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Israeli forces extend the remand of mother and brother of Halamish assailant

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court has decided to extend the remand of the mother and brother of 19-year-old Omar al-Abed — currently imprisoned by Israel after carrying out a deadly stabbing attack in Israel’s illegal Halamish settlement last month. The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said that the mother, Ibtisam …

Two initiatives revive hopes for Palestinian reconciliation

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Within the span of some 12 hours on Aug. 3, Hamas in Gaza and the Patriots to End the Split and Restore the National Unity in the West Bank independently launched two initiatives to end the political and administrative division between Gaza and the West Bank resulting from the Hamas-Fatah feud. Salah al-Bardawil from Hamas’ political …

Calls for PA to stop arresting journalists

The Syndicate of the Palestinian Journalists in Ramallah called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop arrested journalists and to abolish the electronic crime law, Quds Press reported yesterday. In a press conference the head of the Syndicate of Palestinian Journalists, Nasser Abu Baker, said: “The situation of freedoms in Palestinian is …

Fatah: Hamas invited to PNC if it ends its control over Gaza

Hamas must dissolve its administrative committee and end its control over Gaza before it can join the Palestinian National Council (PNC) meeting, Fatah spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi has announced. Al-Qawasmi said that the Palestinian Authority (PA) seeks to strengthen the Palestinian representation and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) ahead of its …

Palestinian gov’t resumes stipends to ex-detainees

RAMALLAH: After a three-month cut, the Palestinian government on Tuesday decided to resume monthly stipends paid out to more than 350 prisoners and ex-prisoners in Israeli jails. “It was agreed to resume monthly stipends paid out to ex-detainees in the West Bank and detainees in Israeli prisons without any exception,” …

Egypt to open Rafah crossing for stranded Palestinians

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have decided to open the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and Thursday for the return of stranded Palestinian citizens wishing to return to the besieged enclave, said the Embassy of Palestine in Cairo. Jamal Al-Shobaki, Ambassador of the State of Palestine …

Japan comes to the rescue of Gaza’s hospitals

RAMALLAH, West Bank — On Aug. 3, Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awad authorized the installation of solar panels in public hospitals in the Gaza Strip, financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Awad, Takeshi Okubo, the Japanese representative to Palestine, and JICA officials met in Ramallah to discuss the deal. The solar panels are …

Israel’s collective punishment policy: Entire family in prison, whole village under siege

El-Abed family home in Kobar stands at empty of people and furniture in anticipation of Israeli demolition. (WAFA photo/Baha Nasr) By Ihab Rimawi KOBAR, WEST BANK, August 14, 2017 (WAFA) – The family home of Omar el-Abed in the Ramallah area village of Kobar stood at empty of people and …

MADA: 228 violations of media freedoms in the first half of 2017

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” announced in a press conference the semi-annual report on violations against media freedoms in Palestine, in its office in Ramallah today. Mousa Rimawi, General Director of MADA Center said “The first half of 2017 witnessed an increase in the …

Editor in Chief of Ma’an fights back against Israeli accusations of incitement

By: Nasser al-Lahham Since its establishment, Ma’an Network has sought to be a platform for disseminating news that holds governments accountable to international human rights laws and that defends the rights of Palestinian citizens. These goals have been achieved through exercising a freedom of expression that protects the basic rights …