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HRW in Israel/Palestine: Some Officials Backing ‘Shoot-to-Kill’

(New York) – Some senior Israeli officials have been encouraging Israeli soldiers and police to kill Palestinians they suspect of attacking Israelis even when they are no longer a threat, Human Rights Watch said today in an analysis of those statements. Other Israeli officials have failed to repudiate the calls …

Questions arise about large Palestinian security budget

Serious questions are being asked about the huge Palestinian security budget. Local transparency organizations, the US State Department and Congress are not convinced that the Palestinian government needs to spend so much of its budget on security. On Nov. 9, the Ramallah-based Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) issued a …

Ramallah court sentences man to lifetime of hard labor for ‘honor killing’ of 2 sisters

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian appeals court in Ramallah on Monday sentenced a man to a lifetime of hard labor after he was found guilty of killing his two sisters in 2006 in Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank, local sources told Ma’an Tuesday on the condition of anonymity. …

Fatah seventh conference: What was missing from Abbas’ speech?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — After casting his ballot in Fatah’s recent elections, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Dec. 3 it had been a peak democratic experience. “This is a democratic festival by all accounts, the world could see that these meetings were correct and transparent and democratic.” There was …

Israeli forces shoot, kill 19-year-old Palestinian during clashes in Ramallah area

  (Ahmad Hazim Ata al-Rimawi) RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday around dawn shot and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian young man in the Ramallah-area village of Beit Rima in the central occupied West Bank, locals and Palestinian medical sources told Ma’an. The Palestinian ministry of health identified the victim …

Third Annual Report of Complaints at Government Institutions: 2015

Foreword of the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers   The Directorate General of Complaints at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers was established based on the government’s determination to promote transparency and accountability in the Palestinian society. It also works towards encouraging citizens to play an …

Israeli forces raid Birzeit University, cause damage to buildings

RAMALLAH, December 14, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli forces raided early Wednesday the campus of Birzeit University, north of Ramallah, and caused damage to several buildings, according to a university statement. It said a large force stormed the campus, held the security guards and proceeded to raid several buildings leaving a …

Abbas comes out of Fatah congress stronger than ever

  RAMALLAH, West Bank — With a standing ovation, Fatah’s seventh congress, which was held Nov. 29, re-elected President Mahmoud Abbas as head of the Fatah movement for another term of five years without conducting a ballot, as the conference had already been purged of most of his opponents. The …

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (62) – PRESS RELEASE

  8-10 December 2016 Main Findings: Findings of the last quarter of 2016 indicate an increase, particularly in the Gaza Strip, in the percentage of those demanding Abbas’ resignation. They also indicate a slight decline in public satisfaction with the performance of the president. If presidential elections were to take …

European dignitaries: Anti-BDS measures violate human rights

London/PNN/ Around 200 European lawyers and academics have said steps by Britain and other countries to discourage support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement may violate fundamental human rights. According to The Independent newspaper, a recent open letter signed by legal experts from Britain and 14 other …