solidarity actions to support hunger-striking prisoners at both official and popular levels. The mass …

Israel arrests Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh

Israeli forces have carried out raids on homes across the occupied West Bank and detained at least 14 Palestinians on Sunday, among them a prominent intellectual and former political prisoner. Suha Barghouti, the wife of Ahmad Qatamesh, said “a large force” of Israeli soldiers arrived at their home in the …

Islamic bloc wins for 3rd year running in Birzeit University student elections

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The student group affiliated with the Hamas movement won the most seats in student council elections in Birzeit University in the central occupied West Bank on Wednesday, the school reported, marking the third year in a row that the Islamist faction beat the Fatah-affiliated student group. In …

Israel detains 3 Birzeit University students on eve of student council elections

  BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 12 Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank during predawn raids, including three students of Birzeit University in the Ramallah district — hours before student council elections were scheduled to take place at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Palestinian security sources identified the …

Al Wafaa’ Islamic Bloc wins Majority in Birzeit University Student Council Elections

Al Wafaa’ Islamic Bloc won 25 out of 51 seats in Birzeit University Students Council elections, held on May 10, 2017.  Competing factions Martyr Yasser Arafat got 22 seats and the Democratic Progressive Student Pole won 4 seats. Other competing blocs did not got any. Head of the Elections Preparatory …

FIFA withdraws resolution against Israeli settlement teams

World football governing body FIFA on Tuesday removed a resolution against Israeli clubs based in settlements in the illegally occupied West Bank. FIFA guidelines ban national associations from registering teams on other associations’ territories. In a letter addressed to members of the FIFA Council, more than 170 Palestinian football clubs …

Palestinian security forces to vote early in local elections

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Voting in upcoming municipal elections will be held two days early for members of the Palestinian security forces, according to official Palestinian news agency Wafa. Citing a statement from the Central Elections Commission (CEC), Wafa reported that the elections, which are scheduled to be held in the …